Grafalloy Prolaunch SuperCharged Golf Shaft Review

Grafalloy Prolaunch Supercharged Drive Shafts

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 Grafalloy Prolaunch Blue and Red Supercharged drive shafts are 2015 additions to the ProLaunch product line. They are $60 shafts with radial quality of 98.3% with a standard deviation of 0.6%. If you have not been reading this site and looking the radial quality numbers I will translate this for you, one word, impressive. Shaft to shaft consistency of the review sample profiles was equally impressive. I did not think a $60 shaft would get my attention. I was wrong.

If the $300 to $500 high end works of shaft art technology are not in your budget, try the Grafalloy Prolaunch Supercharged in your driver. You are going to give up some hoop stiffness and might experience some ovalizing. If that is a problem you can always get a similar design in the Project X LZ for around $350. The SuperCharged Prolaunch has a similar design to the handcrafted Project X LZ shaft, an active midsection. Does this design work for you? If you are not close to a fitter that can let you test the Project X LZ you can try a low cost test on your own with the ProLaunch Supercharged shafts.

The Blue is a higher launch design, the Red a lower launch.  To my eyes they are much the same profile. The Red is heavier and stiffer. The bend point is higher. Those two properties are going to lower launch. This is not really complicated stuff to understand. Stiffer is lower for any particular golfer. Find the stiffness you feel you can load. Then, going a little softer or stiffer will move the launch up or down.
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Look at the balance in this chart. These shaft are counterweighted to restore club balance when using the current generation of heavy driver heads. This is not seen at this price point.

This profile, a softer active midsection is gaining traction with the shaft companies. With this set of profiles, this particular pattern got my attention. Soft midsections are among the most popular shafts in the business. Exaggerated soft is a design I am beginning to see from a lot of shaft companies. it looks like one needs to go in my bag.

  • Gerard Desloges

    Hello Russ ,
    I am french , sorry for my english

    I would have 2 questions:
    – what is the true difference between OEM shaft and aftermarket (for instance Matrix shaft) ?
    – Which shaft could be very near a Matrix Ozik 55X4 white tie stiff flex
    I had a lot of pleasure with an aftermarket Xcon 5 stiff flex
    Do you think an OEM white tie 55X4 stiff flex would be near my Xcon5

    Many thanks Russ for your kind answer

    Gerard Desloges

    • Generally the OEM shafts are made with lower quality fabric in fabrication plants that accept a wider range of quality.
      The White Tie and the XCon are different shafts. The XCon is softer in the mid and the softness is closer to the tip. The White Tie has a consistent loss of stiffness down the shaft. The 50g versions do go softer in the mid, but the area of softness is closer to the butt.
      Hope that helps, they are not the same shaft.

      • Gerard DESLOGES

        Thank you very much Russ for your precise reply as usual

        Gerard

  • Eric from Green Bay

    Hello Russ: about 5 years ago, based on your review, I purchased/played a Fubuki J 50X shaft which worked great in my Callaway Optiforce 440 driver…as a senior with declining swing speed, two years ago I switched to playing a Fubuki J50 stiff which still works great…again in my Callaway Opti 440 driver…stay with me….recently I purchased a regular flex Prelaunch Blue 55r which I installed again in my Opti 440. All three shaft were untipped prior to installing a Callaway adapter…trimmed from the butt end to 45″ playing length…I added lead tape to the bottom rear of the head and play D4. Guess what? The Proklaunch Blue 55r supercharged is every bit the shaft that the Fubuki J 50s is. The Fubuki J is slightly higher frequency but feels slightly softer since it’s torque is rated softer and plays softer…yes the Supercharged 55r feels ever so slightly stouter. Both shafts are counter balanced and SW the same. Fubuki J50s vs Supercharged 55r…which shaft do I like better??? Hard to say. I like them both very much…have only hit them both on a simulator and (surprise!) the Supercharged registers longer for me. Both shafts launch about the same and are equally consistent. As to on the course, will have to wait as it is still too early to play here in Green Bay. Russ: thanks for the great reviews and advice…if not for you, I would have never gotten into either the Fubuki J 50 or the Supercharged 55…both shafts outperform every other shaft I have tried in the Opti 440. By the way, the Opti 440 outperforms (for me) all other Callaway models including the newest Epic.

  • Patricio

    Hi Russ, this is Patricio from Chile, I am 11 handicap golfer, hit the 7 iron 155 yards and use true temper xt-90 regular shaft in my irons.
    My question is regarding the driver shaft, actually I have 2 shafts for the same driver (Callaway 815 DBD) a speeder 665 stiff and a grafalloy prolauch Blue 65 Regular. With the speeder hit the driver 230 yards and whit the Grafalloy 250 but not very consistence. Could you please recommend me a shat that could help me to get more distance an accuracy.
    Best regards
    Patricio

    • Sorry for the delayed reply, it has been a very busy couple of weeks.
      It is not possible to tell you a shaft that will work without personally testing your reaction to different shafts. As you can learn from the reviews, there are a lot of differences between shafts and every person reacts differently to those differences.