July 2010 The Clubmaker Report
Sponsored by Aldila Voodoo and Tacky Mac Itomic Grips
Aldila News
  Aldila Voodoo
The Aldila RIP should be out in a week or two. Watch this space for details, pricing, and a review after I've had a chance to pop one into my R9 for testing. You might consider subscribing to my Twitter feed to get the announcement when it happens. I've got a picture and specs here http://www.clubmaker-online.com/products/aldila.rip.html

Free shipping continues on the Aldila Voodoo NV and Voodoo VS shafts. Link below for further information. 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."

Project X-Open Champion
It was cool to see the Open Champion switched to the Project X wood shaft in his driver and fairway woods. He wasn't a super big guy but was really smoking the ball. He hit 86% of fairways and averaged 319 yards off the tee.

Here's some information from True Temper on the shaft: The new Project X graphite shaft, designed and manufactured by True Temper, features a unique tapered design that maximizes a player's distance, and a reinforced tip that reduces spin by up to 500 RPM more than other low-spin Tour model shafts.

It's a great shaft (hybrid, too). Firm tip, mid launch, and low spin. I like it in my R9, send me a note for R9 installation quote in an aftermarket tip ready to be screwed in to your driver.

Graphite Design
I'm working on updating my Graphite Design pages and thought I'd pass along pricing on some of Graphite Design shaft line. I've only got a handful of models at my site but carry the entire line. They've developed some great new shafts over the past few years and I plan on focusing a bit more on their lineup in the future.

US/Domestic shafts TourAD YSQ ST-$115 TourAD YSQ-$115 TourAD YSQ FWY-$100 TourAD YSQ Hybrid-$70 Aura Red-$69 Aura Gold-$49 Aura Blue-$49 Tour AD Throttle-$125 YS6+-$69

There is also a premium priced Japan TourAD lineup. I was lucky enough to get my hands on their new TourAD Di (Di=Deep Impact) for testing. I've had it for a few months but struggled with my swing and experimented with several different clubheads with it. I didn't want to give up on the shaft as I hit some really nice drives with it. I finally popped it in a Titleist D9 head that I bought last week, tipped it a bit to a soft X , and found nirvana. Graphite Design shafts are known for their smooth feel and this one doesn't disappoint. Also great kick/trajectory.

The Tour AD line includes The Di, EV-7, Quattrotech, Tour AD UT (used by LPGA champ a few weeks ago), and the TourAD iron series. The Japan TourAD shafts are premium priced, send me a note for a price quote.

House of Forged
Nobody has come close to the success House of Forged has had in the longdrive world with wins over the past several years in all divisions and by far the most shafts in play in Longdrive competitions. They've got a full lineup of 48" and 50" longdrive shafts but also make a great shaft for those of us with decidedly non-longdriver swings called the Patriot that is priced at $99.00 and is available in A/R/S/X flex

They've quietly been updating their entire line with a great new translucent pearl paint and a new logo. They recently added a new shaft called the HD Prototype (both standard and longdrive models) that uses Matrix 16 sided HD technology. The new HD Proto 46" is $199, their HD Proto Longdrive is $299 and their other 48"/50" longdrive shafts are $199, some in flexes up to triple X flex.

I should have the new HD Proto shafts at my web site in a few days and they're shipping now. Send me a note for a link to my secure orderform to order.

Hot Shots
I get a lot of email from folks looking for the correct shaft size/model to reshaft their irons, woods, fairways, and hybrids. The tip sizes for the OEM clubs are all over the map. Send me a note if you need help finding the perfect shaft for your set, I've got several charts that list just about all clubs made.

I enjoy doing R9 reshafts and have a great aftermarket sleeve that I use. Send me a note and I'd be happy to help you choose the right shaft and can install about any shaft model made in an R9 aftermarket sleeve. Informatio here: http://www.clubmaker-online.com/tmr9.html

It looks like the major OEM's have caught on that some golfers do better with superlight, superlong drivers. I've sold a "senior" longdriver for the past year and a half or so. The OEM's have been bragging about getting their drivers under 300g at 46". My senior longdrive club is under 300g and 48". My friend Bernie has been touting the benefits of long drivers for some time and I've specialized in longdrive clubs since the mid-90's. Bernie has written a great article to help make adjustments to hit superlight, superlong drivers (see link below).

My longdrive clubs come in senior flex through XXX flex, 4 degree through 20 deg loft and in a variety of shaft choices. I can also offer components if you prefer to build your own.

Tacki Mac 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. I'm getting great feedback from Clubmaker Report readers on the Itomic grips. Give them a try!

Tacki Mac has a complete line of grips and have developed the Kelmac and Avon brands. You can find just about any grip style (including a great arthritic grip). Here's their web site http://www.tackimac.com .


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