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Rip it in peace – more Aldila RIP shafts
by Dominic Pedler
June 2011

Aldila’s original RIP Alpha shaft made an immediate impact on the pro tours thanks to its computer modeling construction involving something called Reverse Interlaminar Placement – a revolutionary carbon fibre design that was all about lowering torque, increasing tip stability and improving the control of tip stiffness that is so important to trajectory.

The RIP range now has three models, with a Beta version incorporating a softer tip flex for a mid-launch performance, compared to the Alpha’s low-launch and the Gamma’s higher-balance point for the relatively butt-heavy feel favoured by some players.

Being less tip-stiff than the Alpha, the RIP Beta will be a little easier to handle for the average player, with Aldila claiming a longer, straighter and higher launching ball flight for many swing profiles, along with the excellent feel associated with the RIP’s novel ‘inside out’ method of graphite shaft manufacture.

As well as a custom order option with several brands, the trendy all white RIP Beta shaft (which is available in both Stiff and X Stiff flex) will also come as standard in certain leading models of driver, including the Limited Edition White Cobra S3 reviewed above.


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