Watson's pink Grafalloy BiMatrx Tour Prototype shaft
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Bubba Watson’s victory in the Northern Trust Open again focused attention on his pink driver head and shaft.
The Ping G25 driver used by Watson is one of golf’s most popular drivers, but not with a pink head. That’s a custom paint job for Bubba.
However, the Grafalloy BiMatrx Tour Prototype shaft is available in pink as well as black, neon orange, white, lime green and neon blue. Furthermore, the shaft is a bargain – $79.99 at retail.
The BiMatrx concept is more than 15 years old. The shaft was introduced by True Temper in the late 1990s and was considered a revolutionary shaft at the time. With its steel tip section and ultralight graphite body, it has remained unchanged over the years.
From the beginning, there was a hurdle: The shaft was too strong for some golfers. Watson and other big hitters had no such trouble.
When Watson won the 2012 Masters with the BiMatrx in his driver, retail sales had been discontinued. But True Temper brought it back, and golfers with high swing speeds are the beneficiaries.
Flexes are regular and stiff (65 grams each) along with extra stiff (80 grams).
Although extremely stable, the BiMatrx is known for producing a high trajectory on tee shots. This makes it a worthy companion for modern golf balls that spin less off the driver.