The difference between OEM and after market shafts
Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:11 PM
OEM shafts made by companies such as Matrix are good shafts but they are not as good as after-market shafts for the following reasons -
1) Manufacturing Accuracy/tolerance
If you look at a Matrix own br shaft there is a sticker with the shaft frequency label on it. When you measure it the frequency is bang on correct. This is not the case with OEM shafts where the flex is usually stated (regular/stiff etc). Typically when you measure the shaft the flex will tend to be towards the soft side. This is pretty typical of all OEM shafts where the big companies probably correctly assume people play with shafts that are too stiff for them.
I believe the material content (% of graphite v % of fibreglass) may be different for OEM shafts.
The end result is a shaft which is still good but is cheaper to produce in mass quantities
To sum up, the price difference is justified by a better quality shaft in terms of flex accuracy and material choice theoretically affecting feel.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:22 PM
I've owned and hit over a dozen Matrix aftermarket, retail OEM and tour-only OEM-painted shafts and the performance that they've delivered has been consistent no matter what kind of paint was on them. Every Matrix shaft I've ever seen has had a butt sticker with the CPMs on it, whether retail OEM, aftermarket or OEM-painted tour shafts. I have seen softer CPM numbers in most of the Matrix retail OEM shafts, but I've never run across one that was mis-labled. If a shaft was labeled "stiff" it usually had a CPM number in the low to mid-250s, which is the typical CPM gap for their driver shafts.
There are also "tour-only" shafts with paint and graphics to match (TaylorMade) OEM offerings are the exact same shafts as the aftermarket shafts in every way except that the graphics have been changed to match current retail OEM products for consumer marketing purposes. I've got a "Tour-Only" Diamana Kai'li 80 OEM paint scheme shaft that I'm currently testing in my 3-wood and it performs as advertised; as a Diamana Kai'li. No surprises, not softer, no lesser quality materials. Furthermore, Matrix has been a member of BSG for many years and their reps have said on numerous occasions that their aftermarket and OEM shafts are the same shafts in every way (save the paint schemes).
Shaft companies do produce "made for" shafts for club manufacturers. TaylorMade, Titleist and other club manufacturers have been very successful in offering these shafts in bend profiles that are slightly different (softer) than the aftermarket shafts to accommodate a wide variety of golfer swings. In those instances, the shaft will normally state (for example), "Diamana 'Ahina 72 for Titleist" or "Matrix OZIK 4.8." These shafts are all distinctly labeled and do not misrepresent their aftermarket counterparts, at all.
I don't think Matrix, Mitsubishi Rayon or any other shaft manufacturer would deliberately mislabel a shaft for the sake of better sales, to save money during manufacturing or to "get over" on consumers. That would not be good business and would be counter-productive in successfully marketing their products.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:03 AM
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