Say “Bye-Bye” to the same old boring chrome-plated steel shafts and add a touch of color to your game with the New Apollo Chroma Steel Shafts from Hireko Golf.
The Apollo Chroma features a two-tone fade finish in three of the most color-coordinated paint schemes. This ultra-lightweight golf shaft design (20 grams less than a standard weight shaft) will help reduce overall weight and give those golfers with a relatively smooth swing added distance, yet the accuracy they associate with steel shafts. However, there is more than meets the eye than the colorful yet economical steel iron shafts with tight weight tolerances.
In the upcoming Modern Guide to Golf Clubfitting book, we talk about creating alternative flexes. Even though this shaft was originally created as an R&S combination flex shaft, we can follow the rules of soft and hard-stepping and create basically 6 flexes out of one shafts. Here is a chart showing what the manufacturer recommends for R-flex in black and S-flex in red.
You will notice that there is a 2” difference in the tip trimming between these two flexes. If we cut the shafts to each of the two flexes in identical heads, lengths and swingweights we would see a 10 cpm difference. However, let’s say we wanted to make the shaft between R and S flex or what some may call firm. We can tip trim 1” more than chart for the R-flex or 1” less than S-flex chart. We would have confidence that a 1” difference in tip trimming would result into a 5 cpm change. The shaft has nearly 11” of parallel tip section and 42” in raw length so we have plenty of room to trim more if we wanted to create a stiffer flex or hit a target frequency. And since fewer and fewer customers are carrying 3 and 4 irons, you can create softer flexes by trimming less. You can see the approximate frequencies you can expect based on the various trimming options.
It should be noted that there are listings for Soft R, Tour S and X in addition to Firm. These are simply labels to assign the flex relative to the normal R or S flex designed into the shaft. The frequency of the Apollo Chroma will be softer in the same flex designations as shafts that will be much heavier. That is, don’t expect the Chroma X to be as stiff as a Dynamic Gold X100 as there are no industry standards for flex.
What does it play like?
In terms of weight, frequency and stiffness distribution along the length of the shaft, the Apollo Chroma matches up well to the KBS Tour 90 parallel tip shafts using the trimming options listed below. Note the X-flex was created by tip trimming to length.
Chroma R = KBS Tour 90 Parallel Tip R-flex trimming to the 4.0 option
Chroma S = KBS Tour 90 Parallel Tip S-flex trimming to the 4.5 option
Chroma X* = KBS Tour 90 Parallel Tip S-flex trimming to the 5.0 option
For those that use the Dynamic Shaft Fitting Index (DSFI), here is the information to match up to the annual Shaft Fitting Addendum.