This year at Fujikura's booth they had some exciting new shafts starting off with the new Diamond Speeder for driver and fairway woods the third shaft in their Jewel line up that is considered to be their top of the line series. Interestingly Fujikura reached out to Mitsubishi Rayon to use their proprietary "PYROFIL®" MR 70 which is a 90T carbon material. Along with TT1100G as used in the evolution series Fujikura touts this as one of their most premium and best shafts they have ever produced. Ready for more? follow the jump to read about the new MC-Putter and MCI 60 Black Shafts...
Lots of new products coming in April from Fujikura Shaft co. Let:s start with the Diamond Speeder, this is a high end softer profile design shaft to be sold through Fujikura authorized work shops only in Japan.
Next we have the MC Putter shaft there are two types and your choice will depend on the stroke. Retail will be around $250 and release is 4/14.
Finally a new weight of MCI Black Shaft. The MCI black is one of the best carbon shafts for irons that money can buy today. One of the gaps in this offering was the availability of a lighter weight version and it appears Fujikura has resolved this, now we are patiently waiting for a heavier 120g version.
The new Diamond Speeder, MC Putter Shaft, and MCI Black 60 will be out mid April 2017 and available for Pre-Order in the TSG ProShop!
Introducing the lightest golf shaft currently available in the golf world, The Fujikura ZERO Speeder Shaft and here are the specs:
- 46 inches
- 10.8* Torque
- Low Kick Point
Prior to this Fujikura had the Speeder Air in the 33g range and I hit that, it was not as soft and whippy as I thought it would be although totally not for me it was interesting, It did help many of our senior customers get higher launch in not only their drivers but also in fairway woods, hybrids, and irons. The new ZERO shaft by Fujikura has an April 15th 2016 release date.
We posted pictures of the Concept Model Speeders back in February from the Tokyo Golf Fair, It's been months but finally more info has come to light around these and it appears at least Fujikura in Japan will be releasing these to the public. Fujikura started off as a hardcore aftermarket shaft brand but then got caught up in the OEM game aka the money game and since then has taken a step back from producing the aftermarket shafts we know they can make. In this post I'm going to go over all new Speeder models including the 474, 569, 661, & 757 shafts. Click on to Read more...
Back in February we got the chance to get a sneak peak at Geotech's all new revised GT lineup. The GT line is Geotech's bread and butter and represents the best in performance and design and technology, all without breaking the bank. We've watched the GT line evolve over the years and with Geotech's metal wood manufacturing experience, get better with every new release. I had already been a firm believer of the GT line having bagged the GT N SWS FW and Utility in my bag last year. I was very excited to see the all new black GT lineup at the show and could not wait to get my hands on the clubs for some first hand testing.
I typically do not hit a 5 iron in my bag (play strong lofts) so I was looking for something to fill that slot. I immediately thought of the new GT U-0379 so I contacted Geotech and ordered a 24* assembled for me right at the Geotech shop (while Geotech are components, any custom assembled clubs are built for the customer directly at Geotech). The U-0379 is a good looking club, and available in 4 lofts, 17 19 21 and 24* lofts. One thing that got my attention was the heavier heads of the GT utility. By going with heavier heads, it allows for each build to have a shorter club length. We see many utilities today over 40.00" in length and longer but with the heavy heads, the GT models come out a 1.00 to 1.50" shorter. Depending on shaft, this can also result in a heavier overall club build. There are a few reasons that this is good. The shorter length club results in more accurate ball striking and more consistency. This results in a good balanced between both distance and direction control/stability. My GT utility was built using the new GT/Fujikura collaboration ISOFIT shaft (71 grams but more on this later) and came out at 360g and D2 swing weight at 38.25". Compared with other 24* type utilities on the Japanese market we are looking at about 1.00" or more shorter plus 15-25g heavier. I can get too quick with the swing sometimes especially with a lighter club resulting in either pulls or hooks and topping shots (hitting them thin). I was very happy with this as the extra weight can help control my tempo and help me hit the sweet spot more often.
We all wonder when a new model club comes out whether or not it is better than model it replaced or any older model from the same brand. Kamui Works decided to head up to Fujikura's testing field where they could use Fujikura's hitting robot to directly compare the Silver 456 to the new Ray driver. Testing was actually done back in Fukushima on the morning of March 11th and if that date sounds familiar to you it was the day the big earthquake struck Japan. Because of the disaster, Kamui did not actually get the results from Fujikura until many months after since their Fukushima area base was closed down. For those of you who don't know Fujikura's Robot tester, it is frequently used not only for shaft testing but is also borrowed for driver testing by many different manufacturers. Click to watch a video of the Robot in action.
