Profile – This latest offering from Aldila for the 2014 season are the Tour Blue and Tour Green shafts that were launched in the fall of 2013, and are just now coming out in full force with a variety of weights. These shafts differ from each other almost solely in their tip strength. The Blue has a softer tip that create more spin and a higher launch angle, whereas the Green has a stiffer tip for less spin and lower launch. Both shafts were built using the NV shaft as its model. This incredibly popular shaft dominated the tour for a few years, and the Aldila team took it upon themselves to improve upon it and make it more playable for todays drivers. The Blue model is said to be a better fit for fairway woods, but could also go in drivers of individuals looking for higher launch conditions with their drives.
What Makes It Work – These shafts use Aldila’s Micro Laminate Technology which uses extremely small layers of graphite stacked on top of each other, and much less resin (a spot of weakness for most shafts) than tradition shafts. With less resin, Aldila is able to make a shaft that is lighter, stiffer and with lower torque than manufacturers using a different process. These shafts both have a very high balance point (different from the NV), to better accommodate the heaviness/length of today’s drivers, and ensuring a more consistent feel for today’s golfers.
Who’s It For – Like most of Aldila’s shafts, these are made for lower handicapped players looking to get more out of there game. And you can be sure Tour players also interested in these shafts (already racking up multiple wins on Tours across the world). With a MSRP of $349, you better be a serious player to fork out that sort of dough on a shaft. Also, the weakest you can get this shaft in is regular, so this is definitely not a shaft for slower swinging players.
What People are saying – Well aside from the many Tour pros that have adopted both the Green and Blue into their bags, there is some solid chatter among the public on these shafts too. These shafts are advertised as mid and mid-high launch, but for most players who have tested them, the results are typically mid-low to mid respectively. With that said though, the distance was still there, especially in the air, and the spin numbers were very solid. The shaft instilled confidence in those that were swinging it, and a variety of swing types produces consistent results in the shafts performance. Bottom line, it’s a shaft that can be trusted by a broad variety of solid golfers, and that is why it’s been so popular over the past 6 months.
Shaft Specs – Tour Blue Shaft
|Shaft||Flex||Butt Diamater||Tip Diamater||Weight||Length
|Aldila Tour Blue 65||R||0.64||0.335||68g||46″||4.2||Mid|
|Aldila Tour Blue 65||S||0.642||0.335||69g||46″||3.7||Mid|
|Aldila Tour Blue 65||X||0.646||0.335||71g||46″||3.2||Mid|
|Aldila Tour Blue 65||TX||0.642||0.335||69g||46″||2.7||Mid|
|Aldila Tour Blue 75||R||0.64||0.335||74g||46″||3.9||Mid|
|Aldila Tour Blue 75||S||0.64||0.335||76g||46″||3.5||Mid|
|Aldila Tour Blue 75||X||0.642||0.335||76g||46″||2.9||Mid|
|Aldila Tour Blue 75||TX||0.642||0.335||76g||46″||2.5||Mid|
Shaft Specs – Tour Green Shaft
|Shaft||Flex||Butt Diamater||Tip Diamater||Weight||Length||Torque||Trajectory|
|Aldila Tour Green 65||R||0.636||0.335||66g||46″||4.5||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 65||S||0.635||0.335||67g||46″||3.9||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 65||TS||0.641||0.335||67g||46″||3.5||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 65||X||0.641||0.335||69g||46″||3.5||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 65||TX||0.640||0.335||69g||46″||3.3||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 75||R||0.632||0.335||72g||46″||4.3||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 75||S||0.632||0.335||74g||46″||3.7||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 75||TS||0.641||0.335||76g||46″||3.3||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 75||X||0.637||0.335||75g||46″||3.3||Mid-High|
|Aldila Tour Green 75||TX||0.640||0.335||76g||46″||2.8||Mid-High|