The New Dynacraft Prophet ICT Adjustable Hosel Driver Introduction

Changing The Golf World One Degree At A Time!

Soon you will see one of the most innovative golf products to hit Dynacraft Prophet Driver Solethe market.  OK, every company says this about any of their new products, but we are going through the patent process to protect this idea. Personally this has been the most challenging project I have ever been a part of, but at the same time the most rewarding to see it work as it was envisioned.  You might have already seen a sneak peek of the new Dynacraft Prophet ICT driver, if not I wanted to give you an idea of just how powerful and versatile this clubhead system can be.

Background
Before I do, let me give you a little background information first.Dynacraft Prophet ICT Driver Crown As a kid growing up I loved to play with toys that you could create stuff with, especially Lego’s.  Back in the Stone Age we didn’t have PlayStation’s to occupy our time as many of you will recall.  But those early childhood years would soon be inspiration to a few innovative ideas in the golf industry some 30+ years later.

The first commercially available product was the Dynacraft Interchange putters (2006).  The idea behind this project was when a golfer got bored and wanted a change in their putter they wouldn’t have to buy a whole new one, they could simply purchase a different back piece that would attach to the face of the club with the shaft and grip already installed.  Chances are you would have already been comfortable with the length and the grip.  In a matter of secondsDynacraft Prophet ICT Driver Tools the common person off the street could transform their own putter with little cost or tools involved.

I thought it was a great idea. However it never took off the way I would have wished.  But this didn’t discourage me from thinking about how other golf clubs could be bought and altered in the future.  In the back of my mind, I already had an idea that would have to wait several years for the right circumstances to unfold.

Ping Golf, who I had had much admiration for their innovations over the years, produced a titanium driver in 1998.  While the head wasn’t that overly special by today’s standard, it was their hosel that was.  Ping had cast a single head with a socket that they could insert 14 different thermoplastic hosels that allowed custom fitting the lie and face angle of the driver and later fairway woods.  Ingenious!

However as someone who had to do a lot of club repair, the thermoplastic hosels posed a challenge to successfully remove a shaft or the whole adapter/shaft system.  If a customer need a different face angle to reduce a hook or slice or needed a different type shaft, you could not assure the customer you could accommodate his/her needs.  That had always been in the back of my mind a way of simplifying this system to make it easier.

Changes in the Making

There are many Rules of Golf instituted by the two governing bodies of golf (USGA and the R&A) that manufacturers have to abide by.  In the fall of 2007, the USGA and R&A made an important announcement, at least to club designers, that they would allow more types of adjustable features on woods and irons. Under the revised Rules of Golf, these clubs must be submitted for additional conformity instead of a carte blanche free for all amongst manufacturers.

One thing to understand is the adjustability of clubheads has been present for decades. In years past, golfers unhappy with their existing clubs would seek out a local custom club repairman.  Armed with a torch (or other heat source) the Dynacraft Prophet ICT Driver Toeclub repairman would break down the epoxy to remove a shaft.  Then they would put a suitable shaft that might possibly work better than the one they took out.

In other cases, if a golfer was hooking or fading their club, alterations could be made by a club repairman.  With wooden woods, this process was labor intensive.  But when modern metal woods came about, club repairmen were now able to use a loft/lie machine and adjusting the lie or face angle on a metal wood, assuming the hosel was adequately long enough to perform the bending.

In fact, the only ideological change the USGA has made is facilitating these changes by allowing these very same additional adjustability features, but without the labor intensive and time-consuming restraints of the past. This rekindled my thoughts on how drivers and other clubs could be marketed, produced and sold.

The rule just went into effect on January 1, 2008 and a few manufacturers have taken advantage of this important rule change by introducing products with adjustable features to the consumer.

The ICT Difference
Hireko envisioned the importance of this change when developing the Dynacraft Prophet ICT (Interchangeable Clubfitting Technology) driver series long before the rule change was implemented. While interchangeable hosels are relatively new to exchange out one shaft for another, we took it one step further.

The key is the octagonal interchangeable hosel insert.  The ICT adapter bore is purposely bored at an angle in one particular plane.  This allows the adapter to be placed into the hosel which will create eight different lie and face angle sets of specifications.  Professional club fitters and many golfers already understand the importance of changing these two specifications and how is can affect ball flight.

In lieu of epoxy to hold the head onto the shaft, a shaft is epoxied into the hosel adapter.  The hosel adapter is then slid inside the socket or inner hosel of the head with a screw and a tool to securely tighten the two together.  This facilitates the shaft removal without the use of heat and potential damage to what can be quite expensive shafts.

Presently there are systems that allow one to screw different shafts onto a head for fitting purposes.  But they are not conforming to the Rules of Golf. The Prophet ICT is not designed as a fitting tool (although it can be used as one), rather a club you can be fit for on the spot and taken home or to the course immediately.  As your game progresses or simply looking for a change of new technology, additional shafts pre-assembled on the ICT adapter can be purchased. Or the hosel adapter can be removed and re-inserted in another position to provide directional help as one’s swing changes.  This club can grow with the owner instead of becoming obsolete like so many clubs on the market.

