Meyer Performance Composites is preparing to re-launch the Loomis graphite iron shaft, which enjoyed its hey-day in the mid-1990s when it boasted Greg Norman and Davis Love III among its users.
With industry veterans at the helm, Oban is building its shaft business with one word in mind: premium. Company officials say they're all about top-tier performance for a top-tier price.
Shaftmaker Matrix has taken a giant step toward simplifying shaft fitting. The company’s new Flight System contains three designations for shafts: Black Tie (low trajectory), Red Tie (mid trajectory) and White Tie (high trajectory).
For 75 years, steel iron shafts have dominated the marketplace, mostly for their consistency and stability. New lightweight versions – suitable for tour players and amateurs – are bound to continue steel's popularity.
John Merrick's win at the Northern Trust Open validates the enduring legacy of Aldila's NV shaft. But the company hardly is content and is planning a major push with graphite iron shafts.
When it comes to shafts, Nunchuk's Bryan Nicholson advocates one weight and one flex for all golfers, regardless of their age, strength, swing speed or ability. It may seem like a radical concept, but Nunchuk has its supporters, including a prominent long-drive champion.
James Achenbach laments that if only the golf industry had uniform equipment standards, it would be so much easier to compare contemporary shafts and simpler to fit golfers with the proper equipment.
Chris Hilleary is owner and president of Aerotech Golf, maker of composite SteelFiber golf shafts. These shafts are composed of separate layers of carbon fiber (graphite) and steel fiber.
Manufacturers of graphite iron shafts, citing exceptional feel and improved performance, are conspicuously bullish as they head into a new season.
The Accra Premium Golf Shafts business is based on intelligent, informed fitting, and Accra shafts are available only through a network of some 350 club fitters around the world.
At the PGA Merchandise Show, which concluded Jan. 26, True Temper made a proclamation: “We have the lightest golf shaft that’s ever been introduced. It weighs 39.5 grams at 46 inches raw length.”
For Shaft Month, Fujikura's Dave Schnider sat down with Golfweek's James Achenbach and shared his thoughts on graphite performance and the latest trends affecting product development.