Graphite Design Tour AD SuperLite Driver Shaft Review

Graphite Design Tour AD SLII Driver Shaft

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

GD_TourAD_SLII_ImageGraphite Design added a light weight shaft to the popular Tour AD Line in 2014. This shaft, like many others in the light weight category, ranges from 50g to 60g, with stiffness corresponding to weight. In this weight range, we see higher torques, but not so high that I would be concerned about head stability. These shafts are designed for swing speeds in the 60 to 85 mile per hour range. The 60g SR flex extends to the 90 mph range. My swing speed in in the high 90’s with the occasional 102 showing up and I am playing an ultra premium 59g shaft. Light weight driver shafts, made out of high quality carbon fiber are the future of golf for many of us. That couple of grams I lost in my latest shaft change has given me a new range of control and feeling without any increase in dispersion. In fact, I am hitting more fairways than I ever have now that I changed to a sub 60g shaft.
GD_TourAD_SLII_EiTBGjFsHpTbRadial integrity of the Graphite Design Tour AD SLII is exceptional, the review samples averaged 98.5% with a 0.4% standard deviation. The hoop strength is high for this weight range, and distinctly different in the 4 vs 5 models. This measurement is new for my knowledge base.

This is a unique design, there is no close match in the database. The tip to butt ratio and the tip load and butt load deflection analysis shows it to be a high launch high spin design consistent with what Graphite Design is saying about the shaft. In the speed range it is designed for, that is what will optimize distance. Tip torque is tight. Butt torque is in the range that transmits adequate feel in light weight shafts. If your swing speed is below 90 mph and you are looking for a quality shaft this is one you should be testing.

Mitsubishi Bassara Phoenix UltraLite Driver Shaft

Mitsubishi Bassara P UltraLite Driver Shaft

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


In 2013, Mitsubishi Rayon began the introduction of shafts that are available only from Authorized Mitsubishi ClubFitters. The UltraLight Bassara Phoenix released in 2014, is the third such shaft.. The color is dramatic, a burnt orange with a clear coat finish. The bend profile is a perfect match to the KuroKage Proto TINI, the first of the fitter only shafts. That profile is one of my favorites for a well trained swing. TINI stands for Titanium Nickel Wire. It was first use in the Ultralight Bassara “G” series shafts. It is now being added to many shafts. It is a high elastic material that can stretch and immediately regain its original shape. In addition to storing and releasing energy, it stabilizes the shaft tip.

TINI_illustrationTip stability results in tight dispersion. A consistent loss of stiffness makes this profile easy to load and many find it adds dramatic distance to their drives. The KuroKage Proto TINI is only available in 5 models ranging from 60S to 70XX. The Bassara Phoenix completes the range, starting with a  30 gram L flex and ascending to a 59 gram TS flex.


The radial consistency is excellent, averaging 99.4% with a 0.3% standard deviation. If we look for similar designs in iron shafts, the KBS Tour is the closest bend profile design. Both have a consistent loss of stiffness from butt to tip, Near the tip, the stiffness increases to stablize the head during impact. With such designs, tipping will actually remove some of the tip stiffness. With the Bassara Phoenix, if you want more stiffness, get a heavier, stiffer shaft. Tipping is not recommended for this shaft. Alignment of the Phoenix is not necessary nor will it be beneficial. The radial consistency of the Phoenix makes it excellent for rotating hosels.
Bassaras_EiGjA comparison of the current Bassara UltraLight models shows the Phoenix and the Wyvern to be quite similar. The Phoenix profile indicates a little more launch. The Phoenix is modeled after the ilima profile. In fitting after fitting, I put more ilima’s into fairways metals than all other shafts combined. The 53TS Bassara Phoenix is a great shaft if you are looking to build an ultralight fairway.

