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Driver shaft - best bang for the buck... to you?

SpeedyProSpeedyPro Members Posts: 570 ✭✭✭✭✭

I recently got into a new hobby - shaft experimenting

To me, especially driver shaft experimenting is most fun.
I haven't tried anything under $30, but I haven't tried anything over $400 either.

To me, Aldila NV green (new version) 55g has been best bang for the buck - long, feels good, etc.

What's your best bang for the buck driver shaft?

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  • Red4282Red4282 Members Posts: 424 ✭✭✭✭

    I just picked up a new uncut diamana ahina for 50 bucks... pretty good imo

  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members Posts: 2,393 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Yeah I would definitely say that second and third generation Diamanas are huge bang for the buck. Ahina/Kai'li's and B-series/W-series can be had quite cheap, often much cheaper than the first generation or any of the newer offerings obviously. The same goes for the Project X LZ Handcrafted shafts which were top dollar new and now can be had under $100, even under $75, all day.

    Mizuno ST190 9.5* Diamana X'17 70xx || Taylormade M1 430 8.5* Tensei Pro Orange V2 70TX
    Callaway XHot 3Deep Pro 14.5* FujikuraMotore VC 8.3 Tour Spec X || Nike SQ2 13* DiamanaBlueboard 83x
    Nike Tour Issue SQ2 17* Diamana Blueboard 103x || SQ2 15* Diamana Blueboard 93x
    PING Anser 20* Aldila Rogue Black 110MSI 105h Tour-X || Taylormade V-Steel 21* Project X Rifle Satin 6.5
    Mizuno MP-H4 3i 21* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-H4 4i 24* Project X PXi 7.0
    Mizuno MP-59 4i-PW 24*- 48* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey Mild Raw 8620 54* Brunswick Precision Rifle FCM 7.0
    Vokey  SM6 58* Oil Can Low Bounce K-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx1
    Vokey Special 62* Black Oxide V-Grind Brunswick Precision FCM 7.3 SSx2
    Scotty Cameron Santa Fe Bullseye shaft

    WITB Thread
  • Howard JonesHoward Jones Members Posts: 9,328 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    i would say it like this, ALL shaft models who was top notch when they came to the marked and proved their quality, is still top notch, and thats goes all the way back to True Temper EI 70 and later Graffaloy PRO-Lites.

    What fits each player is a different ball game, but if you find a classic with the right flex and profile, they are most likely a bargain vs "the latest" models out there.

    The profiles that i like is Pro-Lite evo versions, my favorite so far is Grafalloy RED AXIS where everything feels just right in a driver to me, and it was top of the line from Grafalloy when it came, and there is no "best before" date stamped on it or any of the other, so i have no plans to change it, even if the shaft is close to 10 years now.

  • ksflva63ksflva63 Mid-AtlanticMembers Posts: 33 ✭✭

    Agree on any old Diamanas.. same applies for any Speeder TS, Speeder Evos, Project X Handcrafted, UST V2, majority of 10 yr old ACCRAs, Fubukus, older Kuro Kages.. spotted a few Fuji Pro TS' for under $40..

    I play the Speeder Evo I 757 in FW which I just found for $49. Also like the Fuji Pro 53 which I played in an M2 for years which can be found for $50. Biggest waste of money ever spent was on a new Oban. Second biggest waste of money has been has been any Project X made in last three years.

    PING G410+ Tensei Orange
    TM M5 15* Speeder Evo 757 OG
    Callaway Apex Pro Smoke 3/4 TT Elevate
    Callaway Apex MB 5-PW KBS C-Taper Lite
    SM7 50F/54S/58S KBS Tour Custom
    Newport Teryllium 2019

  • Stuart_GStuart_G New HampshireMembers Posts: 23,977 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    For me it's:
    Aldila VS-Proto, vs-voodoo. UST PF v2 or AxivCore Green, and the aftermarket Diamana S+ (not a fan of the second gens).

  • phatchrisrulesphatchrisrules Members Posts: 2,116 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    For me, the best bang for my buck has always been a V2. I seemed to (at least at the time) hit those things on a rope all day long especially in fairway woods and hybrids. A close second is the Ping Tour shafts (since they are free), I always hit those awesome too in every club I've used them in. Ping Tour shafts can be had brand new with a tip and grip for less than a $100 CAD and the USTs you can find a bunch of clubs for cheap on eBay, pull the shaft, and then you have a head you can turn around and sell again.

