2012 Buyer's Guide Shafts

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Tour AD DI
Key Feature: The "Deep Impact" Tour AD shaft is geared to help golfers do what so many of us want to do: Hit higher tee shots with lower spin. If you can do that, you can hit bombing drives that carry and roll farther.
Who It's For: The Nanomaterial tech in the tip section in this shaft is the real deal, and will help all players looking for a boost in trajectory with their drivers, woods and now hybrids, too.
Specs: Four classes (Di-5, -6, -7, -8) in a variety of flex/weight combinations.
gdintl.com | $380
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Tour AD DJ
Key Feature: The popular DJ shaft is a huge hit with Tour players (including some very recognizable ones), thanks to its incredible stability and consistency. The mid kickpoint produces a midspin launch and a high ballflight, resulting in just the right amount of feel, power and control that faster swingers prefer. "Accuracy and distance," folks.
Who It's For: Golfers with 100+ swing speeds and those who want to hit it longer and find the fairways more often.
Specs: Four model classes in a variety of weights (depending on flexes).
gdintl.com | $380
Key Feature: The new KBS C-Taper steel shaft has a Stiff Tip design for a lower ballflight, all while retaining a smoother feel through impact. This shaft also incorporates much of the same design and tech found in the popular KBS Tour shaft, hence, the buttery feel and Tour-preferred trajectory (low-launch, low-spin) these shafts create. We dig that satin chrome finish as well.
Who It's For: Golfers who want to shallow out their iron trajectories while retaining feel and performance.
Specs: Five flexes in progressive weight/flex profiles.
kbsshafts.com | $280/set of 8
Mitsubishi Rayon
Fubuki K-Series
Key Feature: The K-Series utilize the same Modulus Differential Technology found in the Fubuki Tour and Fubuki profiles in addition to MRC's latest innovation: the Power "Ninja" Core. This allows for a thin layer of metal in the butt section to increase stability and maximize power and speed through the hit.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a shaft that has a firm tip for a more penetrating flight, albeit without a harsh feel.
Specs: Comes in 3 weight classes in a variety of flexes.
mitsubishirayongolf.com | $360
Key Feature: These shafts are made to extraordinary precision in Japan, with varying degrees of midsection, midtip and tip flex profiles to accommodate different clubs and different swing types. The common thread? Longer, more controlled hits. Boom, these are solid shafts!
Who It's For: There's a perfect C.Kua shaft out there for every type of player. Literally...
Specs: Comes in a huge variety of driver, fairway-wood and hybrid flex/weight profiles.
miyazakigolfshafts.com | $249
Key Feature: Superior multi-axis consistency makes it an upgrade shaft for adjustable hosel drivers. The proprietary lay-up of composite fibers reduces the spin effect, resulting in a more even pattern for consistent feel, performance and power, no matter which direction the shaft is oriented in the hosel.
Who It's For: Golfers who want to upgrade their shaft and who favor an adjustable hosel driver.
Specs: Comes in 61g, 72g and 83g in various flexes.
miyazakigolfshafts.com | $300


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