True Temper Project X PXV 39 Golf Shaft Review

True Temper Project X PXV 39 Driver Shaft

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

TTPX PXv39 ImageI have seen fair number of driver shafts with labels implying light weights, but I have only seen one shaft that was labeled with a number that actually was the weight of the raw 46″ shaft. The True Temper Project X PXv 39 is correctly labeled. The raw shaft is 39 grams. It is like holding a feather in your hands. When I start measuring a shaft I usually start with the EI profiles. With the Project X PXv 39 I started with radial quality. Surely a shaft this light was likely to have a low number. The number was shocking, the review samples were close to perfect. If you are going to make a shaft with walls as thin as they are on the PXv 39, they need to be perfect. This is a 39 gram shaft that can be oriented in any direction in a rotating hosel. It is the light weight version of the Project X PXv family of shafts.

While the torque numbers at first glance look high, they are as low as I see in shafts of this weight. I would not be putting this shaft in the hands of an aggressive high speed ball striker. However, at 6.4 to 7.0 pounds of butt stiffness, these are not wimpy shafts.

TTPX EIGjTb PXv39The bend profile is not uncommon for shafts in this weight range. I have had a lot of success fitting a similar profile in this weight range. The quick decline in stiffness in the high mid area, combined with a long stable tip section results in the launch needed in this weight range with good dispersion control. I am seeing this design in a number of high performance golf shafts.

TTPX PXv39 TipI have heard shaft designers discuss the weight of paint on ultralight driver shafts. There is no elegant glossy overcoat on the Project X PXv 39, every possible aspect of weight control went into this design. It is available only through True Temper Performance Fitting Centers. One look at the wall thickness of the tip and you will quickly realize this shaft should be installed by a competent club builder. High modulus carbon fiber are making designs possible that could not be considered a few years ago. The Project X PXv 39 is one such design.

Miyazaki B.Asha Golf Shaft Review


By Tony Curro
Tru-Fit Custom Clubfitters, Latham, NY


Miyazaki released the B Asha Series of shafts in 2013 as an upgrade to the popular C.Kua line.  This line of shafts offers a lightweight shaft with incredible stability.  The 3R and 3S models come in a .350 tip.  The rest of the line has the traditional .335 tips.  The brown logo artwork which is a trademark of Miyazaki really stands out on the white background of this shaft.  The handsome graphics are original artwork painted specifically for the B Asha line of golf shafts.

MiyazakiFlexCodeMiyazaki Golf shafts are labeled according to an international flex code.  This code give a four digit number which explains the level of flex in each of the 4 regions of the shaft.  These regions are the Butt, Mid-Butt, Mid-Tip, and Tip.  Each of these regions are rated on a scale of 0-9 with 0 being the most flexible, and 9 being the stiffest.  A shaft code of 9842 would have an extremely stiff butt and Mid-butt region, and mid stiffness through the mid-tip region and a flexible tip.   These flex-codes help fitters match the bend profile of a shaft to a specific golfer type, or desired ball flight. The B.Asha Line of Miyazaki shafts varies in range from 46-48 grams in the 3 series, to 54 grams in the 4 series, 61 in the 5 series, and 75 in the 7S.  These are the lightest shafts that Miyazaki offers, and are ideal for Ladies and Seniors.  These lighter weights are ideal for golfers looking for a higher launch without sacrificing distance. In the B.Asha model, the torques of these lighter weight shafts were reduced from the C.Kua. editor Russ Ryden got to talk to Tim Gilles, Director of Sales for Miyazaki Golf Shafts at the 2013 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando. Part of that discussion covered the changes made to the Miyazaki B.Asha Golf shaft.

Looking at the bend profile of these shafts, they promote an active tip, especially in the 3R and 3S models.  Again, these are .350 tips, and do provide a stable tip section despite their super-lite weight characteristics.  The tip action promotes higher launch conditions without ballooning.  The 3 series maintain their flexible characteristics through the mid-tip, Mid-Butt and through the butt sections.  The international flex codes for the 3R (4222), and 3S (5433) models indeed give these shafts much more action in the tip and mid-tip sections.  In our range testing sessions, these shafts indeed launch the ball higher, but not at the expense of spin rates that were off the charts.  The higher launch coupled with lower spin rates from comparable shafts give these shafts a huge advantage in maximizing distance. We have found that the 3A and 3R shafts are ideal for Women and Senior’s who are slower swinging golfers looking to max out their distance.



