Aldila VooDoo - Any 2019 feedback?

BDoubleGBDoubleG Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaMembers Posts: 1,332 ✭✭
edited Mar 25, 2019 3:31pm in WRX Club Techs #1

Hey all,
I recently picked up a Callaway XR fairway wood (14 degree 3 deep) with an Aldila VooDoo SVS8. I love the head, but I'm finding that I might be losing out with this shaft.
I can't find any info at all on the 80g shaft (I just see some sporadic info on the SVS6 and SVS7), but i'm assuming it hassimilar specs to those two.

I'm looking at maybe swapping out for one of the following:
1. a Fuji Tour Spec 84 (heavy mid-launch)
2. a HZRDUS Smoke 80 (seems higher-launching for a HZRDUS shaft)
3. a UST Elements Chrome 8f4t, because it's just a great shaft

I know the VooDoo was well-received back in 2008, but I'm wondering how it stacks up 11 years later, and whether these newer shafts might work out better. The reason I bring these three shafts up is because I already have them, so there's no issue of "don't waste your money on another shaft".
Any thoughts would be great! Thanks

Titleist TS3 9.5 | PX HZRDUS Handcrafted Yellow 75
Callaway XR Deep 14 | UST Elements Chrome 8F4T
Srixon Z U65 3 | Mitsubishi OT 105x
Mizuno MP Fli-Hi Cut Muscle 4 | TT DG S400 Tour Issue
Nike VR Forged Pro Combo 5-P | TT DG S400 Tour Issue
Vokey SM6 50.08F | TT DG S300
Vokey SM6 54.10S | TT DG S300
Callaway PM Grind 19 60.12 | TT DG S300
Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No.3 350g

Comments

  • Stuart_GStuart_G New HampshireMembers Posts: 22,923 ✭✭

    Time doesn't make any shaft obsolete, it only provides more options to choose from.

    Only way to find out if any of the other shafts will work better or not is to give them a try and compare the actual ball flight results. There is nothing inherent about the newer shafts that will make them perform better, but which one of all the options might be a better fit for you is something that will take a little effort on your part of figure out.

    FWIW, whether it's the original vs-proto, the vs-voodoo, Tour Blue, Rogue Black, or the newest 2kxv blue - there are minor differences in feel but all work equally well for me because the basic profile is a good fit for me (and I still have one of each around in various clubs I'm using).

  • BDoubleGBDoubleG Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaMembers Posts: 1,332 ✭✭

    Yeah very good point - I’ll just have to get some time with it as-is, then get an opportunity to compare. Thanks.

    Titleist TS3 9.5 | PX HZRDUS Handcrafted Yellow 75
    Callaway XR Deep 14 | UST Elements Chrome 8F4T
    Srixon Z U65 3 | Mitsubishi OT 105x
    Mizuno MP Fli-Hi Cut Muscle 4 | TT DG S400 Tour Issue
    Nike VR Forged Pro Combo 5-P | TT DG S400 Tour Issue
    Vokey SM6 50.08F | TT DG S300
    Vokey SM6 54.10S | TT DG S300
    Callaway PM Grind 19 60.12 | TT DG S300
    Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No.3 350g
  • markheardjrmarkheardjr Member 141..Oh yeah...Snap to youngin! Members Posts: 7,294 ✭✭

    I agree with Stuart. Old shafts are awesome! And with my background in Aerospace/Defense i can tell you that composites do not fatigue due to time alone.

    I was theeeee VooDoo guy around these parts many years ago. They really did make a bunch of great shafts. So many fantastic prototypes that the masses would have loved if they made them. (Like the XDV6 / Apple's Fairway) or the XPP6/XPP8 low spin bombers. I had a CHIII Proto that was like an XXVS7.

