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Thus, we have made the difficult decision to transition the forums to our original software platform. We’re excited that, in the nearly two years since we began the process of our most recent switch, our original platform has been upgraded significantly, and we are confident that the reversion will not only provide the stability that we desperately needed prior to our last move but will also return to the Membership the high level of customization that made our online community so great. We have also added technical resources to the GolfWRX staff that will allow us to build custom modules and modifications that we are confident will take the forums to the next level.

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So, please pardon our mess over the next five days or so while we transition the forums.

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Fujikura Ventus Experience! We will be there Monday through Wednesday! Follow Along!

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  • Pure745Pure745 CPC #15 Members  11487WRX Points: 205Handicap: BabyPosts: 11,487 Titanium Tees
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    Wow - what a cool trip! Huge fan of Fujikura products, they just seem to have a lot of options that work well for me. Great crew representing WRX.. good stuff! Now I have to hunt down that 85g TR shaft :)

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  • 4rheel4rheel OC, CaliforniaMembers  2237WRX Points: 345Posts: 2,237 Platinum Tees
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    Tai, you should’ve been on this trip. You would’ve appreciated the tour of the proto section of their new building and the Enso system they demonstrated for us. Pretty mind blowing the kind of info they can obtain to understand the needs of a wide variety of golfers. And yes, they have special shafts only you could hit;)

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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @mizuno player said:

    On -, @Jagpilotohio said:

    On -, @mBiden2 said:

    Did they give y’all any proto info on DJs ventus or upcoming ventus shafts?

    We could tell you but we’d have to kill you. 😂

    Seriously though....I held one in my hands and pretty much begged for one.
    They are being seeded on tour right now but we were sworn to secrecy and couldn’t take pictures. There is another version as well with a totally different profile being tested.

    Hoping it has a stiffer handle. I don't usually get along with softer butt shafts. Fingers crossed.
    Lucky dogs!! 🌭

    The blue is not super soft in the hands. It has a soft mid section.

    The tip is where the magic happens. Incredibly stiff both in torque and in flex.

    Posted:
    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
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  • cvhookem63cvhookem63 Fujikura Ventus Experience ETXClubWRX  4826WRX Points: 496Posts: 4,826 ClubWRX
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    Made it back to Dallas in one piece after a little pit stop in Lubbock. Will make for a long day tomorrow, but it was a heck of a trip.

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    WITB Link
    TaylorMade M3 440 9* Fujikura Speeder 857 TR-X
    NIKE Vapor Fly 14* Fujikura Rombax P95X
    NIKE Vapor Fly Pro 3-4 Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X
    TaylorMade P770 5-9 X100
    TaylorMade TI MG 46* X100
    TaylorMade TI MG Raw 50*, 55* S400
    TaylorMade TI MG Hi Toe Raw Face 60* S400
    SCOTTY CAMERON Select Squareback
  • drbonesvtdrbonesvt ClubWRX  8453WRX Points: 352Handicap: WIPPosts: 8,453 ClubWRX
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    Any discussion on the jewel collection?

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    SIM 8* AD TP 7tx 1.25" 
    SIM 15* ADDI 90x tipped 2"
    Titleist 2i 19.5* T-MB AD DI 105x (Tipped 2.5”)  Sans 2i R15 5w Fit on Pro 95XX (tipped 2.5”)
    Titleist MB 620 3-PW (48* PW) Tour Issue X100s (HSx1) -1* Weak loft -2* flat 620mb specs 
    TMAG MG2 52(
    On -, @53*) SB 10* , 58(
    On -, @59*) LB 9* bounce  - Tour Issue S400 (62* Lie angle) 

    Piretti Potenza Sight Dot 365g |Bettinardi BB8 Trisole bare 348g | or Toulon San Diego Sight Line  - 68* Lie angle 2* of loft 
    All woods & 2i hot melted, GP Tour Velvet . 580 Ping Hoofer 
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    On -, @Pure745 said:

    Wow - what a cool trip! Huge fan of Fujikura products, they just seem to have a lot of options that work well for me. Great crew representing WRX.. good stuff! Now I have to hunt down that 85g TR shaft :)

    I’m right there with yah about the 857 TR!

    Posted:
    WITB

    Driver: TaylorMade SIM MAX (10.5 degrees - set to 9.75 and 1.5 degrees open) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 White 70 TX (at 45” and tipped 1”)

    3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 Black 70 TX (at 43” and tipped 1”)

    UDI - ***under construction***

    Irons - ***under construction***

    Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 Raw (48 bent to 50-11, 54-11, 56 bent to 58-14 degrees) - Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

    Putter - Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 Mid-Slant 34”

  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members, ClubWRX  10876WRX Points: 3,984Handicap: 8Posts: 10,876 ClubWRX
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    On -, @drbonesvt said:

    Any discussion on the jewel collection?

