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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?
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.