Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Golf Shaft Review

Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 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 review samples of the Graphite Design Tour AD IZ just arrived. I am going out of the country for a few weeks and I wanted to hand off the most common of the 14 weights and flexes over to the testing staff before I left. I measured the 60 and 70 gram versions only and will add to this review when I return.

T1100-G-Side-ImageTour AD IZ, like the Tour AD TP, utilizes TORAYCA ® T1100G carbon-fiber pre-preg with NANOALLOY ® technology in the tip section of the shaft. Also like the TP, it is made with 50 ton ultra-premium, high modulus, aerospace quality carbon fiber materials. Let’s take a look at the measurements of the 60 and 70 gram models that have been measured.

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Graphite Designs AD Fairway Shaft Review

Graphite Designs Tour AD Fairway Golf Shaft Review

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

GDADFW_imageGolfers who first experience a fairway with a premium driver shaft universally have a jaw dropping experience. First at the performance then at the cost of the fairway club. There is sticker shock when they are told the shaft itself cost more than a retail fairway metal. Yet, when you see a tour player hitting a fairway you should realize, the shaft he is using is the same quality as his driver shaft. Heavier and perhaps stiffer, but it is an ultra-premium driver shaft.

The problem with the stock fairway shafts is there simply is not enough money at $250 to $300, the typical retail price of a fairway, to supply a decent shaft. In the price range we have come to expect at retail for a fairway, the manufacturer has a limited range of shaft options.  What gets delivered is a high launch design. That shaft will have a soft tip zone to help get the ball airborne. However at that price point it will also come with high torque. When you  watch your slightly off center ball strikes snap hook or block into the trees realize this, it’s not you, it’s the shaft. I have put a great many golfers into $550 to $600 fairways. Not all can or will make that level of investment into a fairway. Those that do have a rapid understanding of what shaft quality means.

Graphite Designs has joined Mitsubishi in offering a high quality fairway specific shaft at an approachable price. The Graphite Design Tour AD F-Series Fairway shaft has a MAP price of $250. That is 35% less than the price of a Tour AD driver shaft. The Tour AD FWY is painted to closely match this year’s Tour AD TP driver shaft. It is made with 40t carbon-fiber while the TP uses 50t material. Weights range from 72 to 95 grams. Let’s look at the measurements. 

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Graphite Design Tour AD TP Golf Shaft Review

Graphite Design Tour AD TP Driver Shaft

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

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The Tour AD TP is new for the 2017 season. It is designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory. As I measured the bend profile of the shaft I knew immediately this shaft is a winner, it is a refinement of the Graphite Design Tour AD DI.

ftt-imageDesigned around new tooling, The Tour AD TP introduces a new technology called ‘Fast Taper Technology or FTT. The mandrel, the steel core the shaft is built on, has a faster taper rate from the mid to the tip of the shaft than other Graphite Design shafts.

t1100-g-side-imageThe Tour AD TP uses a new pre-preg from TORAYCA ®, T1100G. This new material is comprised of both High Modulus and High Tensile strength fibers. The resin system is contains NANOALLOY® Technology for added strength and vibration dampening. Premium golf shaft have come a long way from the early days of graphite shafts.

This video is an excellent discussion of some of the technologies used in Graphite Design golf shafts.

gd-tpvsdiLets compare the bend profile of the new Tour AD TP with the Graphite Design Tour AD DI. What I see is the knee point of the bend profile has moved up the shaft and the bend profile is smoother going into the tip. This is going to create a propensity to launch and spin a bit less than the Tour AD DI. The difference in feel will be the solid thump that is typical of a high density shafts compared to the sharper crack of lower density pre-preg.

You will notices as you look at the bend profiles progressions below that they change very little as the shaft weights and stiffness change. That makes club fitting with these simply a matter of finding the correct weight and flex. The bend profile does not change through the 50 to 80 gram ranges. It changes only slightly on the 40 gram designs.

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The radial consistency of the review samples was 99.2% with a 0.3% standard deviation. The shafts are round and suitable of insertion into rotating hosels. Alignment does not matter on a shaft that is round, the Graphite Design Tour AD TPs are round.

Lets here what Mark Maness, our shaft tester has to say about the Tour AD TP:

Here is a summary of the FlightScope data from our test:gd-adtp-flightscope

tpvs9003eiThe only difference of significance was the vertical launch. Looking at the bend profiles of these two shafts we see how the designers created launch. The TP loses more stiffness, getting significantly softer about 18 inches from the tip. Then it stabilizes, and loses very little stiffness toward the tip. The M9003 is stiffer through his region, but ends into a softer tip. I have always known Mark to work the head through impact. The softer tip of the M9003 gives him more responsiveness in this area. That is reflected in his sense that the AD TP is stiffer, or heavier as he called it.
And once again as we have mentioned many times, be careful of shaft recommendations made through others experience. There is no substitute for testing shafts with a knowledgeable fitter until you find your perfect fit.

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Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid

Restricted Template 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 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. 

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Russ

Graphite Design Tour AD BB Golf Shaft Review

GRAPHITE DESIGNS TOUR AD BB

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

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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.

The technical discussion and measurements are available only to registered readers

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.

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