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December 05, 2012

U.S. shaft manufacturer Aldila merges with Mitsubishi Rayon

Posted at 12:00 PM by David Dusek

AldilaCARLSBAD, Calif. -- Aldila, the company that produces the popular VooDoo, NV and RIP line of golf shafts, announced in a release on Monday that its board of directors has unanimously approved a merger agreement to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon America.

According to the release, if Aldila's shareholders approve the merger at a company meeting on Dec. 27, Mitsubishi will pay each Aldila stockholder $4.00 per share, which represents a 60 percent premium over Aldila's $2.50 share price as of Dec. 3. In total, Mitsubishi Rayon America, itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Company, would pay $22 million for the Poway, Calif-based Aldila.

“Aldila will be joining a world class Advanced Composite Materials company that is fully integrated from the base raw material acrylonitrile, precursor, carbon fiber and prepreg materials.  MRC also offers a leading global graphite golf shaft product line-up under the Mitsubishi Rayon brand. We see unique synergies and opportunities for growing our two business segments of Composite Products and Composite Materials by joining with Mitsubishi Rayon” said Peter Mathewson, Aldila’s CEO.

Golfers who won a 2012 PGA Tour event using an Aldila driver shaft include Tommy Gainey, (Aldila RIP NV 65X ), Ian Poulter (Aldila RIP Phenom), and Ben Curtis (Aldila RIP ). Mitsubishi Rayon driver shafts were used by Rory McIlroy (Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70X), Nick Watney (Mitsubishi Diamana White Board), Sergio Garcia (Mitsubishi Diamana 103X) to win in 2012.

[Photo: The Aldila RIP shaft. Golf Magazine/Schecter Lee]

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December 01, 2011

Callaway RAZR Fit, its first adjustable driver, coming in 2012

Posted at 8:14 AM by David Dusek

Adjustable drivers have been around for years, and lots of golfers like them because they allow you to tweak things like the loft, face angle, lie angle, and weight distribution. However, one of the biggest names in golf equipment, Callaway, hasn't offered one. Until now.
In late January 2012, Callaway will release the RAZR Fit driver, which was quietly made available to tour pros during the PGA Tour's Fall Series. It's already found a home in the bags of Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.

"We wanted the adjustability to be easy for the consumer to use and to matter, so when a golfer makes a change we want him to be able to notice a change in the ball flight," says Luke Williams, Callaway Golf's global director of woods and irons.
Out of the box, the RAZR Fit will come with a neutral face angle, but you can open the face 2.5° or close the face 1.5°using a torque wrench to unscrew the head from the shaft and re-attach it in one of three different settings.
The RAZR Fit comes with a 12-gram weight in the toe area and a 2-gram weight in the heel, but using the same torque wrench, the weights can be switched to increase the draw bias of the club.
In addition to being Callaway's first adjustable driver, the RAZR Fit is also the first driver to feature Callaway's newest face, which is dubbed "Speed Frame." It's an optimization of the hyperbolic face pattern that Callaway has been using for several years, but the company says it should help golfers maintain more ball speed when they hit outside of the sweet spot.
"The center of the face tends to be the hottest spot on a driver, and that's capped by the USGA," Williams says. "So what we want to do is make the areas around the center behave more like the center of the face."
The crown of the RAZR Fit is made from Forged Composite, a unique carbon material that first appeared in last season's RAZR Hawk and Diablo Octane drivers. By melting millions of carbon fibers, Callaway engineers can press and mold the carbon material into very precise shapes and designs; in the case of the RAZR Fit, Forged Composite has been used in the crown to make it thinner and lighter. This allowed Callaway designers to add weight to the bottom and back sections of the club to lower the center of gravity.
The RAZR Fit will come with an Aldila RIP NV shaft and should cost about $399 when it arrives in pro shops.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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April 15, 2011

Cobra releasing limted edition white S3 driver

Posted at 4:12 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter won the Hong Kong Open last fall using a very unique driver, a white Cobra ZL Limited Edition. The company made 500 of them, and Poulter, after being presented with one, decided that instead of putting it on his wall, he'd put it into play.

Today, Cobra Golf announced the release of a white S3 driver. Like the ZL last year, there will be a limited number available. Read what Golf Magazine ClubTesters think of the S3 driver or go to Cobra's Web site for more information on the club.

White Cobra S3 Driver_600

The driver will come standard with a white Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip, and white Aldila RIP Beta shaft, for  $475 when it becomes available in early May. Right-handers will be able to chose between 9.5° and 10.5° lofts, while the 9.5º model will be the only choice for lefties. The 9.5° model will only be available in stiff flex; the 10.5° model will come with either a stiff or regular-flex shaft. 

