Mitsubishi Diamana X new for 2017! How long has it been? 4 years since the last version was released. Hard hitters rejoice! This is the lowest Torque in the brands history with the 70X & XX coming in at 1.9*. The goal of this shaft is to produce a strong and powerful piercing trajectory reducing side spin and reducing the loss of energy through the bend. Today on the US PGA tour you see a trend with players going slightly lighter or a lot lighter than a decade ago so this time the Diamana X shaft comes in a 50g range as well! This is Diamana’s most premium model for the strong swinger.
Another big deal is this shaft has a manufacturing tolerance of +/- 1g ib weight and +/- 1cpm on frequency. The materials are a Japanese 90T carbon with 78T in the butt end to strengthen that area. Diamana uses PAN MR70 CF, this is a similar type of PAN material that seven dreamers shafts are known for.
The New Mitsubishi Diamana X shaft is now available in the TSG Pro Shop for pre order (ships Jan 13th) This is a very limited edition model just like last time so be swift and good luck. click here to purchase
This spring Mitsubishi Rayon is releasing the successor to it’s popular Bassara series shafts. It’s the P-Series and is designed for pretty much the same player as the previous version except with some technology improvements and specification adjustments. First off let me just say this thing is attractive, metallic looking ion plating always gets me and on top of this vivid colored orange reminiscent of the Phoenix bird of fire it’s got my attention.
So what’s new here? First of all it’s been 3 years since the original G & W series Bassara shafts were released, originally designed for big distance while maintaining stability they went with a lighter weight and more kick while preventing shaft deformation. The new P-Series takes things a step further most notably with a new technology called “Elastic Titanium Fiber” in a nut shell it further prevents shaft deformation by properly recovering the shaft to it’s original shape. Mitsubishi claims that the new Bassara P-Series compared to other lightweight shafts energy transfer is stronger and ball velocity is up 0.4 meters per second with an increase of about 4yds total on a drive based on swing robot testing using a 42 ms swing speed setting.
Comparing Specs between the old version and the new a few pleasant yet subtle adjustments have been made, not only is this shaft tighter but it’s also a little heavier with less torque. This makes it a viable option for players who are more athletic seeking more distance through a lighter shaft. For example the the “Tour Stiff” P53 comes in at 59 grams with 4.3 torque.
Mitsubishi Rayon introduces the 3rd generation Diamana, The B series, for the athlete golfer. It follows the same concept as previous generation models, but with added improvements to further enhance the consistency. The flex characteristics and torque is precisely measured out to create a shaft that is very neutral and can fit a variety of swing types. It brings a similar characteristics as the previous Blue Board version, but with enhanced consistency and feedback.
New Dialead material is put into use for this new shaft. Dialead is a new high quality carbon material that is used in satellites that are developed to travel in space. It is very light weight and strong against any type of pressure that is applied. This Dialead material is used with the 3D MDI (Multi DImensional Interlay) technology. The 3D MDI is a strategically angled and rolled carbon sheet pattern. The multi layers of the sheets make the shaft very strong against deformation during high speeds. The Dialead material is layered in a 90* cross pattern between the normal carbon sheets to give it an enhanced consistency and feel. The Diamana B Series is said to be the new standard of shafts for the athlete golfer.
New Diamana ‘ahina Shaft
Mitsubishi Rayon is set to release their all new Diamana ‘ahina shaft in Japan on October 16th. The Diamana ‘ahina features a similar bend profile to the original white board and utilizes the same Multi-Dimensional Interlay technology (M.D.I) as the more recent Kai’li model. The combo produces a very stable low launch low torque shaft designed for maximum stability and control.
The ‘ahina shaft maintains great feel via a very soft butt section and keeps its control characteristics from a stiff tip and center section. It’s the natural progression after the white board and kai’li and appears to be targeting PGA Tour players or the strong amateur level golfer.
The new Diamana ‘ahina will be available in three weight configurations 60, 70, and 80 grams with a variety of flexes. Diamana says the lighter weigh 60 gram model is a good choice for players with a smooth tempo looking to create more head speed off the tee. The 70 and 80 gram versions will feature more stability via a stiffer tip section for the more powerful player.
Interested in more info? What doe’s ‘ahina mean? We have trajectory, bend profile and fitting information after the Jump…
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This is our first official Shaft review here at GolfToImpress, we have done quite a few golf club reviews and although feedback shows us to be brutal in our judgements and results we feel its very fair and honest. We try to put to the side the honeymoon phase that most golfers go through, we have no loyalty to write glowing reviews for any brand. If the products is good, we tell you, if it stinks ( in our opinion ) we will tell you that as well.
Today’s review is on the Mitsubishi Diamana i’lima shaft new to the Japanese & U.S markets. The concept of the new i’lima is based off of a challenge from Mitsubishi USA to it’s Japanese engineers and designers to create the next generation Diamana Red Board.
