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The LAGP TRONO shaft, developed with Bryson DeChambeau, has a shockingly smooth feel. Mid launch and spin. Very straight.
During golf’s COVID-induced break, one of the major PGA Tour stories – and punchlines – was Bryson DeChambeau’s alleged weight gain. Now that the season has started again, everyone can see that there’s nothing alleged or funny about the work that Bryson put in. Bryson is crushing the ball with newfound speed and a new shaft, the LA Golf Shafts TRONO, which he helped to design. Can this shaft help mere mortals or is this purely for physical freaks with overwhelming speed?
Check out the new LA Golf Bryson Signature Series Shaft HERE
LA Golf Shafts tends to shy away from flashy graphics, and that’s certainly true with the TRONO. On one side, the red LAGP logo and “LA GOLF” make this shaft easily identifiable. Flip it over and you’ll find “TRONO” written in a thin, futuristic font. All of this is laid upon a matte black finish that runs the length of the shaft.
The most interesting visual detail is shown above. “BAD” and “JO” are the initials of Bryson and John Oldenburg, the chief shaft designer at LAGP. One is left to wonder what the numbers mean.
Bryson DeChambeau is swinging his driver as fast as 140 MPH, and somehow keeping the ball on the planet. Given all this, it would be reasonable for you to assume, as I did, that his signature shaft feels like a telephone pole. Nothing could be further from the truth.
My first swing with the TRONO literally made me step back, screw up my face, and wonder what just happened. Then a second and third swing confirmed that this shaft is actually super smooth. The shaft feels like it absorbs your swing’s energy like an Orange Whip. Per LA Golf Shafts, the middle third is much stiffer than the butt, and that soft handle feeling is extremely pronounced.
The bottom line is this: do not be afraid to try the TRONO.
When you have as much as 200 MPH of ball speed, optimizing launch and spin isn’t the top priority: every drive is going a long way. What Bryson DeChambeau needs to know is that his drives are going to go a long way in the right direction, and the TRONO excels in that department.
In my testing, I found that the TRONO was very straight and very predictable. Despite how smooth it felt, the tip was stout, and I didn’t lose any drives to the left. In fact, any good swing launched the ball within a couple degrees of the target line with minimal side spin (spin axis tilt, if you want to be technical).
I saw that same consistency in my launch and spin numbers. My drives were launching in my normal window, what I would regard as mid-high, with spin that most would consider to be optimal. Due to a shoulder problem, my speed isn’t as high as I’d like, but I’m looking forward to continuing to test the TRONO as I heal and regain the ability to swing all-out.
The LAGP TRONO is available at 55, 65, and 75 grams. At 55 grams, regular and stiff flexes are available. Stiff, X, and TX are offered at 65 grams. Only X and TX are available in 75 grams.
While the LA Golf Shaft TRONO isn’t going to magically give you 140 MPH swing speed, you also don’t need freakish speed to make it work. The TRONO is a solid, unique offering that’s absolutely worth a look if you’re seeking accuracy and more control off the tee.
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I hit a 60 gr blue Diamana from 10 years ago and it goes straight as hell. I love to try the 55 version of the Trono
Cost of the shaft?
How much does it cost? I’m interested in trying the Bryson technique but when I really go after one with my atmos tour spec 7x I hit lots of snap hooks.
i can shoot 92 with a standard supplied shaft or probably 90 with a $410 TRONO. $499 for a new Mavrik is already exceeding my means. Everything you say Is probably accurate, I will pass on the TRONO.
Numbers are Lat/Long (in decimal degrees format) for the Dallas National Golf Club in Dallas, TX
And in comparison with the new TPT red line shafts? And what’s a price indication?
I haven’t hit the TPT Red.
Price is $410.
I’ve been working with the single plain swing, and it does work, I can hit my ball over the net at my range and thats about 230 yards I think, maybe 250, and it flies super straight, using a standard Cobra F8+ at 9.5 deg, never seen how far I can actually hit it. Want to see my numbers , I’m getting better. Also 5’8 , 156LBS
Matt, I enjoy and read your reviews enthusiastically every week. But at $ 410 per shaft, the club should swing itself and maybe even carry my bag. I am assuming the manufacturer has stated on their website “only a limited number of these shafts will be made”. I am all in favor of a free market and am not afraid to spend extra if it will help my game. But in this case, I am seeing a price point that is beyond laughable.
There is no way that this is BAD’s shaft.
How would you compare this to the diamana ZF? On paper it seems their supposed to be polar opposites, MCA says the ZF is stiffer butt and tip but softer mid. With the Trono, could you feel the shaft load ? That’s what I liked about the ZF when I hit it I could feel it load while also being stable, while with more stout or one piece feeling profiles I hit it center but get all kinds of misses because I can’t time it up.
The TRONO does not have a traditional “loading” feel to it.
I have a full review of the ZF here: https://pluggedingolf.com/mitsubishi-diamana-zf-shaft-review/
What shaft did you hit at your swing speed? The 65 S or 65X?
Hey when your swing speed gets back to normal will you try the TX or stick with the X? I’m 110-114 with pretty aggressive transition wondering which flex might be better
I was quite satisfied with the way the X held up, I don’t see a need to go to TX for me.
I’m curious. How would you compare this shaft to the Hzrds Smoke yellow? Did the latter produce higher clubhead and/or ball speeds because of its counterbalance or did something else contribute to the different speeds? How do you compare feels? If you had to play one, which would you play? Thanks
I have a full review of the Smoke Yellow here: https://pluggedingolf.com/project-x-hzrdus-smoke-yellow-shaft-review/
I recently went to a Taylormade fitting where this shaft was available. I have to say, I fell in love with the 65g XS shaft… no matter how much I Kranked that driver I could not hook it for the life of me! I consistently carried 310 yards with my longest being 325. Truly an amazing shaft..
How does it compare to Ventus Black for you? I’m currently in Ventus black myself.
I have a full review of the Ventus Black here: https://pluggedingolf.com/fujikura-ventus-black-shaft-review/
Could you explain the difference between the X and TX shafts? I’m currently playing an X-Flex speeder shaft, but I feel it kick open at the last minute when I just swing normal. If I back off if it, I can consistently hit the ball straight about 320-340 yards. Would the TX give me the ability to really lean on it when I really want the extra distance without loosing it right/left?
A TX is stiffer than an X. How that would affect your swing, I can’t say for sure, but it’s possible it could work as you describe.
Any consideration to playing the 61 gram S vs the 68 gram XS? Torn between the two.
I only tested the 65-X, so I can’t speak to the comparison between that and the stiff.
I have a 55 R in a 7W and I love it. 180-185y on target 99% of the time. The ball lands steep on the green and holds within 3 feet or so. You can really get after it and the shaft feels like it could take anything you can throw at it. Like the review says; it’s ultra smooth. The price is sure to turn many off but, it’s a fun shaft to hit and for me, it’s made a big difference at the top of the bag. I’m told it’s similar to the ACCRA Fx 3.0 100F.
The numbers on the shaft are the coordinates to Dallas National Golf Club, DeChambeau’s home course.
the numbers on the shaft appear to be the coordinates of the Dallas National Golf Club in Texas.
I know this is an older thread , but I bought a Regular Flex Tron on eBay.
The shaft was cut for a 44 inch driver length. It’s a great shaft you can really go at it with this shaft.
When you hit it well you think it doesn’t go far until you start walking to where the ball landed…
I got this 400.00 shaft on eBay for 89.00 wow with the tip, and grip but I put a grip that Matt gave me.
What shaft would you compare the 65X trono too in comparison