Every now and again, we'll have a situation where we get a product back in less than tip-top shape. Now we could just toss these damaged items in the garbage, but we're far too curious for that. Needless to say, when a cracked McDermott G-Core shaft came to us, I decided to see what's inside.
Before you look at these pictures, try to keep in mind that I haven't whittled since I was a kid at Jameson Ranch Camp and that I'm working with a box cutter instead of a nice Bowie knife.
Once I was able to carve off the maple, I found some interesting stuff underneath. According to McDermott's official description of the shaft, it is constructed with three layers: wood, carbon fiber and wood. This is in fact what I found.
The top layer is hard rock maple, with a piece of darker wood covered by a thin layer of carbon fiber between the two. Not sure what kind of wood that inner core is made of, but it is there.
The idea behind the construction is that the multi-layer design reduces vibration, which then leads to better control. I know, I know. I could've just gone to their website and looked at the description, but this way was much more fun. Plus, isn't it nice to know that when a company says they build something a specific way, they actually do? I'm gonna have to find more stuff to deconstruct, because this one was pretty entertaining.