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As we know a robot can create a consistent testing environment for clubs by pretty much maintaining constant variables though out a test. Obviously they don't relay feel or forgiveness (unless they set the robot to hit off the heel and toe) or different styles of swings but the robot is good for head to head, straight down the middle comparisons. On this day the temperature was about 23c with very little to no wind. The Silver 456 and Ray were shafted with identical shafts (they did not reveal the shaft and it is only identified as shaft B) and identical specs (10*, square face) then tested by the robot set to swing at 43m/s and 45m/s taking 5 shots at each speed with each driver. The results were measured by a Trackman and averaged for the chart below.
On the surface it seems very even between the two drivers with the Silver 456 even providing slightly more ball speeds and tad less backspin. The launch angles are close but with both swing speeds the Ray does launch higher than the 456. They reach a very similar apex (max height) which means that the Ray probably has a more boring trajectory since it launches higher but they reach the same apex. This also means the 456 climbs higher at a steeper angle from its initial launch which could explain the sharper angle of descent (Landing Angle) resulting in less run. Interestingly it seems the more boring trajectory created by the Ray not only runs more but carries more as well.
The Kamui Ray's head is certainly built to be more forgiving and more distance oriented. Its shallower back head is geared to launch higher and still keep spin low compared to its high back 456 counterpart. The deeper CG also increases MOI and when I tested the Ray it certainly seemed more forgiving on miss hits towards the toe than the 456 which I used to game. One thing robots don't test is workability, the ability to move shots side to side and control trajectory. I'd say the 456 has a slight edge there but neither driver has a huge amount of bulge which opens up the ability to work the ball's direction more. All in all these are some numbers to consider and perhaps allows Kamui to show that the Ray is indeed a step up from the 456 when it comes to straight line distance. Like the 456 the Ray is built to customer specs by hand and featuring all real and exact specs. If you need help with a custom Kamui feel free to contact us anytime.
Last year Fujikura co produced their highest end and most technologically advanced shaft ever with a company called muziik. The BangVoo was born produced of a 3 axis high modulus sheet design implementing 50 ton and 70 ton high elasticity carbon. Since then the series has gained significant exposure in Japan for it's extra distance and directional stability over the majority of other shafts on the market.
Rombax BangVoo 787
The new Rombax BangVoo 787 is based on the uber popular Speeder 757 Tour Spec of years ago. Based on the blueprint of the original 757 Speeder it's designed to accommodate faster more powerful swings. The stiff flex spec's out at 265 cpm's 75 grams heavy with a torque rating of 3.2*. While the X-flex comes in at 275 cpm's @ 77 grams. The Original 757 Speeder was 77 grams with 2.5* torque. The advancement and use of high elasticity carbon allows the same directional stability with more user friendly torque numbers.
The New BangVoo 787 is now available from TourSpecGolf. It should be in the TSG ProShop in the next few days! If you need one for Christmas just drop us a private message or email and we should be able to get one out to you pretty quickly!
New BangVoo Premium Graphite Iron Shafts
Coming March 2011 the Fujikura Rombax BangVoo Iron shaft. Produced and manufactured using the same three axis woven carbon design with the 50 metric ton & 70 ton carbon sheets as the rest of the BangVoo models utilize. Expect the high end materials and technology to produce maxium repulsive force and incredible resiliency back to its original shape which produces an amazingly long and accurate result.
With all the amazing and recent technology advancements in graphite materials and especially iron shafts we have seen a huge influx of players moving to high end graphite in their forged cavity backs and blades. With the new Ozik Program Shafts, Crazy Black Iron & Longest Yard, the new Quadra high modulus shafts we look forward to testing and evaluating the new Fujikura Rombax BangVoo Graphite Iron Shafts soon. Expect more coverage and information in just a couple of months when TourSpecGolf covers the 2011 Tokyo Golf Fair!
At the recent Japan Open, a new Blue Fujikura Motore Speeder was spotted in testing. It sported the model VC7.1 and was an X-Flex. As most of you know the Motore Speeder is the world's first 7 ply technology shaft. It has a lot of distance performance and feel but some found the overall profile too soft as it best suits the smooth swinger. The VC7.1 looks to provide a more stout feel and control with stability in mind for the harder swinger. No word yet on availability or pricing.
