You got the first one. The second question I believe most will say they want to hit it farther, even the high speed guy, so D is is selected the most. The thing is, if you are a “5” due to clubhead speed, you should choose a “B” or “C” to get the most options since your clubhead speed indicates you really already hit it far, if that makes sense. That is why there are no 5D.. shafts in the entire data base.
The third question is for trajectory, not directional. There is only one shaft in the data base that is an X flex (5) that has a 3 as the third element of the code and it is a Graphite Design Fairway shaft. The stiffness profile of X flexes simply do not provide the elements that would allow us to categorize the shaft as a high trajectory. That being said, there are some shaft models in X flex that the manufacture lists as a “high trajectory” shafts. That is fine and if that is what you need you should choose one of them, but the algorithm we use simply does not give us the “3” for high trajectory on the code on the X flex offerings. Ours is based on a range of torsional stiffness values, tip stiffness, and overall bend profile. How the manufactures determine the trajectory profile I sometimes question, and all do it differently. Important to remember the two major factors in the trajectory are the loft of the club and the OVERALL flex of the shaft (not just the tip stiffness or any specific section of the shaft). The sections can contribute, but to a much lesser degree than the overall profile.
The fourth is the directional question and asks “Do you need help correcting a Hook, None, or a Slice”. Generally the shafts that are stiffer with lower torsional stiffness values and stiffer tip stiffness will get the H code. Higher torsional values with less firm tips will get the S code.
On the new blade, not sure if we will offer an DBM or not. We just might. It is definitely going to be a 2022 product. My hope is that we can offer it in a satin chrome finish and then some next generation DBM finish.