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The True Temper Elevate shaft seeks to counteract the strong lofts and low spin properties of today’s iron heads.
As OEMs continue to push the limits of sanity with iron lofts, golfers are left to wonder, “Can I hold a green with a 7I anymore?”
Enter the True Temper Elevate, an iron shaft designed to boost launch and spin to optimal level for distance and stopping power.
One of the key technologies in the Elevate Tour shafts is VSS – Vibration Suppression System. True Temper claims that this dampens 56% of the vibration of the shot (71% in Elevate 95) without suppressing feedback. Call it placebo effect if you will, but I did feel like the Elevate had a cleaner impact sensation than other shafts.
During the swing, the Elevate Tour felt very stable but smoother than Dynamic Gold. The Elevate Tour actually felt similar to my gamer, the KBS C-Taper Lite. In comparing the two, I found the Elevate Tour to be slightly smoother and more active.
The similarities to the C-Taper Lite continued when I got on the launch monitor. The Elevate Tour produced numbers that were nearly identical to the C-Taper Lite, which made it a perfect fit for me. My shots launched on a consistent trajectory with just enough spin to hold a green.
Don’t be scared off by the name. In my testing, I did not hit a single shot that ballooned or had any kind of unexpected result. Players with the skill will be able to shape shots both ways and control trajectory. This is not a soft, high launching shaft, merely one that is not as stout as Dynamic Gold.
There are two versions of the Elevate shaft. The Elevate Tour, which I tested, is heavier and comes in three flexes. The X-Flex weighs 122 grams, stiff weighs 117 grams, and regular flex is 112 grams. The Elevate 95 is lighter and available in two flexes – stiff is 98 grams, regular is 96 grams.
Per True Temper, the Elevate 95 provides higher launch and higher spin and is best for players with a “Deliberate” tempo.
If you’re tired of watching your iron shots skitter across the green instead of sticking next to the pin, consider the True Temper Elevate shafts. Players coming from stout, low launching shafts, will enjoy the stable feel while benefitting from the higher launch angles and slightly elevated spin.