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It’s always nice when the forum on THP is buzzing. Being that we are all golf fans and equipment addicts, that buzz can be as a result of many things. Here lately, it seems like graphite irons shafts are the recipient of some of the buzz from our diverse forum members. That’s right, I said GRAPHITE iron shafts! It’s a new day of technological advancements, a new day where consumers are truly pursuing playing what fits their swings and their games the best, and a new day in the world of graphite iron shafts. At the forefront of this latest movement is Matrix, with their Ozik Program graphite iron shafts.

Matrix sent THP a Program 130 for the sake of this testing and I was very intrigued and excited to put this shaft through the paces. I have never been the type of golfer that shunned any sort of advancement when it comes to equipment technology. For some, graphite has a stigma attached to it that it’s for slower swing speeds, or for a mature demographic, or for one with ailing joints. The fact is, it very well could be, but it’s also for everyone else in between. For this review, Matrix sent the Program 130 in stiff flex. The shaft weighs in at 113 grams, has a torque of 1.4 and offers high spin/launch. The shaft was put into a Mizuno MX-200 6iron and equipped with a mid-size Golf Pride Tour Velvet Grip.

TECHNOLOGY
The Program’s are the first mainstream Matrix Ozik graphite iron shaft. The one thing I have learned about Matrix in my short time of researching them as a company, and as an innovator, is that they engineer and produce with a purpose. After advanced DE analysis of the leading steel iron shafts, Matrix engineers discovered inefficiencies that are manifested in vibration and instability. According to Matrix Chief R & D Daniel, he said the PROGRAM HD irons will launch higher, spin more, and be more stable than all other steel and graphite iron shafts. Bold stuff from Matrix, but the one thing I have deduced about Matrix is that they have every right to make these claims based on the analyzing, testing, and engineering they conduct. It became clear to me that Matrix found a weakness, or better yet, an opportunity, in iron shaft technology!

LOOKS
I honestly do not believe I have ever seen an iron shaft, whether it is graphite or steel, that is as good looking as the Program. Everything about it appeals to my eye. The bulk of the body of the shaft is what I would call a bright white. It has a nice high gloss finish on the shaft but I found no glare issues whatsoever. In all honesty, I thought that was a neat feature because to me, it made the shaft seem much more durable. As much as the white color of the shaft appealed to me, the rest of the graphics just left me with my jaw open. The blood red text of “PROGRAM” and the shadow-gray-metallic colors of the text on the shaft are a suitable complement. In fact, it’s a stunning complement. I also found the white shaft to be quite soothing when I was addressing the golf ball. I’m not sure this was Matrix’s intentions but it was something that I definitely noticed and took note of when on the range or on the course.

Iron shafts probably get overlooked quite a bit as far as a visual appeal goes. You do not ever really hear a golfer say something along the lines of “these are the best looking iron shafts on the market”, but in my opinion, the Programs take the cake when it does come down to it. I can’t imagine how beautiful a set of irons would be outfit with these shafts, but what I can tell you is that a set of irons outfit with the Programs would perform beautifully.

TESTING
For this testing I was able to put about 10 range sessions and 6 rounds of golf under my belt. I found it somewhat difficult to test the shaft in one club (a 6 iron) but it was nice being able to compare it to my current 6 iron. Many of you know that I was fit for KBS Tour steel shafts, in X flex. My fitting was confirmed via the Mizuno Shaft Optimizer and also when comparing about 8 iron shafts against each other on a Vector Launch Monitor. Initially, I was worried that the Program would not be stiff enough and as a result, I would see some high, right to left ball flights. Honestly, I was also concerned about the overall stiffness and durability of the shaft. I was concerned that the shaft would be too soft, thus resulting in some sort of breakage during turf interaction. I’m sure I am not alone in this line of thinking when it comes to a graphite iron shaft. Boy, was I wrong! Not only was the Program more than capable at impact, it was perfect for me in the stoutness and stiffness department.

The ball flight was high, but it was also supreme in the distance category. I was easily carrying the ball as far as my current 6 iron, but what I was experiencing in my finger tips and other sensory areas was phenomenal. Never have I felt an iron shot feel so smooth, so soft, dare I say….PERFECT! Ball strike after ball strike I was left with an overwhelming sense of joy and bliss. I can easily see how a shaft like this could immediately assist someone with ailing joints or joint problems. The Program may be the smoothest, best feeling iron shaft I have ever tested. What was surprising was just how easy it was to flight the ball lower with this shaft. I didn’t have any problem lowering my ball flight by adjusting ball position a little back of center and not once did I ever experience any sort of ballooning with shots.

I mentioned my fear of digging the clubhead into the ground with a graphite shaft. I just assumed for some reason that it would be more prone to breaking or snapping but I can assure you that this is not an issue at all. I dug down after a few shots and really tried to test the strength and durability of the shaft and just as the Program won me over in the looks and feel department, it excelled in this department as well.

