Fujikura Motore Speeder Golf Shaft Review

FUJIKURA MOTORE SPEEDER DRIVER SHAFT

By Kirk James & Mark Vallier, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
MK Golf Technologies,San Antonio, Texas

Fujikura shafts continue to dominate the PGA Tour and Champions Tour with wins and number of shafts in play. The original Speeder earned the reputation as the “winningest shaft on tour” back in 2000, and Fujikura has not lost momentum since. The latest version of the Speeder – the Motore Speeder – continues the tradition of the original. The Motore Speeder comes in three “regular versions” (the VC .0, the VC .1, and the VC .2), and two “Tour Spec versions” (the VC .2TS and the VC .3TS). The VC .0 and VC .1 versions are offered in mid 50, 60 and 70 gram models. The VC .2, VC .2TS and VC .3TS versions are offered in mid 60 and 70 gram models. Generally speaking, as the numbers of the models increase, the launch and the spin of the shaft decrease. In other words, if all other variables are equal, the VC 5.0 will launch higher and spin more than the VC 5.1, and so on up through the line.

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This EI Bend Profile chart clearly shows the differences in the three versions of the “regular” Speeder shafts. It has been our experience fitting these shafts that the VC.0 model is very stable and somewhat stiff in the hands (ie, the butt of the shaft) but has a relatively soft and active tip. The EI bend profile clearly confirms these observations to be correct. The VC.1 model has shown through experience to be somewhat softer in the hands, but slightly stiffer in lower mid/tip of the shaft than the VC.0. Likewise, the VC.2 model through experience seems closer to the feel of the VC.0 in the butt of the shaft, but significantly stiffer than than either the VC.0 or VC.1 in the lower mid and tip sections of the shaft, producing a lower launch and usually lower spin.

Fujikura Fitting Advisor

DevotedGolfer.tv editor Russ Ryden got to talk to Pat McCoy, Director of Tour Operations for Fujikura Composites about the  the online fitting application developed by Fujikura to help the golfer find his fit from the many Fujikura shafts available. Pat has been fitting tour professionals for about 20 years.  His perspective on golf club fitting comes from years of experience fitting the best players with some of the best shafts in the business.

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Enjoy and Good Golf,
Russ

This latest iteration of the venerable Speeder line of shafts from Fujikura is a very high quality, high performance line of shafts. The differences in each shaft in the Speeder line are clearly distinct and easily detected by most players and club fitters through testing. Almost any player can find a Speeder shaft that will work with their swing.  It is easy to see why the Motore Speeder continues to dominate the shaft counts on the major professional tours.

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  • Danny S

    Hi Russ,
    Would you be able to test and post the profiles of the “Re-launched” Speeder 757 and compare it to it’s legendary predecessor?
    Thanks in advance for your reply,
    Danny

    • DevotedGolfer

      I just requested review samples, thanks for the poke. Legendary is a great term. I still have some original 757’s in the shop. It will be interesting to compare new to the legend. The 757 and its offspring were my introduction to premium driver shafts many years ago.

  • Miles Burden

    Hi Russ, firstly I adore the site. Keep up the good work, you don’t get anywhere enough recognition for it!!
    Secondly, looking at the profile of the VC.3 series they seem very similar to the 757 and 757 Evo i ei profiles with the butt stiffness being ever so slightly stiffer in the VC’s. Do these therefore play similar? I own the VC7.3 and 8.3’s but have never tried a 757.

    • Miles,
      I do not have playing experience with the Fujikura shafts. My experience is limited to the measurements. If they do not have substantial material differences, meaning additives or prepreg density they you can expect the same feel if the profiles are similar.