Rob Altomonte on June 11th, 2014

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Rob Altomonte on June 10th, 2014

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If you haven’t tried a Graphite Design shaft in a while or at all, or have been sitting on the fence after watch the pros tee it up from Graphite Design shafts, now might be the opportunity to pull the trigger to see if one of these models won’t bring higher performance to your game.

If you watch golf on TV you probably noticed a lot of professionals (both men and women) not only playing Graphite Design branded shafts, but also winning with regularity. The shafts you see them play with the most are the ultra-premium Tour AD models from Japan and you can easily tell by their distinctive cosmetics. But did you know they make quite a few other premium shafts for under $100?

Download Hireko Golf CatalogThe “classic” Graphite Design YS-Series
There are very few graphite shafts that have the longevity and success the Graphite Design YS-Series has had. When those shafts debuted over a decade ago, they became the winningest shafts on tour for the first two years.  Since then they have been staples in clubmaking shops, OEM upgrade options as well as became the prototypical shaft for other companies to emulate and design after. What made the YS-Series so popular? I strongly believe it was rare combination of a smooth feeling shaft with the sensation of control; these are low torque shafts without feeling like a board.

The YS+ Series wood shafts are available in the two most popular weight categories (60 and 70 gram). For you techno-geeks like me, let’s provide you with some comparative data. Using our new shaft profiler, we are able measure the deflection or stiffness along the length of the shaft so you get more of a complete picture of how the shaft flexes. The following chart shows the deflection of the two S-flex shafts with the left side showing the tip end and the right side is the butt. More flex is indicated when the line is higher on the chart. (Note: Hireko’s Dynamic Shaft Fitting Index (DSFI) found at the end of the article).

Graphite Design YS Series
As you can see, these two shafts nearly have the same profile meaning you could potentially use the 60g model in a driver and 70g model in your fairway woods and have a very similar feel. The biggest difference (aside from weight) comes at the tip section where the YS-7+ (shown in red) is slightly stiffer and you will notice a subsequently lower ball flight.

Graphite Design G-Series Red
Introduced only a few years ago, the G-Series is designed to fit a wide range of golfers and picking up where the YS+ series left off. These use Graphite Design’s proprietary X-Directional Technology (XDT). This is a fancy term for laying up the fiber layers in multi-directional patterns along various parts of the shaft. To put this all in perspective, a low cost graphite shaft will have longitudinal or 0º plies coupled with opposing 45º angle to control torque. But as you can see from this cut-away, there are several more directional plies systematically aligned along the structure to provide the feel and performance of a more balanced shaft. When graphite shafts are painted all sorts of beautiful colors, the general public really can’t see what’s going on to justify the cost, which is a byproduct of the material and material layup and that is what makes a higher-performance shaft.

Graphite Design X-Directional technology
The G-Series Red are available in weights that run the gamut, from shafts cut and assembled into a club that run in the 40 gram range all the way to the 80 gram range. We tested the more popular weights and here is a glimpse of how their deflection compare amongst each of the S-flex shafts.

Graphite Design G Series Golf Shafts
This is important lesson on shaft fitting. These were all S-flex shafts in each of the weight classifications, yet the deflection curves, or a measure of how stiff the shaft is, don’t all fall on top of one another. But look closely. They all have the same signature profile or shape of the curve and that is why they all have the DNA of the family.

As you decrease in weight, the deflections become greater exhibiting a higher degree of flexibility. That is the green line (G60) is slightly more flexible than the purple line (G70). The G50 (red line) is even more flexible and the G40 (blue line) is the most flexible of all. This all makes sense because as we have less weight, there is less material to prevent deflection. This is why even though they are in the same family; the G40 has the highest launch angle and spin. As you drop down in weight, trajectory and spin decrease making this a very versatile line.

Most people that are familiar with Graphite Design most likely have had experience with the YS-6+. The following chart shows the deflection differences between the YS-6+ and the G Series Red 60. The G-Series Red has the stiffer tip to mid-section and the reason why this is described and mid-launching and mid spin shaft compared with the YS-6+ which is mid-high launch and mid spin.

