October 2010 The Clubmaker Report
Brought to you by the new Aldila RIP
Final call on preorder savings for the new lightweight 190g clubhead I'm offering, clearance on Matrix MFS-Matrix shafts, savings on Powerbilt Nitro driver heads and Tour news in this weeks Clubmaker Report.
Aldila RIP
  Aldila RIP Golf Shaft
Aldila RIP continues to tear up the Tour. Last week, with the help of Aldila's RIP Technology in his driver, the winner of the Albertsons Boise Open fired two rounds of 64 to earn both a Nationwide victory and to secure his PGA Tour card for 2011.

Check out my launch and spin chart at http://www.clubmaker-online.com/products/aldila.launch.html . It's a nice chart showing how each piece of the Aldila shaft puzzle fits in comparison to one another. Looks like the RIP fits in the low spin/mid-low launch zone, great for you heavy hitters and rainmakers looking to bring your ball trajectory down a bit. I offer the full line of Aldila products, including their excellent taper tip and parallel tip iron shafts for those of you looking to reshaft your irons with graphite to help a bit on the wear and tear on your body vs. steel shafts.

I specialize in Taylormade and R9 reshafts (including the latest models) and I suggest the Aldila RIP for most of my clients. I use a high quality aftermarket sleeve and your new shaft will arrive ready to be installed in your R9. Email me at jhm@clubmaker-online.com for a price quote. The RIP is also available as a component and I'd like to offer free shipping on all Aldila to celebrate their latest Tour victory!

Gridiron Leather Grips
Clubmaker Online sponsor BestGrips has a nifty new grip that you football fans will be interested in. Their new gridiron leather grip is made out of the same material as used in NFL footballs. The Gridiron grip is available for putters or irons/woods.

Here's the scoop on the gridiron grip from Bestgrips: Did you ever hold a real pigskin football in your hands? If you have you would remember the tactile feel of the leather grain and the great guide for hand placement of the football lacing. The new Best Grips Gridiron Putter Grip not only has the look of a professional football but also gives you the same tactile feedback. When a quarterback gets his hands on a football he doesn't have to think or look at how he is holding the ball. His hands automatically feel for the lace and the balls shape and he instinctively places his hands in just the right spot to help him through a perfect spiral. Less thinking - more natural response!

BestGrips makes the finest genuine leather golf grips, including exotic putter grips (ostrich, gator, lizard, salmon, shark and more!). For those of you not so adventurous, they make a beautiful leather grip in black or tan with a baseball stitch backing.

Matrix MFSMatrix Shaft Clearance
There are a handful of the older Matrix MFS65-Matrix and MFS75-Matrix and Matrix2 model shafts left in stock that I'm offering on clearance. They were the precursor to the $1,000 Matrix Ozik Altus, with full Zylon and it's a great shaft for a great price.

Sale price on these at $110. In A, R, F, S, Strong, X, and XX flex in orange or blue. http://www.clubmaker-online.com/mcc/matrix.html to order (full price will appear on orderform, I bill it manually at the sale price from the web form).

Powerbilt Nitrogen Drivers-Components
I can get my hands on the Powerbilt Airforce One Nitrogen filled driver heads and sell as a component, while supply lasts. Price is $99.95 each for the heads. Here's information from Powerbilt. https://www.powerbilt.com/cart/index.php/driver-air.html Send me a note at jhm@clubmaker-online.com for component head ordering information. I'd be happy to build you a driver with this head with your shaft choice, too. Price on assembled depends on the shaft you choose. I can get the Tour or MOI version in 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 12.5 at $99.95 and even a Japanese model they offer ($120)

I've read quite a few very positive reviews on this head, and it seems that this design is no gimmick. One site claims that it's the longest driver they've tested for 2010.

Senior-Superlight Driver Head
The trend in golf clubs from the major manufacturers this year has been to lighter, longer drivers. Golf Digest was surprised to find even some heavy hitting PGA Tour guys successfully made the switch to drivers with superlight clubhead weights, 45-55 g shafts and lightweight grips, something I've been promoting for several years for seniors and lady golfers via my website.

Last week I wrote about the new lightweight head I'm going to offer called the Traverse HiCor. If you missed it, here's a copy of what I wrote:

I've had a chance to test the new "senior" clubhead we talked about recently and I've decided to go ahead with it. I matched it up with a UST AXIVCore Blue 59g shaft and a 35 gram grip and have had the longest drives of the summer with it. I can't guarantee how many yards you'll pick up but I think you'll be very pleased with the head. I let my 78 year old father in law try mine when we played last week. The club was too stiff for him (built for my 103 mph ss) and the loft too low (10 deg instead of 12 deg he needs) and I warned him it probably wouldn't work for him, but he hit it anyway. He hit it off the tee and said "I don't like it". He picked up his regular driver and put a good swing on it and came up 10 yards short! The assembled weight with the combination I tried was about 280g and 46.5", about 10% lighter than most drivers weigh at 45". I'd suggest nothing less than 45.5" final length for men, 44.5" or so for ladies and you can go up to 48" with it. The sample head I received came in at 190 grams and I've decided to go with that weight. So I can afford to offer both a 10 deg and 12 deg loft and to speed delivery time, I'm going to ship the first batch or two without any logo's or markings on the sole of the club. The head has a very clean look and I'm paying extra to have the highly polished sole done and it looks great without any logos. I'll probably have to add some sort of small logo in future versions but will keep this one nice and simple. The superlight clubhead calls for a more flexible shaft than you typically play so it will play to the correct flex. If you typically play a Regular, go with an A flex. If an A flex, then you'll need an L flex so it will play properly (the lighter head will make the club play "stiffer" so you have to account for this). I'd be happy to help you choose the right shaft, send me a note or call me at 810.923.7396 to talk about it or to discuss an assembled club at a special pre-order price

I tried the head this week with a Graphite Design YSQ 55 shaft and I think I am going to offer this shaft (also in a 45g model) as an upgrade shaft, it worked out really well for me.

I'm going to do a pre-order special and knock off $50 for orders placed before October 25, photograph, details and orderform are at the link below.

Hot Shots
The winner of last week's Fry's PGA Tour event ended a long drought with his exciting victory. He recently switched to a new Accra Dymatch S3 shaft in his driver, fairway, and hybrid. I carry the full Accra line (install only on Accra, no component), send me a note if you'd like to try one and I'll help you choose.

Aldila RIP in the driver of the Euro Tour winner, Matrix Code 7 in 3w and 5w. Graphite Design TourAD MD6 and MD7 in driver and FW of Japanese Tour winner, and Fuji Motore Speeder in the driver of the winner of the Asian Tour Iskandar Johor Open. All of these shafts are available from Clubmaker Online, contact me for pricing.


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