Mitsubishi KuroKage XT Shaft Review

Mitsubishi KuroKage XT

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


The first version of this review was of a single shaft, others have arrived, prompting this update. There has been some buzz about the KuroKage XT. It quickly became popular on the PGA tour. Mitsubishi’s dealers have been snapping them up as soon as the shipments arrive.

TiNiThe KuroKage XT is another of the Mitsubishi shafts to incorporate highly elastic Titanium Nickel wire into the tip section of the shaft. The wire, shown here, is embedded into the prepreg and rolled into the tips section much like any other flag of prepreg would be.

In looking for a profile match, only Mitsubishi shafts were close. An interesting phenomena I never see. It hovers around the Diamana ‘ahina and the first generation Diamana white. The third generation Diamana White has moved on to a different design, which departs from the original profile. I see a variation on the ‘ahina. The flavor is there, the rough edges softened a bit, but if you were a fan of the original Diamana White Board or the second generation ‘ahina, you are going to like the KuroKage XT. The brittle hardness of the Diamana White and the ‘ahina have been softened by increasing the torque of the shafts. Yes, you heard that right, the overall GJ torque profile has been progressively increasing from the White to the ‘ahina and now to the KuroKage XT.

This video was shot at the 2015 PGA merchandise show. Meet Tsutomu Ibuki, the genius behind the Mitsubishi golf shafts. As we talk about this shaft late in the interview the feel of KuroKage XT design is discussed.

With the addition of the 60 gram shafts the consistency of the profiles in the model is confirmed.


The radial consistency averaged 99.5% with a 0.2% standard deviation. The most noticeable difference between the X and TX version was a change in butt stiffness and torque. There was not a lot of difference in weight, so one must assume the layup of the shaft was oriented toward torque. There is a lot of similiarity between the KuroKage XT TiNi and the KuroKage Silver TiNi. The difference being a tightening of tip stiffness. That tip stiffness can be seen in the above graphic.

KKXT_TorqueAs I mentioned earlier, the KuroKage XT looks like a Diamana White. Here it is compared to the first and second generation Diamana White designs. The bend profile signatures are almost identical. The torque profiles INCREASE. This can only be the result of tour feedback. This is an evolution of design. Elastic Titanium Nickel wire in the tip and higher density graphite fiber. Player feedback is about feel, and we know that one way to get feel into a shaft is to add a little torque. Not much, but just enough to get the approval of the tour pros the Mitsubishi team works with.

  • RonSwanson

    Looking forward to an update on this shaft, especially after the Kuro Kage Silver and Tour Proto received such positive reviews. Hoping to get a look at the 70 TX.

    • DevotedGolfer

      You will be waiting for a while Ron, most of my order backordered. Stay tuned.

      • rob T

        I currently game the Ahina 70 stiff. What will I gain by using this shaft? I looking to gain a few yards. Should I consider this shaft or the non XT verison?

        • The XT and the Ahina are much the same profile. The Diamana W is a different shaft. I look at the XT as the updated version of the White/Ahina design. The XT lost some weight compared to the Ahina. The same stiffness is available with less weight albeit with a little more torque. To the degree that a little less weight might increase your swing speed, there might be some benefit. However be careful with weight changes, they change your swing dynamics and the benefit of less weight might be lost to a change in your release timing.
          The non XT version has a different tip stiffness. It is much softer.

  • Dim

    It seems like the EI profile is nearly identical to the Fubuki K. Is this shaft different in torque? The torque values for the K are not in the review. What is the real difference beween Fubuki K, Kuro Kage Silver TINI and Kuro Kage XT all in 60X?

    • Ah, you got the point I was making in the review. The differences are subtle.

      Answering the question you asked would take some time looking though all the spec. I do sell subscriptions to the software that has all of the information you asked.

      • Dim

        Hi, thnx for getting back to this.

        I’m just a player, not in club business. A subscription would be a bit over the top.

        Maybe I’m getting to much into details….
        I just seem to hit the Kuro Kage 60x really well. Very consistent and controlling impact on the face better than my other shaft: Fubuki K 60x. That intrigues me, since these shafts are so similar.

        That’s why I’m trying to find out why that is en what other shafts might suit me as well or might give even better results. Maybe I should stop wondering and just accept the Kuro Kage as my shaft.

        Best regards and thnx for sharing all this info


    • Ah, you are asking a billable question. Briefly, the profiles are quiet similar as are the torques. The XT goes harder in the tip. All are made with different resin and will feel differently as the materials will transmit head vibrations to your hands differently. That assumes you are astute enough to feel such things.

      • Dim

        Thnx, what’s your PayPal account? 😉
        Will have to try the XT for sure. I’ve been reading it feels very smooth because of the Tini and high quality resin.

        • The XM is due for a review. It is a higher launch version with the same materials. It is very much like the earlier MRC dealer only Proto TINI.

  • Garett Morin

    How does this shaft compare to the Rogue 125 Tour X? What would the difference in launch/spin be? Does one profile stiffer than the other?

    • Garett,
      You may have noticed that I do not compare one brand to another anywhere on this site. I do offer subscriptions to club fitters to the database that contains that information. It is not easy to compare one shaft to another. Each golfer is going to react differently to a shaft profile, shaft density, shaft weight, etc. Launch and spin have more to do with your angle of attack than shaft design. The essential question is which shaft is your best fit for achieving a positive angle of attack is you want to change launch and spin without changing head loft.