2009 Shafts Buyer's Guide

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Graphite Design Aura
Key Feature: he unique Aura model is available in four different “aura” colors based on the performance needs of particular players. The RED is for long hitters who play from the pro tee, GOLD is for better players who play from the championship tee, BLUE is for shotmakers who play from the men’s tee, and GREEN is for those who play from the women’s tee.
What We Like: That GD’s engineers were able to create such a diverse line of premium shafts that can be used to fit a wide spectrum of players.
Who It’s For: Basically, if you can’t find an Aura to fit your game, you probably have a problem with your swing.
Material: Graphite
Weight: 56g-70g
Torque: 3.2-5.9
Flex Point: Low-Mid
Flexes: X, S, R, A, L
Graphite Design Tour AD Quattrotech MD
Key Feature: Made with Graphite Design’s proprietary ACI (Axial Composite Interlace) Technology, this is a variation of the successful Quattrotech shaft. A 4-axis material in the tip of the shaft helps generate a Tour-like ballflight.
What We Like: Graphite Design’s use of multiple technologies in the production of the Tour AD Quattrotech MD. The 4-axis material they use stabilizes the clubhead throughout the swing.
Who It’s For: Those who want an extremely high-end, mid-flex point shaft that’s designed to help minimize shot dispersion with a solid feel.
Material: High-modulus graphite, Axial Composite Interlace
Weight: 65g-73g
Torque: 3.3
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, TX, SR

Graphite Design Tour AD Throttle
Key Feature: The Tour AD Throttle is designed with a stiff tip and high bend point to create a penetrating ballflight for even the fastest swingers.
What We Like: The designers at GD going for it by coming up with the official golf shaft of the Long Drivers of America.
Who It’s For: Extremely hard swingers, long-drive competitors and anyone who aspires to be one. If you want a 46-inch driver shaft to create maximum clubhead speed and maximum distance, the Tour AD Throttle is probably the shaft for you. If you’re a long driver, buy it now!
Material: High-modulus graphite
Weight: 65g-71g
Torque: Mid
Flex Point: High
Flexes: XX, X, S, R
Graphite Design Tour AD YSQst
Key Feature: A more stable and stiffer tip to launch the ball lower and create maximum distance for players with 90 mph or higher swing speeds. ACI (Axial Composite Interlace) Technology functions to further stabilize the club by eliminating shaft deformation.
What We Like: ACI Technology utilizes an unusual strategy to strategically orient fibers in multiple angles. We like the initiative and creativity.
Who It’s For: Stronger players who want to hit the ball lower and create plenty of roll.
Material: High-modulus graphite, Axial Composite Interlace
Weight: 65g-75g
Torque: Low
Flex Point: Mid-High
Flexes: X, S, R


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