Aldila Tops Driver, Wood, & Hybrid Shaft Manufacturer Counts At The Players Championship

POWAY, Calif. – In a tournament that features one of the strongest fields of the year, The Players Championship, Aldila proved that it was the #1 shaft of choice by topping the competition in the driver, wood and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts. Aldila had 105 total wood shafts in play, which was 29 more than their closest competitor, according to the Darrell Survey. “The Hottest Shafts In Golf” also had 11 more hybrid shafts in play than the next leading shaft manufacturer.

Led by their leading RIP shaft technology, Aldila has won the wood shaft manufacturers count on the PGA Tour for 20 consecutive weeks. It has also won the hybrid shaft manufacturer count 19 times in 21 events.

“The top players on Tour continue to rely on Aldila’s RIP Technology™ (Reverse Interlaminar Placement) because it provides them with lower torque, increased tip stability and better tip stiffness control,” said Stewart Bahl, Aldila’s Marketing Manager.

Aldila RIP Phenom 50 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 60 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 70 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 60 White Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 70 White Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Gamma 60 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Gamma 70 Graphite $199.95 ea.

The Most Accurate Driver at The Players Championship benefited from Aldila’s RIP Beta in his driver. He finished the tournament with an overall accuracy rating of 76.8 percent compared to the Field’s average of 60.89 percent.

Aldila’s latest addition to the RIP series is the Phenom, which incorporates Aldila’s Tour proven RIP Technology® with a unique shaft design to create a new and innovative flex profile for maximum distance and control known as the Hyperbolic Flex Zone. The new technology features a stiff tip section for optimal launch and spin control with a very firm butt section for an incredible stable feel, while the center section of the shaft is softer to provide unmatched kick through impact for maximum ball speed.

“The new RIP Phenom incorporates the same flex, torque and feel properties that have made the original RIP the leading shaft on the PGA Tour, with a flex profile to achieve unparalleled performance and launch characteristics for better players,” Bahl said.

Aldila catapults power to an unprecedented level. High performance technology harnessed and perfected from a special blend of materials, design and expertise. They are continually on the leading edge of the golf world through their relentless pursuit of the next best innovation. They do the experimenting so you don’t have to. Pushing success to the edge and redefining how power should feel. Are you playing Aldila, or just graphite?

Graphite Design Shaft Used In Driver of Winner of Players Championship

Matt Kuchar played with a Graphite Design DJ-6X shaft in his driver to win The Players Championship. The Tour AD DJ shaft is designed and manufactured exclusively at Graphite Design Japan with the same Toray Company’s Nanomaterial technology in the tip section of the shaft as the Tour AD DI models.

Available in 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram weights the new Tour AD DJ features slightly higher spin characteristics than Tour AD DI. This unique material technology and bend profile produces an increase in overall distance while maintaining optimal launch and spin characteristics.

Note: This is a special order item. Please allow for longer delivery time.

Graphite Design Tour AD DJ 6 Graphite

Model #GDDJ6

$380 each

Experience the Awesome Sound and Hot Feel of the Caiman X2 Hybrid

Ready to ditch those shovels you call your long irons and join the millions of other golfers who have switched to the easy-to-hit hybrids?  Check out our latest video as Jeff and Rob will explain the features and benefits of the hottest new hybrid available from Hireko and see if the Power Play Caiman X2 is suited to your needs.

Power Play Caiman X2 Hybrid – Clubhead
Model #IW1009 $22.95 each
Power Play Caiman X2 Hybrid – Custom Assembled
Model #XIW1009 $49.95 each

Working with the New for 2012 Brass Shims

Occasionally clubmakers will encounter times when the proper sized shaft is not available, whether in their stock or if one does not exist at all. One option for clubmakers in these situations is to install the shaft into the hosel with an appropriate sized shim. A shim is simply a thin strip of material designed to fill a void or gap. While Hireko has offered plastic ferrules or adapters in the past for such applications, we are now offering two different sized brass shims to fit the majority of applications you may run into during your clubmaking or repair work.