Dynacraft Prophte ICT Driver Specs

The Dynacraft Prophet ICT will be available in multiple lofts and the octagon-shaped inserts will be sold separately attached onto a multitude of the most popular shafts available today creating nearly a limitless number of fitting possibilities.  Imagine with just 3 different lofted heads, 8 shafts and the hosel able to be configured into 8 different positions, now that clubfitter or shop can produce 192 unique drivers with very limited inventory. Other companies offering interchangeable shafts would only be able to create 24 different options.   It is a win-win situation for a retailer because they don’t have the huge outlay of cash, plus the consumer will have far more options than in a regular retail situation would ever allow to get a better fit. This is especially true if the retailer has a launch monitor to obtain accurate measurements or the customer is able to hit outdoors and observe ball flight under the watchful eye of an experienced clubfitter.  And to think, all those 192 combinations could be carried in one’s hand.

In ensuing weeks when the Prophet ICT becomes available, we will provide you with more information on how to use this special system. I hope that you will be as excited and pleased with our Dynacraft Prophet ICT driver series as we are to introduce them to the golfing community.

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36 comments

  1. Mike French says:

    Great article .. you’ve got me excited. I’ve tried the Intrgra head that allows shaft exchange, and the one real problem was that when you took the shaft out, and then tried to put it back in you could never get it back with perfect alignment. The grip was never in the same place twice in a row. I think this design will work much better. I can’t wait to try one.
    Hummm.. December 12th. Sounds like a great Christmas present to me.

  2. Chuck says:

    I love the concept. Will a person be able to buy the adapters separately from the shafts?

  3. Jeff Summitt says:

    Chuck:

    Yes, you will be able to purchase additional adapters and I encourage it as well.

  4. Tord Carmel says:

    Keep me posted!

  5. Rick Sarver says:

    I’m a dealer and repair clubs, this new breakthrough will keep our costs and the consumer’s way down and let all of us be creative without breaking the bank. Thanks for the technology.

  6. Tony Bumstead says:

    This is a very innovative idea. If one subscribes to spinning and flo’ing shafts how can this be accomplished with your new hosel/shaft arrangement?

  7. charlie gardner says:

    Sounds great. Can these adapters be put on any
    shaft or only selected shafts. Keep me posted.

  8. Robert H.Spielman says:

    Jeff, this is very similar to the “Old” ways to change the face angle on some of the older clubs , (Remember the “Thumb Screw” on the back of the club head?,…..Externally, not internally as this appears to be) that were, eventually , deemed “Not Legal”…. this is great! and as someone who has fitted clubs and “Tweaked” club heads, this would sure simplify the process!!!!! Great, Go for it!!

  9. Jeff Summitt says:

    Tony:

    There are a couple things you can do. The first is nothing and allow the different lie / face angle combinations to provide the accuracy. Second would be to set the spine / FLO in one specified position (maybe position 1). Each rotation will be 45*, every two is 90*… Lastly, you may need to fit the player first with a shaft, then purchase a new adapter and shaft and place the adapter in the position he or she was fitted for. Then you can insert your shaft as you normally would with a traditional hosel.

  10. Charles Carlton says:

    I cant say how many of these you’ll sell, but you’ve got one on December 12th. I like this idea, so as a golfers swing changes through ageing, improvement, or simple experimentation it can be done at very low cost.

  11. Hal Knox says:

    Sounds like a great way of fitting a golfer/customer with the proper shaft and clubhead as well as tweaking my own game.

  12. wyattt says:

    can wait for this!!! let us know asap when this comes.. you have sold on this product..
    aloha.

  13. Kevin says:

    Will this club be able to be configured to be an offset model?

  14. Mark A Ryan says:

    Sounds great! Keep me posted

  15. Fred says:

    As a custom club fitter, I have worked with you
    since 1993. Always excellent products. Now
    this ! I can’t wait. Send me something……Thanks

  16. Joe Lawler says:

    I was privileged to test this club during its prototype phase on an open driving range.Various adjustments were tried and
    I found that best performance was at 58 degrees lie angle, 2 degrees closed face, 10.5 degrees loft angle. It was a very interesting test. These clubs will be in my inventory as soon as possible!

  17. Jeff Summitt says:

    Kevin:

    Because of how and the various positions the adapter is inserted, an offset model is not available at this time.

  18. Lou Vetter says:

    I have been tweaking the plastic hosels on older Ping Titanium Fairway Woods and Si3 380 Drivers for years, adjusting them to the individual golfers swings. Low Heat with a butane torch gets it out, with no damage to the graphite shaft or the Ping hosel. Clean it up , adjust the lie angle and face angle, re-epoxy to complete. This adjustable hosel adapter will make this entire procedure obsolete. I look forward to this adjustable hosel in your newest golf club designs. Will you have LEFT HAND drivers or woods in this new design?

