How many times have you heard it said that there is no standard rating system for golf shafts. When I entered the golf club fitting business over a decade ago I learned what a huge problem that presented to a fitter. It took years to understand shaft measurement and many more years to accumulate a meaningful database of shaft measurements. Golf Shaft Reviews is the only publicly available source of unbiased, standardized measurements of golf shafts. The magnitude of that accomplishment did not occur to me until a golf shaft company owner said it to me.
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The Mitsubishi Tensei Pro is now available in two profiles Pro Blue and Pro White.These should not be confused with the Tensei CK, a shaft made for the club companies. The release of two shaft profiles is now becoming common from Mitsubishi. The KuroKage TINI is available in the XM and XT versions.
The Mitsubishi Tensei has DuPont Kevlar fiber woven with the MRC carbon fiber and place in the butt section of the shaft. Our testers are reporting that they prefer the feel of this over other shafts with similar profiles. Mitsubishi has a unique position in the shaft business. They are vertically integrated and make their own unique prepregs. The Tensei used MRC low resin content prepreg with 15% more fiber and 13% less resin. High density shafts have a unique feel. The density dampens vibration. The Tensei shafts have Boron fiber woven into the tip. This is a variation of the Titanium Nickel wire woven into the KuroKage shafts. The effect is a much the same, Improved tip stability which results in tighter dispersion.
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.