True Temper Elevate Shaft Review

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The True Temper Elevate shaft seeks to counteract the strong lofts and low spin properties of today’s iron heads.

Introduction

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.

Feel

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

32 Comments

  1. Marcos Cadó

    You making the switch?

    • Matt Saternus

      Marcos,

      Not at the moment. For as little golf as I play, I try to limit my changes. That said, the Elevate will be high on my list whenever I have a new set of irons built.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Looking to get fitted with the elevate 95 but iam not sure what club head…Ive tried a ping,Callaway…any thoughts

  3. How might this shaft compare to Modus 105 in stiff, my gamer the past 5 years or so?

  4. Mark Kuyawa

    Thanks Matt! I really enjoyed your reviews.

    How would you compare Ping 210 irons and
    PXG 0311 P Gen 2 irons ?

    I’m 63, 3 handicap.

    Thanks!

  5. any comps with the xp 95 or 105?

    I have to go really light to get my launch and spin up even with a driver ss of over 100

    • Matt Saternus

      Alan,

      I didn’t test head to head, but my sense is that the XP is higher launching and spinning.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. How does the elevate 95 compare to the Nippon 950GH? Thank you.

  7. What is a deliberate tempo?

    • Matt Saternus

      Ray,

      It’s just a way of describing someone with a smoother swing, someone who doesn’t aggressively force the club out of transition.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. Matt, how does tour elevate stiff compare to Modus 120 stiff? Thank you.

  9. So I’ve hit both the 95 S & R and the Tour R and found them similar. The Tour S was a little too stiff for me. I asked you earlier what the definition of deliberate was and you said something about a smooth tempo. The Mizuno optimizer put me in an R flex and in the 90-110 g weight range with a 75 mph 7 iron swing. C Taper Lite was my top rec. So it’s pretty darn accurate. So my question is why wouldn’t you designate the Tour R for a deliberate type swing?

    • Matt Saternus

      Ray,

      I’m not sure what you’re trying to get at here. Where did I say that the Tour R would be inappropriate for a deliberate swing?

      -Matt

  10. Ray Farrell

    Sorry, it was a long day.
    All Im trying to ask is if you feel the Tour R, and maybe the S, could be categorized as suitable for deliberate swing types as well as the 95 series.
    Thanks again

    • Matt Saternus

      Ray,

      Absolutely. If you’ve read much of this site, you’ve probably gathered that I put limited stock in the overly broad rules such as “Shafts like ____ are only for ____ golfers.” It always comes down to individual fit, and any fitter has seen plenty of examples that break all the rules.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Garrett C Broschard

    Matt,
    How would the elevate 95 stiff compare to the KBS Tour 90’s? I’ve decided on the Apex 19 forged, but unfortunately I didn’t test the Elevate when I hit them.
    Thank you

    • Matt Saternus

      Garrett,

      I haven’t reviewed the KBS Tour 90, so I couldn’t give you a good comparison.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. How would you compare the Elevate tour x-stiff to the DG 120 x100.

  13. How is this VSS technology different from their previous SensiCore technology? It seems pretty much identical. Perhaps change in materials.

    • Matt Saternus

      Frank,

      SensiCore is an insert that goes into the shaft. VSS is part of the design of the shaft itself.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. John D Williamson

    Hey Matt. Did the regular flex in this tour shaft feel somewhat stable. It’s 112 grams. I play Project X lz 5.5 Looking for something I can grow into with a new set I’m getting and dont want to change clubs for a while. I usually dont change irons for 8-10years. I know you will say test them out first and I will. I’m 47 and I have ankylosing spondylitis. My driver went ss went from 120 to 105 and has been pretty devastating. In about a 12 Year span. I do yoga and I haven’t quit playing but I probably will. This may be my last set. Sorry to go off on a tangent but it has devastated me and I live in pain. I’ll go test them just wanted your opinion.

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      I didn’t test the regular, so, unfortunately, I can’t offer any opinions on that.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. John D Williamson

    OK I guess I read that wrong. I thought you tried all 3 Tour flexes. I hit them tonight. I’m going Tour stiff soft stepped. Thanks Matt.

  16. Mark Kuyawa

    I hit the regular flex in a fitting last week and really liked it. Not sure of weight. I currently play Modus 105 in stiff and I think this new shaft performed better. I’m 63, up to a 4 handicap and battling back issues. I also hit Steel Fiber 95 grams in regular and very similar Track Man numbers

  17. How do these compare to the Project X lz’s? Both seem to be going after the same goal in creating higher launch to add more “stopping power” when trying to hold greens.

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      I have limited experience with the LZ, but my impression is that the LZ is more active than the Elevate. Overall, I would agree that they’re similar shafts.

      Best,

      Matt

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