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By Jason Bruno

We first learned about TPT Golf shafts just prior to this year's PGA Show

in Orlando. THIN PLY TECHNOLOGY is the golf division under the umbrella

of parent company NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology).

 


A Switzerland based tech and composites company, NTPT specializes in

solutions for several industries that rely on cutting-edge high-performance

solutions, their resume includes breakthrough innovations in the world of

F1 race cars, America's Cup yacht sails, satellites, skis, snowboards and

luxury composite timepieces for the world renowned brand - Richard Mille.

Even the solar powered aircraft "Solar Impulse" depended on NTPT materials

for its record-breaking journey.

 

There is no debating their accomplishments or pedigree , but how does this

all assimilate to golf? Not by any means a traditional Golf OEM, NTPT's first

thought was to enter the market not as a shaft maker, but as a supplier of

premium materials to other shaft manufacturers. Although impressed by the

materials, the leading shaft companies felt they were too expensive. So with

a no compromise vision - TPT Golf was launched. According to Sebastian

Sebayang, Director of TPT Golf, "Four years ago we saw an opportunity to

bring our innovation to the golf market and produce a shaft with a new level

of performance."

 

 

 

 

Manufacturing Process:

 

TPT shafts are created using a revolutionary automated process that

eliminates inconsistencies often found in conventional shafts. Most shafts

in the marketplace are manufactured by hand, wrapping sheets of material

around a steel mandrel that produces a seam or "spine" (as it's referred

to in the industry), this often creates the need to put that shaft through

a "pure-ing process" in order to find the orientation that gives optimal

results. TPT's ultra-thin/ultra-light carbon fiber pre-peg is used along

with its automated winding process, there's no spine of any kind, just

concentric and identical shafts produced every time. The days of not being

able to match your favorite shaft are over. According to TPT, the result is

pure unparalleled consistency.

 

 

 


COST:

As you could probably conclude on your own, TPT golf shafts are not

inexpensive. In fact, they were introduced with an MSRP of $699, but

just recently the company reduced the price to $499. New investments

in manufacturing equipment and larger bulk purchasing of materials has

allowed the company to produce shafts in greater volume, thus a lower

pricepoint (making TPT slightly more accessible to the masses, $499 is

still beyond the scope and means of most golfers), but innovation comes

at a premium price (PXG is a prime example). According to Sebayang,

"By making the price of our shafts competitive with other premium shafts

on the market, we're confident that we'll enable more golfers to play their

best."

 

 

 

 

Aesthetics:

Notice the unique minimalist raw appearance of the TPT shaft, no glossy

paint and over the top graphics here. The matte black/charcoal-ish vibe is

carbon fiber in it's processed and finished form.

 


 

 

TPT Shaft Specs:

Some faster swing players may look at this chart and wonder where

are the lower torque shaft options? (An X-stiff low torque model is

available now, see the new 15LT/LKP/LW below. Fairway specific

offerings and iron shafts are also in the works - coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

11 TPT shaft choices

(10 shown) are now

available to consumers

(only through authorized

TPT fitters such as Hot

Stix, Club Champion,

TXG and the David

Leadbetter Academy at

Championsgate.


 

LKP = Low Kick Point

MKP = Medium Kick Point

MT = Medium Torque

LT = Low Torque (new)

SW = Standard Weight

LW = Light Weight (new)

 

New for 2018 is the addition

of the 15/low torque/light-

weight model for those

players with more aggressive

transitions and faster club

head speeds, this series is

called "Extended Range".

(Shown below).

 

 

 

The new Extended Series is low torque and lightweight for high speed

players.

 

 

 

 

 

TESTING

As is often the case, our host site for this test was PGA Village and their

Learning Center in Port St.Lucie, Florida. As the PGA of America's flagship

property, the public is welcome to come work on any part of their game here.

Although we conducted this test in their indoor fitting center, a massive 35

acre outdoor practice facility is the staple of perhaps the finest site of its

kind in the country.

 

 

 

 



Our test setup at PGA Village, Foresight Sports GC launch monitor and

simulator.

 

*Just a quick disclaimer regarding this test and the shaft model chosen

(16 MKP/MT/SW) for me based on some data I provided during our brief

meeting at the PGA Show. In an actual fitting with an authorized TPT

Fitter you will be put through a protocol which will include a warm up

(if possible, playing a few holes beforehand is always a good way to know

where your swing is on that particular day), this alleviates the tendency

to overswing during the fitting process. After a brief discussion with your

fitter about your game, he/she will have you demo several models to

narrow down exactly which shaft and clubhead setting suits your game.

 

 

 

Test performance #'s produced pretty typical numbers for me, except

for two areas. Usually if I see carry numbers around 250 yards, and spin

rates between 2000-2500, than I'm pretty satisfied. Both of these get a

check in the thumbs up column. However, the swing speed and ball speed

stats were impressive and disappointing respectively. TPT testing produced

swing speeds consistently between 106-108 mph (easily the best of any

shaft I've ever tested, and that's saying a lot). At the same time, ball

speeds of 145 mph show an inefficiency when considering the 107 SS.

Typically when everything is in harmony, I expect to see ball speeds

between 150-156 mph. The smash factor of 1.36 is an indicator that

all was not in harmony. A smash factor of 1.45 is about my standard.

Stats in green are above average, red below. The rest are in my typical

range.

 

SS - 107mph

BS - 145.3 mph

Backspin: 2222

Launch: 12.9

Smash: 1.36

Carry: 247

Total Distance: 274.6

Offline: 7 yds left

 


Just to make sure these #'s were legit and not the launch monitor or its

setting, I also tested 2 other shafts (same TaylorMade M4 head in neutral

setting) that I've gamed recently. Neither averaged over 102 mph. The

go-to gamer shaft for nearly 2 years, is a bit heavier (77 grams) and

lower torque (3.1) than our TPT test shaft (68 grams 3.8 torque). With

an extensive fitting, I think it's likely the 15/MKP/MT/SW or the new low

torque - 15/LKP/LT/LW may be spot on for me. Excited about the club

velocity and spin rate for sure, so our test sample is definitely a close fit,

but if we had gone through a fitting (at say Club Champion for example),

perhaps they could have really dialed in the right set up. With summer

thunderstorms now the norm here in South Florida, we haven't been able

to properly field test the shaft on the course, but after we get about half a

dozen rounds in, we'll update the results.

 


 

Need tour validation? TPT does not endorse any players for using their

products, but that hasn't stopped many tour players including two top 10

players in the world from using TPT this season. Jason Day, won twice

on the PGA Tour this season, in San Diego (Torrey Pines) and Charlotte

(Quail Hollow) using TPT in his driver. Justin Rose also won earlier in the

campaign using TPT at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

 

Conclusion:

If you want the creme de la creme of golf shaft technology (have the

financial means), and the knowledge that with a proper fit by an authorized

TPT fitter you will have the best technology available for your game - then

TPT is worthy of your attention. When we compared for ourselves, we saw

first hand - the ultra-tight flex pattern of TPT vs other shafts on our CPM

machine, the claims of consistency are completely true. To see for yourself,

click on the link : https://youtu.be/JZuo8Y5eOCY


 

Available only at authorized club fitters around the world, check out TPT

for yourself. For more info on TPT: https://tptgolf.com/products/