The two sizes are standard and oversize.  Standard size fits in applications where there is approximately a 0.15” gap such as 0.335” shaft going into a 0.350” hosel or a 0.355” taper tip shaft into a 0.370” hosel.  These weigh in at mere 0.75g each leaving virtually no change as if the correct sized shaft was used.  The oversized brass shim fits in applications where there is approximately a 0.30” gap such as 0.335” shaft going into a 0.370” hosel or a 0.370” shaft into a 0.395” – 0.405” hosel.  These weigh just 1.6g each or a little less than the weight of a ferrule.

How they work is they slide over the tip of the shaft and then when inserted into the hosel the sidewalls collapse and become wedged between the shaft and interior of the hosel.

Quick primer on how to use them
One of the first things you will need to do is gather all your necessary components to begin your assembly or repair. One tip I can share with you which I find it helpful to use our Ferrule Block to help get the brass shim started as they are usually a force fit into the hosel.  For instance, if I want to use a 0.355” shaft into a .30” hosel, I’ll set the standard sized brass shim (JJSHIM) into the 0.370” hole and then take the shaft and insert it into the center of the shim.

Next I push down until the shaft is seat and the walls of the shim will collapse and form around the shaft. The shaft will come out fine, but you may have to use something to pry the brass shim out of the Ferrule Block. Be very careful with the brass shims as you can cut yourself if you are not paying close attention.

After which I can test fit the shim / shaft to make sure it will start into the hosel, but I don’t want to put it all the way down yet.  You may find that you are able to skip these steps and use the head to drive the brass shim in place.  Like anything new, there is a slight learning curve as what procedure works best in your shop.

Remove the brass shim from the shaft tip and set it aside as you will want to partially install the ferrule.  Make sure you don’t seat the ferrule down all the way as you have to account for the thickness at the bottom of the shim as well as any lead tip pin (if necessary).  Setting the ferrule 1.0” above the shaft tip is all that will be required to clear the collapsible fingers of the shim.

You will still need to use a high strength shafting epoxy on the shaft tip and on the outside of the shim for a good solid bond.  It is a little more messy than normal because you have the shim on the tip that will spin around when applying the epoxy but you’ll get the hang of it quickly.  Make sure to fully seat the shaft and brass shim to the bottom of the hosel as it will be a force fit.  This may require tapping the butt of the shaft on the ground with some force while you have a firm grip on the head and the shaft.  Once you have fully seated the ferrule, clean up the excess epoxy and let the club sit to fully cure.

That’s all there is to using brass shim in the cases you encounter a situation where you have a larger sized hosel than the shaft you are using.

Brass Shims – Standard $ .80 each
Brass Shims – Oversized $ .80 each

Hireko Now Carries New Titleist, Taylor Made & Bridgestone Golf Balls!

The most popular golf balls at the best price!
Hireko Golf now carries the most popular brands of new golf balls including Titleist, Taylor Made and Bridgestone Golf.

Personalized Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls
The Pro V1 provides the exceptional distance and durability golfers have counted on, and now also delivers increased spin control and a more consistent flight. This advanced performance results from an innovative ZG process core technology, responsive ionomeric casing layer, Urethane Elastomer cover and spherically tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple design. And with 3 axes of symmetry, the new aerodynamics deliver a penetrating ball flight that holds its line in the wind.

The balls are logoed with the XDS logo on the front and the Titleist logo on the back. Titleist is a registered trademark of Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. The logo XDS is a registered trademark of Hireko Golf Inc. These personalized golf balls do not imply endorsement by Titleist.

Player Benefits
• Exceptional distance
• Consistent flight
• Drop-And-Stop greenside control
• Very soft feel on all shots
• Excellent durability
• Tour-proven
• Innovative ZG process core technology
• Responsive Ionomeric casing layer
• High-performance Urethane Elastomer cover
• Spherically tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple design
• A.I.M. (Alignment Integrated Marking) sidestamp

Personalized Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls $47.99 a dozen


Personalized Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls
Delivering very low spin off the driver and long irons, the Pro V1x provides longer distance and more consistent flight along with its renowned Drop-and-Stop greenside control. It features a large, high velocity dual core with a soft center, responsive ionomeric casing layer, urethane elastomer cover and spherically tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design. Also, a higher trajectory contributes to Pro V1x’s longer distance and a consistent flight that cuts through windy conditions.