In our opinion the original Diamana Red Board is a very underrated shaft, its release was announced on the PGA Tour 4 years ago yet dwarfed by the White Board release that was rushed to retail quickly because Tiger, Phil, and VJ putt it into play. This created a huge buzz for the white board making many average players gravitate to what the worlds best players were using while the shaft that would provide the better results for most golfers in America was indeed the red board as it had a profile and spin rates that benefit the average to scratch level golfer.
You know how it is, many golfers stateside want what the fast swingers use and what the top players bag. This in my opinion is a bad way to select golf equipment, often the player ends up with shaft that is too stiff and the wrong type of shaft profile to enhance the players best attributes.
Anyhow back to the i’lima, the challenge was set to Mitsubishi’s top designers and what they came out with was similar to the red board but updated with a new way of layering materials called MDI, this is the same technology used in the Kai’li. To sum it up it’s ultra thin layers layed 360 degrees using 50 micron or thinner prepeg. Whats that do? Well it creates a firmer profile in the butt and tip yet even more importantly it is overall a much better structure for today’s higher MOI club heads. 4-5 years ago Drivers were not where they are at today.
As for performance, you will notice it spins quite a bit less than the original redboard, it best fit’s a smoother to semi aggressive player and is an excellent choice for a driver or fairway wood. While testing it I found it to have similar characteristics as the red board but much more stable, better feeling, and a lot more stability with less spin. That’s it in a nutshell, its far superior to previous diamana shafts in regards to performance and technology, now the real question one should ask is if that type of profile sounds like it will suit their swing…
In regards to distance this shaft has BIG CARRY without going ballooning you and I attribute that to its near perfect spin rates for my tupe which also helps. The feel is very good also I would rank it a little more numb in kick when compared to the original but the benifit is well worth it. We feel the stiffend up the butt section may have something to do with that.
keeping dispersion in check. When you have too much spin you got issues and this shaft helps in that category. For a player who swings 110mph with a fast tempo its not the best choice but if you have a semi agressive or even smooth tempo and swing anywhere within the flex range of R -S I find it to be in the top 3 or even #1. It’s a well balanced and designed shaft, if its your sort of profile I really think it will improve your game
I forgot to mention that the shaft has really cool graphics, one side is this red orange that looks insane and the graphic is multiple flower bands around the shaft, the other side of the shaft has a dark grey ION finish. Diamana continues to produce the best graphics in the shaft industry in my opinion.
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I posted a few weeks ago about the spotting of a new Diamana Red prototype on the Japanese tour. After speaking with Diamana Japan, they did in fact confirm that that prototype would be going retail in October. So the news is now official and we have Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Diamana ‘ilima shaft. As Mitsubishi said when the red proto was first spotted, the very successful first generation Diamana series was released with Blue, Red and White Boards in that specific order. Diamana then moved to a new method of manufacturing and design with the Blue Kai’li. So following that pattern a Red model is next in line.
This new generation Red Diamana, the ‘ilima, follows a similar pattern with the original M Series Redboard. While it is not another Redboard it is a mid kicking low spin driver which provides a higher trajectory than the typical Diamana shaft. It’s meant for those who want control but need or want more carry. As with the kai’li, Mitsubishi designed these new Diamana’s with focus on not only the way the shaft bends but the torsional rigidity of the shaft. By focusing on how a shaft ovals and returns to original shape, Diamana creates performance oriented and tour proven shafts that maximizes energy transfer at impact with minimal twisting. Stability and balance are the keys to the new ‘ilima which feature a more rigid mid section and firm tip which result in great control and lower spin.
The explosive performance of the new Diamana ‘ilima is thanks to Mitsubishi Rayon’s second generation manufacturing process and the use of M.D.I. or Multi Dimensional Interlay Technology. The layering of cross axis carbon with rings of additional carbon create minimal ovaling and a shaft that returns to its original shape quickly for a controlled whip like performance.
The new ‘ilima is named after the orange Hawaiian flower which has 5 petals and a series of stamens in the center. This flower was worn by Hawaiian goddesses in ancient myths providing protection. It is still a popular flower today in Hawaii and you can see the the ilima on the new Diamana ‘ilima’s flowerband design.
The new Diamana ‘ilima will be available in 60, 70 and 80 models featuring lower torque and a 50% balance point with mid kick. Pre order for the new ‘ilima begins later this week in the TSG Pro Shop!
