RIFLE shafts???

RIFLE shafts???

Postby znander » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:19 am

What difference in performance could I expect between basic Rifle; Tour Flighted; and Rifle Project X shafts??? (My flex would be 6.0)
Also, what's the diff. between taper and parallel tip?
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Re: RIFLE shafts???

Postby JYachinich » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:07 am

znander wrote:What difference in performance could I expect between basic Rifle; Tour Flighted; and Rifle Project X shafts??? (My flex would be 6.0)
Also, what's the diff. between taper and parallel tip?




Royal Precision introduced the Rifle shaft first and better players liked the feel of the shaft but did not like the trajectory they were getting from the shaft. The especially felt that they hit the ball to high with the short irons. The Tour Flighted Rifle was created to created to try and keep the trajectories from the long irons through the short irons more the same and definitely keep the trajectories of the short irons lower. Better players control how far they hit shots by controling how high they hit them. This is what the Tour Flighted Rifle help accomplish. In both cases the Rifle and Tour Flighted Rifle shafts get lighter in weight as the shafts get shorter in length. They are also both initially manufactured as a parallel tip shaft. Once the shafts have been cut for flex and a give club number the taper tip version is created by putting the tip of the shaft in a machine and creating the taper. There is not difference in the playability from taper tip to parallel tip in these shafts.

The Project X was designed to create a higher launch angle but a more penetrating ball flight. I would compare it as being a little closer to the Tour Flighted Rifle in that it is desiged to help control trajectories and thus control distance. The Project X is manufactured as a Constant Weight shaft, which means that as the shafts get shorter in length from the long irons to the short irons the weight of each shaft stays the same. Players who grew up playing Dynamic and Dynamic Gold taper tip shafts got use to the feel of the contant weight shafts and prefered to stay with shafts that were manufactured that way. Again both the Project X parallel tip and taper tip version are initially manufactured as a parallel tip and the taper tip version is created just as I mentioned above and there is no difference in playability.


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Re: RIFLE shafts???

Postby RobinDArthur » Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:57 am

JYachinich wrote:
znander wrote:What difference in performance could I expect between basic Rifle; Tour Flighted; and Rifle Project X shafts??? (My flex would be 6.0)
Also, what's the diff. between taper and parallel tip?




Royal Precision introduced the Rifle shaft first and better players liked the feel of the shaft but did not like the trajectory they were getting from the shaft. The especially felt that they hit the ball to high with the short irons. The Tour Flighted Rifle was created to created to try and keep the trajectories from the long irons through the short irons more the same and definitely keep the trajectories of the short irons lower. Better players control how far they hit shots by controling how high they hit them. This is what the Tour Flighted Rifle help accomplish. In both cases the Rifle and Tour Flighted Rifle shafts get lighter in weight as the shafts get shorter in length. They are also both initially manufactured as a parallel tip shaft. Once the shafts have been cut for flex and a give club number the taper tip version is created by putting the tip of the shaft in a machine and creating the taper. There is not difference in the playability from taper tip to parallel tip in these shafts.

The Project X was designed to create a higher launch angle but a more penetrating ball flight. I would compare it as being a little closer to the Tour Flighted Rifle in that it is desiged to help control trajectories and thus control distance. The Project X is manufactured as a Constant Weight shaft, which means that as the shafts get shorter in length from the long irons to the short irons the weight of each shaft stays the same. Players who grew up playing Dynamic and Dynamic Gold taper tip shafts got use to the feel of the contant weight shafts and prefered to stay with shafts that were manufactured that way. Again both the Project X parallel tip and taper tip version are initially manufactured as a parallel tip and the taper tip version is created just as I mentioned above and there is no difference in playability.


Thank You,


Jim Yachinich
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Jim is correct but let me add a couple points. The Rifles are basically a parallel, taper, parallel design meaning there's a long parallel butt/upper section, a tapered section, then a long parallel tip/lower section. RP manipulates (trims) both parallel sections to get a pretty consistent final 42-44" blank. That means depending on the initial freq, they will alter the tip/butt trimming to get the desired final butt freq. They then have a set of trimming instructions on these blanks to make almost any flex (numerical) they want. Let's say they have a set of instructions for a 6.0 set of Rifles. Let's say it's 5/8" tipping for each length. Done and sent. Now for a flighted set, they simply trim a little less on the long irons, the same on the middle irons, and more on the short irons. Pretty simple and keeps the base SKUs to a minimum. One 44" blank can do a LOT of final products.

For the Proj X, the design is much different. That shaft has a short parallel butt section, a tapered section that is unique to each length (the shorter the shaft obviously the slightly more taper), and a short tip parallel section (which as Jim says and is correct is turned into a taper at the end just like the Rifles...). Hopefully you can see that the shorter parallel sections and unique tapers entails making not a single blank for everything, but when they want a 5.0 7-iron, they run 5.0 7-irons - not a single blank for all. By having this design, they are able to control trajectory a bit more because the geometry of the shaft is the same from shaft to shaft where as in the case of the Rifles there could be more variation. Finally, because of the shorter prallel section (MUCH shorter...) you should remember that the P-Xs play almost an entire flex STIFFER than it's Rifle cousin. That means a 6.0 P-X will feel closer to a Rifle 7.0! Might want to keep that in mind.
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Re: RIFLE shafts???

Postby znander » Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:31 pm

Very helpful. Thanks a bunch, Jim & Robin
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