Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV Golf Shaft Review

Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV Shaft Review

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

The Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV released in 2018. The review of the Evolution I was published in 2015, the Evolution III in 2017. I see the first three generations as variations on a theme. The slope of the profile got flatter from generation to generation. Flatter slopes or higher tip to butt rations tend to facilitate lower launch. The Speeder Evolution IV takes the next step in reducing launch/spin. 

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  • ATLMetsfan

    Is there no rhyme or reason to which shafts are produced in Japan? In other words are there some Speeders produced elsewhere with the same exact graphics? I would hope any given production line would be built at the same location, and the ones produced outside Japan would have some sort of differentiating markings. Kind of sad if this is not the case. Besides the removable sticker under the grip that is.

    • There is rhyme and reason, COST. This does not apply only to Fujikura, most all Japanese shaft companies have moved some production into other parts of Asia. I will note in all future reviews the country of origin when it is known.
      Quality control is noted in the reviews as Radial Consistency and mentioned as profile consistency. The signature chart in the core database shows the professional subscriber profile consistency. The first derivative, what I call signature, of the shaft matrix puts quality and design control in the professional’s face. It has caused some consternation with the shaft suppliers and because many of the professional subscribers are high volume fitters, more attention to quality control.
      It is possible to create quality shafts in Asia outside of Japan. The limiting factor is how much the shaft manufacture is willing to pay and how they set up and monitor quality control procedures.