A New Driver Shaft

Last month I made a trip down to Carl’s Golfland for a driver fitting with a TaylorMade rep. It went well and I found something that I was consistently hitting well. I was fully prepared to buy a brand new M6 with the shaft I had hit the best. The rep said with my swing speed there is no way I can play a stock shaft off the shelf. Unfortunately (for them), they never put the recommendations in my account, even after I sent several messages.

One of my golf buddies runs a little business called STUD GOLF, doing club repairs and sales here in Saginaw. After talking to him about driver heads (which don’t change much over a few years), I decided to try replacing the shaft in my TaylorMade M2. After all, the shaft is what really matters, even though almost everyone gets geeked out by the newest driver heads on the market. Looking through TaylorMade’s customization options, I found what I thought was the shaft I had hit so well. It’s the Aldila ROGUE Silver 110 M.S.I 60 in a stiff flex and it turned out that Don had one in his shop. It even had the correct TaylorMade tip already on it, so it was an easy swap.

The ROGUE® Silver 110 M.S.I. has a stiff tip-section to provide a mid-to-low launch with low-spin.

After using it for a week and then choking down on it to test for even more consistency, I was blown away. So then I had the shaft shortened by a half inch. One other change I made from the club fitting was to adjust the M2 down from 10.5° to 9.75°, which is producing a better launch angle. This also slightly opens the face, which helps eliminate some of the hook misses (I rarely slice anymore). I’m bombing this thing well over 300 yards!

Over the last decade or so golf club manufacturers are changing everything so amateurs can hit it longer; everyone wants more distance. They keep lengthening driver shafts because it allows people to generate more club speed and hit it longer. The price you pay is consistency though. Length off the tee doesn’t do any good if it’s in the trees or in a pond. The pros on tour don’t even play drivers as long as what is being sold to amateurs. The pros are willing to give up some distance for accuracy to hit more fairways.

If you’re a little wild with a driver try choking down a half or full inch next time you play. The results may surprise you.

In My Golf Bag

With all the club changes I’ve been making, my bag has quite an assortment of brands. Fourteen clubs from 5 manufacturers.

  • Driver: Adams Golf Speedline 9064LS
  • 3 Wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz
  • Hybrids: Adams Golf Idea Tech V3 (3 and 4 iron)
  • Irons: Ping i20 (5-PW)
  • Wedges: Cleveland CG14 (52, 56, and 60 degree)
  • Putter: Odyssey White Ice D.A.R.T.
  • Balls: Titleist Pro V1x
  • Rangefinder: Bushnell V2 Tour

The TaylorMade RocketBallz 3 wood could make my driver obsolete. The club hits the ball a mile and then some! It came in yesterday, so I’ll give it a week in the bag before I jump to any conclusions, especially since I bought the driver at this time last year.

I only buy pre-owned golf balls from Knetgolf. Unless you are close to playing scratch golf, there is no reason to pay full price for brand new golf balls. A dozen of the Titleists I play go for around $50 at the store. I usually get 10 dozen of them, lightly used, for $160. Do the math. When you hit a brand new ball a couple of times you end up with a pre-owned ball anyway. Are those first few hits worth paying 3 times as much? Over the course of a year you’ll save a lot of money hitting used balls and your scores won’t suffer.

If you don’t have a rangefinder in your bag, make the investment. You can get a nice one for $250 or less on eBay or if you watch for sales. A rangefinder speeds up the pace of place, takes the guess work out of walking off distances, and helps to improve your game because you’ll learn how far you really hit your clubs.

I Will Never Buy Another TaylorMade Product

Today, 13 days after sending my message, I finally got a reply from TaylorMade. If you haven’t seen it, go back and read A Message to TaylorMade. After waiting nearly two weeks, I get the canned response you can read below. The last line way at the bottom is priceless. It’s pretty clear they didn’t take the time to read my message. I’ve spent well over $1,000 on TaylorMade products in the last few years. I expect better customer service. I’ve been a fan of their products for a long time, but I will never spend a dime on something with the word TaylorMade on it again.


Thanks for the email.

We would like to opportunity to assist you in the repair or replacement
of your TaylorMade golf club. We offer a two year warranty from purchase
date on all of our clubs with proof of purchase. If your club qualifies
for a warranty, the first step in this process is to take your club to
your nearest authorized golf retailer that carries our product. They
will inspect the club and possibly contact us to begin the warranty
process using their account. To find your nearest authorized retailer,
please visit www.taylormadegolf.com and click  Find a Retailer.

If you are unable to reach a retailer, please call us at 800-888-2582 so
one of our Customer Service Representatives can assist you with an
alternative solution.

Thank you again and we wish you continued success with your golf game!

Best regards,

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A Message to TaylorMade

I just sent the following message to TaylorMade. We’ll see what happens.

I have a set of the Burner irons that I purchased almost 2 years ago at the Saginaw Golf Centre in Saginaw, MI. Last September during a round of golf the 6 iron snapped inside the hosel and the head went flying down the fairway on a par 3. The shop called it in and then sent in the club for a free repair. I had my club back in about 3 weeks.

This past Sunday the same thing happened to my 5 iron on a shot just off the fairway. Since I’m out in Phoenix, AZ for a few months I took the club in to the PGA Tour Superstore in Scottsdale. They sent the club in and I expect I’ll get it back in about 3 weeks as well.

I just got home from the driving range, where the same exact thing has now happened to my 8 iron. This is starting to get ridiculous!

Every time I swing the club now I’m afraid something is going to break. I’m sure I could get this club sent in for a free repair as well, but I think it’s time to ask for a different option. How many more clubs out of this set are going to break on me?

Three clubs have now broken in less than 6 months and I’ll be without 2 of them for the next several weeks if I stick to the same repair options. It makes it tough to play golf without a full bag. Is there a way I could exchange my clubs for a new set or get some type of refund?

I’ve long been a fan of TaylorMade, but my confidence in the brand is fading fast. In addition to my irons, I play a hybrid, 5 wood, and 3 wood from your company. Before they started breaking, I’ve loved all of the clubs.

Please let me know how we can address the issues I’m having with these irons.


TaylorMade r7 Irons

TaylorMade r7 IronTaylorMade is introducing 2 new sets of irons. The r7 XD boasts “extra distance without the extra effort.” The r7 CGB MAX is made for “Maximum COR, balls speed, clubhead speed, forgiveness.” The iron pictured is one of the r7 CGB MAX.

For all of the specification and info, visit their respective pages on the TaylorMade golf site.

r7 XD


TaylorMade rac Black TP Wedge

TaylorMade rac Black TPTaylorMade’s latest wedge, the rac Black TP, replaces the rac Black. While the two wedges look the same they actually have some very important differences. The rac Black TP features TaylorMade’s tour-proven Y-cutter grooves, larger Feel Pockets and TaylorMade’s tour-configured sole, which features, among other things, a radiused leading edge. The Y-cutter grooves allow the club to grab the cover of the ball more effectively, which promote enhanced control and stopping power.

A prototype version of the wedge had been played on tour for the previous two years, where many pros using it fell in love with the club. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful looking club. When looking down at the club during address how could any golfer not have confidence with one of these? The black finish even helps to reduce glare.

The distinctive dark finish, created by a three-step oxidation process, dramatically reduces glare.

The rac Black TP comes in 5 different lofts ranging from 52° to 60° in 2° increments. Each wedge is made with the TaylorMade TGT Wedge grip and the Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex shaft.