    No, I have no idea about this one.

    Posted:
    Driver: Taylormade SIM 10.5 KBS TD 70TX
    3 iron Cobra King Utility Aldila Rouge 90 X flex
    4-PW Cobra king forged CB KBS $ Taper 130 X flex
    WEDGES; CLEVELAND RTX4: 49 and 64
    WEDGES: Titleist SM7 54 and 60 KBS tour custom matte black shafts.
    PUTTER; Kronos release long neck
    BALL; 2019 ProV1 yellow/Snell MTB-X yellow
  • mizuno playermizuno player Mizuno player Members  1757WRX Points: 401Posts: 1,757 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @Jagpilotohio said:

    On -, @mizuno player said:

    On -, @Jagpilotohio said:

    On -, @mBiden2 said:

    Did they give y’all any proto info on DJs ventus or upcoming ventus shafts?

    We could tell you but we’d have to kill you. 😂

    Seriously though....I held one in my hands and pretty much begged for one.
    They are being seeded on tour right now but we were sworn to secrecy and couldn’t take pictures. There is another version as well with a totally different profile being tested.

    Hoping it has a stiffer handle. I don't usually get along with softer butt shafts. Fingers crossed.
    Lucky dogs!! 🌭

    The blue is not super soft in the hands. It has a soft mid section.

    The tip is where the magic happens. Incredibly stiff both in torque and in flex.

    Interesting. Thanks

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  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members, ClubWRX  10876WRX Points: 3,984Handicap: 8Posts: 10,876 ClubWRX
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    I find it to be close to that holy grail, unicorn shaft of high(er) launch, and low spin. We all know, or should know that high launch and low spin is really not possible, but this is as close as i think you can get. Plus it has really good feel of loading and unloading.

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    Driver: Taylormade SIM 10.5 KBS TD 70TX
    3 iron Cobra King Utility Aldila Rouge 90 X flex
    4-PW Cobra king forged CB KBS $ Taper 130 X flex
    WEDGES; CLEVELAND RTX4: 49 and 64
    WEDGES: Titleist SM7 54 and 60 KBS tour custom matte black shafts.
    PUTTER; Kronos release long neck
    BALL; 2019 ProV1 yellow/Snell MTB-X yellow
  • knudson81knudson81 My WITB is $100 but my swing is $.50 Marshals, Media Staffer  3348WRX Points: 387Posts: 3,348 Marshals
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    On -, @drbonesvt said:

    Any discussion on the jewel collection?

    I talked to Alex Dee a little about the materials, graphics, and process on that line. They put a TON of time and money into that line!

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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    I thought the actual Assembly process was very cool. Rolling, pressure wrapping in high strength plastic tape to press out air pockets, curing in an oven for over an hour, two step wet sanding and then painting and graphics screening. Here is the “rolling”.

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    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    Two step wet sanding process on a raw shaft. Coarse and fine wet sanding before paint goes on.

    Raw shaft after the pressure tape is removed Vs. sanded shaft.

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    Post edited by Jagpilotohio on
    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    High pressure tape wrapping a freshly rolled shaft before curing. It squeezes out any air pockets or voids. The tape is removed after oven curing for an hour and a half and before sanding.

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    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
    Jones Trouper Bag
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    Painting a shaft. Probably not how you thought it was done. We were all surprised. It gets the screened graphics and a clear coat after this base coat dries. “Pulling” it through the paint in the trough gives it a better finish than spraying, uses far less paint, and the paint layer weighs less. There is a rubber membrane with a small perfectly round hole in it that basically squeegees the excess paint off the shaft as it exits the tray.

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    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
    Jones Trouper Bag
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    On -, @scottaz said:

    While you’re there, I’d highly recommend asking to test the pro iron shafts vs your current iron shafts.

    That’s no joke. They are really good. Sam (4rheel) has them in his irons and Caleb (cvhookem63) has them in his 3/4 irons. I hit Sam’s and they felt phenomenal.

