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Graphite Shaft Hall of Fame and the Some of The Greatest
The evolution of the graphite golf shafts has been incredible. The lists below are just my opinions, but I thought it might be fun.

Lifetime Achievement Award -

Aldila HM 40 Gold - The shaft that started it all.


Hall of Fame -

G. Loomis - one of the best feeling shafts ever, just fragile.

UST Proforce 65/75 Gold - One of the all time selling shafts, everybody had to have one.

Grafalloy - The Prolite, Blue and ProLaunch were huge sellers, now a part of Ture Temper with the Hzrdus Series.

True Temper EI 70 - Great driver shaft and very popular in Titleist clubs and aftermarket.

Harrison Shafts - Big splash in Longdrive shafts

Penley Shafts

Best Graphite Driver Shafts -

Matrix TP7 , The first $1000.00 shaft
TT EI 70
Fuji 757
MCA Diamina White Board
MCA Tensi White, Blue and Orange
Oban Kiyoshi White and Devotion 65
Graphite Design AD Series
Penley Tour Light 60
Fugi Rombax 60
Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Best Fairway Wood Shafts -

Matrix Code 8 - still the best ever and used on tour
Fuji Pro 95 - Just an awesome beast
MCA Diamana - BlueBoard
MCA Tensi Blue 70
True Temper Hzrdus Yelllow 75
Penley Stealth

Best Graphite Hybrid Shafts -

Matrix Altus - Best ever and still used on Tour
Irod Series
Diamana Blue
Oban Kiyoshi Purple
Graphite Design AD series

Best Iron Shafts -

G. Loomis Tours - Davis Love III won a lot of tournaments with Loomis Tour 95 shafts.

Apache Shafts - later became Matrix, used by KJ Choi

UST Recoils

Accra Tours - very underated shafts in performance

UniFiber Steelfiber - Hybrid mix of graphite and steel fibers, but very stable shafts, proven on tour.

Best Graphite Wedge shafts -

UniFiber and KBS lead the pack for me. This area has lagged behind IMO.


These have been some of my favorites in the past and the present. I know that I have left some off the list and you guys can add your thoughts.
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These have been some of my favorites in the past and the present. I know that I have left some off the list and you guys can add your thoughts.


I tried some Grafalloy Procustom Graphite stiff shafts in an old 7I Callaway BB head, and I ended up shafting the entire 2-PW set. They are very inexpensive.

Hit the 7I 165-170 with those shafts.


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Need nippon modus 3 and some graphite design shafts


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Need nippon modus 3 and some graphite design shafts


Good Catch on the Graphite Design Shafts and the YS Series was quite popular for a while.

I played a high end GD ADI 6 (Orange model) for a while and I thought it was a decent shaft for sure, but I was never disappointed in it or overly impressed with it.

Graphite Design is a strange company, One time they want to be in the US market and the next time they are pulling out.

If I am going to invest 350.00 for a shaft, for me personally I would rather another company.

Oban is a great shaft when properly fitted to the golfer and just as good as any GD in my opinion.


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Speeder 757
Fuji Rombax 6Z08
Graffaloy Blue
Aldila NV (Green)
DG Spinner


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re: Graphite Shaft Hall of Fame and the Some of The Greatest
I have added the Fuji Rombax.

The Alidla NV and RIP series got hot on Tour but were short lived because of line extensions.


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Aldila NV (Green)


GOAT


bopper50
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Just added Penley to the list.

Carter Penley was a mad scientist who made exceptional golf shafts. His shafts were used heavily on the Longdrive circuit in the 90's...

He just couldn't raise the capital needed to compete with the big boys.

I had a Penley Tour Light in a Titleist 975D and it was a bomber.


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quote:
Aldila NV (Green)


GOAT



The NV was a good shaft. But it was left behind when the Rouge Series came out.

The Rogue Silver 130 MSI is a very driver good shaft and I added it to the list.


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I Just pulled a Titleist 983k with the Aldila NV green in it out of storage because of this thread and went to the range and that thing still bombs.

I love the feeling of that shaft 65 grams


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bopper50
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Just pulled a Titleist 983k with the Aldila NV green in it out of storage because of this thread and went to the range and that thing still bombs.



Nice, I still have an old 8.5 Ping TISI driver with a Penley Tour !ight 65 . I need to take it to the range and test it.


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When the first graphite came out in the early 70's they were horrible. Aldila was the first manufacturer I remember and their shafts had about 7* of torque. . .you could bomb it if you happened to square the face; otherwise you'd spend the day on an Easter egg hunt. The HM40 was the first low torque shaft I remember, and when Olazabal won the Masters with it it really took off. The gold paint was a master marketing move on Aldila's part.

If you really want to have some fun see if you can find an old Shakespeare iron with a fiberglass shaft. They made them in the mid 60's and Gary Player ( biggest club ho of all time), played them for a couple of years. They were comparable to hitting a hickory shaft.


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Oban Kiyoshi White and Devotion 65


Oban Kiyoshi 05 75g (the purple one)...


bopper50
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The HM40 was the first low torque shaft I remember, and when Olazabal won the Masters with it it really took off. The gold paint was a master marketing move on Aldila's part


When I first got to Houston there was a guy that owned the Golf & Tennis stores.

His store on Westheimer employed 2 guys and all that they did all day was take apart steel shafted TaylorMade Tour Preffered drivers and install the gold HM40 shafts, he then ship them to Japan for triple the price back then.

The swingweights were all over the place, couldn't control them at all.


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LOL. . .without a lead plug in the shaft those swing weights went to about C5 from D3.


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I'm still hitting the Aldila NV (Green) in my ping G2. Been hitting bit for 16 years now. Maybe bits time to upgrade


SamtheSham
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His store on Westheimer employed 2 guys and all that they did all day was take apart steel shafted TaylorMade Tour Preffered drivers and install the gold HM40 shafts, he then ship them to Japan for triple the price back then.


Those were crazy days back then. Armour 692 woods were going for $1,000 to $1,500 a set, Scottsdale Ansers were 2K, and if you had a George Low Sportsmans Park Wizard you could just about buy a new car. I never could understand the Japanese frenzy for buying that stuff.


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I'm still hitting the Aldila NV (Green) in my ping G2. Been hitting bit for 16 years now. Maybe bits time to upgrade


Depends on it it is working for you. Lots of great drivers on the market now, but they all have the same COR rating.

A lot of players don't realize the tolerance discrepancies that club manufacturers allow. It may say 9.0 but ii could be 10.5 or the other way.

Finding the right shaft is the key.

Like Harvey Peneik said, the woods are full of 300 yard drives....
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re: Graphite Shaft Hall of Fame and the Some of The Greatest
The graffaloy blue was awesome. My dad had it in his driver for a decade.

My favorite shaft I've had is the BiMatrix RXi. It is in a 5 wood that was once David Tom's. Not sure if he ever played it in a round. Also had a DT driver that was really good. Can't remember the shaft, but it wasn't stock. I hit that thing so well, and it broke when I bent down to grab a tee. I almost cried.


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The Bi-Matrix was a shaft that a guy either loved or hated, there was no in between.


Stenson made a good living playing the Blue in that 3 wood for years.


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