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The LA Golf Bryson Signature Series shaft is built to stand up to the most aggressive swings. Very stable. Low launch and spin.
For 2022, LA Golf has revamped their entire shaft collection. That starts at the top with a new Bryson Signature Series that includes both wood and iron shafts. The big question is, are these shafts only for the beefy big hitters or can they work for recreational swing speeds, too?
Visually, the new LA Golf Bryson Signature Series shaft is a significant departure from the Trono [review HERE]. The color is new and the look is classier with minimal graphics.
As with the DJ Signature Series, the Bryson Signature Series shaft puts all the focus on the LA Golf branding. The red, white, and silver logos pop off the matte navy blue base color. As you can see above, the “Bryson Series,” weight, and flex are nearly invisible in a blue-on-blue color scheme. This makes the “logo down” look almost perfectly clean.
At a glance, the Bryson Signature Series looks very similar to the DJ Signature Series, but there are three notable differences. First is the finish. The DJ Series has a glossy finish, the Bryson is matte. Second, Bryson’s blue is just slightly darker than DJ’s. Finally, the LAGP logo on the Bryson Series is red, DJ’s is white.
I tested the LA Golf Bryson Signature Series shaft side by side with the DJ Signature Series [review HERE]. Though I had the Bryson in an X flex and the DJ in a TX, the Bryson still felt substantially stiffer. Said another way, the Bryson Signature Series felt over one flex stiffer than the DJ.
This new offering also feels much different than the TRONO. The TRONO always felt pretty smooth, surprisingly so given its creator. The new Bryson Signature Series has a feel that’s much more in line with its namesake’s super aggressive swing.
When I made a moderate pass at the ball, the Bryson laughed, “You think I’m going to activate for that? Put your back into it.” It’s not boardy or unpleasant, it just doesn’t do anything. When I cranked up my effort, I could feel the shaft work, but there’s nothing smooth or active about it. This is a shaft built for one thing: stability.
Lots of shaft makers like describing their shafts as “low launch, low spin” because that gets the internet golfers fired up. The Bryson Signature Series shaft is labeled low/low because it really is. During my first round of drives with this shaft, I had shots that spun around 1000 RPM and launched just above single digits. Even as I figured out to how to swing this shaft, the boring ball flight remained. If you want to bring down your trajectory and drop spin, this could be the answer.
With such low launch and spin, most would also expect tremendous accuracy and a strong anti-left bias. At first, I saw neither. Where the DJ shaft was producing beautiful push-draws, that same swing garnered smothered hooks with the Bryson. After a few more rounds of testing each shaft, I had an idea. “This is Bryson’s shaft, so why not swing like Bryson?”
When I’m playing my best, my driver swing feels like a haymaker: load into my right foot and explode forward. There’s no Hideki-like pause at the top, but there’s a transition. Bryson, in contrast, has a fast backswing and is into the downswing before you can blink. When I tried swinging more like that, the Bryson Signature Series came to life. The hooks disappeared, replaced by long, straight, piercing drives. Also, unsurprisingly, my swing speed bumped up. If you’re looking to add speed with an aggressive, Bryson-like swing, this shaft can put that power to amazing use.
The LA Golf Bryson Signature Series driver shaft is offered at 55, 65, and 75 grams. At 55 grams, the available flexes are A, regular, stiff, and X. The other two weight classes offer stiff, X, and TX. LA Golf also makes Bryson Signature Series iron shafts in Long Iron and Scoring Iron lengths, both weighing 125 grams.
Oftentimes, “signature” gear has no real relation to the player. The LA Golf Bryson Signature Series, however, is a shaft that really wants to be swung like its namesake. If you’re a quick, aggressive swinger, this shaft can do wonders for turning that speed into long, beautiful drives.