Talamonti H85 R New Hybrid Shaft Review

jabrchjabrch Members Posts: 3,915
In an Adams Super Hybrid 15 replacing an Aldila VS Proto R
Ok - So I am an unabashed supporter of Talamonti Shafts...I have reshafted my F11 Driver and 3W with them, and I had two of his older generation hybrid shafts in my closet - but didn't want to pull my MRC Thump from my SuperHybrid 19 or my C.Kua from the mashie. However, recently I won a new Hybrid shaft from Phil - and decided to replace my Aldila NVS Proto.



First observation - the color of the shaft is LOUD. I like it - but that yellow is loud. I think most people don't care about the color of their shafts. I like it - but I wonder if it is going to scare off some players? Not sure - It may draw as many as it pushes away - and that number may be small. After all - performance should be more important than color.



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So I brought it to my guy at Golfsmith and had him install it. As always - nice job. A little hitch in that his assistant grabbed it and didn't follow the alignment dots - but no big deal.



So prior to the reshaft, I had the Aldila NVS Proto R shaft . I liked the performance of the club, but I had a tendency to lose it to the left a bit, and wasn't necesarily getting the nice soft drop out of the sky and stick on the green result that I hoped for from a hybrid as compared to a FW wood. I was hoping this shaft, a mid/high launch shaft with low spin would get me the same or better feel that I get from my Thump in the 19 degree SH. With the old shaft, I expected about 225 yards from this club.



I took it out to the range and, after warming up, took a few easy swings. I could feel a bit more stability through the club. I have a mid 90s SS with my driver, so I am between a R and a S flex. I like playing Rs, I get more distance from them, but need a relatively stout R or I start to lose consistency and have wider dispersion. The shaft feels extremely stable. So after a few easy warmup swings, I started to get more aggressive... I was really pleased. The shaft felt to me like it was loading extremely well, and that when I let it go, it flew through the impact zone with more speed and power than my old shaft. After a few swings, I really understood why Phil was so excited about this new shaft. I was getting about 235 from it - but nearly every shot was within a 15 yard radius of my target. For me - that's really good. I tend to spray it a bit - and really tend to lose it left with my hybrids.



I took about 20 swings at full go. Really liked what I saw. The shaft feels good. It performs consistently. Certainly well worth the $75 it costs. It comes in a 85 and a 100 gram model - I don't carry the SS for the big boy version - but a lot of guys here do.



Now my problem - I have two of his older generation hyrbid shafts sitting in my closet and nothing to do with them....



BST? or really expensive alignment sticks? :-)
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Comments

  • phizzy30phizzy30 Members Posts: 2,330
    Good review bro. I've always wondered about the Talamonti shafts. How is dispersion compared to your Thump? Feel? I would just sell your older gen models on BST. I'm sure somebody would pick them up.
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  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 Members Posts: 2,767 ✭✭
    Review is almost spot on for my experience....I got the Stiff shaft....



    The dispersion is so tight...it makes me seem like a genius golfer! HA!



    It is longer, straighter and a perfect flight. I tipped mine 1.5 inches btw.



    I could not be happier....I love the graphics!
  • SabakaSabaka Members Posts: 747
    Can anyone compare this newer model to the older model? Anyone played both?
  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 Members Posts: 2,767 ✭✭
    There was no older model of the Hybrid shaft...this is his first.



    If you are talking about the driver shaft, then they were stiffened up a bit from the mid section down through the tip and torque was reduced. The original version was softer and players with a higher SS could fell the difference.



    The shafts feel more stable and feels more true to stiff.
  • RookieBlue7RookieBlue7 Members Posts: 13,157 ✭✭
    edited Aug 20, 2011 #6
    I got the H100x and it's a monster in my Rescue11. I tipped it per Phil's recommendation and installed it in the sleeve I bought from Will (those sleeves appear to taper a tad at the bottom, which to me is strange for a parallel tip size, but I did have to turn the bottom 3/16" on the shaft down just a tad to get it to fully seat). For me, the club is now simply point and shoot. The shaft is VERY stable and launches like a rocket.



    I, too, now have Talamonti shafts in the entire top end of my bag. PD70 v1 in the driver, PD80 v2 in the 3 wood and H100 in the hybrid. All are x flex and are launch pads for me.



    Here are all 3 shafts:

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    And the H100 when looking down the from the grip in the Rescue11:

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    There's all at STD in the R11 driver and 3 wood along with the Rescue11.
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  • jabrchjabrch Members Posts: 3,915
    phizzy30 wrote:


    Good review bro. I've always wondered about the Talamonti shafts. How is dispersion compared to your Thump? Feel? I would just sell your older gen models on BST. I'm sure somebody would pick them up.




    I love my Thump. I'd say they are very similar. The only difference is about $125.
    Ping G30 Tour 65
    Callaway XR Pro 3 Wood
    Callaway Xhot 3 and 4 Hybrid
    Callaway XR 5-AW - Recoil 680 F4 shafts
    Vokey 60 degree
    STX Putter
  • jabrchjabrch Members Posts: 3,915


    There was no older model of the Hybrid shaft...this is his first.



