Review: Matrix 7Q3 "Red Tie" Shaft

Not too High, Not too Low; This One is Just Right.
You all know the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears. One was too hot, one was too cold, and one was just right. Well the new Matrix “Tie” series is similar. One is low, one is high and one is just right. The Red Tie is the middle shaft that has properties of the other two, but just about a perfect combo of each for my swing. The Black could get almost too low and the White would get too high, but the Red one was just right.
I’ve been a fan of Matrix shafts for a few years now.  I’ve had many of their different models of shafts in my clubs.   The one issue that I sometimes had was confusion over which shafts were low launch and which ones were high launch and how did each model deal with spin.  While it didn’t take too much research to figure it out by looking at the really nice charts Matrix had on their websites, off the top of my head I didn’t always know.   The new “Tie” series simplifies that.  They call it MFS or Matrix Flight System. The  Black Tie is Low, Red Tie is Mid and White Tie is High.  It is basically launch angles and spin.  While that is the simplest way to look at it, there are some details to consider when choosing the right shaft for you.


The “Red Tie”  look is a classic Matrix color.  They do red better than anyone else.  It really is a color that many associate with Matrix.  The other graphics are nicely done in the Matrix style with a little twist now available; adding your name laser etched by the logo.  The three color system is easy to learn, easy to remember and they all look really good.

The feel of the “Red Tie” is really amazing.  It has that incredibly smooth Matrix release, almost hinge like.  It is closer to the “White Tie” in terms of feel.  The “Black Tie” has a much firmer feel to it.  While none of the “Tie” series shafts feel bad, the “Red Tie” is the best feeling one of the bunch.

New to IndependentGolfReview is Flightscope testing.  I believe on-course play is very important in order to see how a shaft performs, but I think at times our eyes can deceive us.  The Flightscope’s radar based tracking measures every last detail to see if what is found on the course is actually true.  There are many different ways to use the Flightscope data.  It actually has more information collected than most of us can make use of.  I’m working through the process of how best to test shafts on the Launch Monitor.  I hit 20 tee shots with the “Red Tie” shaft in a Callaway Razor Fitand took the best 10.   I really believe that getting fit outside on a Flightscope is the best way to do it.

How do those numbers compare to the “Black Tie” or the “White Tie”?  I didn’t do the full 20 shots for each shaft, but I did hit a few shots after I swapped out the shafts in my Callaway RAZR Fit Extreme.  The “Black Tie” was about 250 RPMs lower on spin and 2* lower on launch and dispersion was 3 yards tighter.  The “White Tie” was about 400 RPMs higher spin and almost 2* higher launch and dispersion was 6 yards wider.  While there were benefits of each combo, for me the overall winner was the “Red Tie” because of overall performance of trajectory, spin, feel and distance.  It is not too high, not too low, the “Red Tie” is just right.

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Quick Hits
+Pure Matrix red style
+Incredible feel
+Good launch and spin numbers
+Fairway finder

–“Middle” category shafts can sometimes get overlooked

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