I received my new toy today. ping anser 8.5 loft with a mitsubishi ahina x-stiff and ping gold grips with two layers of tape underneath. the shaft brought my backspin rate down from 5000-6000 rpm to 2600-2800 rpm. resulting in lower ball flight, longer carry and final distance and much much less slice affinity.
haven't been happier with a purchase ever. shot 73 on a par 74 course with two bogeys after work.