What is the hottest shaft on tour? If you don’t happen to read industry press releases or visit golf equipment forums on the web it might be a shaft you haven’t heard of yet. That shaft is the Aldila Rogue and is built on Aldila’s ultra-successful new “tour” platform.
It uses the same tapered tooling and Nex Gen Micro-Laminate Technology that was utilized in Aldila’s Tour Green and Tour Blue. All of these models comprise of ultra-thin layers of premium, low resin aerospace grade materials.
Are they really using Unobtainium in the Aldila Rogue?
Maybe not, but Aldila is competing with the aerospace industry for use of a new advanced, rare and extremely expensive “Graphitic Carbon” material. On tour, the typical graphite fibers used in graphite shaft construction have a range in modulus of 33-55 million pounds per square inch (MSI). The Rouge incorporates material that is much stiffer. For instance, the Rogue Black uses 95 MSI material and the Rogue Silver 110 MSI. They also make a special Limited Edition – Made in USA version that uses 125 MSI materials.
What this allows is for Aldila’s engineers to create a shaft that is stiffer and lower torque without adding any additional weight. At the same time more material is positioned in the upper third of the shaft to help counterbalance the shaft, permitting for either a heavier head weight or for a longer assembly length without yielding an excessive swingweight. Those my friends are two factors that can help squeeze out more distance off the tee.
Now that same technology and performance will be available for sale to custom clubmakers and to the general public. We will be offering two versions of the Rouge. The Silver is the low-mid launching version like the Tour Green. It will be available in 60 and 70 gram weight options for woods. Then there is the mid-high launching Black. It will be available in weights of 60, 70 and 80 for woods as well as an 85 gram hybrid model.
Expanding the fitting spectrum: Green, Blue and now Red
Aldila’s Tour Green (mid-low launch) and the Tour Blue (mid launch) where released earlier this year and have been well received on tour plus as options in some popular name brand driver on the market. Now available is the new Tour Red utilizing the same high-end materials and tapered profile. The dissimilarity is the Tour Red is offered with a softer tip section to launch the ball higher than the Tour Blue. It will be available in a lighter weight 55 gram version as well as 65 and 75. Coming soon there will be a 75 gram matching hybrid shaft.
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It is that time a year for manufacturers to start unveiling their 2015 product lines and our first company to do so is Lamkin grips. Here is a quick look at what you will soon be able to get your hands on.
2015 Lamkin UTx Wrap
The UTx line made its’ debut last year and was well received. Lamkin is now introducing a new offshoot version of it. Over the years I found there are two types of people out there. No, I am not referring to Democrats and Republicans, rather golfers that either prefers a smooth surface or the texture of a wrapped grip. Now the UTx family covers both. The new UTx Wrap will be available in standard and midsize in both black and a blue version (sorry no red like the standard UTx).
If you are not hip to the UTx performance advantage, here is a quick look. They offer their Tri-Layer technology which is essentially blending different materials for better results. These give you the traction of a corded grip without the harsh feel.
Speaking of Lamkin UTx, there is also a new jumbo putter model. Lamkin will introduce two other putter grips, but we will talk about those in a future blog.
Another new grip line to “wrap” your fingers around, the new 2015 Lamkin Wrap-Tech Grips
Lamkin has had a long line of followers with their Perma Wrap families over the years. With the departure of the Perma Wrap Ace with 3GEN after the inventory runs out, Lamkin will soon have the new family called the Wrap Tech. This differs from the Perma Wrap grips of the past as Lamkin engineers added a high-traction band between the grooves in the simulated wrapped pattern. So you get the tacky feel you have come accustomed to with the Perma Wrap grips of the past but with some extra traction.
These will be available in standard, midsize and oversize (jumbo) grip sizes, while the standard model will be available with 3 different accent colors to color coordinate with today’s most popular clubs.
If you think you are seeing double on our website in regards to many of your popular Lamkin grips, don’t worry. Lamkin is slowing changing over from the long-time script logo to their new one. You can get some good bargains now on some of the older logoed grips so act fast before they are gone. For clubmakers, you may want to look at your inventory and see if you might need some fill-in pieces so you can complete a set before they are all gone.
Well, that’s a wrap on the new 2015 grips from Lamkin.
If you are an outdoorsman like me, you might want to be aware of a new company called Camo Golf.
They specialize in “camo golf gear” featuring Realtree MAX-4 wetlands camo; one of the most successful duck hunting camo patterns ever designed. The MAX-4 camo design features cattails, millet, milo, cornstalks, sunflowers, oak and maple leaves, cedar and oak limbs, and a variety of other plant life. The pattern offers maximum effectiveness as waterfowl camo in any open terrain—without geographical limitations. It is the largest camo artwork on the market. Just think of what the crew of Duck Dynasty might do to golf equipment.
CamoGolf was started by a good friend of mine (Gene Simpson) who is a fellow 30 year veteran of the golf business. The line is limited so I am going to review the entire line after given them a good “shot” out on the course.
Gene worked for UST for many years so it is no surprise he choose the new UST Proforce V5 shaft for his shaft. These feature nearly full-length Realtree MAX-4 graphics given them not only a unique or one of a kind look, but durable finish. These go through a unique hydrographic application process that adds no more weight than a traditional paint / polyurethane, but look way much cooler.
A synopsis of the hydrographic technique goes a little like this. The Max-4 pattern is printed on a water soluble film, which is then floated in a tank of water. The film dissolves, leaving the ink pattern intact on the water’s surface. The shafts are lowered into the water / ink bath where the ink wraps around the shaft. The shafts are then washed off to remove any overlapping ink patterns. Then CamoGolf puts them thru the typical silk screening and clear coating process – using a flat textured clear for durability.
If you are not hip to the ProForce V5 shaft, it is the next-generation version of UST’s popular V2 line which has been a clubmaker’s staple for many years. The bend profile using our EI Profiler is nearly identical to one another meaning you can expect the same trajectory. The biggest difference is the V5 uses newer materials and is made with a slighter higher torque for added feel (read the UST VTS story).
Camo’s grips use Realtree’s AP Camo graphics in 3 distinct color schemes; AP Blaze, AP Snow and AP Grey. The AP means all purpose for its effectiveness out in the field. These are mid-sized polyurethane grips (both in the standard and putter models) with a diamond-textured outer surface. The polyurethane material is soft and helps reduce vibration and the larger size is good for those that want to hold onto something meaty.
Buckshot Brand Golf Balls
OK, first of all, these aren’t camouflaged like their other products so you won’t lose them in the trees, traps, rough or any other place on the course as you would the ammunition you are using now. The Buckshot brand is similar to some of the major brands balls so you are not going to notice any difference in performance. You need to reload after a lost ball or when they get worn and ratty anyway and these white, Surlyn covered “bullets” are very affordable leaving you more money in your wallet for cool stuff.
They are available in two types of packaging; standard 12-pack as well as a unique shotgun shell casing. The latter is available in 000 (3-ball) or 00 (2-ball) shells and would be a great collector’s items or as a holiday gift for the outdoorsmen.
Golfers in general love the great outdoors and may very well like to hunt, fish, shoot, camp, hike or a number of other activities away from the hustle and bustle when not enjoying golf. These products are a way of tying your passions together.