A new Mitsubishi Diamana prototype sporting the Ion red colors of the old Diamana Redboard and the flowerband of the new Kai’li have appeared on the Japanese tour. This new prototype is currently being tested in the driver of Mizuno pro Toru Suzuki and in the driver and fairway wood of PRGR pro Azuma Yano. Mitsubishi Rayon Composites explained it this way:
The very successful original Diamana series was released with Blue, Red and White Boards in that specific order. Diamana then moved to a new method of manufacturing and design with the Blue Kai’li. So following that pattern a Red model is next in line.
Mitsubishi goes on by saying that this will be different from the previous Redboard. The Blue Kai’li like the old Blueboard is a lower launching low spin control shaft. The new Red Prototype is based on feedback from pros on the Japanese tour wanting a shaft with max carry coupled with accuracy. The Red Board was the highest launching Diamana so we can probably assume a mid launch, low spin, low torque shaft. On the first day of testing, PRGR Pro Azuma Yano used the Red Proto 70 in his driver and gave feedback that the shaft has exceptional distance and was very good at unloaading to the square position at impact without having to make any effort at timing the shaft. He proceeded that same day to re-shaft his fairway woods with the Red Proto as well.
Lighter weight 60 Protos are being tested on the JLPGA while the heavier 70 and 80 series are being tested on the JPGA. We’ll report back as we get more info on this shaft.
With July drawing to a close its time to update the Golf to Impress/Tourspecgolf Shaft rankings. These rankings are based on a number of criteria including sales, user reviews and feedback, media hype, and overall buzz and demand. This list is a part of our regular Golf Club Rankings Page here.
Golf to Impress and TSG Top 11 Shaft Rankings for July 2009. Previous Months Ranking in (-).
1. (1.) Diamana Kai’li – The Kai’li does not look like it will be removed from the top spot any time soon. Since its release early this year, popularity has continued to surge as pros and recreational golfers alike flock to this smooth feeling, lower launch and spin, performance control shaft.
2. (6.) Bassara Griffin – The Griffin climbs the rankings big time. Ultralight shafts have long had a reputation as being great for distance but lacking control. The Griffin changes all that. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and the Griffin is living up to its reputation as a stable lightweight shaft with great feel and yes true to flex (if there is such a thing!)
3. (2.) Graphite Design Tour AD EV Series – Graphite Design’s top shaft slips another notch. Could the focus on high launch max carry be a thing of the past? Still the EV Series holds its own with featuring a great kick with tight dispersion and low spin. Mitsubishi Rayon is really putting the heat on Graphite Design this year and competition is great for the consumer!
4. (4.) Fujikura Motore Speeder – Fujikura does it again with a Japan only launch packed with technology. Golfers are embracing the world’s first 7 ply design and the Motore Speeder is staying near the top. More feed back is available on this shaft now and the Motore Speeder is giving golfers what they want, feel and a nice mid boring trajectory.
5. (3.) Fujikura Rombax F Series – The F Series continues to hold its own and take care of business quietly. This all around performance control shaft has been replaced however by the Motore Speeder as the focus for Fujikura’s top performers.
6. (5.) Diamana Whiteboard – The Whiteboard is the veteran of this list and it is amazing how it has held its own for nearly two years? Its great feel, lower launch and lower spin have long made it a fan favorite but the competition is heating up and it could be time for others to take its place.
7. (NR) Diamana Stinger Prototype – This shaft is hot. People are buzzing in Japan about this jet black beauty with a stiff profile and all boron composition. The new Stinger equals low spin, low launch and ultra tight control in a premium tour level shaft. The following weeks will tell us if it lives up to the hype!
8. (7.) Bassara Hawk – The Hawk has long been underrated and has never made it higher than 6 on our rankings which is too bad because it is a great shaft and truly under appreciated for its stout feel and performance. Hey see above…. this is an ultralight too, didn’t people notice?
9. (8) Graphite Design Tour AD MD Series – What was pretty much the shaft of 2008 has begun its downward descent. Still one of the best at eliminating those nasty hooks. Some have decided that the MD spins more than they might like. I guess that obsession with low spin is really the big craze.
10. (9) Quadra Fire Express – 80T for under $500.00. That alone warrants a top 10 position as no other premium 80t carbon shaft comes within 50% of this price point. Price aside, this shaft looks to be very tight and have very very good distance. The Quadra slips a spot in the rankings, probably not due to performance but rather a lack of marketing and recognition from relatively unknow Composite Techno.
11. (NR) Ozik HD Series – Things have been quieter for Ozik lately, has the hype died down? Frankly they still make some of the best shafts in the golfing world and we expect the HD to climb. Matrix is still trying to make a dent in the ultra high end market in Japan. If they could do it expect sales to shoot on upwards.
Outside the Top 11 but still considered rocking!: Ozik X-Con Series, NGS Mach Line Proto, Mamiya Axiv X, Bassara Falcon, Graphite Design P9003, Crazy Black 80LS, Diamana Blueboard, Roddio Tri-Cross