Barney Adams is a legend in the golf club business. Inventor of the Tight Lies fairway woods, he founded Adams Golf which he ran until the company was sold to TaylorMade Golf. Adams has now partnered with the putter designer Blair Philip and the result is a company called Breakthrough Golf Technology.
BGT is not just another putter company…it’s a putter shaft company and has a potentially revolutionary idea.
In the past two decades putter heads have become heavier (about 50 grams more than the classic Bulls Eye) at least in part as a response to the fact greens in general have become faster. This creates a problem in that the weightier putter head can oscillate or waver on the through stroke making for mishits and missed putts.
Enter BGT and the Stability shaft.
Phillip who has impeccable credentials with stints at PING, Yes! Golf and Adams Golf is an expert in crafting putters and leads the team at BGT as director of product development. His research showed after testing putters from all the major manufacturers there was inconsistency in face angle delivery with each of them.
Phillip said, “I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why the industry hadn’t focused on putter shafts. Why focus completely on drivers and irons when your putting is 46% of the game?”
His answer was to invent a shaft with similar weight to conventional steel putter shafts but one that would do away with twisting and flexing and still have the “feel” that players require.
The Stability shaft starts with eight layers of carbon fiber layered, wrapped and widened into a taper-less tube to all but eliminate any torque. A lightweight but high strength aluminum tube weighing 22-grams is inserted inside the carbon fiber sleeve to reinforce the area at 14” from the end, i.e., not quite halfway down the shaft, to reduce flexing as the head impacts the ball.
The carbon fiber sleeve with its inserted aluminum tube is joined to a steel shaft the same diameter as a standard putter shaft using an aluminum coupler which means the Stability shaft will fit into almost any putter head regardless of the bend profile.
The Stability shaft delivers the putter face more squarely to the ball because flex and oscillation have been all but removed plus since the ball launches lower it rolls more consistently giving more effective control of distance. PGA Tour players are said to be testing the new shaft and at least one, Justin Rose, was photographed using one at the Zurich Classic.
Stability shafts may be found at golf retailers around the country and are priced at $199.99. For more of this remarkable story visit BreakthroughGolfTech.com.
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Playing TaylorMade, Day Wins Wells Fargo
It came down to having to play the holes of the Green Mile, 16, 17 and 18 at Quail Hollow CC, with two birdies and a par to win the Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day was up to the task, recording his second win this season.
Day plays the M3 driver with TMaG’s unique Twist Face design which reduces left and right dispersion plus there are two sole tracks shaped in a “T” for sliding weights which provide a large amount of weight adjustability to control ball curvature. Day plays a 9.5° M3 driver set two clicks lower with both sole weights in the center track having switched from a 10.5° M3 in the quest for less spin and added distance.
Jason Day’s winning bag at the Wells Fargo Championship
Driver: TaylorMade M3 (9.5 degrees), TPT Golf Prototype shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M4 High Launch (16.5 degrees), MRC Kuro Kage TiNi 80TX shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 (4-PW), True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50, 56 degrees), TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Club & Ball Counts at Quail Hollow – More of the Same: The facts of life are in spite of their loss of leadership in metal woods sales to Callaway, TaylorMade Golf drivers are still the favorite of touring professionals by a wide margin. At the same time, as Titleist battles Callaway and TMaG to retain the top spot in golf ball sales the pros again make it very plain they prefer the Pro V1 and Pro V1x to other brands.
At the Wells Fargo TaylorMade drivers (M3 or M4) were used by 55 players in the 156-man field compared with 32 playing with a Titleist brand driver and 30 each teeing it up with either Callaway and Ping. In golf balls 111 competitors used the Pro V1 or Pro V1x while 19 teed up Callaway Chrome Soft. Titleist is also the top choice in the irons (41) category and tied for first in the hybrids category (21) while Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (207) category. Scotty Cameron brand putters were the most often used with 59 in play but the TaylorMade Spider Tour was the single most played model.
TW PHASE 1: The amount of media attention to a simple change in irons was entirely inappropriate but oh yes, I forgot it was Tiger Woods. Since signing with TaylorMade Golf Woods has been playing with a “TGR” logoed set of Nike VR irons while the new model was in development. The new TMaG irons are stamped with “TW PHASE 1” but don’t look for them at your local big box retailer as they are strictly a one-of.
Ft. Worth BLACK: Ben Hogan Golf brought out with the original Ft. Worth model irons three years ago and have now introduced a BLACK version with a Diamond Black Metal coating. A set of seven irons with either steel or graphite is $700, exclusively at BenHoganGolf.com.