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    Ping G410 LST 9* Fujikura Ventus Black 7X 
    Ping G410 LST 14.5* Fujikura Ventus Black 8X
    Ping G410 17.5* Fujikura Ventus Black 10X 
    New Level 902 4-P Mitsubishi MMT 125TX  
    New Level M-Type 50/54/60 KBS 610 S+
    PXG Operator P Gen 2 34.5” 
    Bridgestone Tour B X 
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    On -, @Jagpilotohio. Thanks for the videos! They were really cool.
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    WITB

    Driver: TaylorMade SIM MAX (10.5 degrees - set to 9.75 and 1.5 degrees open) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 White 70 TX (at 45” and tipped 1”)

    3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 Black 70 TX (at 43” and tipped 1”)

    UDI - ***under construction***

    Irons - ***under construction***

    Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 Raw (48 bent to 50-11, 54-11, 56 bent to 58-14 degrees) - Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

    Putter - Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 Mid-Slant 34”

  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    My pleasure! I really enjoyed seeing the steps first hand.

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    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
    Jones Trouper Bag
  • phi482phi482 Members  1013WRX Points: 130Posts: 1,013 Platinum Tees
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    Curious to the guys that went out there if you hit the Ventus in a fairway wood? Or what would match well for one? I am one of the Ventus testers in the other thread and want to support Fuji in my 3 wood as well.

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    Titleist TS3 10.5 - Ventus 6x Tester
    Titleist TS3 3 wood - PX Smoke 6.5
    Mizuno MP20 HBM 3 iron 
    Mizuno MP20 MMC 4-P 
    Vokey SM6 - 50.12, 54.14, 60.10 - s400
    Bettinardi SS3 - SC Newport 2 SS
  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members, ClubWRX  10876WRX Points: 3,984Handicap: 8Posts: 10,876 ClubWRX
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    On -, @phi482 said:

    Curious to the guys that went out there if you hit the Ventus in a fairway wood? Or what would match well for one? I am one of the Ventus testers in the other thread and want to support Fuji in my 3 wood as well.

    I didnt, but wish that I had. I can see this being a very solid three wood shaft. especially in the 7-8X range.

    Posted:
    Driver: Taylormade SIM 10.5 KBS TD 70TX
    3 iron Cobra King Utility Aldila Rouge 90 X flex
    4-PW Cobra king forged CB KBS $ Taper 130 X flex
    WEDGES; CLEVELAND RTX4: 49 and 64
    WEDGES: Titleist SM7 54 and 60 KBS tour custom matte black shafts.
    PUTTER; Kronos release long neck
    BALL; 2019 ProV1 yellow/Snell MTB-X yellow
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    Agreed. I can see this being an excellent fairway as well. That will be even more likely when they may or may not come out with another profile in the near future.

    We all only got fit for drivers because of time constraints and if I wish to be totally transparent, I didn’t get actually get to hit the Ventus in my flex. I was the last one fitted and They ran out of 6x shafts.. I hit 6s and it was a bit too soft. I’m at 112 and not the smoothest swing. I ended up testing the speeder 661 TR in X, which was quite nice. VERY anti left. They are going to send me a Ventus 6x when they are back in stock.

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    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
    Jones Trouper Bag
  • GooseHookGooseHook Keep it Fraiche Members  12143WRX Points: 583Posts: 12,143 Titanium Tees
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    I'm glad that WRX was down when I tried to sell my Ventus, because I gave it a second chance and I've never been driving the ball better. I'm usually around 50% fairways and have exceeded that for three straight rounds on a narrow home course.

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    SIM Max 9.0°, Kuro Kage XD 70TX
    Flash SZ 17°, VTS Silver 8x
    Mizuno MP Fli Hi 21°, Recoil 110

    X Forged '18  5-P, PX 6.5
    SM7 50F, 54S, 58M

    PXG Closer Gen 2  
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    On -, @4rheel. Great write up and love all the pictures!
    Posted:
    WITB

    Driver: TaylorMade SIM MAX (10.5 degrees - set to 9.75 and 1.5 degrees open) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 White 70 TX (at 45” and tipped 1”)

    3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 Black 70 TX (at 43” and tipped 1”)

    UDI - ***under construction***

    Irons - ***under construction***

    Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 Raw (48 bent to 50-11, 54-11, 56 bent to 58-14 degrees) - Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

    Putter - Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 Mid-Slant 34”

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    On -, @QuigleyDU said:

    On -, @phi482 said:

    Curious to the guys that went out there if you hit the Ventus in a fairway wood? Or what would match well for one? I am one of the Ventus testers in the other thread and want to support Fuji in my 3 wood as well.

    I didnt, but wish that I had. I can see this being a very solid three wood shaft. especially in the 7-8X range.

