I saw a few guys over on another golfing forum going crazy about it. Very interesting but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't skeptical. They have sold quite a few already though and from most reports guys say it is the bees knees. Could be placebo effect though. Have to hit it myself to know for sure and I'm not going to stump up a few hundred $$ to find out my suspicions were right
Hello members ... First time, Long time ... First time poster and Long time reader I had a chance to install the Shotmaker into my driver and noticed an overall improvement in my accuracy. This is no joke.
Here's my story.
I play to a 14 and an average-to-above average ball striker. I get out on the course at least 1X per week, depending on the "honey-do" list. I try to get on the range at least 3X per week. I game a TM SFTP 2.0 with a Fuji Rombax 7Z08, play it at 44.5-inches with a D5 SW.
My SS averages about 108-111, and have gone as high as low teens and as low as 105 on the off days. My ball speed is about high 150's to the occasional low 160's. I have a slightly negative AofA, which I don't think is too much of a bad thing.
At first, I was a little skeptical at first but, it's better being skeptical than being a non-believer, eh? So, I ended up trying the E-flex. The installation was super easy and took all but 15-minutes from start to finish. I was so excited that I rushed off to the range to hit a small bucket of balls. I warmed up by stretching and hitting about 10-wedge shots. Next, the big stick! I like playing driver with heavier SW's, so the insert weighing about 4-grams added another point. When you waggle the club, you can quickly feel something different. I tee'd up the first ball and hit to the back of the fence at my local range, which was about 255-yards out. Nothing out of the ordinary.
I was beginning to wonder to myself, "what am I supposed to be feeling?" Well, the first shot that I missed out towards the toe (and I could tell that I missed), what should have been a big sweeping draw (almost OB on some courses) ended up being a more "tame" draw for lack of a better word. Hmm, I thought.
I went back to my local shop and asked if I could try the F-flex and we exchanged without any hassles (thanks to Dennis at Blind9 Golf). I packed up the back and headed straight for a quick back-9 at my local course.
Hole 10 is a blind, downhill par 4, measuring about 389 yards to a blue flag tucked in the back right corner of the green. I mean blind because at about 250 yards from the tee box, the fairways heads downhill and slight dog left right. I usually layup with my 3-wood hopefully somewhere in the middle. I try to play a high fade so I can position myself better for the second shot, but when I miss, it goes to far right and I am tinkering with possible OB or a horrible second shot.
I said, "today i am going to hit driver." I tee'd up a Pro V1X and took a few practice swings. I took my position and let her rip with my normal swing and the sound the head made at contact was something pleasantly different. Not to say that I can't hit my driver, but for those that experience that one super flush, pure nutted hit can attest to what I am saying. The ball flight was penetrating and had a soft fade to it. I saw the ball clear the peak of the fairway as it started to slope downwards. By the time I got to the ball, I had about 65-yards to the flag. "Wow," was all I kept thinking to myself.
I proceeded to finish the round only keeping track of the FW's hit, and I hit 6 of 7 fairways, where 5 of them were with the driver.
I stopped back by the shop and told them thanks for the new "weapon" and informed them the F-flex was for me. So, for those that have heard of the Shotmaker, this thing is for real. Just make sure you put a little time into making sure you get fitted for the right flex. Originally, I was fitted for the E-flex, but the F-flex had my name written all over it.
Thanks for letting me share.
The Shotmaker does two things: it dampens impact shock (but not residual vibration), it significantly reduces or elminates shaft deformation. The part about dampening impact shock is easily understood. The part about interrupting shaft deformation is not.
Shaft deformation is inherent in every golf shaft. Below is a link to a high speed golf swing video of Tiger Wood available on Youtube.
From the video, we can all see that the shaft deformation process is apparent and inherent throughout most of the swing. Shaft deformation contributes to a significant increase in inaccuracy. Reducing shaft deformation has been the quest of shaft designer everywhere. But as long as there is only one shaft body, shaft deformation will always be there, and this Tiger Wood video is one example.
