Aldila's RIP collection has something for everyone

Aldila's RIP collection includes some of the most recognizable graphite shafts on the PGA Tour, including (from top): the RIP’d NV, the RIP BETA, the RIP ALPHA and the RIP PHENOM.

Aldila's RIP collection includes some of the most recognizable graphite shafts on the PGA Tour, including (from top): the RIP’d NV, the RIP BETA, the RIP ALPHA and the RIP PHENOM.

The earth didn’t shake when Ben Curtis won the recent Valero Texas Open with a 75-gram Aldila RIP shaft in his Titleist 910D3 driver (8.5).

After all, Aldila has been making graphite golf shafts for more than 40 years, and its RIP collection includes some of the most recognizable graphite shafts on the PGA Tour.

Aldila has taken the RIP name and turned it into a family affair. The RIP series, or family, includes five shafts for 2012. Obviously the purpose here is to provide the right shaft for any golfer, regardless of his or her ball speed or swing characteristics.

This is a reflection of the modern fitting movement. Golfers want to be fit with precision, and golf companies want to offer products for a wide range of players.

Never before has club fitting been so accurate. Today’s shaft manufacturers offer shafts to practically any golfer, regardless of gender, strength, swing speed or shotmaking ability.

RIP OVERALL: RIP stands for Reverse Interlaminar Placement. Here is John Oldenburg, Aldila vice president of engineering, on RIP science:

“The RIP employs patent-pending technology and exclusive materials to completely transform shaft design from the inside out.

“Through the use of computer modeling technology and exclusive materials provided by the Aldila Materials Division, Aldila engineers were able to completely rethink golf shaft design and performance. The result is a revolutionary shaft with optimum flex and torque characteristics with incredible feel.”

According to Oldenburg, RIP technology repositions the materials and shaft design patterns to maximize the flex and torsion characteristics of the carbon fiber. In addition, Oldenburg said the hoop strength (or cross-sectional stability of the shaft) is increased to provide greater stability near the clubhead.

RIP ALPHA: The original RIP, it is a tip-stiff shaft with a low to mid launch. It is characterized by low spin and low torque. It is known among players for its stability.

RIP BETA: The Beta has a slightly softer tip. It produces a mid launch and is an ideal shaft for many amateurs with slightly slower swing speeds.

RIP GAMMA: This shaft has the same basic launch design as the original Alpha. However, it adds a higher balance point for use with heavier heads. This allows clubmakers to achieve a conventional swingweight.

RIP’d NV: Incorporates performance attributes from two of Aldila’s most successful designs -- the feel of the NV along with the control and accuracy of the RIP. This shaft features Micro Laminate technology.

RIP PHENOM: Made with a construction method known as the Hyperbolic Flex Zone, this shaft boasts a new and innovative flex profile. The tip section is stiff for launch and spin control, and the butt section is very firm for stability. The center section is softer to provide kick through impact. This kick maximizes ball speed and should appeal to a wide range of golfers.

The five Aldila RIP shafts sell for $199.99 apiece at retail.

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