True Temper DG Spinner Shaft – More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

By now, most golfers are aware of the recent USGA regulation on groove volume and edge sharpness.  This was enforced so that professional or more skilled golfers could not spin the ball as much from the rough by preventing the so-called over reliance on technology. Consistent with USGA findings, research has confirmed that these players will be impacted by the reduction of spin (as much as 50%) and higher launch angle (up to 5 degrees) creating more roll out from full shots and low impact pitch shots from the rough.

True Temper engineers soon began to work on a solution to this problem by utilizing the best players in the world as their guinea pigs. They wanted to develop a wedge series that would increase spin properties during both full shots and low impact swing conditions and at the same time, generate lower launch conditions for more controlled flight properties while increasing the descent angle for greater stopping power.  Now that is one tall order.

Dynamic Gold has been perennially the number one shaft in pro-line wedges and considered the benchmark, so a DG “Spinner” version began its transformation.  True Temper engineers added a unique 3” recessed area just below the grip which acts as a hinge.  The shaft actually becomes smaller or reduces in diameter before getting larger again. The result was the DG Spinner’s shaft bending profile created a sharper angle of attack on the downswing to reduce trajectory (1.5 degrees on average) while at the same time increasing the spin (250 rpm) compared to the standard Dynamic Gold.

There are a couple of things to know about the DG Spinner.  First, they are only available in a 0.355” taper tip version, so they won’t fit any Hireko wedge.  But most of the big name brand wedges you find like Cleveland, Titleist and Ping all accept taper tip shafts that can be retro-fitted with the DG Spinner shaft.  Second, there are actually two different versions.  There is a 124g Wedge version for finesse or less than full shots designed for the sand and lob wedges.  Then there is another version called the Wedge + (plus), which is 131g and designed for the pitching and gap wedges that are designed more for full shots.

As you can see this is one way shaft manufacturers can offer, with a little creativity, new technology to combat the throttling back of technology by a select few. Proving once again there is more than one way to skin a cat (but not your ball) and ultimately give golfers what they desire or were used to in the first place.

True Temper DG Spinner Wedge – Tapered $20.40 each


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13 comments

  1. Joe Mama says:

    Sounds a lot like the Hump in design.

  2. KIT ERVAY says:

    please design a club to fit these new shafts.a players club head and maybe one for us higher handycappers. thanks

  3. SteveO says:

    Interesting. Too bad I can’t use them in any of my wedges.

  4. Jeff Summitt says:

    Joe:

    It is actually the opposite of the Hump. The Hump has a enhanced section where it gets larger – something like the TaylorMade Bubble, but at the tip. The DG Spinner has a smaller section or reduced area.

  5. Mister D says:

    $20 for a steel shaft is absurd, I don’t care what new technology. Steel is steel.

  6. Morgan Mann says:

    I hope it may be possible to create a way to fit them to a. 370 hosel.

  7. Todd says:

    It’s a shame they don’t come in .370 parallel tip. I won’t be using these shafts for any clubs I build because I only buy from Hireko and Pro-Swing. I hope True Temper can eventually design a .370 tip shaft to better accommodate the custom club maker. They really do sound like great shafts.

  8. You can make these shafts fit in a component wedge with a .370 hosel by simply using a shim. I’ve done it a thousand times in iron sets and have never had a problem (and I currently play with the KBS Tour Black Nickel Taper Tips in my DMC Forged Wedges).

  9. Roy Davis says:

    Jeff,

    Is there some reason why the .355 taper shaft could not be used in a .370 bore by bending a 1/8″ brass or aluminum shim around the tip of the shaft and insuring you use enough epoxy? I used this method for many years and never had a complaint or a problem.

  10. Jeff Summitt says:

    Roy:

    Anyone who builds or repairs clubs is ultimately liable for whatever they epoxy together. It is simply that we don’t recommend customers putting .355″ taper tip shafts into .370″ as that was not the intended purpose. Shimming, if done properly, should work, but there is not a commercially available shim developed specifically for this application that has been tested.

  11. clubdoc says:

    There most definitely IS a commercially available 0.355″ >> 0.370″ shim.

    Diamond Golf International sell them in the UK; I think Golfworks sell them in the USA.

    And they work just fine ….

  12. ShotMaker says:

    If the PGA is trying to curb the reliance on technology, specifically to reduce spin on less that full shots to make short-siding yourself more costly to improve driving accuracy this seems live an ass-backwards way of going about it, why dont they put restrictions on the drivers themselves, if you cant hit the fairway on the first shot on a long 4 or 5 you still have a short iron into the green when you drive 300+ yds And in the case of someone like Bubba Watson he drives an avg 315yds he is 113th in driving accuracy (fairways hit) at 58% and out of the top 5 in distance he is 3% better than the next best on that list and a staggering 12% better than the worst so one of the longest hitters finds the fairway less than half of the time off the tee, I do better than that! Most accurate players hit the fairway 75% of the time. So why cut the legs out of the guys who dont hit the ball 300yds and are a little wayward with a 180yd 4 iron when its ok for the bombers to hit a PW from the rough and find the green? I know this is way after the fact but I dont get it. if your trying to promote driving accuracy shange the drivers not the short irons

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