    In general, older shafts are lower launch and spin IMO than newer shafts when compared to the same "launch/spin" categories. A 2003 Low Launch / Low Spin is so much lower than a 2019 "Low launch / Low spin" shaft. What I do think has improved is the ability for shafts to decrease spin while enabling higher launch. But only to a minor degree. Shafts cannot magically create high launch and low spin, but they can help create conditions that improve that if you are trying to make that happen with your swing. I always appreciated Aldila's (read VP of Engineering John Oldenburg's) mad scientist approach (FYI My eyes are on the new LA Golf Shafts since they picked him up as their guy when Mitsubishi Chemical made a massive mistake in letting him go.) Things like MLTI, S-Core, RIP and Graphene usage were what sent them on the extreme edge and that is what I liked!

    SVS8 us a great shaft. It may be a tad lower launch and spin than todays "mid/mid" shafts. I think it would suit someone well in a fairway wood that naturally launches mid to mid/high and is a mid-spin generator. I recently put a VS-Proto 80X in an M1 and absolutely blistered it. But it had just a touch too much spin for me but I am a high spin generating player.

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    TaylorMade M3 9.5° w/ Tour Issue Aldila The Phene'd 60TX
    TaylorMade '08 Burner 14.5° w/ p9003X
    TaylorMade '08 Burner 17.5° w/ p9003TX
    Srixon ZTX-II 3-PW w/ Modus Nippon Modus Prototype ORA X (3I has an E11 Proto in Stiff)
    Cleveland 588 RTX CB 52° w/ Nippon Modus Prototype C10 S
    Srixon WG-706 56° w/ Nippon Modus Prototype C10 S
    Scotty Cameron SS Newport Beach w/ UST Frequency Filter
  • BDoubleGBDoubleG Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaMembers Posts: 1,332 ✭✭

    Wow, thanks so much for that feedback! I think I'll try a couple rounds out on the course with it. I was at the range over the weekend and wasn't having too much difficulty elevating, but I could see a little more height helping me out. I'll maybe throw in the fuji if I feel I need more height, but at the end of the day, if it works, I probably won't make the change.

    Thanks again!

    Titleist TS3 9.5 | PX HZRDUS Handcrafted Yellow 75
    Callaway XR Deep 14 | UST Elements Chrome 8F4T
    Srixon Z U65 3 | Mitsubishi OT 105x
    Mizuno MP Fli-Hi Cut Muscle 4 | TT DG S400 Tour Issue
    Nike VR Forged Pro Combo 5-P | TT DG S400 Tour Issue
    Vokey SM6 50.08F | TT DG S300
    Vokey SM6 54.10S | TT DG S300
    Callaway PM Grind 19 60.12 | TT DG S300
    Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No.3 350g
  • jholzjholz Members Posts: 1,296 ✭✭
    edited Mar 26, 2019 9:31pm #6

    I've used a number of Aldila shafts over the years, and like others, I will vouch for their quality and performance.

    That being said, the release of the VooDoo, Habanero, and the other shaft that they released in that line whose name escapes me at the moment, represented a real low point in their production history.

    At the time when they were initially released, Titleist used them as a stock shaft in the 909 series drivers, and I recall hearing a lot of complaints. That driver failed mainly because of the shaft. If you could get one with a Diamana, they were awesome. With the VooDoo, they totally sucked. This was also the height of the "made-for" era of aftermarket shafts, so it's hard to say if the stock VooDoo in the 909 was legit.

    I had an Adams hybrid with the SVS8 VooDoo in it, and I must say that shaft was the sloppiest piece of garbage that I've ever swung. Again, it may have been a "made-for" shaft.

    In any event, I would argue that those shafts were so terrible, that Aldila has tried very hard to scrub their existence from everyone's memory.

    YMMV, of course. If you like it and swing it well, happy days! You can get a whole bag full of em for about $15, I would imagine.

    Cleveland Launcher HB 10.5* - Stock Miyazaki C. Kua 50 Stiff
    Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
    or
    Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
    Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
    or
    Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
    Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
    5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
    Vokey Design 200 Series 52* Stock Wedge (?)
    Cleveland CG15 Oilcan 56* Stock Wedge
    Callaway X-Series JAWS Slate CC 58* Stock Wedge
    Odyssey White Ice #7 - Golf Pride Oversize
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