Why choose TPT shafts?
The way TPT shafts are made, there is no spine. This is one of the reasons golfers tell us that our shafts feel more stable than other shafts: even our softer flexes. Because of the differences in the way our shafts perform, we have chosen to sell them exclusively through fitters.
What is the Red Range on TPT shafts?
The assertion is the Red Range will allow players of all swing types to hit it a bit farther without sacrificing accuracy. The first series of TPT shafts utilized a proprietary thin-ply technology. This version – Thin Ply 2.0 – is conceptually the same, though with theoretically better execution.
What are the benefits of playing TPT?
A benefit of playing TPT is that golfers are often able to use a more flexible shaft. This often creates faster swing speeds through better energy transfer (i.e. more shaft “kick”).
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What is TPT golf?
The basic background of TPT is not in golf; North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) was founded in 2001, it has produced high-performing laminate composite materials, as well as materials-engineering services, for a vast array of industries: satellites, aviation (rotary and fixed-wing), racing (sea and land), sports and luxury watches. After consultation with some golf professionals specifically David Leadbetter and J.J Rivet, they were encouraged to try making a golf shaft. They admitted that making a golf shaft was much harder than previous applications. Their expertise in computerized carbon fiber manufacturing allows them to make a shaft with more layers, more control of the weave, tighter tolerances and each shaft being exactly the same as the next. What this means in the real world for golfers is that if you ever break a TPT shaft, the next one you get will be exactly the same or if you demo a TPT shaft and love it, you can get the exact same one, not just one they “say” is the same. Other shaft companies have greater variances from shaft to shaft; TPT shafts are exactly the same.
How fast is a TPT shaft?
Low kick or mid kick aimed at 5 swing speed categories, basically 10 shafts. I went with the 15 Mid-kick shaft which is aimed for about a 105 -120 MPH swing speed which I’m on the lower end of that speed category, but I like the stronger launch of the mid-kick. The looks are all similar with a black raw carbon fiber look and lime green and blue graphics. It is a 74 gram shaft which is on the slightly heavier side, but for stronger more aggressive swings, it is a good fit. I found it was excellent for my swing. The smooth feel of this shaft is unique because it doesn’t have a distinguishing kick, but rather loads and unloads with a consistent feel and motion.
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What is TPT 2.0?
The heart of Thin Ply 2.0 is Continuous Fiber, TPT’s patent-pending automated shaft manufacturing process that continuously winds its carbon-fiber pre-preg from tip to handle around the shaft. This isn’t doing the process the justice it deserves but it’s a bit like a one-person game of tetherball.
How many shafts are in the Red Range?
The Red Range features two models (Hi and Lo) in six different weight and flex combinations. That makes for 12 shafts in total. As the names suggest, the “Lo” models will produce a lower launch (+/- 1°) with less spin (100-400 RPM). As always, your mileage may vary and, if you’re willing to drop $500 on a new shaft, for the love of everything good and holy, take the time to get fitted by a professional. TPT doesn’t use traditional flex codes and given that the company believes the stability of its products allows golfers to leverage lighter and softer shafts to create more speed, it’s arguably more important than usual to get fitted for a TPT shaft. The weight, flex and profile combination you typically play may not translate.
How to make a shaft?
To create a shaft, sections of composite materials (called flags) wrap around a steel mandrel a specific number of times at precise angles. If the layers do not lay perfectly flat, it can cause disruptions in the material. A good analogy would be a kink in a hose or wrinkle in a piece of tape. Once a single layer is imperfect, it creates a weak point. Under the stress of higher swing-speed players (and laboratory testing), some shafts failed. Without wading too deep, TPT chalks up the failures to a problem with the geometry of its mandrels.
What is the most durable shaft?
In no uncertain terms, TPT told us that with the mandrel geometry issues resolved, its Red Range is the most durable shaft on the market.
Why is the red range better?
The downside is often increased dispersion (less accuracy) for faster swingers. TPT believes the Red Range helps eliminate some of these typical opportunity costs. The assertion is the Red Range will allow players of all swing types to hit it a bit farther without sacrificing accuracy.
How much of the available possibilities can be explored by rolling a table?
TPT’s Mordasini estimates that standard table rolling has allowed engineers to explore roughly 95 per cent of the available possibilities. At some point, humans can’t work with the precision necessary to handle exceptionally thin materials and apply them consistently time after time. With some tasks, the machines win.
What is the industry standard for making shafts?
The rest of the shaft industry uses the decades-old approach of table-rolling shafts. Whether you know it or not, handcrafted is the industry standard process for creating a shaft. Given the success of Fujikura, Mitsubishi, Graphite Design and Project X, it’s tough to argue with the results.
What is prepreg tape?
Prepreg tapes are wrapped on the mandrel on CNC winders. Most other shafts are hand rolled, much like cigars. TPT makes the prepreg ribbon and can orientate the fiber direction in the ribbon. That creates a uniquely new method of creating golf shafts.
What is TPT sail?
They developed carbon fiber sails for America’s Cup yachts. They shaped carbon fiber into sails that maintained their shape. After successive America’s Cup wins, TPT moved their innovative carbon fiber processes to other industries, automotive, aerospace, aviation, snow sports and golf. They construct their own prepreg from the best fibers.
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How much less spin does a LO shaft have than a HI shaft?
The LO models will launch roughly 1 degree less than the HI versions across all models we tested. The LO models will spin roughly 100 to 400 rpms less than the HI models as well. In general, both the HI and LO models have some of the lowest spin characteristics so if you need lower spin, these shafts will deliver.
What is the difference between a LO and a HI golf shaft?
The LO models will have a much firmer feel due to their design. Also, the weight and torque are lower than the HI models which could contribute to the firmer feel. The very firm mid-section of the LO models also contributes to the shaft feeling very firm and will release with less "kick" at impact than the HI models. If you like a shaft that kicks at the bottom of your swing, find the right HI model based on weight and flex. If you like a shaft that feels like a one-piece shaft, more of an extension of your arm, the LO models are for you.
How much heavier is a LO than a HI?
In general, the LO models will weigh 5 to 8 grams heavier than the HI models. If weight is a concern for you but you want the lower ball flight and firmer feel, you should go to the lighter model in the LO, i.e. choose the 16 LO instead of the 15 LO, as an example.
What is unique about TPT golf shafts?
Most shafts distinguish themselves with their feel in transition or in the down swing. Where the TPT Golf shafts are unique is at impact. I have never hit a shaft that feels this stable and connected at impact.
What color are TPT shafts?
At a glance, the TPT Golf shafts is quite understated. It’s black with light green and blue branding and model labeling. A closer look reveals an interesting wood grain pattern hidden in the matte black.
How many models are there in TPT golf?
My only knock on TPT Golf right now is the lack of models . At each of the five levels of swing speed, there are only two models (mid and low kick) and one weight. This doesn’t leave a ton of room for fitting, but TPT Golf already has plans to expand their line in 2017.
Why did they wait so long to make a golf shaft?
Their founder says he waited so long because making a golf shaft is more complex than anything they’ve done before, even in tech, military, or space travel. After having tested their shafts, I can say that the wait was worth it.
Is TPT golf a widely known product?
Currently available at only a select number of fitters, TPT Golf will be a widely known and available product if their track record in other industries is any indicator. Though no one but an engineer could validate the technological claims they make, every golfer will be able to appreciate the first tier feel and performance of their shafts.
Where does Matt live?
He’s worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.