Mitsubishi Fubuki Golf Shaft Review


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


It was hard to miss noticing the Fubuki Tour on Television on Sunday afternoon. The distinctive white color is became so common it got copied by other brands. It is a variation of the White Board profile with a stiffer tip but softer mid. The second generation white board, the Diamana ‘ahina brought in an even stiffer tip. The Fubuki Tour shaft is now often used by tour players in fairways. The profile is similiar to the Diamana ‘ahina, with a softer, higher launching tip. The Fubuki Tour will be phased out in 2014. The profile of the Fubuki K offers the same feel and loading characteristics with a slightly stiffer tip.

The softer tip of the The Fubuki Tour introduced a slightly higher launch to the popular White Board design. It is a perfect pairing for a player looking for a slightly higher launching fairway, while still retaining the feel and control of a mid stiff shaft. Like all Mitsubishi Rayon golf shafts, the profiles of the Fubuki Tour are consistent from weight to weight and flex to flex. The butt torque ranges from 4.1 in the 50R to 2.6 in the 80X.  The tip torque of the Fubuki Tour 70 and 80 x is 2.0, a great number for a fairway shaft.


Mitsubishi Fubuki Alpha


A 2010 profile from Mitsubishi called “Acceleration Technology”. It is promoted as delivering high launch and low spin. I have found it to be a mid to low mid launching golf shaft design. I refer to this as a Kai’li on steroids. The profile is a blend of the ‘ahina and Kai’li designs.

It is available in 55 – 75 grams. Among the sub 60 gram shafts it is unique. A tour profile in a light weight shaft. The butt is not as stiff as the Kai’li and the mid is not as soft. The tip is tight in both longitudinal and radial directions. The white driver shaft you saw on TV on weekends, this was it until the Fubuki K came along. The overall torque of the Fubuki Alpha ranges from 4.1 in the 50R to 2.5 in the 80X. The Fubuki Alpha profiles are consistent from weight to weight and flex to flex. The radial profiles are excellent; the shaft can be used in any orientation. The Fubuki Alpha 65 gram is the stock shaft in the 2012 Adams Fast 12 LS driver. That makes the Adams Fast 12 LS driver a unique value proposition.

 Mitsubishi Fubuki K


The Fubuki K was introduced in late 2011. The MDT shaft material is enhanced with a metallic “lace” in the butt section. This creates a stable butt without having to add a lot of carbon fiber. The profile called “Acceleration Technology” by Mitsubishi is similar to the original Fubuki Tour with a slightly firmer butt and tip.

The Fubuki K, unlike the Fubuki Alpha profile, is very similar to the ‘ahina with a higher tip to butt ratio resulting is a higher launch. It is a soft tip ‘ahina. The torque ranges from 4.1 in the 50R to 2.5 in the 80X shafts. The tip torque of this shaft is among the lowest I have measured. The Fubuki K profiles are consistent from weight to weight and flex to flex. The radial profiles are excellent; this shaft can be used in any orientation. Yes, the tour version 80X is in my driver fitting system for you gorillas out there. Like the original Fubuki Tour, it is a perfect compliment to the ‘ahina as a higher launching, higher spinning fairway shaft.

Fubuki EiGj
A look at the EI profiles of the Mitsubishi Fubuki golf shafts shows the similarity between the original Tour and the third generation K versions.  The Alpha is a different design and launches lower.

Mitsubishi Fubuki Ax Fairway


The Fubuki Ax is a fairway shaft. The raw shaft is several inches shorter than a driver shaft. The weights range from 50 to 85 grams. It is a close match to the Diamana Blue Board. The profiles and torques are much the same. Its a mid high launching shaft. The Fubuki Ax fairway is a mid price shaft, making for economical fairway clubs with a high performance shaft. The comparison with the Fubuki Alpha is shown below. A stiffer butt design follows the preference of many tour players in their fairways. The overall torque of the Fubuki Ax Fairway ranges from 4.3 in the 50R to 3.1 in the 80X. Tip torques on the heavier, stiffer versions are around 2.5. The Fubuki Ax profiles are consistent from weight to weight and flex to flex. The radial profiles are good; the shaft can be used in any orientation. The 65 gram version of the shaft is standard in the Adams 2012 Super XTD fairway.
Fubuki Fairway

As with all Mitsubishi shafts, you should see a club fitter to select the best fit of profile, weight and stiffness to your swing.

  • Rob Alger

    I bought a Calloway big Bertha driver when they first come out. I was fitted with the Fubuki 50 x 5ct R flix at Dick sporting goods. Can’t keep the ball in the fair way, had a Taylor made R 11 with a stiff shaft and a Nike with a still shaft. My first instructor told my to use a stiff shaft, what should I do?

    • DevotedGolfer

      When I read you first line I thought, wow, this guy is as old as I am, I bought one when the first came out as well. Then I saw the shaft comment and realized you were talking about the reborn Big Bertha.

      Soft shafts and aggressive swings are like oil and water, they don’t mix well. I have said many times on this site, a simple general rule to use when evaluating shaft stiffness is to look at both the weight and the flex as a composite stiffness number. Shafts get stiffer as they get heavier, or softer as they get lighter. That is how stiffness is created in graphite, generally, by adding material. So if you were playing a 60g S and went to a 50g R you are really stepping the stiffness down.

      Soft shafts are sometimes used in swing training aids. I have an old UST EZ flex shaft. It is like a wet noodle. And during the testing part of a training school I was handed an bunch of really soft driver shafts to hit. You can put a soft shafted driver into the fairway, but you have to adjust your swing and wait for the head to show up. If you take you normal swing to a wet noodle, the face is going to show up open or closed depending on how you fire your hands.

      Quick fix, get a 50X installed. It will be just below the weight of the 60R. But may, depending on the manufacturer, be close the the stiffness of the 60S. Or just go back the the 60S you have built your swing timing around. Weight is a huge factor in your release dynamics. If you have grooved a swing around a particular weight, don’t mess with it unless you have the time to retrain.

      Long term fix, find a competent fitter that is willing to share some of his knowledge with you during the fitting process and discover what makes your swing tick by exploring different combinations of weight, stiffness and shaft profile.

  • lester dee Pellos

    Hello Russ,

    do you have a similar profile to Mitsubishi Fubuki T465ct do you have any opinion on this shaft?


    • If you have a Mitsubishi T profile Fubuki, hang on to it. It is a lighter weight version of the Diamana Thump. The Thump is now special order from Japan, but is one of those shafts that just does not seem to go away. The demand continues despite the difficulty of obtaining one. Many of my friends have been fitted into the various weights of the T profile. its a great hybrid shaft design. It is a high launching design with exceptional torque stability in the tip.

  • Billy G

    I have somebody looking to sell a Titleist 915 3 wood with a Fubuki Alpha shaft in it for $200. Is this a good deal? I could buy a new 915 with stock shaft for about $225, so I’m wondering if this deal with the shaft would make it worth buying used.

    • The Alpha is a great shaft. The price you have been offered was close to the dealer price when it was available.

  • Rocck

    I’m looking to buy the Fubuki 63 5Xct stiff shaft, hit it great with the M1 head any other suggestions for the new Fubuki shaft is appreciated