The 4 series promote a stiffer mid-butt and butt section, with an active Mid-tip and tip region.  The flex codes for the 4A thru X series are as follows:  A(3411), R(5621), S(6732), X(7854).  The 4 series varies in weight from 47g to 53g and is ideal for golfers looking for a lightweight shaft that really launches the ball.  In range testing, these lighter weight shafts proved beneficial to golfers who have smoother transitions to the ball.  The Lower to mid stiffness rating in the A and R models coupled with higher torque in the Butt section and tip give the golfer plenty of feel in this lightweight model.  In Range testing, the model proved true to form.  Golfers really benefited from the softer feel of these shafts, resulting in more consistency off the tee.  Golfers with higher swing speeds who were looking for higher launch conditions seemed to really benefit from the stiffer models.

The 5 and 7 series are meant for golfers who have higher swing speeds looking to maximize ball Speeds off the tee.  The Stiffest models 5X and 7X have flexion codes of 7785.  These shafts maintain stiffness through the mid-tip region allowing for an extremely stable shaft that enables a higher launch with lower spin.  Range testing has verified this and golfers tested felt that the stability these heavier/stiffer models allowed them to” lean on it”, without feeling they were losing the shaft at the top.  On average, the golfers tested gained 15+ yards in distance without sacrificing dispersion.  That is huge when explaining the difference in a stable aftermarket shaft.


Miyazaki has hit a virtual home run with their newest line of shafts.  The handsome graphics and colors really stand out, without being over the top.  From a performance standpoint, they do as advertised,

Project X Driver Shaft Review

True Temper Project X & Project X PXv Driver Shafts

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

The Project X brand name came from Royal Precision. Royal Precision, an iron shaft only company, was acquired by True Temper in 2006. The Project X brand name was part of that purchase. Project X branded driver shafts appeared soon after that purchase.  They use the same stiffness designation as the Project X irons shafts, numbers, rather than letters.  The 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 & 7.0 numbers designate stiffness.  The original numbering scheme was formula based and came from frequency and length.  The numbering system on the Project X driver shafts, like all other driver shaft stiffness designations I have seen are based on both weight and stiffness.  A heavier 6.0 shaft will also be a stiffer 6,0 shaft.

TTPX Composite Ei.fwI looked at four versions of the Project X driver shaft, the original Blue, the lighter weight Black, the newer, PXV Tour52 and the PXV. The profiles are compared in this chart. With the exception of the PXV Tour52, the bend profiles are quite similar. The nearest match my software located was the Graphite Design TourAD BB. The Project X has about .6 degrees more torque than the Graphite Design TourAD BB. You can expect a lower than average launch from the Project X driver shafts.

Project X Blue Driver ShaftTTPX Image PX Blue.fw

This shaft has been with us for a few years.  In the 6.5 model, stiffness is added to the tip. The slight bump seen in the average chart is an indication of that stiffness showing up in the averages. Radial quality is excellent, meaning alignment if the Project X family of driver shafts will not matter. TTPX EIGjTt Blue.fw

Project X Black Driver ShaftTTPX Image PX Black.fw

The original Project X blue was lightened ever so slightly in the Project X Black version.  And, as you can see, the tip was softened to create a higher flight. Quality is excellent, All weights and flexes follow the same bend profile design.TTPX EIGjTt Black.fw

Project X PXv Tour 52

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The PXv Tour52 is a different shaft. In a light weight shafts, this profile is a low launch design. The traditional concept of the Project X was low launch and looking at this profile, I can see a design that honors that tradition. In this weight range, the torque numbers are quite low.  Typically as weight goes down, torque goes up, not so with the Project X PXv Tour 52.
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Project X PXvTTPX Image PXV.fw

The Project X PXv is very similar to the original Project X Blue. The tip is a little tighter and stiffer. It makes sense to not make big changes to something that works. As with many revisions, the graphics get updated, and small changes, typically the result of upgrades in carbon fiber material, address tour feedback. Once again, in the stiffer versions, there is a low mid stiffness bump to give the stronger player tip stability.