The balls are logoed with the XDS logo on the front and the Titleist logo on the back. Titleist is a registered trademark of Acushnet Company, an operating company of Fortune Brands, Inc. The logo XDS is a registered trademark of Hireko Golf Inc. These personalized golf balls do not imply endorsement by Titleist.

Player Benefits
• Exceptional distance
• Consistent flight
• Low long game spin
• Drop-And-Stop greenside control
• Soft feel on all shots
• Excellent durability
• Tour-proven
• Large, high velocity dual core with soft center
• Responsive Ionomeric casing layer
• High-performance Urethane Elastomer cover
• Spherically tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design
• A.I.M. (Alignment Integrated Marking) sidestamp

Personalized Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls $47.99 a dozen


Taylor Made Penta TP3 Golf Balls
The new Penta TP3 is the only Tour quality ball with a urethane cover for under $35. It delivers superior performance at a superior price. High COR for speed/low compression to ease driver spin for maximum distance. The mantle works with core to build speed and urethane cover for increased iron and wedge spin. Cover is cast thermoset urethane and delivers soft feel and high greenside spin.

Taylor Made Penta TP3 Golf Balls $34.99 a dozen


Taylor Made Penta TP5 Golf Balls
The new for 2012 Penta TP5 Golf Ball is now longer and softer! The first “five layer” tour ball just got better.

Features include:
• New Softer Core- High COR for speed/low compression to ease driver-spin for maximum distance.
• Inner Mantle- Resilient-yet-supple composition boosts speed yet feels soft.
• Middle Mantle-Works with inner layers to build speed and outer layers to manage spin.
• Outer Mantle- Works with middle mantle to maximize speed and with soft-cover for high greenside spin.
• Cover- Cast thermoset urethane delivers soft feel and high greenside spin.

Taylor Made Penta TP5 Golf Balls $45.99 a dozen


Bridgestone B330-RX Golf Balls
Tour Performance optimized for amateur swing speeds under 105 mph with a preference for maximum tour distance.

The new Tour B330-RX offers a reformulated mantle layer and Dual Dimple Technology. The reformulated mantle reduces spin on full shots and promotes a higher launch, resulting in greater accuracy and distance. The Dual Dimple pattern offers superior aerodynamics and enhanced wind performance. The B330-RX continues to feature a soft core design that allows maximum compression for moderate swing speed players.

• The RX is designed for players who prefer maximum Tour distance & accuracy.
• Soft gradational compression core for longer and straighter distance
• Reengineered mantle for reduced spin and greater accuracy
• Tour proven Urethane cover for excellent greenside control
• 330 dual dimple technology for a consistent flight

Bridgestone B330-RX Golf Balls $44.99 a dozen


Introducing the Power Play Caiman X2 Tour Irons Videoblog

Find out what irons Hireko’s own technical director is current playing. This short video will explain the key features and who this model are designed for. For golfers out there who want their clubs to look their best while they are playing their best should check out these awesome looking irons.

Power Play Caiman X2 Tour Blade – Custom Assembled
Model #XI3680 $32.95 each
Power Play Caiman X2 Tour Blade – Clubhead
Model #I3680 $17.95 each

Fitting Larger Putter Grips

Today I want to talk about fitting larger putter grips.  I should start off by explaining to you that putter grip fitting surprisingly has nothing to do about your hand size whatsoever. Rule #1 in putter grip fitting is the grip must feel comfortable to the golfer. No book or chart in the world that is going to tell one with any certainty exactly what size they will ultimately need.  This is one time that there is no substitute for grabbing different putter grip sizes just to experience something that could very well help your game and lower your score.

Larger putter grips have been around for some time now. They are designed to encourage less tension in the muscles of your hands and forearms. The end result is less of a “wristy” stroke. Instead you use the big muscles in your shoulders to have more of a pure pendulum stroke.

