Westwood s prototype shaft

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By Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment

Lee Westwood likely won’t win his major championship this after posting 7-over 77 on But when it comes to equipment, no question the Englishman wins the for having the most unique in the U.S. Open field.

In of a tip stiff driver shaft could produce a flatter flight at Merion, Westwood out the Aldila Tour ATX 65 3.0TX in his G25 driver — 11.5 degrees of his standard 10.5 degrees — and with a prototype Aldila shaft.

Shaft manufacturers have with different materials the years in an effort to change, other things, kick torque and ball flight. there are plenty of high shafts on the market, Aldila’s could be the most advanced.

to John Oldenburg, Aldila’s President Engineering/Product Development, the uses a very expensive, stiff petroleum based fiber that is typically for aerospace applications — like where extreme stiffness and materials are required.

The material used to design the is nearly twice as stiff as any Aldila has used in the past. The modulus (stiffness) is 125 million per square inch (msi); carbon fibers historically in shafts have ranged 33 msi to 65 msi.

In terms most people can the material is four times than steel but less a third of the weight, Oldenburg The Rogue shaft is built on our new “TOUR” platform (same and technology as the Tour Green and Blue). By incorporating this new we are able to make the shaft and lower torque without weight.

By placing the material in the top of the shaft, Aldila was able to counterbalance the shaft to work heavier driver heads and the length of today’s drivers.

The low torque and increased stiffness of makes it the preferred shaft for with high swing looking to control launch and reduce spin — something wanted when he made the

The company only made 24 shafts and brought them all out for the time to the U.S. Open. The were serialized (1 through 24) a laser engraved number on the

Westwood was the first player to put the in play and received the shaft “1 of 24”.

At the moment, the shaft is a model, but Oldenburg said if sufficient demand for Rogue, could be a limited commercial The price tag for one of these shafts likely be around $1,000

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