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The ACCRA iCWT 95 graphite iron shafts offer excellent performance and the consistent feel throughout your set that constant weight shafts provide. When your playing partners notice the simple matte black finish and see you hitting more greens they’ll be asking, “Hey what are those?”
ACCRA is one of those brands not every golfer has heard of because their shafts are not available in irons or drivers straight from manufacturers. Focusing on shaft performance for the high-end aftermarket, ACCRA has become a standard offering for professional club fitters around the world. In addition to being found in more and more recreational golfers’ bags, ACCRA shafts are increasingly being used by tour players – the real mark of success in the golf industry.
To broaden its iSeries line of iron shafts, ACCRA Golf created the iCWT Prototype to offer a constant weighting product. The ACCRA iCWT 95 shafts come in discrete lengths that each weigh, as you may have guessed, 95 grams. The ACCRA iCWT Prototype is engineered using high modulus composite materials to ensure consistent performance. And to ensure they meet their stringent manufacturing specifications, ACCRA employs a machine they call S3 (Shaft Simulation System) for state of the art quality control.
The ACCRA iCWT 95 shafts have a wonderful, distinctive matte black finish. Branding is limited to a couple of simple silver bands. The prototype designation makes you feel like you’ve landed some exclusive gear. And to add to the cool factor, you can have your shafts personally engraved. There are other simple black shafts out there, but the matte finish really makes the iCWT stand apart.
The first thing I noticed with the ACCRA iCWT 95 in my irons was the overall weight. Coming off 110 gram steel shafts in my gamers, the irons had a pleasant, lighter feel. And more remarkable was the instant clarity on where the head was during the swing. Both those factors had me swinging more easily. The more balls I hit, the more comfortable my swing felt which quickly translated to better shots. And to confirm a commonly touted attribute of graphite – yes, vibrations in your hands are definitely lessened.
Looks and feel are important, but performance is what we’re all after at the end of the day. The ACCRA iCWT shafts are advertised as mid-launch and mid-spin, and I found them to be just that. Launch angle was similar to my steel shafts, but the apex was higher and they were carrying further. A great example is a lake-fronted par 3 at my home course on which I’d routinely been hitting 5 iron. If I didn’t catch the very front of the green, my ball would inevitably run off the back and down a swale, setting up for a difficult up and down. With the ACCRA iCWT 95, I’m now hitting 6 iron and sticking the landing.
At Club Champion here in Orlando, master club fitter Rob Stumpf checked out the numbers on Trackman and confirmed my field observations. To my surprise, the decrease in shaft weight had not increased my swing speed. The boost I had observed was the result of increased ball speed which equated to higher trajectory and longer carry. With the great feel discussed above, I have a strong hunch that my swing speed could be improved with a little more time in the ACCRA iCWT 95 shafts.
The ACCRA iCWT Prototype 95 should definitely be given consideration by any golfer contemplating new shafts in the mid-launch category. The ACCRA iCWT 95 allowed me to swing rhythmically with an increase in performance. The results are so good, I’ve given them permanent residence in my set. It was an eye-opener to learn that shafts properly fit four years ago weren’t the best for me now. It’s a reminder that not only does shaft technology get better but that your swing can change with time. Even if you aren’t looking for a shaft change or buying new irons, my experience at Club Champion tells me you might find it worthwhile to go through a proper fitting just to check your current performance numbers.