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  1. This design, flat sides, allow air to escape instead of causing an air gap that would allow the shaft to ride up while curing. Good design.
  2. I believe that was a Tom Wishon design when he was at Golfsmith. I forget the name.
  3. Very few of the large golf companies sell heads alone and those that do have set very high standards for those they sell to. Some cutter/gluer in his cellar will not get a whiff of them. Best some will do is the club(s) uncut and ungripped.
  4. At a golf show some years a back I was displaying some club heads I used. People would come by, pick up a KZG or a Harvey Penick or a Bob Toski head and ask me what they were copies off. If not a known name, peoples first thought is they are copies. To me "clones" fall in to two categories. Follows in design means they may look like others but they have their own brand name. As an example: a lot of 420CC, black driver heads look alike at a distance. Copies try and use a similar name like Big Bursar, King Snake, etc. Counterfeits are just that.
  5. Remember one thing about Plus or Minus specs. Plus or minus 1 allows for a swing of 2 and still be in spec. 56*, 57*, 58* are within spec of plus or minus 1.
  6. The 6 iron shaft was a "flyer". Remember that plus or minus 1.5 is a swing of 3 so from 128 to 131 is within plus or minus 1.5.
  7. My numbers are not up to date but a friend of mine was in Sales Management for Grafalloy before TT bought them. I was told that a major OEM placed a significant order for a shafts that was identical in specs to one they were selling to component companies for about $18 per shaft. Callaway was paying $6 per shaft with the only difference being a Callaway paint job. They did say it was a hard bargain that many at Grafalloy did not want to take, but Grafalloy could not afford to turn it down. One of the largest expense items, if not the largest, for a major OEM is Marketing. The materials cost surprisingly little. In a one person, custom golf shop, 1/3 of expenses went to overhead (rent, utilities, insurance, tools, etc.), 1/3 to material costs (heads, shafts, grips, etc.), and 1/3 to the clubmaker. So that shop needed sales of about $120K per year for the clubmaker to make about $40K for himself. When times were good the main increase was material costs so if sales went to $135K, the clubmaker would make closer to $50K. A fair wage for him working 50 or more hours per week.
  8. This is the answer. It cost money to sort (weigh) each shaft. Let us say they make 1000 shafts and want 300 Gold. Once they get the 300 Gold, many of the rest could be as tight a tolerance but one never knows as they will not be weighed.
  9. On a well hit iron shot, the ball has left the clubface before the sole of the club hits the ground. Granted on hard pan most will not try to hit down as much.
  10. When I had my shop with all my equipment set up, I always used a belt sander with a worn out 120G grit belt for graphite shaft prep and I have done thousands. Now that I am retired and only do work for myself, if only one or two graphite shafts to perp, I use the knife scraping technique versus set up my belt sander. I put a wrap or two of masking tape on the shaft at the high point I want to prep to in case of any knife slippage. I only stroke down and away from me. Never up and toward me.
  11. Along these lines. Some years back all computer stores were willing to meet or beat the price if you could find that model computer cheaper at another store. Depending on how many computers a chain would order, the manufacturers would do things like use a different color cable so they produced say Model 123a and Model 124b with the only change being the color of the cable. With that the computer stores could say well they are different models so we do not have to price match. I think there are a lot of graphite shafts that the only difference is the paint job, name, not actual specs.
  12. I tried a 70* wedge one time. You can still see the ball mark on my forehead.
  13. Over the years there were many that advocated shafts is a set of irons be different weights. Some did it early one with TT Dynalite in the longer irons, TT Lite in the mid-irons, and TT Dynamic in the shorter irons. True Temper came out with TT Black Gold. FM Precision came out with Rifle Flighted. I liked the principle but many clubmakers shied away from it (some put it down) as it required a larger inventory of shafts for replacements/repairs.
  14. The person responsible for this should be fired.
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