  19. Jeff Summitt says:

    Lou:

    Yes, we will have a LH 10.5* driver to start out with.

  20. […] Clubfitting Technology) driver series. The history and purpose of this driver can be found at the Dynacraft Prophet ICT Driver Part I Introduction.  But briefly is it a system with a removable hosel adapter that will allow the shaft to be […]

  21. Simon Moore says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Congrats! 4 questions below:

    1. With this system the effective loft will vary? –

    2. Obviously it gives more choice, but do golfers really want lie angle change in drivers?

    3. And in an ideal world would we not want to change each of the three independently?

    4. Generally would we not want more range of adjustment in face angle than loft (there are sole considerations)

    Cheers

    Simon

  22. Tom says:

    Jeff

    What type of titanium will be used for the face and body? I have found that SP700 provide a very good feel for the face, but is difficult to find as most manufacturers use 6-4.

    Thanks

    Tom

  23. Jeff Summitt says:

    Simon:

    1. Yes, the effective loft (relationship between face angle and loft) will change with each position.

    2. You might be surprised how the small change of lie can effect where you make contact on the face. Obviously the shaft, loft and face angle will be more critical factors; the lie is also a important fitting factor.

    3. In a ideal world would wouldn’t have a financial crisis, two wars and reruns on TV right now, but the ICT adapter gives you far more options than what is presently available.

    4. There was no way to change one specification without the other, but a 4 degree range should cover the majority of golfers out there.

  24. Jeff Summitt says:

    Tom:

    The face is 6-4 titanium and the body is 100% titanium. The reason to use SP700 is to make the face more activate. It was used primarily when the head size was much smaller and manufacturers wanted to get the COR / CT as high as possible. But when the USGA put a limit on the springlike effect, ordinary 6-4 Ti could easily reach these limits with the modern head size.

  25. Mike says:

    Can’t wait to give one a try!

  26. Bob Oliveira says:

    Outstanding new development without a doubt a much better process than haveing to remove a shaft and replace it with another using heat and a good shaft removal tool. There are only a few good ones. This will eliminate any heat which is of course good for as not shaft is compremised with heat

  27. RONN BROWN says:

    IF JEFF SUMMIT ENDORES ANYTHING, IT HAS TO BE THE THE BEST. THE FIRST REASON I DEAL WITH HIERKO IS JEFF, MY GURU, AND OF COURSE THIER PRODUCTS. IF THE [SELF PROCLAIMED ]GREATEST CLUB MAKER SEZ IT——-“IT’S TRUE”
    [TONGUE IN CHEEK ABOUT ME LOL]

  28. Dave says:

    I purchased the drivr head.Looks intriguing but are there instructions on how to install and adjust.I didn’t receive any.Thank you

  29. Jeff Summitt says:

    Dave:

    Go to the following link and you will find the information you are looking for.

    http://blog.hirekogolf.com/?p=595

    If you need additional information, please email me a jsummitt@hirekogolf.com or call the tech line at 800-942-5872 M-F 8AM – 5PM.

  30. GEORGE MOZOLA says:

    how do i order one. you are flooding you web site with information about this wonderful club but you don’t tell us how to order one ?????????

  31. Jeff Summitt says:

    George:

    We have been extremely busy putting the final touches on our 2009 catalog and haven’t had the resources to update the website just yet. In the meantime if you wish to order, please call the sales line at 800-367-8912. The RH 9.5 and 10.5* are in stock as well as extra adapters (code ICTADAPTER). The LH 10.5* will be here last sometime in mid-Feb.

  32. chuck treier says:

    jeff
    I have been fooling around with making clubs since the late 70’s . I do alot with charity events with the LION’S CLUB. With your DYYNACRAFT CHANGEABLE PUTTER, and now with your ICT DRIVER you are giving all us PLUS 70 YEAR OLDS
    8 PUTTERS and HUNDREDS OF DRIVERS we old farts can have in our golf bags man what a come back we are all going to make.
    yours truly

    whitetiger

  33. Neal Housler says:

    Jeff: Unless you have plans for ICT fairway woods, I likely will purchase the 12 degree driver for the tee and as a 3 wood. This smaller cc size should fit both situations? Neal.

  34. Jeff Summitt says:

    Neal:

    The volume and the face height of the ICT are really too big, not to mention too strong of a loft for all but a few to effectively hit the clubs well from the fairway.

  35. Robert says:

    Is it truley possible to design a driver to correct a fade/slice? I’ve tried off sets, closed face drivers. Nothing seems to really work. Any suggestions would be welcome. I’m a 55 year old male 6’4″ with swing speed approx 90-100 mph. Thank you.

  36. Jeff Summitt says:

    Robert:

    The club head, while complex, is only one component that makes up the golf club. It could be a number of other variables that preclude you from hitting the ball as straight as you would like. The shaft weight, flex, club length and swingweight (weight distribution) can all have bearing on how successful you are with a particular club.

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