TECH ON TEST
Three GM readers discover if graphite iron shafts can transform their distance and dispersion
hile iron sets with steel shafts are still the favoured choice by club golfers, many would actually improve if they switched to graphite. At least, that’s the message Yonex stands behind.
The problem it faces in winning those golfers over is a misconception that graphite shafts are designed for senior and women golfers, are too soft or flexible and too expensive.
While it’s true that they can cost a little more – although that price gap is narrowing – the other reasons belong with golf’s many other urban myths.
In reality, graphite shafts can be just as controllable and tend to offer a much smoother feel than stepped steel shafts. Just ask the likes of Matt Kuchar or Brandt Snedeker, who both play graphite-shafted irons on tour.
WLighter than their steel counterparts, graphite-shafted irons tend to be easier to square to the target for those with slower swing speeds, or who struggle with a slice. Contrary to popular belief, they can also help faster swingers with a low ball flight achieve a higher launch.
To put these claims to the test, we took three readers to Silvermere Golf and Leisure for a fitting with Yonex custom fit technician Darren Burgess.
Going up against their current sets would be Yonex’s Ezone XPG iron, a model designed to help boost distance and to increase launch angles for longer, softer-landing carries.
Central to this working is Yonex’s EX310 graphite shaft, which, unlike many other manufacturers’ offerings, is made in-house alongside the XPG heads and grips, giving Yonex greater Three GM readers put YonexÕs claims to the test control of the finished product so that all the parts work together in unison.
Finding out if this tech makes a real difference would be a FlightScope launch monitor that measures all the relevant shot data, leaving Yonex’s performance claims nowhere to hide…
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