Until relatively recently, if you were looking for technology in your putter shaft, you were probably looking in the wrong place. Although there have been forays into this area over the years, including several all-graphite models and ultra-lightweight designs like those from Sacks Parente Golf, the putter shaft was a bit like the dirt that time forgot. .
More recently, other brands have introduced their own ways to improve putting consistency with the shaft. These include Mitsubishi’s MMT Putter Concept, which uses an internal wire mesh structure to reinforce and support the carbon composite body, and LA Golf introduced its TPZ putter shafts which are used by Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson. All of these designs were aimed at increasing shaft stability, especially as putter head weights began to increase. The theory is that these materials combined would allow for greater stiffness without sacrificing feel, as even the slightest instability in a putter shaft would lead to putts not hitting their targets.
The team at PXG, who have developed their line of putters to go with the rest of their line, have seen this trend and believe that this type of shaft has a place in how it fits putters. But the interchangeable hosels on the company’s mounting system for the Battle Ready series of putters, as well as the multiple hosels on its 0211 putters, required a different fit than what the current market offered. This prompted the PXG team to work on a solution. The result is the company’s first shaft, the M16 Putter Shaft.
The M16 features a multi-material carbon composite upper and a steel lower. The multi-material upper section is embedded with steel threads into the carbon fiber to create a stiffer yet softer feel. Ultra-fine steel wires, 22 in number, run lengthwise in the outer section of the composite portion of the shaft.
“We feel like we’ve created a really nice combination of a very stiff and stable product that’s incredibly soft and responsive on the face of the putter,” said PXG Chief Product Officer Brad Schweigert, who noted the company measurements of rod toe stiffness. have the stiffest of all current composite putter shaft designs. Schweigert said the carbon material is a much stiffer 60-ton version compared to typical carbon composite materials in the shafts. The carbon composite also features two sheets of rubber sandwiched between the steel wires and the carbon composite to improve feel on the heavier 135 gram shaft. “The steel wires increase the overall stiffness of the product.”
The diameter of the graphite portion of the shaft also tapers more slowly to further increase stiffness. All of that extra stiffness is designed to keep the overall putter more stable through the stroke and at impact on off-center hits, Schweigert said.
“As crazy to think about it, the shaft still flexes on the putt stroke, so when you have a very stiff shaft, it’s going to allow the clubface to have a more consistent impact,” said- he declared. “You eliminate all sorts of variation in transition and how the face is delivered. Plus the stiffer upper reduces the twist that happens on impact. So both have an effect on the line off the line. of the ball and its speed.
“At the end of the day, those are the two things you can measure. It’s hard to say what explains this improvement the most, but those are the things that improve and those are the things that determine whether or not you putt.
The M16 putter shaft will be a custom option on all PXG Battle Ready and 0211 putters in straight and double-curved offerings.