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Shaft Optimizer - Recommended Shafts or personal preference?

Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:05 am

Posted by derekseto


Looking to replace my 9 year old MP-30s to the new JPX-825 Pros, so went for a fitting at the local shop on the Optimizer against a net.

Here are the numbers:

6 iron Headspeed : 85 mph
Tempo: 3
Toe Down: 2
Kick Angle: 4
Release Factor: 4

Recommended shafts: TT Dynalite Gold XP S300, Rifle PXi 5.5 (or was it 6.0?)

I'm currently a 10 handicap and playing the KBS Tour S. The software seems to be recommending lightweight, high launching shafts for me. However, I actually quite like my currently mid-trajectory flight path.

So what does everyone think? Will I start launching everything into the stratosphere? Will I gain distance, lose accuracy? Go with what the software recommends or stick to my KBS?

Thanks for your comments!
Derek
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Re: Shaft Optimizer - Recommended Shafts or personal prefere

Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:14 pm

Posted by Deemac


Difficult to answer...

It's like telling someone what they should have for dinner.

It's personal choice at the end of the day - however, if I was pushed for an answer, I would have to say that a low to mid trajectory is prefferable to a high trajectory, purely from the point of view of playing in windy conditions.

Also remember that the DNA is only a suggestion, and cannot replace feel and preference!
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Re: Shaft Optimizer - Recommended Shafts or personal prefere

Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:57 pm

Posted by swingslow


Similar DNA to mine. My recommendations were XP S300, PX 5.0, KBS Tour S. I initially fitted PX 5.0 but a couple of years on both my iron sets have KBS Tour S shafts. Great shaft for me and if they are working for you I would think long and hard before changing them.
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Re: Shaft Optimizer - Recommended Shafts or personal prefere

Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:07 pm

Posted by GMR2iron


I would say the Optimizer gives you recommendations- a place to start. When I went thru the process, it gave me three suggestions "similar" to what I was already hitting. I was able to demo all the shafts together, and like you, I knew the ballflight I wanted first, and the feel I wanted second. Of the three, one of them was awful, just didn't work for me, I began to question Optimizer. But the other two were great shafts for me, and after extensive testing of the two, I ended up going with the PXi. I'll leave the not so good one nameless, so as not to offend, it just didn't work for me.
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Re: Shaft Optimizer - Recommended Shafts or personal prefere

Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:21 pm

Posted by DCB


MP30s and JPX825s are very different beasts altogether. I played MP30s a while back and currently have the JPX Pros and the clubheads are totaly different. The JPX will launch the ball higher due to the weighting of the head. The MP30 will launch the ball lower. And that's before you take the shafts into consideration.

I think I'd be looking at 59s if I wanted something nearer to the MP30s.

Played my MP30s a few times last summer and they are still lovely clubs ;-)
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Re: Shaft Optimizer - Recommended Shafts or personal prefere

Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:58 am

Posted by derekseto


Thanks for all the comments.

I agree that the Optimizer is a starting point, and would ultimately go with feel. However, I do see that most of the posts here says that the Optimizer recommended shafts that are similar to what the player is already playing. What concerns me is that my recommendations suggested shafts that are very different from my KBS tours. It makes me wonder if I'm playing the totally wrong shaft, even though Flightscope and my naked eye says my current ball flight with the KBS is fine.

I think I'm going to order the new set with the Dynalite XP and see how it goes. If that doesn't work out, I'll just yank the KBS from my MP-30s and stick them soft stepped into the JPX Pros.

Appreciated everyone's input!
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Re: Shaft Optimizer - Recommended Shafts or personal prefere

Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:57 pm

Posted by sjaclark


I've always gone for a shaft recommended by the optimizer...which is without doubt the best piece of technology othe market for custom fitting.  

It gives you 3 options then you dial in most optimum performing shaft using the numbers from the launch monitor.  When you have 2 shafts giving similar performance, you go by feel.

I have never gone for a shaft that wasn't listed as one of the 3 options, nor have I seen anyone ever decide on a shaft that wasn't recommended by the optimizer.  It's a fabulous tool.
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