Our first official golf shaft review of 2010′ promises to be one of the most popular shafts of the year. The Aldila RIP started out with a debut in test mode at the John Deere Classic in July of 2009′ and proved to be a pivotal marketing point for the shaft. The RIP ripped a course-record low of 61. And then, Heath Slocum followed up in August using the Aldila RIP in his driver to stun the top players in the world capturing a one-shot victory at The Barclays. Steve Stricker, Geoff Ogilvy, Ross Fisher have all either played or tested the RIP shaft. And to top it off, the RIP placed 1st and 2nd at the recent SBS Championship.
The Aldila RIP is a lower torque shaft with a stiff tip providing the better player a stable shaft. Built for stability, reduced spin rate and an optimal trajectory, the RIP is ripe for the pickin’ come 2010.
“RIP(TM) is Aldila’s new shaft technology that provides a lower torque, increased tip stability and better tip stiffness control,” said Stewart Bahl, Aldila’s Marketing Manager. “The RIP(TM) is currently undergoing testing on the PGA Tour and is scheduled to be launched later this year and will be released in 2010 through some of the major OEM’s product lines.”
Actual Player Feedback-
“shaft was very consistent and predictable”
“very smooth and predictable feel”
“An improved and refined version of the Voodoo is a good way to think about it”
“I was driving the ball like I was 25 years old again”
[review pros=”Stable, low spin rate, lower trajectory. This shaft is worth a good look for the better player. ” cons=”Not for the average player. Because of the pros listed, this shaft will have a limited marketing scope.” score=N/A]
It’s still early but we believe the Aldila RIP will be one of the most popular shafts in 2010′. Stay tuned for a rating update when more data and reviews become available. One thing is for sure, the RIP will deliver on Aldila’s mantra, “The hottest shafts in golf.”
Watch for updates on this baby!