Graphite Design Tour AD DI Golf Shaft Review


By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas


Having made significant changes to my EI instrument and software I measured these again. It has been such a successful design for such a long time, that I have come to regard it as a comparison standard. Adam Scott won the 2013 Masters playing this shaft in his driver. Tiger Woods and Stacy Lewis have used it on Tour. On any given week, there are 10 to 12 in play on the PGA tour over a great many years. There is nothing like PGA Tour success to draw attention to a driver golf shaft.

This video was shot in 2016. It is one of the first of this style shaft tests Mark and I have done.

This review was first published in 2013. It is the first of many shafts that have earned a place in my Golf Shaft Hall of Fame that must be brought up to the current standards. Let’s look at the revised measurements that incorporate hoop deformation into the profile. .

The technical discussion and measurements are available only to registered readers

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  • ILMHoosier

    Russ, interested in your comments regarding the AD DI and the possibility this shaft could help with a negative angle of attack. I too struggle with this with my driver. The facility that I work with has a limited number of shafts on hand that I can test. Just got a new Ping 30 and I’m trying to do my best to find something that will help my AoA numbers. I’ll have Flight Scope data with the G30 next week, any recommendations?

    • DevotedGolfer

      The only cure for a negative angle attack is a good swing coach. That, and a lot of practice working on path and regrooving your swing dynamics. I have the coaching, but I am just not putting in the range time to fix my negative angle of attack.
      So, can a shaft with this design mitigate the problem? Short answer, yes. Over the past few months I have used several profiles in my driver that are similar to this design. My launch and distance are improved. But, read on.
      I am currently playing a 50g X flex. I know from picking up many, many clients irons and swinging them to get a sense of what they are use to, that a club which is heavy in my hands will dive into the ground. To hit them, I have to exaggerate my hip turn to flatten my swing. So, I went to a lighter shaft and took a little weight out of the driver head. And, added a pronounced hip kick to the beginning of my driver swing. Its working, but I have not yet put myself on FlightScope to validate the result.