TECH ON TEST

Three GM read­ers dis­cover if graphite iron shafts can trans­form their dis­tance and dis­per­sion

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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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