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Ev­ery­one that plays golf likes to shoot lower scores. And many times that means get­ting bet­ter dis­tance and per­for­mance from your equip­ment. One of the key in­gre­di­ents for all golfers is to play the proper-fit­ted shaft in the scor­ing clubs—the irons--that has the right flex and weight for the player and his or her par­tic­u­lar phys­i­cal at­tributes.

For many play­ers, as they age, this means tran­si­tion­ing into lighter shafts that are more flex­i­ble and eas­ier to hit that will re­sult in bet­ter shot dis­per­sion and can give back the dis­tance in many cases that the ad­di­tion of years has taken away.

True Tem­per Sports, which pro­duces and dis­trib­utes a wide va­ri­ety of golf club shafts and is used by more tour­ing pros and am­a­teurs than just about any other brand, has some out­stand­ing op­tions for most play­ers when it comes to find­ing a lighter iron shaft.

The XP se­ries was de­vel­oped by True Tem­per as a lighter al­ter­na­tive to the Dy­namic Gold se­ries of irons shafts that have been con­sid­ered top-of-the-line for many years by pro­fes­sion­als and recre­ational play­ers alike. Dy­namic Gold shafts weigh in the 127-130-gram range and al­though this is ex­cel­lent for many play­ers, engi­neers at True Tem­per found many play­ers needed some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, the su­perlight weight ranges have largely been re­served for mod­er­ate to higher hand­i­cap player pro­files,” said Greg Cav­ill, vice pres­i­dent of al­loy en­gi­neer­ing & R&D for True Tem­per Sports. “The XP se­ries en­hances iron per­for­mance across a much broader pro­file. Our test­ing showed that highly skilled play­ers also ben­e­fited greatly from the dis­tance and feel that XP de­liv­ered.”

More than a decade of ad­vance­ments in the com­pany’s su­per light al­loy de­vel­op­ment al­lowed True Tem­per to op­ti­mize the weight and flex dis­tri­bu­tion of the XP se­ries to get the same per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics that play­ers en­joyed in the Dy­namic Gold shafts—but with lighter weights and more flex.

By us­ing this ad­vanced ul­tra­light al­loy tech­nol­ogy with op­ti­mized ma­te­rial dis­tri­bu­tion, each XP shaft is de­signed with a flex cham­ber where power is stored in the down­swing and re­leased just prior to the point of im­pact.

“Ev­ery golfer, no mat­ter the skill level, seeks greater dis­tance,” added Scott Hen­nessy, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for True Tem­per Sports. “With the XP Se­ries, we set out with one sin­gu­lar fo­cus…de­liver greater dis­tance to irons. Over time you’re go­ing to be more ac­cu­rate hit­ting an 8-iron as op­posed to a 7 or 6-iron. We knew we could get play­ers closer to the pin if we could get them an ad­di­tional full club of dis­tance or more with their irons and XP de­liv­ers on that ob­jec­tive.”

In the XP se­ries, True Tem­per now has three dis­tinct weight classes for this pre­mium shaft line that give play­ers a wide va­ri­ety of op­tions that an ex­pe­ri­enced club fit­ter can use to find the op­ti­mal weight and flex.

The XP 115 is the heav­i­est weight down from the Dy­namic Gold and at 115 grams feels con­sid­er­ably lighter and will lead to more dis­tance. It is con­sid­ered a good club for any­body just com­ing down from a heav­ier shaft like the Dy­namic Gold line and is con­sid­ered a good choice for a player with a faster tempo who wants medium tra­jec­tory and high spin.

For yet an­other good leap down in weight, the XP 105 is an ex­cel­lent shaft for more mod­er­ate tempo play­ers who want a higher ball flight and medium spin. The XP 95 is cat­e­go­rized in the su­perlight cat­e­gory for more de­lib­er­ate swings and has an ex­cep­tion­ally light feel for a higher ball flight and medium spin.

The XP115 comes in three flexes—X100, S300 and R300—while the XP 105 and 95 shafts come in S300 and R300 stiff­ness. The cut weights of these shafts also vary slightly within each model de­pend­ing on the stiff­ness, with the 95 and 105 be­ing the clos­est in weight.

Hav­ing an ex­pert club fit­ter is vi­tally im­por­tant in choos­ing the shaft that will give each player their best op­tion among the XP se­ries. Swing speed, tempo and other fac­tors can in­flu­ence which shaft per­forms best with any given player—and many times the light­est shaft isn’t al­ways the best choice.

Some­times the light­est shaft will not give the max­i­mum dis­tance— or maybe you will sac­ri­fice con­trol be­cause the weight should be heav­ier for your par­tic­u­lar swing. Get­ting the proper fit and hav­ing your swing speed and char­ac­ter­is­tics de­tailed on a launch mon­i­tor by an ex­pe­ri­enced fit­ter can make all the dif­fer­ence in the world.

Ac­cord­ing to Jerry Moli­nar, the owner of Marcs Golf in Palm Desert, Cal­i­for­nia, match­ing a per­son’s swing speed and tempo is the key to shaft se­lec­tion.

“Get­ting the right lighter shaft can help slow your tempo down and help with your shot dis­per­sion,” ex­plained Moli­nar, who has worked with hun­dreds of golfers of all skill lev­els, in­clud­ing tour play­ers. “I think one of the ben­e­fits of the lighter shafts is that you pick up more swing speed and more yardage. Many times when you go lighter it will help you with your tempo.

“It will slow you down but still al­low you to get the max­i­mum speed out of the shaft. It can also help your stamina through­out the round as com­pared with a heav­ier shaft. The ben­e­fit of the XP’s is that it helps you tran­si­tion from a heav­ier shaft and you can find the one that suites you best.”

He noted that, for in­stance, that a player still hit­ting a 7-iron over 70 miles an hour could be bet­ter off tempo-wise play­ing an XP105 over the lighter XP95 be­cause the tempo im­prove­ment would add dis­tance and make up for the heav­ier shaft--and dis­per­sion would be bet­ter for more ac­cu­racy.

More in­for­ma­tion on True Tem­per shafts can be found at TrueTem­per.com www.

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