Graphite Design Series G Golf Shaft Review

GRAPHITE DESIGN SERIES G

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

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The Graphite Design G Series of shafts was introduced in 2011. A large bundle of them arrived recently for review.  The measurements got my attention.  I would put this shaft into the same design group that I see with the Mitsubishi Diamana Blue, the Miyazaki JDL and the Matrix Ozik Xcon.  A soft mid in relation to the tip and butt.  This fit is generally suitable for the golfer with a quick, aggressive transition.  We can see this by looking at the average EI and GJ profiles of the Graphite Design G Series.

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The key to the radial quality and respectable torque numbers of this shaft may be due to the attention paid to fiber orientation in this shaft.  I lifted this illustration from the Graphite Design website.

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There are 6 different fiber orientations used in this shaft.  The bias plies are at different angles and sandwiched in between the tip to butt, linear fiber plies.  Not all plies extend the full length of the shaft, But from a measurement perspective, the layup works.  With radial quality numbers like these, this shaft, even in the light weight models, is suitable for the rotating hosels in todays current generation of driver and fairway designs.  Looks like were are going to have to take some of these to the range and see what they feel like, stay tuned.

 

  • Stuart Anderson

    What is up with this shaft? I purchased a Double Black Diamond driver from Callaway that had a red G series shaft in it. 50g stiff in it. the best driver I got. I purchased several of the G series shafts on E bay at a ridiculously low price. I did notice that they had USA after Design. They were made in China Can you explain this?

    • Your question prompted me to look at the 2018 price sheet from Graphite Design. The G series is no longer there. It was on the 2017 sheets. I do recall a list of shafts being discontinued this year but nothing I personally sold was on the list so I did not pay much attention to it. The MAP for the G was $99 in 2017. If you love it, I suggest you grab a few while they are still available. The closest match still available is the YS Reloaded Five S. it is identical in all aspects other than balance. The G has a slightly higher balance point.
      Not all Graphite Design shafts are made in Japan. They offer low and mid price models which typically are made in China.

      • Stuart Anderson

        Graphite Design pulled out of the USA several years ago. You could only get shafts from them in Japan. Now a Company in California sells their shafts. Probably why they have USA in the logo. All I know is that G series shaft is as good as if not better then any of best shafts available. Trust me, I have $300.00 shafts in several drivers. The hole thing stinks. Thanks for the info. I will buy as many as I can afford.