    Cobra F9 7.5 - Accra TZ5 55
    Callaway Rogue SZ 13.5 - Fubuki V 70
    Callaway Rogue SZ 18 - Diamana Thump 85
    Mizuno CLK 22* - Speeder 75HB
    New Level 1031 5-P - DG105 Black Onyx
    Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth - DG105 Black Onyx
    Bettinardi BB0 "Gotta Sting" Proto 1 of 1 
    Scotty Cameron Teryllium T22 Newport
  • Darth_BladerDarth_Blader Members Posts: 996 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I bought a Wilson Triton for $49!! Chucked the head and kept the Rogue. Its been a great shaft!

    Cobra F9 9* Rogue 125msi
    TM M3 3HL Thump FW
    Vsteel 5w 7W06
    Vsteel 7w Rogue 80
    Ping S55 4-PW DG TI X100
    Scratch 8620 50* DG x100
    Vokey SM6 56* DG S400
    Scratch 8620 TI 60 DG S400
    Odyssey LE PT10 KBS CT Shaft

  • mwink822mwink822 Members Posts: 2,694 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    For a driver my favorites are Grafalloy Prolite 35, Aldila NV, Pro Force V2, Diamana Whiteboard and 'ahina, Fujikura Motore F1

    For fairway woods, Aldila VS Proto and Voodoo VS, Diamana Blueboard and Kai'li, Fujikura Motore F3, and the old blue Project X Tour Issue.

    Titleist 917D3 9.5* Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX
    Titleist 917F2 18* (turned down to 17.25*) Diamana S+ 80X
    4 - 718 Titleist AP3 Project X 6.0
    4-P 718 Titleist AP2 Project X 6.0
    White Satin Mizuno MP T7 51-08 Modus 3 105X
    Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 55-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
    Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 59-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
    Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback 1
  • jah7838jah7838 Members Posts: 1,076 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Attas Elements MK and currently the Diaman 'Ahina. Found both for about $60. Used the Elements MK all season, and I just recently purchased the 'Ahina. It spins slightly less than the MK, so I can play my M3 at 9.5* instead of lowering the loft down like I had to with the MK. Lowering the loft with the MK made my miss to the right on bad days or when I'm tired even worse.

    WITB
    Driver: 9.5* M3 Diamana 'Ahina 70s or Attas Elements MK 7s
    Fairway: Cobra F6 Baffler set to 16.5* with Motore Speeder 8.3 Stiff
    Hybrids: 19* Adams XTD Super Hybrid VTS 100s, 23* Adams Super 9031 S300
    Irons: 4 iron PTx Pro with RIP Tour 115s,  5-PW Ben Hoga PTx Pro DGTI S400 (4 iron isn't in the bag very often)
    Wedges: 48* bent to 49* Hogan TK wedge, 52* bent to 53* Mid and 56* bent to 58* RTX 4. All wedges have DGTI S400
    Putter: Kingston KP1 Carbon Oil Can Finish
  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Rogue Tour, Old Diamana, Aldila NV, Fujikura PRO or XLR8 - all can be had under $40 a shaft and are fairly recent models (2015+)

  • NessismNessism To measure is to know... Members Posts: 18,805 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Darth_Blader said:
    I bought a Wilson Triton for $49!! Chucked the head and kept the Rogue. Its been a great shaft!

    I've got one of those Triton Rogue's and love it. The standard Rogue Silver is excellent too and quite affordable. Maybe not as cheap as some of the other shafts being mentioned in this thread but affordable none the less.

    Ping G400 Max driver w/Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60S
    Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 5 wood w/Aldila Rogue Black 70S
    Cobra (Lexi blue) F7 Hybrid w/Aldila Kuro Kage 80S
    Ping G410 irons w/Recoil 95S
    Ping Glide 50/55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110S
    Ping Anser/Arna putter - the "real deal!"
  • ChipNRunChipNRun Members Posts: 1,564 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 9, 2019 7:23pm #13

    Got my first driver fitting in late 2008. Since then, clubs and shafts:

    • Calla HyperX Tour, 10.5° (bonded) with Fuji 360 Fit-On / R-flex and 68 grams (Note: 0.350" tip!)
    • Calla Razr Fit, 9.5° (adjustable) with Aldila NV RIPd R-flex and 60 grams (self-fitted)
    • Calla XR 16 Pro, 10.5° (adjustable) with Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 / R-flex and 62 grams

    The two Fuji shafts - both available among stock offerings - seem to have worked the best.

    After a happy Season #1 with RazrFit, I started having various control problems - adjustment tweaks never resolved for than a month at a time. RazrFit would probably have worked better with 10.5° head - only adjustments possible were face angle - open, standard and closed - and shifting head weights. Even with heavy weight on toe, I still had recurring problems with hooks.

    With the Fuji shafts I could feel if I was in tempo or not. I have gone to a semi-flat swing after being way too upright for years, and I can feel the Fujis load as I sweep back and then unload going into impact - if transition is smooth.

