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Fujikura Pro Iron Golf Shaft Review

Fujikura Pro Iron Shaft

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

FujiProI_ImageThe 2014 Fujikura Pro iron shaft is a unique design. I like the graphics, the logo is filled with the darker tone of the top of the shaft on one side and the lighter tone of the bottom of the shaft on the other side. The uniqueness does not stop there.

FujiProEII recently wrote an article about the profile of typical parallel shaft design and how it develops into set profiles with collapsed tip strength differences. While I was writing that article I began measuring the Fujikura Pro shafts and recognized the uniqueness of this design. As you can see in this illustration, it is atypical for parallel shafts. The tip section does not flatten. Instead it continues to lose stiffness toward the tip. Because we measure the stiffness of the shaft in 10″ zones, these subtitles of design are apparent. When we compile the measurements of these zones into a composite image we see the shaft from a different perspective than systems that measure either the entire shaft or additive images of zones of increasing length from the tip toward the butt. While a fitter can work with either image, those that have access to this system have an insight blurred in additive zone systems. We will post a technical article shortly about this issue, so lets return to the Fujikura Pro Iron Shaft.

FujiProI_DfEiTbAverage radial quality of the shaft was 99.1% with a 0.8% standard deviation. Don’t worry about aligning these shaft, they are about as close to round as shafts get. As we move forward with iron shaft reviews we will start showing the profile of the 3i, the 6i and the wedge shafts from a set. On some sets the profiles change through out the set. It is important when looking for the set that works best for you that these difference be understood. And it is here that the Fujikura Pro is unique among parallel tip iron shafts. The design profile results in sets that have consistent tip stiffness progressions. There is a video discussion of this in an earlier review.

I am still working on the software to show iron set images. We can virtually trim zone profiled parallel iron shafts. The images at the right show the virtually trimmed shaft as a 0″ tip trim, a 2″ tip trim and a 4″ tip trim. Much like a set of constant weight taper shafts, the tip stiffness of the Fuikura Pro increases uniformly through the set. That is unique!

The images on the left show what you would see if you were to put these shafts on a deflection board. Notice how the subtlety of the zone measurements disappears in the overall bend of the loaded shaft. One of my fitting associates described it as being color blind. How does one explain the difference between red and blue to someone that is color blind.

The overall stiffness of the shafts is typical for this weight range of iron shafts. Looking at this profile I see a shaft that is butt soft in relation to the mid section. This is for a player with a smooth transition and a good loading pattern at the top of the downswing. That is discussed in this video.

Aldila Tour Blue – Aldila Tour Green Golf Shaft Review

Aldila Tour Blue and Green Driver Shafts

Golf Digest 2013 Americas 100 Best transparent.fwMeasurments By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas


Testing by John Dranshak
Dead Solid Perfect Golf Clubs, Columbus Ohio

The Aldila Tour Blue and Aldila Tour Green have now been with us for about a year and this review was first published last year. It has been updated with testing by John Dranshak, a club fitter that has been using 3 point EI profiles to guide his fitting process. These shafts are noted by Aldila as being made from ultra thin carbon fiber. This technology was first introduced in the Aldila NV and was unique in its day. Most premium shafts are now made with multiple layers of thin sheets. In my memory, Aldila pioneered this technique and a look at the radial consistency of these shafts shows what can now be accomplished in the mid price range ($250) of premium golf shafts. The shaft to shaft bend profile consistency of the Aldila Tour shafts is very good. You can be confident your shaft will be a very good match to the shaft you were fit with.

Aldila Tour Blue


The Aldila Tour Blue is an impressive classical design, soft mid in relation to tip and butt. Outstanding radial consistency, average 99.3% with a 0.5% standard deviation. This shaft is available as an option from most club companies. 

The technical discussion and measurements are available only to registered readers

Aldila Tour Green

AldilaTourGreen_ImageThe Aldila Tour Green was in play on the PGA Tour at the end of the 2013 season. I saw it often on video coverage. A low launch design created with a soft trough at 26 inches and a stiff bump at 18. Not an uncommon design but new in the Aldila lineup. The reinforcement you can see in the tip section creates flat deflection below the mid-high maximum bend point, creating a lower launch. The Aldila Tour Green is one of the stock options in the Titleist 913D2 and the Titleist 913D3 drivers and can be found in many of the Titleist fitting carts.  

The technical discussion and measurements are available only to registered readers

Simulated Deflection Loading

The new addition to the Fit2Score software renders simulated deflection under load and unload as it might happen during a golf swing. It is a very unique tool for understanding the performance of a golf shaft. The ability to model performance of a golf shaft is created by the 3 point bending shaft instrument used by reviewers on this site.


Performance Testing by John Dranshak

Player testing was performed at Golftec (Easton) in Columbus, OH by Joe Stago PGA Professional. Joe tested the Phenom Nasty Long, RIP NV, and standard NV shafts earlier this year and is familiar with the Aldila line of shafts. The shafts were paired with Adams XTD heads including Driver, 16.5* fairway metal and 20* and 23* hybrids. 

Testing information is available only to registered readers