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Shaft Review
Breakthrough Golf Technology’s Stability Putter Shaft
by Jeffrey Reed, Editor, LondonOntarioGolf.com

No other golf tournament exposes strengths and weaknesses with the putter more than the Masters Tournament. In fact, it’s a good bet that amateur golfers put the elimination of three-putts near or at the top of their wish list.

Until recently, putter shafts have seen little innovation in research and design. That’s not to say all putter shafts are created equal. There are quality shafts, and there are shafts that would better lend themselves to garden stakes than staking bets on the greens.

Barney Adams

Mention the name Barney Adams to any discerning golfer, and you’re sure to receive positive feedback in terms of quality golf clubs. Now, Adams has attached his name to the latest and perhaps most innovative putter shaft ever produced: the Stability putter shaft from Breakthrough Golf Technology (BGT).

Adams launched Adams Golf in 1988, and specialized in custom-fitted golf clubs. The company rapidly expanded after the explosive success of the Tight Lies fairway woods. Always possessing a unique ability to see what is missing in golf equipment, Adams founded BGT after recognizing that for decades, no significant innovation had gone into the manufacturing of putter shafts.

“I’ve been in the golf business for a long time, and during my time of 40-plus years, I’ve seen hundreds of millions of dollars invested in golf equipment design. Even tees have migrated from wood to biodegradable. But one product that stands unchanged and un-engineered is the putter shaft,” Adams said.

Resulting from in-depth R&D with Adams at the lead, Dallas, TX-based BGT now offers a putter shaft that promises to provide a perfect synergy of technology and materials to improve puttering performance. Designed to mitigate unwanted flex and twist, the Stability shaft is manufactured to improve putter-specific motion and performance, thanks to impact efficiency and distance control.

Here are the four elements of the Stability shaft:

• Eight layers of high modulus carbon fibre specifically layered, wrapped and widened, with a no‑taper design to greatly reduce torsional rotation;
• Through finite element analysis, a low-density 22 gram aluminum insert was developed and precisely located to reinforce flexural rigidity;
• A 7075 aluminum connector that is five times stiffer than a steel shaft helps to reinforce. This versatility allows attachment to any tip diameter of any putter, regardless of the bend profile;
• The stainless steel tips have extremely consistent wall thicknesses and are coated with a chrome finish to add further protection from corrosion and rusting.

According to Adams, the Stability design was extremely challenging since R&D staff needed to arrive at a shaft that had the same weight as a traditional steel putter shaft but without being too stiff, heavy or having a deadened feel. It also had to mitigate unwanted flex and twist.

Stability shaft fit for Scotty Cameron Select Newport putter

Stability was designed to improve putter-specific motion and performance. It increases flexural rigidity and significantly reduces torsional rotation through BGT’s patented design. BGT says it has limited unwanted movement by stiffening the shaft by 25% without abolishing feel, and reducing torque by almost 50%, in order to deliver the club face squarer at impact.

The performance of the Stability shaft was exhaustively tested with hundreds of putters using state-of-the-art high-speed cameras, robots, SAM Putt Lab, Quintic Ball Roll software and Trackman4. No mincing words here, as BGT said the result was “to re-invent the putter shaft from the ground up.”

The ultra-stiff Stability shaft carries a MSRP of $199 US, and is available in three tip diameters – .355”, .370”, .370” double bend and .390” straight. It weighs 125 grams and measures 37-in. in length but can be cut to desired length.

It’s about time the shortest club in the bag is finally getting the respect it deserves. It’s obvious that Adams and BGT have really found something worth testing for yourself.

Want proof the Stability shaft has Tour cred? World No. 1 Justin Rose, a favourite to don the green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club, has put the Stability shaft in play.

Ben Hogan may have “found it in the dirt,” but now Adams has found it on the greens.

For more information on the Stability putter shaft, visit https://www.breakthroughgolftech.com.

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