New! We just added Loomis Collegiate Series wedge and putter shafts to select shafts below. Just click on your favorite school to purchase!Hireko is committed to providing its customers with a variety of products that fit into any budget or skill level. That is why we are proud to now offer the new Collegiate line from Loomis Golf to our already extensive product line.
A Little History
For golfers new to the game, the Loomis name may not ring a bell. But for those who have been around the block a while will remember that during the mid-90’s G. Loomis shafts were some of the hottest shafts on tour. Their shafts were distinctive, producing tip-heavy, ultra-low torque shafts that provided incredible stability. Yet at the same time, their shafts maintained a sense of feel.
Once the owner Gary Loomis sold off the golf division (they were also famous for their high performance fishing rods), the G. Loomis shaft brand disappeared until just recently. Jeff Meyer, who was the V.P. Of Engineering for G. Loomis during that span is now back at the helm of Loomis Golf. Their first line of shafts is called the Collegiate line which feature the licensed logos and trademarks of 45 of the top colleges and universities in the U.S. This list will continue to grow.
In keeping with the Loomis tradition, the Collegiate wood shafts are manufactured using some of the highest modulus materials available. Loomis’s unique and proprietary manufacturing process produces some of the densest laminates in the golf shaft industry and this process is what gives these golf shafts their superior feel and performance.
I had an opportunity to try out these shafts. Normally I use S-flex, but decided to try some of the other flexes as well including the A (senior) and XX – yep, that’s stiffer than X-flex! Personally I wanted to see what would happen to ball flight and direction with the shafts being 47 cpm different yet with similar weight and the same torque. For clubmakers, I have included the DSFI data. This is in the same format as we use for the Shaft Fitting Addendum so you can compare them to other shafts.
Surprisingly, the senior flex produced only consistent fades, but not the hooking, slicing or the general inconsistency you might think when someone uses a shaft much more flexible than their swing speed wood indicate. The most surprising was the double extra stiff flex. The ball flight was dead straight, slightly lower and with no loss of distance compared to the other flexes. Yes, it was firm but didn’t feel like a telephone pole as you might expect. I had to pull a couple more golfers aside who had about the same swing speed as me to have them try them. They too experienced similar results.
Fine Tuning the Flex
The Collegiate wood shafts would follow Trim Chart G in our catalog and on-line. However, there is some latitude for customization.
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For instance, if a clubmaker wanted to the reduce ball spin for their customer, they could cut 0.5” to 1” additionally from the tip. By trimming an additional 0.5” from the tip, the frequency went up @ 4 cpm and the torque decreased by 0.1º.
I’m a Buckeye, what are you?
With the Collegiate line you can proudly show your colors. Whether you are are a Dog or a Duck, a Cat or a Cougar, a Trojan or Spartan, you can sport your favorite NCAA team’s logo on your golf shaft while hitting it longer and straighter.