GS95 ends search for lightweight steel shaft
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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The original lightweight steel shafts weren’t so light and weren’t so good. They felt brittle. They felt harsh. Skilled players largely stayed away from them, and the 130-gram True Temper Dynamic remained the industry standard.
The search for a great steel iron shaft weighing less than 100 grams continued, though, and eventually Nippon solved the puzzle with the 95-gram NS Pro 950. This steel alloy shaft is used by many skilled players as well as those with higher handicaps.
Lightweight steel shafts from True Temper have grown better and better. The Dynamic Gold SL (SuperLight) shaft, for example, weighs about 106 grams.
Now True Temper has unveiled its best and most versatile lightweight steel offering, the new GS95. A variety of golfers should be attracted to this shaft.
The mission here was to design a shaft that performs like steel but feels like graphite. Easier said than done, but the GS95 is an extraordinary shaft, particularly for golfers who want to hit higher iron shots.
The constant-weight shaft (95 grams for every iron) is available in parallel-tip and taper-tip versions. It is a stock option on Mizuno’s new MX-1000 Hot Metal irons.
The most impressive number in modern iron shafts is 95, whether it is Nippon’s NS 950 or True Temper’s GS95.
The retail price of the GS95 from aftermarket suppliers is about $19 per shaft.