Aldila is releasing limited edition “tour authentic” models of its multiple-tour-winner Rogue shaft in conjunction with the 2014 U.S. Open. Made with the same extremely exotic, high-performance materials as the Tour version, the limited edition shafts commemorate the Rogue’s one-year anniversary on the tour. Each shaft will be made in the USA at Aldila’s Research & Development facility in Poway and will be serialized with laser customization available to personalize each shaft.
So far in the 2013-2014 season, the Rogue has been instrumental in helping Aldila win the driver shaft manufacturer count at 21 of 30 PGA Tour events, and also the wood shaft manufacturer count at 28 of 30 tournaments, according to the Darrell Survey reports. Rogue was also the #1 driver shaft brand model at 19 of the tournaments.
“Because of the extremely exotic, high-performance materials that are used in the construction of the Rogue shaft, it has very limited availability,” said John Oldenburg, Aldila’s Vice President of Engineering and Product Development. “Typically the materials are incorporated into only high-performance military projects and Aldila is one of the first companies to have access to the material for commercial use.”
The Rogue shaft is built on Aldila’s ultra-successful new “Tour” platform using the same tapered tooling and Nex Gen Micro-Laminate Technology™ that provide the exceptional performance of the #1 shaft model on Tour – Aldila’s Tour Green and Tour Blue.
“Aldila’s Nex Generation Micro Laminate Technology is comprised of ultra-thin layers of premium, low resin aerospace grade materials,” he said. “This design evolution eliminates inconsistent shaft performance caused by material variability. Redesigned tooling also raises the shaft balance point, making this the perfect upgrade for today’s modern club head designs.”
According to Oldenburg, by incorporating this new material, Aldila (aldila.com) is able to make the shaft stiffer and lower torque without adding weight. At the same time, the placement of the material in top third of the shaft (grip end) allows the shaft manufacturer to slightly counterbalance the shaft to work well with today’s heavier driver heads and the longer length of modern drivers.
The limited edition Rogue shafts will be available through select distributors with a suggested retail price of $799.
Aldila Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon America Inc. Aldila Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of carbon fiber shafts. Aldila is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of carbon-based composite products and materials used in various end markets. Aldila’s competencies are the development of carbon-based composites and the implementation of manufacturing processes that support the commercialization of these composites. Aldila is a vertically integrated supplier of composites across three primary end markets: carbon-based pre-impregnated composite fibers, graphite golf shafts and archery products.
Mitsubishi Rayon America Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. MRA’s business is centered around MMA (methyl methacrylate) and AN (acrylonitrile) business complexes as basic raw materials and finished products. For more information, visit mrany.com.
Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. MRC’s business is centered around chemical and plastics, fibers, carbon fibers and composite materials, and aqua businesses. For more information, visit mrc.co.jp
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