Shafts Buyer's Guide 2006

The fact that golfers feel they need a $300 shaft upgrade says a lot about what these ultra-high-tech models can do for your game


Graphite Design Tour AD
www.gdintl.com
(888) 707-6132 | $329

Graphite Design Tour ADA Tour-style shaft for every swing.
Features: Graphite Design’s proprietary Ultra-High Modulus Material strengthens the shaft and makes it more resistant to twisting.
Advantages: The I-65 model is designed with an exceedingly low amount of torque, making it a good option for stronger players. The W-60 possesses a more flexible bend profile and a very low kickpoint, making it perfect for players who need help getting the ball in the air. The W-70 has a similar bend profile to the W-60, but is slightly heavier for those who swing faster.
Benefits: The three models make the Tour AD a shaft for all players.
What We Like: Options, options.
Material: Graphite
Weight(s): 62g-74g
Torque(s): 2.2˚ (I-65), 3.6˚(W-70), 4.8˚ (W-60)
Flex Point: Low (W-60, W-70), Mid/High (I-65)
Flexes: X, S, R

Harrison Mugen
www.harrison.com
(800) 347-4646 |  $N/A

Harrison MugenHarrison’s first ultra-premium model promises to be the company’s best.
Features: Innovative construction that features the fusion of Ultra Thin Ply (UTP) prepreg resin and satellite-grade graphite fiber, as well as the addition of single-walled carbon nanotubes that are embedded in the tip section of the shaft.
Advantages: The extreme strength of the fusion material as well as the carbon nanotubes combine to produce the highly desired high-launch, low-spin characteristic that all golfers looking for distance want.
Benefits: Any serious player who wants a very high-quality shaft with an extremely strong tip section for increased durability and feel.
What We Like: The combination of fusion materials and nanotubes.
Material: Graphite, Nano carbon
Weight(s): 62g, 72g, 82g
Torque(s): 2.8˚
Flex Point: N/A
Flexes: X, S, R, A

Harrison Striper Tour
www.harrison.com
(800) 347-4646 |  $60

Harrison Striper TourThe success of the Striper Tour is due to a proprietary laminate material formed with a low resin content for a torsionally tight design.
Features: The shaft is very strong and flexes consistently for a high launch with less spin, making this shaft the ideal blend for driver clubheads more than 400cc in size. Three weights (62g, 72g, 82g) are available in all flexes.
Advantages: The fusion material as well as the carbon nanotubes combine to produce the highly desired high-launch, low-spin characteristics.
Benefits: If you’re interested in souping up your driver and want something a bit different, take a close look at the Striper Tour.
What We Like: Negated shaft twist.
Material: Graphite, Nano carbon
Weight(s): 62g-82g
Torque(s): 3.0˚
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, R, A
Mitsubishi  Bassara
www.mitsubishirayongolf.com
(760) 929-0001 | $150

Mitsubishi BassaraAn easier-to-hit model from MRC that can be played by both Tour pros and weekend golfers.
Features: A softer bend profile and more moderate torque ratings than the Tour-intended Diamana Series, as well as three different weights to fit a wide range of players.
Advantages: Higher trajectory, higher ball speed and more distance are the goals that the softer overall bend profile and more torque accomplish.
Benefits: Recreational to better players with moderate swing speeds who want the feel and performance of a Tour-quality shaft but don’t want the extreme stiffness that normally accompanies such products.
What We Like: MRC quality.
Material: Graphite
Weight(s): 63g, 73g, 83g
Torque(s): 3.6˚-3.9˚
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, R (L 63g only)

Mitsubishi Diamana Red Board
www.mitsubishirayongolf.com
(760) 929-0001 | $350

Mitsubishi DiamanaA Tour-level model that features a slightly softer tip section for players who want a higher shot trajectory.
Features: A more flexible tip than the closely related Blue Board model, as well as a construction that utilizes more than 20 different types of materials. 
Advantages: The softer tip section is aimed at making it easier for players to get the ball airborne and on a higher trajectory. It also makes it easier to produce a right-to-left shot shape. Accompanying low spin rates complement the high-trajectory characteristics to produce distance.
Benefits: Anyone who wants to hit the ball higher and longer.
What We Like: Mitsubishi getting serious in U.S. shaft market.
Material: Graphite
Weight(s): 63g, 73g
Torque(s): 2.8˚ (73g), 3.2˚ (63g)
Flex Point: Mid
Flexes: X, S, R (L 63g only)

Penley ETA
www.penleygolf.com
(800) 543-2396 | $60

Penley ETAPenley’s high-performance ETA (Energy Transfer Accelerance) shafts have high-modulus fibers and high resin content in critical shaft flex areas for absolute distance, accuracy and minimal twisting.
Features: The ETA 55 is a worthy choice for players with slower swing speeds. The ETA 75 is designed for players who prefer a heavier-shafted driver. The company also offers a low-torque Tour version of the ETA.
Advantages: More energy at impact for more distance, thanks to quick tip-recovery time.
Benefits: The ETA 55 and 75 are primed to please a variety of golfers.
What We Like: Both shafts are equally effective in fairway and hybrid woods as well.
Material: Graphite
Weight(s): 55g, 75g
Torque(s): 2.5˚ (75g), 4.3˚ (55g)
Flex Point: 55g—Low, Low/Mid or High); 75g—Mid/High or High
Flexes: X, S, R, A




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