Graphite Design Tour AD TP Driver Shaft
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.
Designed 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.
The 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.
Lets 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.
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:
The 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.