OVERALL
Overall, the Program 130 graphite iron shafts from Matrix perform exactly as they describe: higher launching and more stable than any other iron shaft I have ever had the pleasure of testing. They are easy on the joints, loaded with pleasing visual appeal, smooth yet stout, and flat out perform. If given the opportunity, I would game these shafts in every one of my irons. I applaud Matrix for making claims that they have once again, backed up! The Program 130’s are definitely not your grandpa’s graphite iron shaft and I would easily give these shafts two thumbs up! For more information on this and other shafts offered by Matrix you can visit their website here.

-TC-

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  1. Michael Cook says:

    TC – great review!! Have a question but will ask it in the forum.

  2. Chunkylover77 says:

    I think this review is spot on. I have the Program in a 6I and I have the exact same thoughts as Lucas. Great review buddy!

  3. thainer says:

    Great review buddy!

  4. Freddie Kong says:

    It is a good looking shaft, nice feed back TC, very nice.

  5. JRod says:

    Good write up TC very informative!

  6. wcueb923 says:

    Very good job TC

  7. royalwulff says:

    Great write up there TC! I really like the sound of these, however the price point could be a bit daunting.

  8. Doug the Lefty says:

    Great review, TC. Seems like graphite technology has come a LONG way.

  9. Penglynns says:

    Nice writeup TC. Sounds great. I’d have no problem playing a graphite iron shaft like these. Whatever works!

  10. Ryan H. says:

    I hate reading things like this because I start to ponder nonstop. If the higher launch/more spin was a good thing for your swing, I can’t help but think that it would be a good thing for mine. Great job, TC.

  11. Yoccos says:

    Great review Lucas! Man, I’m going to be making the switch to graphites after the MC and this is tempting.

  12. yorkem says:

    Great review TC! You are right, graphite iron shafts have been a hot topic lately, and reviews like this are beginning to sway me.

  13. 9-Iron Man says:

    Dang TC, you’ve just added more fuel to the graphite iron shaft pondering fire! These do look absolutely stellar, and I am one too who needs a high ball. The brain’s working overtime now! Great review!

  14. Hanks says:

    Great review TC….these are great to look at and hard to believe they’re an iron shaft and not a driver shaft of some kind. Good to see irons shafts getting a little more artistic love!

  15. OEM Kevin aka Kmac™ says:

    Great review Lucas C. And I agree that is one good looking shaft, (thats what she said!)

  16. Canio says:

    Great Review. I used to have G. Loomis shafts in my Ping Zings. I was very pleased with them. I am looking for another graphite shaft to try in my irons.

  17. Super Tuna says:

    Nice review TC! I have yet to come across an iron shaft I like as much as these. As you say Matrix is once again backing up their claims, these indeed aren’t your Grandpa or your Daddy’s graphite shafts

  18. cg13 says:

    man you are one heck of a reviewer! awesome job captain.

  19. Dr. Teeth says:

    Great review! It has to be hard to give these beauties up! Makes you reconsider what a graphite iron shaft is supposed to be.

  20. Puttin4Bird says:

    Wow, that is impressive! Great job on the review, I am surprised that you liked them that much but then again it’s mainly just me stuck with that old line of thinking about graphite iron shafts. Thanks for opening my eyes TC!

  21. One-T says:

    Awesome review bro. I got to swing his 6 iron yesterday and the weight felt awesome.

  22. Coolbreeze says:

    Great review TC, I’m really starting to want to try a graphite shaft in some irons and these look like the perfect place to start.

  23. Dirtydawg67 says:

    Great review TC. I have never tried graphite in an iron, but definitely want to now.

  24. TheDue says:

    Nice job TC, very well done. I’m really stuck for two reason’s, I want graphite for the benefit of my joints and arthritus, also I’m really stuck on another companies shafts. All in all I can’t yet afford them anyway, so its a moot point, but this gives credibility to the future of these shafts.

  25. SW says:

    Outstanding review dude. It’s good to hear that golfers can have one more option in finding their ideal shaft.

  26. 10YardDraw says:

    Great review, i would love to put these shafts in my next set of irons but the price tag is just way way way to high

  27. Sean says:

    Well done TC. Very thorough. I wonder how the Program compares to the Aerotech SteelFibers?

  28. Jman says:

    Great stuff TC. Especially enjoyed it because I know you’re general thoughts about graphite in irons are alot like mine. I really like the weight range that these fall in, heavier than other graphite shafts I’ve tried in peoples irons before.

    Well done sir.

  29. hammer says:

    You are absolutely correct, I am a 5 handicap and I have these program 130 shafts in my Adam cmb irons. Wow is all I can say, is these shafts are by far the most accurate shafts and best feeling shafts I have ever played. Also they absolutely fly high and straight. I thought I would never leave my project X c- taper shafts, but now these matrix shafts have found a home in my bag for a long time. Way to go Matrix!!!!!

  30. hammer says:

    Sorry guys on my previous post I said I was playing project x c- tapers previously and I meant to say KBS C- tapers . However as you know I now play matrix program 130 shafts and again WOW thats all I have to say..

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