The Shotmaker interrupts the shaft deformation process because it is a foreign body sitting inside the golf shaft. It made it difficult for the shaft deformation to manifest itself during golf swing as to produce up to a 40% increase in accuracy. Another site's tests also documented a 38% reduction in side spin.
What the Shotmaker does to reduce shock impact also contributes to a higher degree of accuracy. Human hands are not the hand of a robot. Human skin and flesh are soft. Lower impact shock has its benefits. That said, the Shotmaker does not dampen residual vibrations like Sensicore because it does not contain any soft elements on its exterior. Residual vibrations transmit feel, and we want them to pass through to the golfer.
The Shotmaker sits at least 6" away from the tip of the golf shaft and below the flex point. It is positioned to preseve the playing characteristics of the original golf shaft. The Shotmaker is locked at one point only. It allows the golf shaft to bend and twist around it.
It took Harrison 7 years to develop this product. Harrison has received 4 patents and has pending patent on the Shotmaker design.
I've heard a couple of things --
It work best for players with a consistent swing.
One sees better results in OEM shafts -- which are most of the time tuned down versions of the aftermarket premiums.
It does not fit into all shafts.
You've got to get fitted on a monitor to try different SM flexes and see which one gets you the best results - typical issue is that golfers get too stiff of a SM flex.
It takes a while to get fitted correctly.
It even works for slower swingspeeds.
But if you've got a swing, it seems to be a great tool.
I had this installed last week and have 3 rounds with it so far. It has cut my draw down from 15-20 yards to about 10 yards. My miss is a hook and this will not do anything to change that. This will make your good shots better but will not keep you from making bad shots. A 60 yard hook is still a bad shot if it is cut down to a 55 yard hook. I still have to get used to my alignment with this installed. I used to start my shots way over the right rough and draw it back to the middle/left side of the fairway. Now the ball will land just off the fairway to the right. Sometimes it will hit the very right side of the fairway and sometimes it will hit the rough.
I would recommend having one of these installed. There is no downside of having it installed and you can reinstall it if you ever change drivers. It works for me and will keep using it in all of my future drivers. Given how hot of an item this is right now, you can easy sell it if you end up not liking it. Just go into it knowing that it will not turn a slice into a fade or a hook into a draw. This will tame your draw/fade to a more playable flight.
An announcement from Harrison:
For golf shaft makers, if you are interested in making Shotmaker compatible shafts, we are happy to supply you with Shotmaker compatibility specifications so that you can make golf shafts that are fully comptible with it. Pleaes contact us at 818-834-7600 and ask for Mike.
Numerous users have suggested that a centralized location be created to host the Shotmaker compatiblity information.
Therefore, we have added 2 primary threads at Harrison.com forum. One is for users to list compatible shafts and the other one is for incompatible shafts.
This is the link. http://www.harrison.com/forums/
At your convenience, please login your personal compatibility or incompatiblity experience. You do need to register as a user to post. Thank you.
Since Shotmaker’s introduction, thousands of users have posted their reviews online. Most of them are descriptive in nature. The two launch monitor screen shots below were taken during a Shotmaker fitting by a user. During the fitting, Haydn compared three scenarios: without insert (STD - blue), F insert (F FIT - red) and G insert (G FIT - green). As can be seen from the screen shots, Haydn achieved the best results with the F insert. His accuracy increased by 60%, side spin decreased by 48%, and he picked up 17 more yards.
To view more user reviews supported by launch monitor data, please follow this link. http://www.harrison.com/articledetail/user-reviews-supported-by-launch-monitor-data
I will say this much as I put the finishing touches on our review: this may be one of the most amazing pieces of technology to come out in the past ten years.
Everything people are saying about it is true.
It won't make a bad shot good, but it'll make an average shot pretty good and a good shot really good and great shots even better.