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cobra clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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August 12, 2010

My Bag: Y.E. Yang at the PGA Championship

Posted at 2:35 PM by David Dusek

"I recently upgraded my driver and irons to new ones, and I really like the new driver—the TaylorMade SuperFast." — Y.E. Yang



DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with Aldila NV X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (13°), V Steel (18°) with Aldila NV X shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°, 23°) with Aldila NV X shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (6-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC TP (50°), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Spider Vicino
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP


Eagle/Parrot Headcover: "We can't figure out what it is, but I thought it was an eagle, and eagles are always good on the golf course."

Hand Warmers: "I need them, especially in Europe. I used a whole bunch at Pebble Beach and also in Scotland."

Camera: "I decided to get a camera with video to check on my swing on site. My caddie or manager takes the video. Primitive, but efficient."

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTec.

(Photo by William Rutledge)

April 08, 2010

Masters Bag: Defending Champion Angel Cabrera

Posted at 7:59 AM by David Dusek

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It seems appropriate that the first bag we publish in the Shop Blog from the 2010 Masters is that of the defending champion, Angel Cabrera. Ping made Cabrera a special Masters-themed bag to use here this week, and his son, Angelito (below), will proudly carry it for his father during the tournament.


DRIVER: Ping i15 (8°) with Aldila RIP 80X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G15 (15.5°) with Aldila RIP 80X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with Aldila ProtoPype 105X shaft
IRONS: Ping i15 (3, 4) S57 (5-PW) with Rifle 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (54°), Tour-W TS (60°) with Rifle 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Ping iSeries 1/2 Craz-E
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Ping clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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(Photo: Ping Golf)

December 03, 2009

Bag of the Day: Hunter Mahan

Posted at 10:07 AM by David Dusek

Since playing in the Presidents Cup at Harding Park last September, Hunter Mahan has made a few updates to his golf bag. Out: his old Ping G10 3-wood and Ping Rapture V2 hybrid. In: new Ping i15 models with the same loft. Mahan also changed the shaft of the fairway wood from a from a UST Mamiya ATTAS to an Aldila RIP.


Here is a complete list of the clubs that Hunter Mahan has in his bag right now:

DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (10.5°) with a PING Prototype 824 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (15.5°) with an Aldila RIP 80 X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST V2 89 X hybrid shaft
IRONS: Ping S-57 (3-PW) with True Temper  X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°), Ping  EYE2 (59°) with True Temper S-300 shafts
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Marc Feldman/Getty Images)
December 01, 2009

Nike Set to Release Victory Red Tour Drivers

Posted at 5:43 PM by David Dusek

Nike-Victory-Red-STR8Fit-Driver_600 Paul Casey spilled the beans about Nike's Victory Red drivers on his Twitter page back on September 15. However, the company has now officially released both versions of the club and revealed more details about their design.

The Nike Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour driver has a traditional headshape that varies in size between 440cc to 460cc based on the loft. The stock shaft is an Aldila Voodoo, but the first thing that golfers will notice about the club is the orange Compression Channel running along the bottom of the club.

According to Nike, the channel allows the lower portion of the driver's head to bend slightly when shots are hit lower in the face. Tom Stites, Nike director of product innovation, says that's a good thing.

"High-handicap players usually miss high on the toe of their driver," he told me, "while better players tend to miss low and on the heel. So we wanted to make a driver that is more forgiving low in the face."

Nike-Victory-Red-Driver-Toe Stites says hitting the ball low in the face usually adds spin and reduces ball speed, but flex created by the channel in the Victory Red driver reduces that effect. "Balls hit low in the face of this club will come off with a little more ball speed, a little less spin and on a slightly higher launch angle," Stites says.

Nike also enhanced its STR8-Fit head-positioning system. Using a torque wrench, the original version allowed golfers to set the club into one of eight different settings to help create the desired ball flight—the updated STR8-Fit system has 32 positions.

Fifteen settings promote a right to left ball flight, 15 help you work the ball from left to right, and the two neutral settings should help maximize overall playability. A torque wrench comes with the driver.

Nike is also releasing the 400cc Victory Red Tour driver, which does not feature the company's STR8-Fit technology. The head of this driver is glued into place before shipping, and the stock shaft will be the Project X Graphite.

Both clubs should be in pro shops by Feb. 1, 2010 with a suggest retail price of $479.

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May 02, 2009

Woods Back with Mitsubishi White Board Driver Shaft

Posted at 2:40 PM by David Dusek

Tiger-Woods-Quail-Sat_600 Before Saturday's third round of the Quail Hallow Championship, Tiger Woods reverted back to playing with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board driver shaft in his driver.

On Wednesday during his practice round, Woods used an Aldila Voodoo XPP8 shaft in his Nike Dymo 380 driver. On Thursday, The Shop Blog broke the news that Woods was using a prototype Oban Mach 4 shaft.

