McDermott I-Pro Shaft Review ~ Dustin Crowe

I have had the chance to play with McDermott’s I-pro shaft over the past couple of months. Yes, this was planned to be a late review. It’s been on the market now, for some time. When CEO Garret Troop approached me to do a review of the shaft it was an easy decision. With all the information available at your fingertips, how can we as test subjects, change it up?

Garret took on doing the first review after receiving the I-pro shaft from McDermott. An unchanged, strait from the factory, just like it would show up at your doorstep. He banged the balls around, put it in a box and shipped it off to me while he wrote his thoughts. To this day, I have not read that, or any review on this shaft. We planned this ahead of time. We have since talked about our thoughts on this shaft after I returned it to McDermott.

Stats: 12.5mm Navigator Alpha tip (Medium)3/8″-10 joint (standard) and used for this reviewHybrid I-pro taper (in my eyes, conical taper, standard)3 layer carbon fiber core.

My initial thoughts and concerns was how stiff it was going to feel given the taper and the core. Why wouldn’t I? When you look at what you’re getting ready to put in your hands just by the numbers. I didn’t get that with this shaft, but you can definitely tell that it doesn’t have the flex you would get from a longer “pro taper” shaft.

So how does it “play”?

I didn’t get that “thud” sound that you can get from stiffer playing shafts with harder tips, which was very reassuring. I will assume that is from the construction of the shaft as a whole being solid and well built. It feels good in your hands. Boasting a conical taper, that last statement is going to be… you guessed it… play preference.

The Navigator tip gives you plenty of control while not sacrificing stability once it compressed a little. I had to reshape it a bit due to a flat spot that developed. Expected with new tips. When you’re putting a new piece of equipment to a test, so things are just going to get hit hard. You know I had to break with it a few times.