Aldila RIP Phenom Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
These days, the Aldila Rogue gets a lot of attention.
It’s pretty much the flagship shaft for Aldila. But the Aldila RIP Phenom was once a very popular shaft and it’s still available today. It was very expensive when it first came out but you can get it for a great deal in 2023.
The only question is, should you get it? Is the Aldila RIP Phenom still a good shaft? I got my hands on one and tested it out on the range to find out.
Aldila RIP Phenom Shaft Overview
The Aldila RIP Phenom is a pretty technologically advanced shaft.
Aldila packed this shaft with technology and was very meticulous about the design. It has a composite graphite and carbon fiber construction so it feels light in the hands. After my first couple of practice swings, I could feel that the midsection was going to flex quite a bit – and I was right. Aldila also got creative with the mass placement of this shaft.
The tip and butt section feel amazingly stiff for what is generally a lightweight shaft. The idea was to make the Aldila RIP Phenom shaft as stable as possible while still providing for a good deal of flex. I actually really liked the feel of this shaft. I got the 75g version for testing. At first, I thought it might be too light. But I was impressed with how stable it was. It handles heavy loads very well. On aggressive swings, I sort of didn’t like how the midsection felt – it was just a bit too whippy for me.
Despite how it felt, the active midsection didn’t do much to hinder my performance. Besides, I think at least some of “whippy-ness” could be addressed by going up a weight class. The Aldila RIP Phenom comes in a dizzying array of weights ranging from 45 to 86 grams.
The Aldila RIP Phenom has a menacing look. It’s mostly dark, gunmetal gray. There is a skull and crossbones graphic near the grip and the “Phenom” lettering directly below that. It looks pretty cool overall, although a bit too cartoonish for me.
Why is the Aldila RIP Phenom So Popular?
The Aldila RIP Phenom used to be a popular shaft because it plays pretty dang long.
It was designed to increase distance for a wide array of players and it is still capable of that.