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


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.

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  • Mike Laycock

    Would the TP’s bend profile be similar to that of the CK Tensei Pro Blue?

    • They are close but not exact. The AD TP is stiffer in the high butt and low tip. Through the mid they are very, very similar. Thanks for subscribing.

      • Mike Laycock

        I’m trying to understand how the heavy tip feel factors in to the results; Mark got more ball speed from marginally less club head speed with the M9003. The ball flight was 10′ lower with the M yet descent angles were very close. Less than 200 rpm of spin between the shafts too. Mark is right at the same club head speed as I am however I wouldn’t consider X flex. Wouldn’t Mark be better suited in Stiff flex?

      • Mike Laycock

        Mark uses an X-flex 60G shaft however based on GDI’s recommendation for flex/clubhead speed, Mark is in the heart of the Stiff range. Wouldn’t Mark achieve better results with the softer flex or is this a personal preference/required due to how he swings the club?

        • ATLMetsfan

          In theory that would seem to make a lot of sense. I’m sure Mark has played them all though, so there’s gotta be a very good reason why he’s playing what he is. If you can swing a M9003 in X and make it perform that says a lot about what kind of stiffness he needs.

          Would love to hear from Mark about why he plays what he does. I’ve read in one of the reviews that he’s a hard loader, or at least has a sharp transition. I too am like this. Swing it a few miles faster but I’m no 110+ guy, at least not on average. X is all I’ve ever played.

  • Mike Laycock

    I’ve been a tip stiff shaft user from ages (757 TS, Motore 6.2 TS). Recently got fitted into the Tensei Pro Blue. It does not agree with my swing. From watching the large GD review, I see Mark and I have quite similar body builds and swing tendancies (head movement up and to the right and early release/flip) and swing speeds. I tried a Diamana M+ 60 shaft in a club recently. I loved the softness of the shaft. I didn’t feel like I had to make a hard rip at the ball to feel the shaft work. I did however hit a bigger but repeatable draw than I like and launched it way too high at 17*. Spin was acceptable. I’m left wondering if I need to stay away from tip stiff and mid stiff shafts and look more at softer tip shafts with firmer mid and butt sections. Would the M9003 bring the launch down but keep spin around 2500 rpm?