Before I start the writing of this review I want to thank Mary Beth Lacy of golf marketing firm Mary Beth Lacy Inc and the great people at TPT Golf for giving me the opportunity to test the 15 Series shaft over a long-term period.
TPT Golf. As some of you may recollect much earlier in the year I wrote a review based on my short-term experiences with golf shafts from TPT Golf. This company I first learned about in the weeks leading up to the 2017 PGA Show held in Orlando, Florida. I was part of a group that was selected to board a limo bus and head over to the David Leadbetter Academy at ChampionsGate. While there, those in attendance listened to a few speakers talk about the development TPT Golf and among them were 2017 PGA Teacher of the Year David Leadbetter, J.J. Rivet who is a leading authority in biomechanics and Chairman and Co-Founder of TPT Golf Francois Mordasini.
For those that are not familiar with TPT Golf they are a division of a Switzerland-based leading composites company called NTPT (otherwise known as North Thin Ply Technology). In fact, NTPT is a world leader in this industry. Their technology has been used in a variety of industry’s including angling, Formula 1 racing, yachts built for the America’s Cup, and in the aerospace industry. To have that kind of knowledge and time spent in research and development it only makes sense for a company like themselves to get involved with the golf industry.
TPT Golf started to see some use on the professional golf tours around the world in 2017. Their first milestone was that Jodi Ewart Shadoff of the LPGA and Ladies European Tour had a driver in play at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open which was shafted with a shaft from TPT Golf. The TPT Shaft in her driver was instrumental in catapulting her into a second place finish. Ironically enough, she was at ChampionsGate that day in January working on her game at the David Leadbetter Academy where the team from TPT Golf introduced her to their brand. However, more recently TPT Golf picked up much more momentum when news surfaced that PGA Tour and #6 player in the world Justin Rose was also gaming a version of TPT Golf’s 15 Series shaft in his TaylorMade Golf M1 driver. Rose would end up winning on consecutive weeks winning the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China and the Turkish Airlines Open. This past week he finished 5th at the Hero World Challenge.
What makes these premium golf shafts from TPT Golf so good? In short it’s a combination of their materials and the process by which they manufacture their golf shafts. As some people may know when it comes to golf shafts on the market many are constructed in such a way where there is a spine and a seam. These spine and seams can lead to inconsistent play at best because of the way that the shaft moves throughout the swing. This issue is the reason why “spine aligning” and a process called “SST Pure” were developed. Golf shafts are not perfectly circular and nor are they straight. The process that TPT Golf employs is such where there’s no seam and no spine at the end of their construction. This results in more consistency, stability and accuracy. TPT Golf is not shy about their claims as being the “most accurate technologically advanced golf shaft available”. Pretty lofty claims right? So how did this shaft stand up to long-term testing?
As some might recollect I walked away from the experience at ChampionsGate very impressed with TPT Golf. I was there hitting balls alongside European Tour player Oliver Wilson. As impressed as I was watching him hit golf balls I was more impressed with the results that I was seeing when I had their 16 Series paired with a Callaway Golf Big Bertha Fusion head. The ballfliight was strong and it seemed like my shots were seemingly landing on top of each other.
The great thing about long-term testing is that you really get the chance to see what a shaft (equipment) does not only for a brief amount of time but you also get to experience the technology with real world experience. The shaft that I tested would be the 15 Series MKP/MT/SW shaft. This particular model of shaft is geared for those golfers with swing speeds ranging from 105-120 mph. However, this isn’t to say that if you do not swing that fast you cannot swing this shaft. In fact, if you just happen to be on the slower side of the recommended rating what you may lose in distance you could see in gains in terms of dispersion and accuracy. This shaft targets golfers with an average tempo and weighs in at 73 grams. Also of note is the 3.3* of torque making this shaft neither too stout nor whippy and features a mid kickpoint.
Part of the testing was deciding what driver head I would end up pairing this shaft with. Prior to testing I fell into a TaylorMade Golf M2 and it seemed to be too obvious that this would be the head to go with considering my experiences with it in the past. Not to mention it was also relatively close to what Justin Rose had as a combination. Once I got my adapter installed into the shaft I could not wait to get to the range and start the testing. Off to the range I went and a few things became obvious right away. The first was that this shaft was simply outperforming the shaft that came with the driver (Fujikura Pro 60 S). Where the ballflight was high and ballooning with the “stock” shaft which is plenty concerning enough what really alarmed me was the dispersion. My lack of control and accuracy were very concerning. In fact, it had gotten to the point where I had no idea where the ball was going. Mostly high… and well right. The 15 Series shaft from TPT Golf was a stark contrast for all of the right reasons. I saw a considerable difference in ballflight. My flight was much lower and that actually led to me clocking up the loft. The results were drives that were piercing and long. Please bear in mind that much of this range and on-course work came when temperatures were 35-45*F (3-9*C) without factoring in the windchill factor. With the 15 Series shaft there has not been one shot that I’ve hit where there was even the slightest evidence of ballooning or spin. On the range it seemed like by dispersion pattern was tight much like it was back in January. But say what you will… you never really know until you’ve seen something perform where it matters…on a golf course.
This was the point in time when I became absolutely enamored with this shaft from TPT Golf. TPT Golf is very high on their product and I totally understand why after getting this shaft onto the course for several rounds. My number of fairways missed is way down which of course means that my fairways hit are way up. In fact, I’ve played a decent number of both 9 hole and 18 hole rounds since the install and my fairways hit percentage is well above 85%. The number of fairways missed total I can literally count on one hand during this period of time. The 15 Series shaft is so stable and accurate that at times it’s hard to really understand, comprehend and appreciate. When I stand on the tee I just feel that I’m not going to miss a fairway. So that enters a new variable with their shaft… it gives a player confidence. Is this to say that this shaft is essentially an “automatic pilot”? The answer is no. As I proved with one of my misses if you put a really bad swing on the ball (say over the top and pull straight down across the body) you’ll pull-hook it into the water like I did. But the 15 Series shaft is by all of my accounts the most accurate and stable shaft that I’ve made swings with. Every swing you get a sense of what’s going to happen with the flight of the ball and where it’s going to end up.
From a distance standpoint I can’t really say for sure whether or not this shaft is the longest out there. But what I can say is that in these cold temperatures I’m getting a solid 235-250 yards of carry with no roll (conditions are very soft). There is more evidence here regarding the low-spinning qualities that I associate with the 15 Series shaft. Many times in the past when I’ve gotten up to my ball in wet conditions you can see where the ball lands because of the ball mark that sits in front of your ball. With this shaft from TPT Golf the ball lands and actually checks forward ahead of the ball mark. Indicative of lower spin perhaps? What I can also tell you is that with this shaft I have seen drives end up in spots where I haven’t been before (a reference to length and having less club into a green in cold conditions). I think much of this can be attributed to the shaft characteristics and that because of the torque not being overly stiff it really gives the tip a chance to do some of the work for you and not to mention it feels great at impact!
To sum up my experience testing the 15 Series shaft from TPT Golf I’m going to give this shaft the top marks that I could ever give a product. It’s a shaft that yields tight shotdispersion, it’s extremely accurate and very stable throughout the golf swing. I can totally see and understand why a player like Justin Rose would entrust his game to the 15 Series from TPT Golf. For more information and to find the right shaft for your game please visit www.tptgolf.com
Until The Next Tee!!