Graphite Design G Series 60 deflection

Graphite Design G-Series Silver
New this year was an introduction to the Silver series, which was designed to launch the ball lower and with slightly less spin than the G Series Red. This gives clubmakers another option when fitting their customers to optimize launch and spin if a customer is set upon a particular head and loft and you need to lower ball flight based on launch monitor data. Even if you only had the G-Series Red in your fitting cart, you can confidently suggest the Silver to lower the trajectory some without drastically changing feel. Here is the deflection comparison between the two. If you have a hard time seeing the chart, the Silver is the one in green.

Graphite Design G Series Silver
Graphite Design G-Series Hybrid
While these may not be painted red or silver, the hybrid version still uses the same XDT technology as the G-Series woods do. They come in three different weight ranges (75, 85 and 95). Again, as weight decreases, expect the trajectory and spin to increase in the same given flex. The 75 and 85 gram models could even be paired with the YS-series. The extended lengths are optimal for many of the lighter and lower lofted hybrids (up to #6). I am not sure I would suggest these for a full set of hybrids down to the wedges like some of our models we offer as you might be better off using the iron shafts for those.

Graphite Design G-Series Irons
Companion shafts, the G-Series irons are available in 3 different weight categories to match the hybrids. These are very affordable and all have the same signature deflection profile. As you step up in weight, you will see a lower launch angle as a result.

DSFI data
In addition, here is the DSFI data that we produce for our annual Shaft Fitting Addendumso you can compare them to other shafts we have tested. We also included the lower cost, entry level G-Tech series based on numerous requests.


The Skinny
Hopefully we have shown you there is a lot of technology and options in fitting for under $100 a shaft. If you haven’t tried a Graphite Design shaft in a while or at all, or have been sitting on the fence after watch the pros tee it up from Graphite Design shafts, now might be the opportunity to pull the trigger to see if one of these models won’t bring higher performance to your game.


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Rob Altomonte on June 4th, 2014

Horse HeadcoverThe new Horse Headcover is the perfect item for horse lovers who want their golf ball to haw or gee on command or need some giddy-up and go off of the tee.

2014 also marks the year of the horse. Fits drivers up to 460cc.

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Jeff Summitt on June 2nd, 2014

Here are three prime examples of distinct types of clubs that can help you find more fairways making it easier to reach the green in regulation and toward a lower score. Don’t get tongue twisted off of the tee this coming Father’s Day and remember to tell a friend.

Download Hireko Golf CatalogNo one can argue that golf is fun especially when you play well. One of those keys to playing well is to put the ball in play off of the tee if you want to lower one’s score. While the long ball is great to brag to your buddies about, it will be a long walk toward the 19th hole if most of your drives are finding more of other people’s fairways than the ones you were aiming at, if at all. Easier than saying “find me a fairway finder for Father’s Day” in rapid succession, here are three alternatives to drivers you can hit off of the tee for your next time out on the course.

Thrive when you drive
Annually one, if not our best-selling tee clubs year after year isn’t a driver at all, but a club called a Thriver. The name is a combination of a three wood and a driver and the clubhead itself derived from the best attributes of both. We actually have two of these; Acer XS Thriver and Acer XF Thriver. They are the same size as a regular confidence-building driver with a high rebound face with two small differences. First, the head is 10 grams heavier. This allows for a 1” shorter club that is easier to get the meat of the face on the ball as well as squaring up the face at impact. Secondly, it has the loft of a 3-wood and we all know how much easier it is to hit it straighter than a driver.

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Get down to brass tacks
When the driver is going awry you always have your 3-wood to fall back on. But then you look at its small size and all the sudden you don’t have the same confidence when you pulled it out of your bag when you go to address the ball. There is a solution to that called the Power Play Wrap Speed Brassie. First of all, it is not a 3-wood otherwise we would have called it a 3-wood. The Brassie has a very large footprint at address. If it had the face height of a typical driver, it would have had a volume of 380cc. The importance is that it makes it 24% more forgiving on off-center shots than a typical 3-wood.

Father's Day Sale Up To 25% OffThis is not a one-trick pony either as it is versatile to hit from the tee and yet shallow enough to hit off the deck when needed. The high-strength, thin face will give ample distance as well. Think of the Brassie as more of a mini-Thriver.

