BELLINGHAM, Wash. (May 27, 2004)–Aerotech, a Bellingham, Wash.-based company that has been making golf shafts since 1994, has expanded its product line with the technologically-groundbreaking new SteelFiber shaft.
Aerotech’s new SteelFiber is the first shaft design that effectively combines the best of both graphite and steel. SteelFiber’s high-modulus graphite inner core is surrounded by a complex stainless steel-fiber surface layer that includes more than 59 miles of steel fiber covering the entire surface of each shaft. Each steel fiber’s diameter is approximately 1/10th the diameter of a human hair. The high-density steel surface fiber optimizes the weight without substantially increasing the wall thickness, promoting a more solid feel through impact. The graphite core dampens vibration, increases clubhead speed and maximizes distance. The steel fiber surface layer adds stability and control for maximum accuracy.
“We’re very excited about the SteelFiber shaft,” said Chris Hilleary, vice president of Aerotech’s golf division. “We have achieved the playability benefits of both steel and graphite in one shaft. Steel is heavier and tends to be more consistent and accurate than graphite, while graphite is lighter than steel, thus providing more distance and has better vibration-dampening properties. With the stainless steel-fiber surface layer we’ve got 35 to 40 percent of the shaft’s weight on the surface. We have perimeter-weighted the shaft. By putting more weight on the surface we’ve increased the shafts MOI (Moment of Inertia) promoting a higher transfer of energy at impact.”
Additionally, Aerotech hired a tour rep late in 2003 and is in the process of getting the SteelFiber–as well as its other products, including the Powercoil graphite shaft–into the hands of PGA Tour players. In fact, the 2001 U.S. Open champion put the SteelFiber shaft in his driver at this year’s tour event in Phoenix, when he ranked 17th in total driving. Within three events using the SteelFiber he went to No. 1 in total driving, and is still ranked among the top five.
“The bottom line is tour professionals won’t play a shaft unless it performs, and we have a number of high-profile players playing our product,” said Hilleary.
SteelFiber is available in both driver and fairway wood shafts (weighing 65, 75 and 85 grams) and iron shafts (85 and 95 grams). The manufacturer’s suggested retail is $34.50 for the SteelFiber ss65 wood shaft, $32.50 for the SteelFiber ss85 wood shaft and $27.50 for the iron shafts.
WHAT SETS STEELFIBER APART:
Power of graphite with the stability of steel
High-modulus graphite core dampens vibration, increases clubhead speed and maximizes distance
More than 59 miles of steel fiber covers each shaft’s entire surface for added stability and control
Optimum weighting without increased wall thickness promotes a solid feel through impact
In addition to golf shafts, Aerotech is the world’s second-largest hockey stick manufacturer and also makes other products, including bicycle components, knee braces and violin bows.
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