    If you are talking about the driver shaft, then they were stiffened up a bit from the mid section down through the tip and torque was reduced. The original version was softer and players with a higher SS could fell the difference.



    The shafts feel more stable and feels more true to stiff.




    It was his FW/Hybrid shafts....wasn't just for the hybrids...but yeah - you know what I mean.
    Ping G30 Tour 65
    Callaway XR Pro 3 Wood
    Callaway Xhot 3 and 4 Hybrid
    Callaway XR 5-AW - Recoil 680 F4 shafts
    Vokey 60 degree
    STX Putter
  • jabrchjabrch Members Posts: 3,915
    Blue - I'd have gone with the 100 if I were a faster swinger - but at my fastest I get into the high 90s....the H85 is great for me.
    Ping G30 Tour 65
    Callaway XR Pro 3 Wood
    Callaway Xhot 3 and 4 Hybrid
    Callaway XR 5-AW - Recoil 680 F4 shafts
    Vokey 60 degree
    STX Putter
  • RookieBlue7RookieBlue7 Members Posts: 13,157 ✭✭
    jabrch wrote:


    Blue - I'd have gone with the 100 if I were a faster swinger - but at my fastest I get into the high 90s....the H85 is great for me.


    Yeah, I understand. Just giving info on the H100 also. He doesn't make the 100 in R and doesn't make the 85 in X.
  • jabrchjabrch Members Posts: 3,915
    Right....



    The two I have sitting in my basement that I likely will be selling are the Original PD80 in R flex.
    Ping G30 Tour 65
    Callaway XR Pro 3 Wood
    Callaway Xhot 3 and 4 Hybrid
    Callaway XR 5-AW - Recoil 680 F4 shafts
    Vokey 60 degree
    STX Putter
  • I will be playing talamonti in driver, 3wood and hybrid like Rookie soon! New version of both PD70x and PD80x. PD70 in either 9015d or r510TP - PD80 in r9 TP 3wood and finally the H100x in my 09 rescue TP. Can't wait to try these shafts!
  • jabrchjabrch Members Posts: 3,915
    Phil makes some great stuff, services his customers even better, and prices his gear fairly. Great operation.
    Ping G30 Tour 65
    Callaway XR Pro 3 Wood
    Callaway Xhot 3 and 4 Hybrid
    Callaway XR 5-AW - Recoil 680 F4 shafts
    Vokey 60 degree
    STX Putter
  • svssvs Members Posts: 818
    jabrch wrote:


    Phil makes some great stuff, services his customers even better, and prices his gear fairly. Great operation.






    +1



    Placed an order today and Phil was quick to answer my emails. Very helpful as well!



    Also, I came across there Facebook page online during a search and he seems to be running a top notch operation with Talamonti Shaft's!
  • RohlioRohlio Members Posts: 2,310 ✭✭




    Yeah, I understand. Just giving info on the H100 also. He doesn't make the 100 in R and doesn't make the 85 in X.




    He makes the 85 in "X"....he doesn't make it in "Tour X".
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    Driver: Ping G400 LST 8.5* Kuro Kage Silver TINI 70s
    FW: Ping G25 4 wood Kuro Kage Silver TINI 80s
    Utility: 20* King Forged Utility One Length C Taper Lite S
    Irons: King Forged One Length 4-PW C Taper Lite S
    Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Black Satin 50, 54, 58
    Putter: Custom Directed Force Reno 2.0 48" 80* Lie Side Saddle
  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 Members Posts: 2,767 ✭✭
    So an update: Been playing my 85S Talamonti with a R11 head. All I can say is wow....what a great club.



    I am using it to tee off more than I am my other clubs now. I am getting about 240 off the tee where as with the stock shaft I was pretty much around 225...so I say it has been about a 15 yard gain. What is the best though is how tight the dispersion is now....the ball almost never strays offline....even with my not so perfect swing!



    I love the color combo with the R11 head and just love the overall feel. I have a WINN PCI Hybrid grip on there which finishes off the combo...



    Highly recommended for hybrid users.
  • svssvs Members Posts: 818
    I got my Talamonti H-85 Hybrid shaft last week but haven't decided which club to use it with?



    -Recue 11

    -TEE XCG-4

    -Nike VR Pro
  • RookieBlue7RookieBlue7 Members Posts: 13,157 ✭✭
    svs wrote:


    I got my Talamonti H-85 Hybrid shaft last week but haven't decided which club to use it with?



    -Recue 11

    -TEE XCG-4

    -Nike VR Pro




    Works great in the rescue11 for me.
  • skralyskraly ClubWRX Posts: 1,526 ClubWRX

    svs wrote:


    I got my Talamonti H-85 Hybrid shaft last week but haven't decided which club to use it with?



    -Recue 11

    -TEE XCG-4

    -Nike VR Pro




    Works great in the rescue11 for me.


    Reviving an older post. How do you think this shaft would work in a driving iron, something like the Taylormade or Tiltleist driving irons? Thanks.
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