    What's In The Bag *...

    Driver: Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
    FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
    or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
    Hybrid: Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
    Irons: Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i - PW** / KBS Tour 90 R-flex 101 gr.
           4i refitted with SteelFiber 780 HLS Hybrid shaft R Flex 75 gr.
    Wedge: Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS +
    MD.PM 60°/10  | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr. |
    Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) / 34" w. Ping Pistol PP60 grip (stock)
    Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
    Ball: Calla SuperSoft
    * Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course.
    ** Wedges: 46°and 48°are competing for bag space.
  • PoolpartyPoolparty Members Posts: 281 ✭✭✭✭

    @third-times-a-charm said:
    Rogue Tour, Old Diamana, Aldila NV, Fujikura PRO or XLR8 - all can be had under $40 a shaft and are fairly recent models (2015+)

    The rogue Tour is the one that looks like the Rogue silver yeah? Anyone know what the profile is like?

    For me I think the KKDC silver TS proto is a good shaft and can be had new on ebay for $40/50

    Stiff
  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Poolparty said:

    @third-times-a-charm said:
    Rogue Tour, Old Diamana, Aldila NV, Fujikura PRO or XLR8 - all can be had under $40 a shaft and are fairly recent models (2015+)

    The rogue Tour is the one that looks like the Rogue silver yeah? Anyone know what the profile is like?

    For me I think the KKDC silver TS proto is a good shaft and can be had new on ebay for $40/50

    Yeah, there's a Rogue Tour Green and Blue, its got the 'microchip' graphics by the handle. One is HL and one is LL

  • BookerBooker Members Posts: 771 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you can find the tour issued taylormade shafts that were painted to look like the stock shafts. R11 To sldr era I've gotten some great diamana, oban,ad di, speeder ts, for well under 100 uncut. Ahina and Kai li really stand out as great shafts you can get on the cheap now a days.

  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors Posts: 4,978 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Best shaft for the money, Aldila Synergy Green. $199 for a graphene, tour only prototype that was once $500.

    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/forum/608-greengrassevaluationscom/

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  • drumdude96drumdude96 Members Posts: 892 ✭✭✭✭✭

    HZRDUS yellow has been money for me. Best $90 I have spent in a while.

    Bag 1                                                                                                         Bag 2    
    Cobra King F7 10.5° HZRDUS Yellow 63 6.0 44"                                           PING G400 Max 10.5° ATTAS 4U 6TS 44" 
    Taylormade M4 3HL  Motore Speeder Tour Spec 8.3 Stiff 42.5"               PING G25 3 Wood PWR Stiff
    Adams Super LS 19° Hybrid Aldila NV 105 S                                             PING G25 5 Wood Steelfiber ss85 Stiff
    Titleist 915H 24° KBS Hybrid 110 X                                                            PING G25 23°, 27°, and 31° Hybrids KBS Tour V 110                                                         
    Titleist 915H 27° KBS Hybrid 110 X                                                           PING G25 7-UW KBS Tour V 120
    Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 6-GW KBS Tour V 125 SS 2X                               PING Glide 54 SS KBS 610 125 S+
    Cobra Trusty Rusty 55° KBS Tour V 125                                                    PING Glide 58 TS KBS 610 125 S+
    Cobra Trusty Rusty 59° KBS 610 125 S+                                                   PING Sigma G Tyne H
    YES! Natalie Center Shaft 33" Golf Pride Tour SNSR Straight 140cc
  • getitdailygetitdaily Members Posts: 2,476 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Darth_Blader said:
    I bought a Wilson Triton for $49!! Chucked the head and kept the Rogue. Its been a great shaft!

    Yep!

  • SUITSSUITS Members Posts: 964 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For my money it is the diamana White and blue, new for 100-120 , used market is loaded with them mostly with titleist tips on global and other sites.

  • pompjrpompjr Members Posts: 623 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Currently using the Ust V2 Black in my M6 driver and have no complaints.. beat out Tour Ad Di and Ad Tp shafts.. And it’s only $54

  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Allez Allez Allez Minnesota, USAMembers Posts: 6,605 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    My answer would be the NV and VS Proto shafts, depending on which of the two profiles I'm needing at that point in time. Have used both with a fair amount of success over the last decade or more...