Iron out your long game
Yet another example of a fairway finder is our Dynacraft Driving Iron. At 18º, it produces a piercing trajectory to get some added roll out after it lands. Being an iron, it will be a shorter, more manageable club length to hit the sweet spot and actually have the ball land in the vicinity you aimed at. It has a special vacuum heat treated, high-strength 17-4 stainless forged face to provide superior distance over a traditional iron. It is hollow-bodied to give added forgiveness like a hybrid, but in a package that look a traditionalist will appreciate.

Here are three prime examples of distinct types of clubs that can help you find more fairways making it easier to reach the green in regulation and toward a lower score. Don’t get tongue twisted off of the tee this coming Father’s Day and remember to tell a friend.

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Graphite Design Shafts announced today that the newly crowned No. 1 player in Official World Golf Rankings and the winner of the PGA Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial played the Graphite Design Tour AD DI8-X Stiff Flex shaft.

Graphite Design Tour AD DIAdditionally, the winner of the Rex Hospital Open played the Graphite Design Tour AD DI7-X Stiff Flex shaft.

“Yet another exciting weekend in tournament golf and two great wins for the Graphite Design Tour AD DI model of wood shafts. We are ecstatic to have the world’s No. 1 ranking player relying on the performance of the Tour AD DI shaft and congratulate him on his recent accomplishments”, commented Wayne Ageno, President of Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc..

Download Hireko Golf CatalogRevolutionary technology, design, and the most advanced materials are trademarks in all Graphite Design shafts, making them the highest quality premium golf shafts on the market today. Validating the company’s “Tour AD” logo, all of Graphite Design’s PGA Tour-proven shafts specifically promote “Accuracy and Distance”. These key competitive advantages are helping professional and amateur golfers optimize their games after switching to Graphite Design shafts. Graphite Design continues to be the most dominant shaft on the JGTO Tour and has been for the past eleven years.


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Rob Altomonte on May 29th, 2014

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Jeff Summitt on May 28th, 2014

Some of the hardest shots in golf are often the shortest ones. If you or one of your customers has a tendency to chili dip, two-chip, flub, dub, stub, blade, etc. a short pitch or chip shot, you are not alone.

Download Hireko Golf CatalogThere are a number of causes like not having a forward press and creating excessive arm or wrist movement or deceleration through the impact zone. You might know how far the club propels the ball on a full shot with relative confidence and have no problems executing it. But what happens when that distance is only 20% or less that you have to carry the shot from regularly less than ideal conditions?

Root of the cause
Some of what causes the dreaded chili dip is swing fundamentals and in other cases it can be equipment related. For instance, if you take the club too far back, the likelihood of decelerating comes into play as your brain recognizes with normal acceleration and the ball would go too far. Too much of an abbreviated stroke and the ball will be helplessly short of where you want the ball to land. One of the culprits of tempo of the swing is the overall weight or balance of the club is not ideal to make those delicate little shots. Think of a yip, but with a club other than a putter.

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Solving the yips on the green is typically solved by using a heavier overall weight putter, one where the head is heavier or even counterbalanced. In other cases, a larger grip can take the wrists out of the equation and work as a counterweight as well. Chili dips, double hits and the other maladies for short pitch and chip shots can be possibly helped by these same things and it varies per person. What works for one person, make not be the same for the next.

Too much of a good thing
If you experiment with adding weight to the head, counterbalancing or increasing grip size and you find that helps, you might ask “Will adding yet more weight or making the grip even bigger help more?” Well, the answer to that is there is an optimal limit for each and every person and beyond will start to make matters worse. All it takes is a little time and experimentation to see what helps the best.

Every golfer needs to have that “go-to” club in the bag that can carry the ball reliable only a short distance from a variety of lies. It could be a higher lofted wedge, mid or short iron, hybrid or fairway wood (if close enough to the green) or chipper depending on if it is a bump and run or forced carry- it really doesn’t matter. Make sure you can practice that shot routinely. If you have a hard time with that portion of the game, consult a local club fitter or teaching professional.

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Rob Altomonte on May 22nd, 2014

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