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Not that long ago, when you went to get your new driver, there were two shaft options: Steel or graphite. Now manufacturers offer premium shafts, often at no up-charge, to maximize your performance when using their latest creation. So many premium shaft options can cause confusion. We’ll list the options a handful of manufacturers are using to help out when searching for a new driver.

Before we begin, the stock options from manufacturers will fit the majority of golfers. There are low, middle, and high launching options generally weighing around 60 grams. While one of these options will generally work, companies offer many other shafts. That being said, it’s important to get fit by a trusted professional. They will use their knowledge to find the best shaft for you, be that a stock shaft or otherwise.

Premium Shaft Options by Manufacturer

TaylorMade

TaylorMade stock shaft options

The stock options in the 2017 TaylorMade drivers are Fujikura Pro XLR8 56, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60, and Project X HZRDUS Yellow 65. The launch and spin rates go from high to low, respectively. TaylorMade also offers close to 100 additional shafts.

 Callaway

Callaway Stock Shaft Options

The latest Callaway drivers feature these 6 stock shafts in 4 different weight classes:

  • 40g Class: Mitsubishi Diamana (Green) M+
  • 50g Class: Mitsubishi Diamana (Green) M+, Project X HZRDUS T800
  • 60g Class: Fujikura Pro Green, Aldila Rogue M•AX
  • 70g Class: Aldila Rogue M•AX

Callaway offers a total of 29 shafts customers can upgrade to without an upcharge.

Titleist

Titleist Stock shafts

Similar to Callaway, Titleist offers 6 shafts in 4 different weight classes in their latest drivers. They range from the Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Ltd. Red 40 to the Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 74. There are around 75 shaft options from Titleist.

Mizuno

Mizuno Stock shafts

Mizuno offers any premium shaft they carry at no upcharge. The latest driver comes stock with Fujikura Speeder Evo II 569. Mizuno offers heavier weighted Speeder Evo II shafts as well as a Fujikura SIX XLR8 shaft. While not offering as many shafts as other companies, Mizuno is confident these shafts produce the best results for their driver.

Other Premium Shaft Options

Looking for more performance out of your current driver? We have a large selection of shafts for sale! If you aren’t sure which one to get, contact one of our PGA Professionals! They will answer any questions you have and get the right product for you!

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Srixon Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV: Taking Tour Performance Farther


Improvement is the goal for anyone in the golf industry and Srixon is no exception. In 2010, the Srixon released the first Z-STAR XV golf ball. Thus began the Z-STAR series’ journey to where it is today. The latest versions of the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV blend new design elements, giving more tour-level performance over previous models.  After discussing each improvement, you’ll see how Srixon is true to their word.

Srixon Z-STAR

Srixon Z-STAR Golf Ball

The Z-STAR is a 3-piece ball and is ideal for swing speeds of 90+ MPH. The ball has a softer feel compared to the previous Z-STAR. To accomplish this, Srixon redesigns their proprietary Energetic Gradient Growth core. This core starts soft in the middle and gets increasingly harder moving towards the outside of the ball. Reducing the compression to 88 improves launch conditions and gives more distance off the tee.

Srixon Z-STAR dimples

The cover of the Z-STAR has a 338 speed dimple pattern. There are 5 different dimple sizes that give the ball longer, more efficient flight. These dimples make up Srixon’s trademark Spin Skin Coating. The improved version on the Z-STAR increases friction due to fewer bonding points between the club face and the ball. More friction leads to more spin, especially around the green and out of the rough.

Srixon Z-STAR XV

In contrast to the Z-STAR, the Z-STAR XV works best for swing speeds above 100 mph. The 4-piece ball has a firmer feel than the Z-STAR, with a compression of 105. The Z-STAR XV launches higher than the Z-STAR and also delivers low driver spin.

Srixon Z-STAR XV E.G.G. core

The new dual energetic gradient growth core in the Z-STAR XV has a larger, softer inner core. The outer core has more consistent hardness. The ionomer mid-layer, located just below the Spin Skin coated cover, is thicker than before. The Z-STAR XV also has the same 338 speed dimple pattern as its counterpart. These elements combine to deliver maximum ball speed and distance on full shots and exceptional spin around the green.

Summary

Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV

Feel and swing speed are the biggest differences when comparing the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV. A moderately fast swinger, looking for softer feel and the most spin around the green should stick with the Z-STAR. Fast swingers that want the most distance while sacrificing a little spin and softness will want the Z-STAR XV.

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TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x: 5 Layers, Zero Compromises

TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Golf Ball

TaylorMade’s TP5 and TP5x expand on the 5-layer ball technology originally introduced 7 years ago in the Penta TP. TaylorMade is the first company to release 2 5-layer golf balls at the same time. The design results in a golf ball that performs optimally with every club in the bag. Here’s how these new golf balls deliver maximum driver and iron distance along with greenside control.

Shared Features of the TP5 and TP5x

Tri-Fast Core

TaylorMade TP5 TP5x Tri-Fast Core

The unique, 3-layer core system enables maximum energy transfer while generating massive speed on full shots. TaylorMade uses progressive compression in the core to achieve this. The most inner layer of the TP5 and TP5x is the softest. As you move to the following 2 layers, the core gets harder, creating more speed. The Tri-Fast Core also reduces spin to aid in driver and iron distance.

Dual-Spin Cover

TaylorMade TP5 TP5x Dual-Spin Cover

The dual-spin cover ensures maximum control and feel around the green.  It is comprised of an ultra-soft cast urethane cover with a semi-rigid inner-cover. The harder inner cover pushes the soft outer cover into the grooves at impact, creating maximum interaction between the two. As a result, you get exceptional spin performance with full wedge shots and laser-like control around the green.

Unique Features of the TP5 and TP5x

The big differences between the TP5 and TP5x are the feel and trajectory. The TP5 has the softer feel and launches with a mid-trajectory ball flight.  The TP5x feels slightly firmer than the TP5 and launches higher with less spin for more distance.

Which one is for me?

Both the TP5 and TP5X are tour level balls providing maximum performance and feel. Take a look at the unique features to decide which is best for your game. Whichever you choose, you can feel confident that your game will not be compromised.

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