More Golf Talk About That UST V2 Shaft
It might sound like I’m on a soapbox here, but this UST V2 shaft is continuing to impress me. I wrote about putting the 65 gram version in my driver, and then liking it so much I put the 75-gram version in my 4-wood, with equally exciting results.
So, after communicating my pleasure to my friends at UST, they sent me the 85-gram version for my 21* Sonartec MD hybrid. The idea was to have a “seamless” blend right into my irons, which are shafted with the 95-gram V2 Constant Weight iron shafts (which I also raved about recently).
Saturday and Sunday were my first two rounds with the newly-reshafted hybrid, and all I can say is WOW ! Let’s see. I hit it inside of 20’ both times I played #6, a 205 yard par 3. Stung it into a tight fairway on my second shot on par fives all four times I hit it. And flagged it on our short par five #1 from 215 to leave me a 20’ eagle putt (which I didn’t hit hard enough, thank you !)
This is not to brag (too much), but to express the delight of finding a product that really performs as well as I expect it to. And to tout the benefits of having your entire set of clubs – driver to lob wedge – shafted in such a way that there is a seamless flow all the way through.
Almost all golfers build their set of clubs in piecemeal fashion – a set of irons here, driver there, one or two fairway woods, different hybrids, wedges off the rack . . . . and they end up with a mess. I can’t put it any more politely. Buying clubs this way gives you little or no chance of having a set of clubs that really allows you to optimize your game.
So, my moral of this story is two fold.
One – if you are an experimenter, you might want to have a clubmaker/fitter build you a driver on this UST ProForce V2 shaft.
Two – it would be a great investment to find a qualified independent clubmaker/fitter to do an analysis of your set make-up and identify why certain clubs give you fits.
I plug these guys all the time, because the “real” clubmaking talent isn’t at the major companies. It’s in your neighborhood. The major companies “manufacture” clubs for mass marketing, not for any particular golfer.
YOUR clubs are just for YOU, so you should make sure they fit.
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Hey, Terry. Great post. Your articles are great & chock full of insightful information. I have to admit that the choices are daunting with so many new shafts out there and even within a given mfr (e.g. UST has three shafts in the V2 line: 65g, 65g high launch, and 73g).
I also think a shaft can make more of a difference that the head you use in your 460cc driver. For example, this year when I got a new driver, I went with the 2007 model of the Cobra LD F Speed driver because I hit the 55g shaft better than the 65g version (as measured by a launch monitor).
I guess that's the benefit of a head with interchangeable shafts, you can test a bunch and find the one that suits you best.
p.s. Your point about "seamless flow" through your set is well taken. For example, I play 10.5 Cobra LD F Speed driver, 15 degree Cobra LD F Speed 3 wood and a 25 degree Bobby Jones Hybrid (all in "regular"), but I think the driver & 3 wood shafts are stiffer than the hybrid. For example, with Driver & 3 wood, my typical shot is a push or a slight draw. With the hybrid my typical shot is a big draw into a hook, so I usually have to finish with my hands much higher when hitting the hybrid to avoid a hook.
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