Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue Golf Shaft Review

Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue Driver Shafts

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

It is no longer appropriate to use the word graphite to describe a golf shaft material. In fact, the term carbon fiber does not work either. Many of today’s golf shafts must be referred to a composites. They are blends of carbon fiber strands, carbon fiber weaves, metal wire, metal mesh, metal powder, kevlar, boron and resin. These exotic combinations are increasing strength at reduced weight. This creates a wider range of properties that can be created in the composite tapered tube we call a golf shaft. The Mitsubishi Tensei is a new blend of materials woven into a driver shaft.

Mitsubishi is vertically integrated. they make most all of the materials the go into a golf shaft including monomer, acrylic fiber, carbon fiber, resin and prepreg. Mitsubishi’s latest PR releases tell us what that means: 276 PGA Tour wins on the major tours since 2004, 80 more than the next closest competitor. $137 million in prize money in 2015, $40 million more than the closest competitor. If that does not get your attention, the feel of their shafts will. They use the name Thump on a few products. It is fitting. The high density material they use dampens vibration up the shaft. What gets to your hands is a thump, not a click. When you strike your driver center face, that thump is an exquisite feeling. You can sense the ball getting crushed.

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The 2016 Tensei CK Pro Blue is a multi-material design combining 11 different prepreg materials. The profile is very much like a Diamana B. As shown below, the difference between the 60, 70 and 80 gram versions of the TX profile is weight and torque. The stiffness and bend profiles are identical. This is different from Mitsubishi models in the past. Typically the weight and stiffness must be considered together, the heavier shafts are stiffer with the same flex designation.

The shafts covered in this review are the Boron tipped Pro version. They are not to be confused with the shafts that will be offered in OEM off the rack drivers. Those lack the boron tips and are available in a wider range of weights and flex. The Boron tip weave adds tip stiffness to the Diamana B profile. And it is the Boron tip that makes these special. If you try a Diamana B and find the tip feels a little loose, this is the cure.

A carbon fiber / Kevlar weave is used in the butt section of the shaft. It can be seen through the clear finish. While the bend profile of the shaft is just slightly stiffer than the classic blue design, the hoop strength in this area is significantly increased. The result is a superior sense of what the shaft is doing during transition.

The technical discussion, measurements and testing results are available only to registered readers

The Mitsubishi Tensei was designed as Diamana B with new materials. What came to be from the new materials is a tighter tip and butt on a classic profile. Feedback from our testers is very positive. So positive in fact that one ordered a spare should something ever happen to his gamer.

This shaft is available at shop.golfshaft.reviews 

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ACCRA TourZ Extreme Driver Shaft Review

ACCURA TourZ x Extreme Driver Shaft Review

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

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The ACCRA Tour Z has been a staple in the ACCRA product line. The Tour Z Extreme is an updated version, using higher density prepreg and Kevlar in the tip.There are two models designed to compliment each other. The Tour ZX 400 series exhibits a profile known to produce a mid launch low spin. The TourZx 200 Series is typical of a higher launch higher spin design. The stiffness is very consistent across weights. The shafts do not get noticeably stiffer as they get heavier. Paring the TourZx 200 in a fairway with a TourZx 400 in a driver creates a great combination for most golfers. A more penetrating lower spinning drive and a higher launching, higher spinning flight in a fairway.

The discussion between Woody Lashen, a long time Fit2Score Affiliate and Gawain Robertson, do owner of ACCRA golf gets to the TourZ at the 10:30 mark. It was shot at the 2016 PGA merchandise show.

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 The profiles are consistent with earlier designs. The TourZx 200 series resembles the earlier Tour Z LS. The TourZx 400 is much like the TourZ ST. This is quite common, remaking a design that was successful with new materials.

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Mitsubishi Diamana M+ Diamana S+ Diamana D+ Golf Shaft Review

Mitsubishi Diamana Limited Golf Shaft Review
Diamana M+  Diamana S+ Diamana D+

By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas

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Several years ago the lines between “Made For” shafts supplied in off the rack clubs and premium after market shafts blurred. Several shaft companies made the premium aftermarket shafts they promote on tour available to the golf club manufacturers. It is a marketing conundrum. The club companies are the largest customers by a HUGE number. The golf club companies, are not inclined to have their products compromised by inferior shafts. This year, 2016, we saw the price of some drivers increase as premium shafts became standard. For some shaft brands, the stock shaft product is the aftermarket shaft. For others like Mitsubishi, it is different graphics, but in the case of the Diamana Limited, a very close match with slightly different graphics.

The review samples were limited to one shaft of each model. That is not my typical sample matrix, but it was enough to compare to premium aftermarket Diamana shafts and understand the differences.

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If you are familiar with the loading, flighting and feel of the Diamana Red, Blue and White shafts you will know these shafts. You will find a complete range of designs and stiffness offered as standard in the Titleist 917 Drivers. A great shaft that will not detract in any way from the performance of a great driver head.

 

ACCRA Concept Series 400 Driver Shaft Review

ACCRA Concept Series 400 Driver Shaft

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

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The ACCRA Concept Series started in 2014 with the ACCRA Concept CS1 which is now called the Concept Series 300. The Concept CS1 was the first shaft I can recall from ACCRA  that was produced in a Japanese foundry. With it ACCRA shafts deliver the ultra premium shaft quality seen in high end Japanese golf shafts. The ACCRA Concept Series 400 is a variation of the Series 300 design aimed at reducing launch and spin.

This discussion of ACCRA shafts was shot at the 2016 PGA Merchandise show.

Lets take a look at the shaft measurements.

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Project X HZRDUS Red Driver Shaft Review

Project X HZRDUS Red Driver Shaft
By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America's 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

The Project X HZRDUS Red is the fourth driver shaft in the Hand Crafted family from True Temper.The profile is best described as a higher launch version of the register . 

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