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I was surprised by the announcement of a new shaft company VA Composites. A quick look at the website and I quickly recognized the VA in VA Composites are the initials of its founder, Victor Afable. I have know Victor for many years as one of the principles at Oban. Before you could become a distributor you got a personal visit from Victor. It was generally the better part of a day where he determined your competence as a fitter and club builder. If you passed you were accepted as a distributor. I tell this story because it gives some insight into a person that has a unique passion for golf shafts and ethical golf club fitting. Victor Afable has been in the shaft business over 30 years. His designs have had a lot of Tour success.
A box of Raijin review samples arrived quickly after I reached out. I was anxious to look at the profile Victor chose to launch his new company with.
The KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype is the first graphite shaft offered by KBS. It is a natural extension of the brand into carbon fiber products. My measurements of the EI profile of the shaft confirmed the KBS marketing claim, this shaft is an extension of the KBS Tour and KBS FLT set. Hybrids built with this shaft will be a perfect extension of an iron set. Listen to Kim Braly describe the shaft:
You can see in this chart just how the EI, Torque and Hoop Strength compare to a 2 iron KBS Tour steel shaft.
The Nippon Modus3 line released in the US in May 2015, it is available through Nippon Certified Dealers. I got my first look at two pullouts that were used at the PGA merchandise show two months ago. The profile was described to me as splitting the other two versions. The Modus3 profiles are unique. Nippon has put their substantial technical knowledge into the material and fabrication of these shafts.
There have been substantial changes to my measuring software since this shaft was first reviewed in May 2015. This update to the original review is based on remeasuring with the 4 point hoop deformation. It includes DataSheets for the golf professional subscribers.
The Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid has been available for many years. The 95X is in Jordan Spieth’s Titleist Hybrid and the 105X is sometimes seen in a Titleist Driving Iron. In the process of updating the profiles of the Graphite Design driver shafts I noticed I had not reviewed this shaft. The profile, given its long standing popularity on tour, merits study.
The Graphite Design Tour AD BB was introduced in 2012. It is a modification of the Tour AD DJ, designed to deliver a lower launch. Range testing has validated what we can plainly see in the EI profiles. The TourAD DJ was the second in the series of the TourAD shafts from Graphite Design. Like the BB, it was a change from the original TourAD DI. Because of the long term popularity of the Graphite Design AD BB I updated the measurements to make hoop deformation correction to the EI profile.
This video was shot in May 2013 at the Crown Plaza Invitational at the Colonial. Erik Boysen is in charge of tour promotions for Pro’s Choice, the US distributor for Graphite Designs. He shares his knowledge of the shafts and tour fitting experience.