Independant Review of ACCRA DyMatch 2.0

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DyMatch 2.0 review

Accra DyMatch 2.0 Shaft Review

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An outstanding line of shafts that delivers high end performance in  all clubs, not just the driver.  Many options for precise fitting.

Introduction

Golfers do lots of dumb things.  We attempt shots that we never practice, some of us dress in clothes that would make a pimp cringe, and many pay hundreds of dollars for a driver shaft while neglecting the shafts in our fairway woods and hybrids.  Even worse, we pick those expensive driver shafts based on looks, hype, and what the guys on Tour use.
After frequent chiding by my favorite club fitter, Club Champion’s Nick Sherburne, I finally decided to stop being dumb and start paying attention to Accra.  Nick put me through a fitting for Accra driver, fairway wood, and hybrid shafts, and the results were fantastic.

The Concept of DyMatch 2.0

The idea behind the DyMatch 2.0 series sounds simple: design a family of shafts – driver, fairway wood, and hybrid – that will all feel the same, however, this is a lot harder than it seems (read THIS if you doubt it).
Thankfully, Accra has proven to be up to the task.  Simply go to your Accra fitter and find the driver shaft that works best for you.  Once you’ve done that, you can easily add the fairway wood and hybrid shafts to your bag knowing that they will feel identical to your new driver shaft.
The DyMatch 2.0 builds on the foundation of the original DyMatch series and adds even more options.  The three tip profiles, from highest launching to lowest, are RT (Responsive Tip), MT (Mid Tip), and ST (Stable Tip).  Each profile comes in three different weights for the driver plus a fairway wood and hybrid shaft.

The Fitting

I showed up to Club Champion’s Willowbrook location with a very mixed group of shafts in my long clubs.  My driver and 3W had stiff flex Fujikura shafts and my hybrid had an X-flex Matrix hM3.  Nick, being a very gracious person, didn’t laugh at what was in hybrid but simply said, “That’s a lot of shaft.”
A few dozen balls later, Club Champion’s Trackman launch monitor had established my baselines.  My driver shaft was an excellent fit (as it should be, I’ve had the opportunity to test nearly every shaft made).  My fairway wood was good, but it launched a bit lower than optimal. Predictably, my hybrid shaft was a disaster.  Trackman showed me exactly the same things I see on the course: on a perfect swing, the ball goes forever (too long, actually) but the rest of the time it’s an unpredictable mess.
Having worked with me many times, Nick knew immediately where to go in the Accra line.  He put a DyMatch 2.0 MT70 into my driver, and the results were excellent.  The shaft felt stable, but I also felt like I could load it without really “going after it.”
With the driver shaft quickly decided, Nick installed a DyMatch 2.0 MTF in my 3W.  We immediately saw an increase in the launch angle and increased consistency in the carry and total distance.  No doubt about the match between the driver and FW shafts.
Finally, it was time to check out the DyMatch 2.0 MTH.  This was far and away the biggest improvement of any of the three new shafts.  Everything improved: distance, dispersion, launch angle, and spin.  Additionally, since I was back in the correct flex, I could swing within myself and still get a good result.
As I walked out of the Club Champion fitting bay, the only unanswered question was, “What do you want engraved on your shafts?”

Feel

Overall, the feel of the DyMatch 2.0 MT shafts are very stable.  The butt and mid sections are both fairly firm, and the tip section has a little bit of kick to it.  Obviously, the RT will have a more lively tip section and the ST will have a more stable tip.
All that said, the most important thing about the feel of the DyMatch 2.0 shafts is that, true to their word, they are exceptionally consistent from driver to fairway wood to hybrid.  With DyMatch 2.0 you can forget about making compensations to account for different shafts in each club.

Performance

I’m very pleased with the results of the switch to Accra’s DyMatch 2.0 shafts.  The change provided everything that I was looking for in both my fairway wood and hybrid.
In my fairway wood, I now get a consistently higher launch angle which results in better carry distances and more consistent total distances.
With my hybrid, the change has been night and day.  I used to hit lots of low, running bullets that wouldn’t hold even the softest green.  Moreover, the club could go anywhere from 200 yards to 260.  Now, my carry is consistently around 220 yards with a predictable trajectory that will stay on the green.

Conclusion

If you, like every other golfer I know, wants “more consistency,” the Accra DyMatch 2.0 shafts are a great place to start.  Though Accra, like their best-known Tour players Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald, may not be the flashiest company in the game, they produce a world-class product that definitely deserves a look the next time you’re being fit.

