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The LAGP OLYSS shaft has a great, active feel, but still stands up to aggressive swings. Produces consistent results even from less than perfect swings.
In golf, signature products are typically reserved for the very best players – Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan. LAGP is shining the spotlight on someone behind the scenes, legendary shaft designer John Oldenburg, with their new OLYSS shaft. John has an array of tournament winning shaft designs to his credit. Will the OLYSS be his latest success story? I tested one to find out.
Like most LAGP shafts, the OLYSS goes bold on the branding but light on the other graphics. “LA GOLF” is spelled out in bright green and silver below the red LAGP logo, leaving no doubt what’s powering your driver. On the underside, the “OLYSS” logo is relatively small.
The one standout visual element is the visible weave in the butt section. I like how this can be seen only on close inspection. It’s a peek under the hood of the shaft for those willing to look for it.
I absolutely loved the feel of the OLYSS. Through the mid-section, there’s a smooth, lively kick that I felt on every swing. Whether I was going all out or trying to dial it back, I felt the “smooth load and release” that LA Golf Shafts describes.
To me, the tip section of the OLYSS felt slightly soft, at least by comparison. Context is important here: I game a tip stiff shaft and recently have been testing other tip stiff shafts. What’s interesting is that despite this more pleasant, softer feel in the tip, I was not able to overpower the OLYSS.
Whenever a shaft has a smooth, active feel, I start getting worried about hooks. This is where the OLYSS impressed me: even when I swung out of my shoes, I couldn’t get it to hook. The worst shot I could produce was a slight pull that flew on a boring trajectory. Overall, the OLYSS launched in my normal medium/high window with fairly low spin and excellent accuracy.
Beyond its ability to ward off hooks, what stood out about OLYSS is its consistency. There were numerous shots where I felt the ball come off the outer reaches of the club face. I’d look up expecting something ugly only to find the ball flying downrange to a perfectly acceptable distance. Whether this is the result of the Zylon/Carbon weave in the OLYSS, the counterbalancing, or some other factor, I can’t be sure, but over multiple testing sessions OLYSS excelled at turning mediocre swings into playable drives.
The LAGP OLYSS is available in three weight classes – 55, 65, and 75 grams. In the lightest class, flexes A, R, and S are offered. The 65 gram shaft has the most flexes – R, S, X, and TX. At 75 grams, S, X, and TX are available.
“Golf is a game of misses.” With the LAGP OLYSS, I found that those misses became a lot more playable. Combine that wonderful quality with a smooth, active feel and you have a shaft worthy of John Oldenburg’s name. Visit your local LA Golf Shafts fitter to check one out to see if it can keep more of your drives on the fairway.