    Im really close to pulling the trigger on either the 7 or 8X for my M5 3w. I just need to figure out which weight to go with. I’ve thought since the launch of Ventus that it would be a great fw shaft.

    Posted:
    WITB

    Driver: TaylorMade SIM MAX (10.5 degrees - set to 9.75 and 1.5 degrees open) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 White 70 TX (at 45” and tipped 1”)

    3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees) - Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 Black 70 TX (at 43” and tipped 1”)

    UDI - ***under construction***

    Irons - ***under construction***

    Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 Raw (48 bent to 50-11, 54-11, 56 bent to 58-14 degrees) - Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

    Putter - Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 Mid-Slant 34”

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    Part 4:

    Next was lunch at Grand Del Mar in sunny San Diego. We had food and drinks and then worked out way to the range and tee boxes to start our round. We were in three groups of four, and it was a mixture of Fuji guys and WRXers. Group 1 was Marshall, Johnny, Cody, and Scott. Group 2 was Chad, Eric, Jake, and me. Group 3 was Brian, Austin, Sam, and John Hovis (Fujikura Tour Manager). In our group Chad and I cartnered up and took on Eric and Jake in a match. The round of golf was a blast. I hit some driver shots that stayed right on me, but the ball was flying absolutely straight. Jake was absolutely mashing the ball. Our match ended on 17 where Eric and Jake closed us out. The views were great as was the company. Eric and Chad were a blast for Jake and I to play with. The banter back and forth between all parties was great. We finished up the round, watched the last group play in, and headed out to dinner at the Brigantine. A few other Fujikura guys met us for dinner (Dave Schnider – President of Fujikura, Alex Dee – VP, and Jeremy Butler – Director of Sales). These guys were just as awesome as the rest of the Fujikura group. Dave told us an unbelievable story about his son hitting a hole in one on his first swing of the day on Masters Sunday! Dinner was delicious – nobody left hungry or thirsty. By the time we left dinner, we were all worn out. It had been a very long day. We squeezed a ton of stuff into one day, and we loved every minute of it. I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but as soon as I got cleaned up, I did not have any trouble going straight to sleep.

    The next morning, we packed up all our stuff and met downstairs in the lobby again. We packed up the minivan and headed to Fuji HQ again one more time. We had some more discussion time with the Fuji guys, and then we headed out to see the Prototyping Facility. Alex walked us through all of the steps involved in creating a golf shaft. We got to see the mandrels used to build the shape of the shaft and the materials used to wrap around the mandrel. Alex explained how intricate the weaving of the fibers is and the different types of weaves and how they can affect the design of a shaft. We were able to watch a shaft being wrapped one layer at a time, tape wrapping them to squeeze out any air from the wraps, heat sealed, un-wrapped, sanded, painted, etched – the whole nine. It was an incredible demonstration. The amount of detail that goes into creating each shaft is just mind-blowing. And that was only the assembly, finishing of the shaft. There is all kinds of testing done to the shaft (durability, torque, CPM, flex in different areas of the shaft, etc. It was nice to be able to see first hand where all of those measurements on the shaft spec sheet come from. Alex did a great job of explaining all of this to us. It helps when your audience is a group of golf nuts just trying to soak every bit of information in that they can.

    From there, we moved over to the Enso system. If you don’t know, the Enso system is system of super high speed cameras that capture every single piece of swing data that you could possibly want (shaft deflection and twist during your swing, loft that your swing is adding at impact, hand/clubhead speed during the swing and at impact, and MUCH MUCH MORE). This is achieved by the super high-speed cameras paired with sensors placed on the shaft and the clubhead itself. The mapping that the software does is truly a sight to see. We were all able to take a swing on Enso and take a look at our numbers. Some of the numbers that I thought were interesting from my swing:
    Club Head path: 0.1 degree inside/out, Difference Between Club Head Speed at Max Handle Speed and Impact is 40 mph (the max handle speed is where your back elbow comes your side in your downswing. So I generate 40 mph of speed from that position to impact. Alex mentioned that JB Holmes generates 60 mph of extra speed during that time frame.) My back swing is slow/short, so I believe the hip rotation is where that speed comes from. This was very interesting to me. I am a Business Analyst in the real world, so I do a lot of data analysis, and I can really see how this information being gathered could help design/fit a player for the perfect shaft for them. The visualization of our swings on the Enso system was one of the highlights of the trip (and there were many). After we finished this demo, it was time to head to the airport. We said our goodbyes to all of the guys at Fujikura and hopped in the car.

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