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Aldila makes upgrades to graphite shafts

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In developing its newest generation of graphite shafts, the Tour Blue and the Tour Green, Aldila engineers worked off the success of its NV product, which came out nearly a decade ago and relied on the use of the company’s breakthrough Micro Laminate Technology (MLT) materials to provide the performance and consistency golfers preferred.

“We upgraded those low-resin, aerospace-grade materials on which the NV was based in ways that enabled us to make the layers used in the new Tour Blue and Tour Green shafts thinner,” says John Oldenburg, vice president of engineering and new product development at Aldila. “That meant we could use more layers in the construction of each one and less resins as a binder to hold those layers together. The result is a shaft that is stronger, lower in torque and more consistent.”

Another advance that Oldenburg and his group were able to make was putting the balance points of the new Aldila shafts closer to the grips, to better work with the heavier weights of modern driver heads.

While the Tour Green and the Tour Blue are part of the same shaft family, they boast different performance attributes. Tour Green is a stiff-tip shaft with moderate torque designed to create a lower, more penetrating ball flight with lower ball spin. The Tour Blue is a moderate-stiff-tip shaft with very low torque that is made to produce a slightly higher ball flight, with low to moderate spin.

In addition to featuring the latest generation MLT materials, both of these Aldila shaft offerings have a constant taper designed to provide exceptional feel and a smooth control release.