Price and Specs

The prices for the Accra DyMatch 2.0 shafts are $199 for the driver shaft, $175 for the fairway wood shaft, and $125 for the hybrid shaft.
You can find your local Accra Fitter through their website HERE.

ACCRA in Golfweek Magazine

Yesterday, ACCRA was featured in Golfweek magazine online by respected writer Jim Achenbach. This was an exciting day for all of us at ACCRA as we certainly consider ourselves as the biggest proponents of club fitting in the industry. Thank you to Mr. Achenbach for his belief in the club fitting community.

Golfweek link

SHAFT MONTH: ACCRA’S CO-OWNER, A PREACHER OF PROPER FITTING

Gawain Robertson, co-owner of shaftmaker Accra Premium Golf Shafts in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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Gawain Robertson, co-owner of shaftmaker Accra Premium Golf Shafts in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
As of Friday, February 8, 2013
Gawain Robertson, co-owner of shaftmaker Accra Premium Golf Shafts in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, may be the most straightforward person in the entire golf shaft industry.
Robertson was a touring pro for 16 years and a club pro for 9 years. In 2008, he and partner Dave Makarucha bought the Accra name from shaft manufacturer UST. Robertson is widely known as the man who makes driver and 3-wood shafts for former world No. 1 Luke Donald, although he appears to be just as concerned about amateur golfers as he is touring professionals.
And he is the first to tell amateur golfers that what they don’t know about shaft torque and flex can hurt them.
Robertson is a loud and insistent spokesman for professional golf club fitters, those individuals who understand how to put together a proper set of golf clubs for each golfer. Getting the right shaft torque and flex is a big part of that process.
The Accra business is based on intelligent, informed fitting, and Accra shafts are available only through a network of some 350 club fitters around the world. Accra shafts belong to two primary families: DyMatch ($199) and Tour Z ($299). Besides Donald, touring pros such as Peter Hanson, Ryan Palmer, Tim Clark, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Mark Calcavecchia have used Accra shafts.
A 30-year industry veteran, Robertson preaches the importance of grasping shaft principles.
“Be careful when you talk about torque,” he said. “We know that torque is a measurement of how much a shaft twists. What we don’t always know is how that torque was measured. There is no standard method.”
One common way: Using a torque machine to take readings in two different directions. Then the two are averaged to produce a single torque number. In general terms, a lower number (2.0 into the low 3s) indicates more rigidity, while a higher number (the high 3s into the 4s and 5s) indicates a softer feel.
Accra is among the shaft companies that produce a torque profile by taking zone readings – in essence measuring the entire shaft to gain an understanding of how and where the torque is taking place.
Robertson also urges golfers to understand the whole flex profile of their shafts. Producing a single flex description – R, S or X – can be viewed as a simplification of a complex process that deserves more attention.
Why should all golfers seek an understanding of torque and flex? Because they are part of the equation in the loading of the club during the swing.
The element most important in fitting, Robertson insists, is how a golfer loads the club and the shaft. How much torsion – not swing speed – a golfer is producing during the swing is the critical factor. Torsion refers generally to leverage and specifically to the uncoiling of the body during the swing.
“Good fitters look at how you load a club,” he said. “It’s far more important than your swing speed. The question is this: Which shaft profile works best for you?
“Our Accra shafts don’t have a letter flex,” explained Robertson, who designates a letter and a number, such as the intentionally ambiguous M4 used by many touring pros, to classify each shaft. “We don’t want consumers focusing on what flex they have. A flex letter on a shaft is almost irrelevant.
“What you need to know is what profile shaft works for you. It’s the whole profile. Every good shaft company will make very good shafts that fit every type of player. As a smart golfer, you just have to find out which shaft it is.”
The new language of shafts is such that golfers should be talking about separate shaft characteristics in the tip section, mid section and butt section. Most golfers know that tips can be stronger or weaker, but so can the mid section and butt sections.
Know your swing, know your shafts. According to Robertson, this knowledge will pay dividends.

ACCRA Praise

Hi Sean,

Just wanted to thank you for the Tour Z + shaft. I have been playing a XXXX in my driver for the last 6 years and I am also a XXXX dealer and I have to say that the Tour Z+ is one of the best shafts I have played up to date!! My students and members are all asking what that orange thing is doing in my driver and I am proud to say its my new Accra Tour Z shaft! Looking forward to taking some custom orders for this shaft.

Thanks again,
Bill Carney
PGA Head Professional
West Sayville GC