While Tiger had averaged 316 yards per drive, he sprayed tee shots both left and right. In fact, the world's No. 1 player hit just 30% of the fairways on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, Woods hit 64% of the fairways while averaging 304 yards per drive.

It's important to remember that driving accuracy stats don't take into account what club a player choses to hit off the tee on par 4s and par 5s. On the same course, under different playing conditions, Woods and other golfers may hit different clubs off the tee, making round-to-round comparisons challenging.

UPDATE: Tiger Woods has the Mitsubishi Diamana White Board driver shaft in his driver again on Sunday.

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April 30, 2009

Tiger Woods Testing New Driver Shafts

Posted at 11:49 AM by David Dusek

Tiger-Woods-Oban-Driver Tiger Woods had been using an 83-gram Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft in his drivers for several seasons. But on Thursday morning his Nike SQ Dymo 380 driver was outfitted with an 85-gram Oban Mach 4 prototype shaft.

On Wednesday, during his practice round with Payton Manning at the Quail Hallow Championship in Charlotte, the world's No. 1 player had an 89-gram Aldila Voodoo XPP8 prototype shaft.

According to Rick Nichols, Nike's Tour Field Manager, Woods recently tested eight new shafts at his home in Windermere, Fla., as part of an annual equipment review process with Nike.

"Tiger had been off for nine months," Nichols said. "So there were several shafts out there that he had not had an opportunity to test. We said to him, 'Let's test them and confirm that what you're playing, or if there is something better for you, let's look and see.'"

Using Nike's STR8-Fit system and a TrackMan launch monitor to expedite the process and confirm what Tiger felt in his hands, Woods narrowed the field down to three potential successors — the Oban, the Aldila, and a 76-gram prototype True Temper Project X graphite shaft.

The Nike STR8-Fit system allows golfers to unscrew the head from the driver's shaft, then re-attach it in one of eight different positions to change the loft and lie angle of the club. According to Nichols, Tiger's specs were not changed during the testing. His driver has 8.5° of loft and with a face that is 1.5° open. He also tested all the drivers with the same ball, his Nike One Tour.

The 13-gram weight difference between Tiger's heaviest and lightest test shafts translates to distance. "Tiger probably has another 20 yards in him if we gave him a harder golf ball and a longer, lighter shaft," Nichols said. However, that added distance could sacrifice short-game and iron control, so Tiger, like every other golfer, has to weigh his options and priorities.

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

April 22, 2009

Andres Romero's Bag for the Zurich Classic

Posted at 3:26 PM by David Dusek

Andres-Romero-Golf-Clubs_550x600Sports Illustrated has started a new feature within SI Golf Plus called My Bag. You can now look forward to getting a detailed look inside the golf bags of the game's biggest stars.

In the days leading up to the Masters, SI Golf Plus published the equipment used by Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott and Chad Campbell.

This week, SI Golf Plus grabbed Andres Romero, the defending champion of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, to see what he is expecting to use in defense of his title:

Driver: TaylorMade R9 (9.5°) with Aldila One NV prototype 80 shaft
Fairway woods: TaylorMade R9 (15°) and Burner TP (17.5°) with Aldila One NV prototype 80 shafts
Irons:  TaylorMade R7 TP (3,4) with True Temper X100 shafts; Tour Preferred (5-PW) with Rifle Project X shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade RAC (54°, 56°)
Putter: Guerin Rife Antigua
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

August 10, 2008

J.B. Holmes's new driver and PGA Championship clubs

Posted at 8:29 AM by David Dusek

Holmes_450x600 J.B Holmes has a new toy. The Kentucky native switched to a new driver just before the PGA Championship, a Cobra L4V X, which is intended for players with extremely high swing speeds. (Um, I think J.B. qualifies.)

For players who really pack a wallop, the LV4 X is designed to create a high-launch, low-spin drive that maximizes distance. The face has no bias, so skilled players should be able to work the ball with either a draw or a fade.

According to Cobra's Web site, these are the clubs that J.B. has in his bag at Oakland Hills:

Driver         Cobra L4V X (8 °) with an Aldilla Voodoo XVS8 shaft
Fairway      Cobra Speed LD-X Pro (13°, 18°)
Irons            Cobra Pro CB (3-PW)
Wedges       Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°, 60°)
Putter         Rife Barbados belly
Ball             Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

June 13, 2008

Cabrera's patriotic driver shaft

Posted at 12:38 PM by David Dusek

Cabrerashaft_600x450SAN DIEGO — After shooting an opening-round 79, defending U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera is a long shot to retain his title. But if the man they call The Duck is look for inspiration, he doesn't have to look any farther than the shaft of his driver. Cabrera has an Argentinean  flag on his 45 1/4-inch Aldila ProtoPype ADX shaft. The shaft weighs 80 grams and is X-stiff. Click on the photo for a better look.

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