BREAKTHROUGH GOLF TECHNOLOGY - STABILITY TOUR Putter Shafts: PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

In 2018, Breakthrough Golf Technology or "BGT" as it's becoming

known in the industry, launched the Stability Putter Shaft. BGT

is the innovation of Barney Adams. Yep, that Barney Adams - the

man who founded the club equipment company that once took

the industry by storm. Adams has always had the unique ability

to see what the golf equipment OEM's couldn't and in this case,

it became apparent to him that there's been no significant evolution

in putter shaft technology for what seems like forever (technically

it's been over 50 years). In 2019, BGT and its engineers designed

a 2nd generation putter shaft with the introduction of their new

Stability TOUR model - made to balance out and allow for proper

swing weighting comparable to steel, but with the technology and

performance of a BGT shaft, the TOUR model is the subject of our

review. Stability TOUR weighs 110 grams (Stability standard

weighs 125 grams).

 


What's wrong with the stock steel shaft in my putter and why

do I need an expensive advanced technology shaft? Well, it's

fair to say that no one needs any piece of golf equipment, it's

a discretionary purchase. So if your reading this, you care enough

about improving your golf game to see what this new technology

is all about. So, let's put this bit of common sense out there - It's

probably not a stretch to say that the stock shaft in your putter

is likely one that the OEM was buying in bulk for mere pennies,

not because it was going to yield the best results. The technology

and craftsmanship that has evolved in today's putter heads with

new materials used for inserts and advanced CNC milling, it has

been a huge leap forward from what was on the market even say

15-20 years ago. Perhaps more importantly, overall putter head

weights have increased significantly. The dynamics of those same

old steel shafts that were used in the classic Wilson 8802 blade

and Bullseye putters of yesteryear has been altered by the trend

of heavier head weights. Putters typically were in 280 - 300 gram

range, as where now a standard milled putter Anser or Newport

style weighs in the 330-350 range, with many mallets topping

400 grams. This extra mass has caused deflection, face twisting

and droop issues, and yet these symptoms have been overlooked

until now.

 

 

BGT's high modulus carbon fiber shafts are engineered to have

increased stiffness for tighter dispersion over your stock steel

shaft. Two Models: Stability & Stability Tour

According to the folks at BGT, the Stability shaft is designed with

BGT’s patented Advanced Materials Technology, a scientifically

proven platform which delivers the face square at impact. This

results in a lower launch for predictable roll and better distance

control. Blair Philip, VP R&D says “Testing confirms that both

the Original Stability and Stability Tour deliver the groundbreaking

performance that BGT has pioneered in our tour-proven putter

shaft designs”.

 

 

 

 

The Shaft is a two-piece unit, with tip diameters available in .355 /

.370 / .390 sizes to fit virtually any putter hosel or neck design.

Our gamer, a rare custom Cameron Newport 2.6 required a .355

diameter tip.

 

 

 

 

 

AESTHETICS:

 

The matte black appearance of the Stability Tour is a major upgrade

to virtually any putter (especially those with black putter heads). The

BGT graphics are all positioned on the underside, which makes for an

ultra clean appearance at address. If I'm paying a premium price for

a putter shaft it better make the blade look top shelf, and it does.

The tapered shaft and blacked out style inspires one to putt, have

you seen a cleaner looking set up for a blade?

 

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE FEATURES:

 

According to BGT, the Stability Tour shaft is 97% stiffer than your

typical OEM steel putter shaft, which = an 82% improvement in

returning the face square at impact. An example of the metrics that

illustrate the point: lab tests have shown, if you hit a 10 foot putt

(with your stock steel shaft) just 1/2" out on the toe side of center

with the face angle .5 degree open, it will cause a deflection (twisting

motion) from the off-center impact that has been shown to cause an

additional .5 -.7 degrees of dispersion (that results in a putt that travels

1 to 1.2 degrees open of the starting line). That will most likely cause

you to miss the putt, but with the Stability TOUR shaft the face angle

and dispersion keeps it's original orientation of .5 degree open. Yes,

that's only a degree or a fraction there of, but this is often the

difference in converting that putt. If that's one or two putts a round,

cumulatively that can add up to a lot of strokes gained over the course

of a year.

 

Essentially anything that is more stable at impact becomes a higher MOI

piece of equipment, which means more overall forgiveness. We've all hit

putts that come off with a strange roll or speed and seem very random,

Stability offers consistency.

 

 

 

Black Beauty the putter in a matte finish. . .

 

 

FEEL / TESTING


Technical features aside, what did my putter feel like with this new sexy

looking tech installed. In a word - Different. I must admit, I was so used

to the putter head straying all over the place, especially on mid-range and

long lag putts that the stiffer feel threw me off. It was clear immediately,

I didn't need a CPM meter to know that the Stability TOUR didn't allow

the putter head to stray from its intended path. However, that doesn't

mean it's a set it and forget install, there are some internal adjustments

that you may need to endure for this new technology to benefit you.

 

I played my first round with the Stability TOUR without much more than

a few practice rolls, and it showed. It was was easily my worst putting

day in quite sometime, I struggled with the tight feel of the Stability

TOUR shaft, and it affected touch and speed control. Since putting is

all finesse, the need for repetition is paramount. So I decided to spend

some time getting to know the new "feel", taking the flatstick just about

everywhere I went during a 10 day span. I rolled putts in the office and

at various practice greens during my free time - fast, slow and every

speed in-between. After several sessions, I went back out to the course

feeling comfortable. A solid showing was the result with zero 3 putts

and several clutch par saves were converted. Even knowing the tech

is beneficial, it can be difficult knowing there may be a learning curve

involved after making such an equipment switch. Remember, because

putting is a make or miss results based action, it often can be met

with the need of immediate success. Take the time to understand the

difference in the new equipment, and the consistency and results will

follow.

 

*Other shafts that resemble BGT, should not be mistaken as a replace-

ment or comparable equipment - like Odyssey's Stroke Lab putter shafts,

which are a completely different type of technology that focus on the

placement of weight distribution, not stability.

 

 

 

SUMMARY:

The best way to describe putting with the Stability Tour, is that it's a

departure from what you've known. My sample size is still small up to

this point, but I did something to validate the BGT technology. I re-

installed the stock steel shaft back in the putter and rolled some just

to see what my sensations/feels were, and then subsequently where

my thoughts were on Stability TOUR.

Do I miss the springy kick and the somewhat random impact points

of the old shaft? Quite the contrary, after the 10 days of practicing with

BGT, the old shaft felt like an over cooked spaghetti noodle, the putter

head seemed to be drifting all over the place during the stroke on longer

putts. The stock shaft felt like a junior flex would if installed in my driver.

I knew after that, I didn't want to go back to an inferior product in my

gamer. Just like all things that become antiquated, I wondered how I

ever could've made putts with such inadequate equipment. Now that

we are committed to Barney's new wand, we're looking forward to

getting locked in and seeing more consistent rolls on the greens in

2020, we'll keep you posted.

 

Finally, is the Stability TOUR worth its hefty $249 price tag? That's up

to you to decide, but for anyone looking for a more logical remedy to

their putting performance than just buying another $300 flatstick with

the same old steel shaft, go check out Breakthrough Golf Technology

and their line of Stability putter shafts.

 

For more info: https://breakthroughgolftech.com/