While in theory this works great, there are a few things to be aware of.  Making a grip bigger usually causes it to be heavier as you have more material.  In some cases is can raise the weight considerably even as much as 200g!  Using a heavier putter grip is the equivalent to back-weighting or counter-balancing a putter and leads to less head feel.  While back-weighting does help certain players, I treat grip sizing and back-weighting as independent variables.

Over the years, jumbo and super jumbo putter grips have made inroads by using lighter materials in order to avoid counter-balancing the club as much.  For instance, UST Mamiya’s ST1 White Super Jumbo and the Winn Giant Pistol putter grips are by far the two largest putter grips we offer.  Their weight is nearly identical to rubber grip models that are described as mid-size and noticeably smaller in diameter.  Plus these two grips will blow your mind that something that big can be that light the first time you go to pick one up.

If you rely on your wrists to propel your putts and you have no problems with distance control or direction, then there is probably no need to change from a smaller sized putter grip.  But if that doesn’t describe you, take a good hard look at many of the larger putter grips on the market.  Make sure to use the grip weight specifications to your advantage when sifting through your options.  If you like the present balance of your putter which is utilizing a standard sized model, choose one of the lighter models.  If you routinely counter-balance your putter, look at the heavier models.

For clubmakers, it is a good habit of stocking various sized putter grips (standard, mid-size, jumbo and super jumbo). These can be held by the golfer as they come out of the box (good), installed onto cut-off shaft butts (better) or installed onto the same type of putter (best) so the player can get a feel in real conditions.

Now there is one downside to the very large putter grips as they do not fit down inside the putter well of your golf bag and you end up placing in one of the other dividers.  This is a small sacrifice to have if a larger, properly fit putter grip helps reduce your score.

Practical fitting devises
For clubmakers and fitter out there who have used or thinking of using the Dynacraft SPOT putter, here is a suggestion.  Purchase extra hosel adapters and putter shafts that you can interchange to fit for putter grip size.  It is most cost effective fitting method as you can use the same base head.  Not only that, but they store easily and can be transported to and from the practice green without lugging a bunch of different putters around.

Dynacraft Spot Putter – Clubhead Model #P986A $19.95 each
UST-Mamiya ST1 Putter White Super Jumbo Model #RU31 $15.99 each
Winn Excel Lite Giant Pistol Putter Model #RW148 $19.99 each

First Win for the Project X PXi In The Big Easy!

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The all-new Project X PXi shaft scored its first PGA TOUR win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans this weekend. PXi is the evolution of the revolutionary tour-proven Project X shaft family, and a new industry benchmark for performance.

Project X PXi Tapered Steel #PROJXPXI $38.99 each


Playing PXi in his irons and hybrid, the champion in New Orleans captured his first PGA Tour victory after two playoff holes against one of the game’s most notable veterans. He shot a 19-under par 269, a final total that jumps the champ to No. 9 in the FedExCup standings.

“The new PXi is the culmination of years of research and development and it is the most sophisticated steel shaft design in the history of the game,” says Chad Hall, director of product marketing and global tour operations for True Temper Sports. “PXi maintains the same launch trajectory and same spin rates that has made Project X a favorite on the pro tours. Our engineers modified the design to soften the feel in the hands for the shorter irons and stiffen the longer shafts within a set. This is a high-powered combination that produces greater distance and improved feel beyond anything in the game today.”

Truth in Numbers:
• Zurich Classic Champion’s bag: PXi 6.5 in his irons & hybrid; DG Spinner in his wedges
• 131 sets of shafts by True Temper Sports in play at the Zurich Classic
• 15 wins for shafts by True Temper on the 2012 PGA TOUR

The PXi shafts feature a unique variable taper design with a dedicated taper rate for each flex. Longer taper rate results in more energy transfer to the ball for a faster and flatter penetrating trajectory. The new PXi shaft is a great hybrid option and provides a smooth transition from Project X irons to hybrids. PXi shafts are available in 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 flexes and ranges in weight from 108 grams (5.0 flex) to 117 grams (6.5 flex). MSRP: $560 per set.