June 2010 The Clubmaker Report
Brought to you by the Aldila Voodoo and Tacky Mac Itomic Golf Grips
Itomic Golf Grips
  Itomic Golf Grips
Sponsor Tacki Mac's colorful new ITOMIC grips are not like traditional rubber grips. They are made from a proprietary blend of elastomeric materials that are very tacky with a super soft (but firm) feel. This revolutionary blend of thermo-forming materials is both very durable, and high performing in all weather conditions. ITOMIC grips maintain their tacky feel and new look for years by washing them with warm soapy water. The new Itomic grips are available in black, white, red, or blue and in a new wrap style. Follow the link below to order Itomic grips direct from Tacki Mac.
Harrison Zephyr Golf Shafts
Harrison Sports has been quietly releasing some interesting new graphite shafts over the past several months. The latest are the Zephyr and the Eclipse.

The Zephyr fuses the filament winding process with sheet lamination for a highly consistent golf shaft. Harrison has been stepping it up a bit in the graphics category. The Zephyr has a great royal blue paint treatment with red/silver logo and an interesting grey graphic directly under the grip. Priced right at $64.35 for woods and $37.13 for irons.

Harrison has also introduced the Eclipse. It's a similar design to their popular Saga line but with a focus on distance. Here's what they have to say about the Eclipse: The new Eclipse incorporates our latest Active Response Technology (ART). The revolutionary ART design focuses the down-swing energy and channels it to dramatically improve the recovery time of the shaft, resulting in longer distance. Price is $87.35. More on the Eclipse at http://clubmaker-online.com/harrison.eclipse.html

Project X Graphite Woods
I've begun my annual search for a driver shaft. I typically settle on one shaft at the beginning of the season, play great with it then have one bad outing and tear down all my drivers/R9 sleeves that work for me and start from scratch, totally destroying any sort of consistency I may have developed off the tee.

This weeks winner at the range with the Project X graphite wood. The Project X woods and hybrids offer a stronger tip for a more penetrating flight that also seemed to help with control a bit, too.

I've decided to keep things consistent and only use an R9 head for testing driver shafts at the range. I'll have to tear everything apart again and start over, but that's half the fun of it.

Hot Shots
I enjoyed watching the US Open and was especially impressed with the way the winner handled himself after he had clinched his victory. A true Champion!

The US Open champ had the Aldila RIP, Aldila Voodoo, and Aldila NVS in his woods and hybrid, a great testimonial to the impressive design work Aldila has undertaken over the past few years. The champion also played the True Temper Project X shafts in his irons.

If you're an Iphone or Ipad user, check out the Aldila RIP Skinz I developed. Protect your device with the skin and jazz up your Iphone with the RIP skull and crossbones logo. I've got a picture of the new shaft at the link below and an example of the logo on the skin there, too.

Aldila RIP Coming Soon
  Aldila Voodoo
It looks like the highly anticipated introduction of the new Aldila RIP will be during the first few weeks of July. Watch this space for details, pricing, and a review after I've had a chance to pop one into my R9 for testing.

Free shipping continues on the Aldila Voodoo NV and Voodoo VS shafts. Link below What sets the VooDoo apart from other shafts is its patent pending S-core, or stabilized core, Technology designed to increase distance and provide outstanding accuracy with each swing. The real "magic" of the VooDoo is the high modulus carbon stabilization rib running the length of the shaft. "Our S-core Technology dramatically stabilizes the shaft's cross-section through the use of an internal carbon-fiber rib system," said John Oldenburg, Aldila's Vice President of Engineering. "The innovative rib structure increases hoop strength/stiffness so much that it is 80 percent greater than conventional graphite, and up to 60 percent greater than competitors' attempts at cross sectional stabilization." Visit the Aldila Voodoo Web Site here http://aldilavoodoo.html . For a chart showing launch and spin characteristics of the entire Aldila line, go here http://www.clubmaker-online.com/products/aldila.launch.html If you're looking to upgrade the shaft in your hybrid, you might consider the Aldila Voodoo (link below). Same S-Core technology as in the wood shaft that, according to Aldila VP of Engineering, John Oldenburg, " resists shaft ovaling and deformation during the swing, which maximizes energy transfer to the ball and yields unparalleled distance and accuracy."


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