True Temper XP Series iron shafts
When it comes to adding distance to their irons, most golfers immediately think about buying new heads. True Temper wants players to look elsewhere for more yards: the new XP Series steel iron shafts.
"The distance story has always focused around drivers, and then it went to fairway woods over the past few years," said Chad Hall, True Temper's global head of tour operations. "Now, within the last 12 to 18 months, it's becoming an iron story, so we wanted to develop a steel iron shaft that was specifically designed to add distance."
To do that, Hall said True Temper created a shaft that wouldn't waste energy created by the golfer.
"Distance is the byproduct of speed, energy transfer, of trajectory and spin," Hall said. "Right before the moment of impact, the XP shaft is designed to release the energy of the downswing in a very efficient manner. The key thing to understand is that golf shafts act like a spring, and if you load the spring on the backswing and release it more efficiently, that's going to yield more distance."
According to True Temper, robot and player testing of the new XP Series shafts produced 6 to 8 more yards carry distance. That equates to adding almost a half to a full club's carry distance throughout the set.
The XP Series shafts will be available in two weights, 95-gram and 105-gram. They are available in R300 and S300 flexes and cost $400 for a set of eight.