    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver: Adams Fast 12 LS 9.5* set to 10.5*, Xcaliber T6+, TS, 44.25", D6
    3w:  Bridgestone J's Professional Weapon 14*, stock stiff, 42.5", D5
    1i:  Golden Ram Vibration Matched, DGS400
    3-PW:  Mizuno MP-37, DGS300
    GW:  Mizuno Pro 52*, DGS300
    SW:  Scratch 8620 58*, DGS400
    Putter: Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 35"
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Urethane/Professional, or 50 Elite, Srixon ZStar/ZStar XV, Snell MTB Black... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time

    I've proven once again that anything over 44.5" or even 44.25" is a horrible fit for my tee game
  • HitaHouseHitaHouse Members Posts: 150 ✭✭✭

    @Howard Jones said:
    i would say it like this, ALL shaft models who was top notch when they came to the marked and proved their quality, is still top notch, and thats goes all the way back to True Temper EI 70 and later Graffaloy PRO-Lites.

    The profiles that i like is Pro-Lite evo versions, my favorite so far is Grafalloy RED AXIS where everything feels just right in a driver to me, and it was top of the line from Grafalloy when it came, and there is no "best before" date stamped on it or any of the other, so i have no plans to change it, even if the shaft is close to 10 years now.

    I am also a fan of the Prolite family of shafts - I still have a driver with the original Prolite in the awesome, stealthy black color - works well for me.

  • RogerinNewZealandRogerinNewZealand Maungakeikei Auckland New ZealandMembers Posts: 2,554 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Diamana Blue 65 regular in my 909! Im a prolaunch blue guy.Also just got an Illima 61? Regular with 910 tip to try in 4 wood.Also looking ex cally x2hot aldilla tourblue like then too.So smooth stable midhi launch

    2019 September nice bag

    Titleist 909d2 9.5
    Tm M1 21 hybrid'16
     
    Mizuno MP 63 DGR300 at D4

    Old SM at 54 and SM6 58S 10
    Ping B60 
    DarkTanTitleistCap

  • MooJerseyMooJersey MarylandMembers Posts: 530 ✭✭✭✭✭

    HZRDUS Black Smoke for $100 has been a steal

    Cobra F8+ Driver / HZRDUS Smoke
    Cobra F8 3W / Aldila NV 2KXV Blue
    Titleist 718 AP2 3-PW
    Vokey Jet Black SM7 50.08F
    Vokey Jet Black SM7 54.08M
    Vokey Jet Black SM7 60.04L
    Bettinardi Queen Bee #6

  • ian-500ian-500 Members Posts: 857 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Diamana kai'li is still an excellent shaft. Kuro Kage Proto Tini is also very good.

    Taylormade Original One 13.5* + Tensei CK Pro Blue 80tx.
    Ping G400 no.2 17* + Oban Kiyoshi White 95x.
    Titleist VG3 Forged '18 4i - PW + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Titleist Vokey Forged 50 + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Callaway PM19 54/58 + KBS 115s.
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300.
  • James the Hogan FanJames the Hogan Fan Members Posts: 684 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Got an R15 on Craigslist with a Matrix Ozik 6Q3 Red Tie in X flex. That shaft in that club has produced one of my best driving seasons to date, and the shaft is findable on the bay for less than $30

    Golfing in Finland!
    Wilson D300
    W/S Fybrid 3W
    W/S Fybrid 5W
    Hogan Apex 2003 (3-E)
    Mizuno 56
    Maxfli Revolution 60
    Macgregor Jackie Pung Putter #10

  • dcopp7dcopp7 Members Posts: 1,116 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    +1 for Matrix Ozik
    Also OEM Grafalloy Prolaunch Red or Blue are easily sub $30/per

    Cleveland Launcher 460 Titanium 10.5* driver

    Cobra MAX 16.5* 3 wood

    Cobra Bio Cell 19* hybrid

    Dynacraft Prophet CB flexface 5i-PW

    Acer XB 52* & 58* wedges

    OLD Northwestern heel shaft putter
  • mizuno playermizuno player Mizuno player Members Posts: 1,468 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Matrix Red Tie MFS. They can be had for a good deal.

  • thed0nthed0n Members Posts: 88 ✭✭✭

    I've been tinkering with "bang for the buck" shafts forever now. Best of the bunch are Aldila Tour, Matrix Ozik, and Diamana S+/D+. These are the shafts you can consistently find at cheaper prices.

    WITB-
    Ping G400 Max *9 w/ Aldila X-Torsion Copper Stiff
    Callaway Rogue Hybrid *17 w/ Aldila Tour Green ATX Stiff
    Adams XTD Ti *19 w/ Matrix Ozik Red Tie HQ3 Stiff
    Adams DHy *21 w/ Matrix Ozik Red Tie HQ3 Stiff
    Callaway Apex Forged CF 16 5-PW w/ TT XP95 Stiff
    Mizuno S5 *52.08 and *56.14 w/ TT Dynamic Gold
    Callaway PM Grind *60.10 w/ KBS Tour V
    Odyssey #7 WHP w/ P2 Aware Tour

  • boggymanboggyman Members Posts: 2,686 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

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