True Temper XP 105 Iron Shaft Review

True Temper XP 105 (1)

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Lighter weight iron shafts that deliver longer distance and higher ball flight without sacrificing accuracy.  Well balanced.  Clean impact feel.

Introduction

“Ready to hit your irons farther?”

There are rhetorical questions, and then there’s that.  It’s often said that golfers want two things, distance and distance, so if you want to get them excited about something that’s typically unexciting (iron shafts), promising them more distance is probably a smart move.

This is exactly what True Temper has done with their new XP iron shafts.  Available in two models which are separated by 10 grams, XP 95 and XP 105, the XP series promises explosive power and gains of 6-8 yards, according to True Temper’s testing.  Is it time for your iron shafts to shed some weight?  We’ve got the answers.

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Feel

True Temper continues to do a great job delivering really crisp feel with their newer products.  There’s very little sting or vibration on bad shots, and well-struck shots are rewarded with a very sweet, clean feel.

Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t also touch on the weight.  The difference between the XP 105 (100 grams) and my normal Dynamic Golds (132 grams) is definitely noticeable, but not glaring.  The balance is similar, though the XP 105 is a little lighter in the butt of the club compared to the DG.  Importantly, the XP 105 did not give me the “where’s the club head?” feeling that many lighter weight shafts do.

If I were looking to drop weight, I could switch to the XP 105 with very little adjustment period.  On feel alone, it would be one of my first recommendations to someone looking to switch out of heavy weight iron shafts.

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Looks

It’s a steel shaft, so there’s not much to say.  The one interesting thing, visually, is that this shaft has the double steps (True Temper calls them “Speed Steps”) that I first saw on the Dynamic Gold DG Pro.  On the XP 105’s, however, the double steps are in the same place on each shaft since it’s not a flighted set.

XP 105 LM 3I XP 105 LM 6I XP 105 LM PW

Performance

This is the first time that we’re using our data comparison graphic (thanks to Andrew Jesernig and RoboToaster), so I want to let you know a little bit about how we tested these.  We have two sets of the exact same iron heads: one set was built with the XP 105 shafts, the other with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts (these are my gamers).  Then we put them head-to-head on a launch monitor.  You can look all over the internet, but you won’t find anyone testing iron shafts like this.  We are providing 3 charts with comparisons of the 3 iron, 6 iron, and pitching wedge (top to bottom).

Since these shafts are all about distance, let’s start there.  I did not get into this review expecting to see a distance gain: my irons already go about as far as my pedestrian club head speed will allow.  That said, I was interested to see if I could get a better ball flight with my longer irons.  With both my 3 and 6 irons, I was able to keep or improve my carry distance with a higher, softer-landing ball flight.  That’s a big deal for a low-ball hitter like myself.

In terms of accuracy, the XP 105 really surprised me.  I was expecting to see a marked loss of accuracy simply because I’m so used to my irons, but that was hardly the case.  On the whole, the XP 105 was just as accurate as my gamers.  I attribute a lot of this to the excellent balance: the XP 105 feels very similar to my gamers, just a bit lighter.

Overall, the XP 105 launched all my irons a little higher, spun more, but maintained their accuracy.  While I don’t plan to switch my iron shafts (old habits die hard), I did put an XP 105 into my utility club and found a noticeable benefit in terms of launch, spin, and carry.  The XP 105 made a good, reliable club even better.

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Conclusion

The XP 105 shaft performs just like it promises to: it delivers high ball flight without ballooning and excellent control in a light weight package.  For players looking to gain or maintain club head speed and distance, transitioning to the XP series is a snap because of how well-balanced they are.

Price and Specs

The True Temper XP 95 and XP 105 will be available to consumers in February 2014.

Both the XP 95 and XP 105 will be available in Regular (R300) and Stiff (S300).

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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8 Comments

  1. Cedric Theofanous

    Really like the feel of the old DG’s but the increased spin you saw with the xp 105 worries me. I produce too much spin on my irons as it is.

  2. Hi Matt

    Great article especially the launch monitor comparison. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for on other sites to see an apples v apples comparison. It a pitty that the other shaft reviews don’t include this.

    Cheers Tony

  3. James Slater

    I was a little apprehensive after reading several reviews that the xp 105 tended to balloon because of the lighter weight and softer tip. This really helped because I was concerned about loss of accuracy in going to a lighter shaft. Thanks for the detailed comparsion.

  4. bill kesel

    Matt, nice review! Could U pls touch upon the XP115? I’ve heard good things about it!

    Thank You.

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      I haven’t tested the XP115, but I think it’s very similar to the 105, just heavier.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. how would you compare the XP 105 to the Modus 105?

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