Fujikura Rubber Ltd. is in the works of establishing an all new Factory with a full relocation of its organization.
This doesnt only have to do with Golf, Fujikura is a large manufacture of industrial rubber goods like products for automobiles, engines, brakes, gas equipment, electrical home appliances and communications gear. Their sports equipment segment deals with carbon golf shafts and outdoor sporting items.
They currently own the land where the new Otaka plant will stand. It is currently being used as a test field for their golf shaft line. The construction of this new plant will be completed sometime in 2010 and the Omiya factory will be fully closed sometime in 2011 while all the materials and equipment from their Haramachi plant will be transfered to the new Otaka location.
Sometime in 2011 they will begin work on a new technology and R&D center in their new plant which they say will greatly enhance their strength of sharing technical information between the many components of their company.
There are a plethora of high end golf shafts to choose from in Japan as the top shaft makers here are always introducing new models and OEM's don't hesitate to offer them as upgrades from the factory. Japanese performance shafts are NOT cheap, but the fact is there is demand and a market for them as the Japanese love to tinker and toy with their clubs and the market here really is blown out of whack sometimes when it comes to the cost and amount of money players are willing to spend. Golf Digest Japan recently took a sampling of golfers and asked them why they decided to reshaft their drivers and the results are in the chart below which I originally posted on our brother blog Inpakuto.com:
Japanese golfers truly believe the shaft is the engine of the golf club. Getting the right shaft can mean magic and the wrong shaft can mean disaster. Many of the shaft brands have worked hard to capture the "tuning" market in Japan and this has forced brands to make better and better shafts and more and more choice in this fierce segment of golf gear. All this equals more choice for the consumer which is a great thing. Japanese golfers are ready to spend the money.
Besides changes in technology and new manufacturing processes, there has been an increase lately in use of higher end carbon in this up and coming premium shaft market. Honma Golf was one of the pioneers in offering models of shafts with different grade carbon, the Honma 5 Star rating system. Honma enthusiasts are well aware of this system where the more stars a shaft has, means the higher the grade and density of carbon used for that shaft. You can see in the table below the difference in dispersion with off center hits and different grade Honma shafts. 5 Star being the highest and 2 star the lowest.
So how does carbon grading work? Shafts are created with carbon fibers weaved together, and these fibers are measured by their modulus of elasticity in tension. Typical golf shafts are around 24t or 30t, the measurement of tensile strength. These grade shafts are more flexible and because of this the shaft is slow to regain its original shape on the downswing creating inconsistent impact where a player must rely heavily on timing due to the flexibility of the shaft. As the tensile strength increases the carbon weaves are more dense, more rigid and return more quickly to their original shape.
The flex and rebound of the shaft becomes more predictable equaling more consistent shots and much tighter dispersion. The higher tensile ratings ratings in golf shafts also are related to the higher grades containing more glass and metal particles which are more rigid and lower grades containing more flexible rubber particles.
Besides Honma Golf, Japan has seen high end shafts with ratings as high as 80t from shaft makers like Axiv, Crazy and Quadra. Most recently top Japanese shaft maker and a brand known worldwide to golfers, Fujikura Shaft released its new Rombax BangVoo in collaboration with golf boutique Muziik. This is the latest player in Japan's Premium shaft market.
The BangVoo shaft core uses high modulus triple axis weave 70t rated carbon with high focus on accuracy and explosive distance. Because of its 70t carbon, the BangVoo is predictable, golfers can trust their swing and know that when the BangVoo unloads the head will be right there at impact. Golfers do not need to worry about timing with the BangVoo as it has minimal energy loss and twisting , accelerating on the downswing to create amazing ball speeds at impact. A more accurate shaft equals more distance overall because a player will be in the fairway more often then not.
Besides BangVoo's performance strengths, another thing the more rigid high quality carbon brings to the table is true flex. Fujikura has released the BangVoo with CPM ratings which they don't usually do with their other models. Specs have Regular flex being 240cpm and two stiff models being 250 (S2 or SR) and 260cpm (S) and a true X-Flex at 270cpm. This premium shaft comes with a premium price tag at retail of just over $1000.00 but surely because of its price it will sell out in Japan.
I had a 240cpm Regular flex sent to me for which you see the pictures I took here. The 240cpm appears to be accurate for a finished club at 45". We just put the shaft in a driver head finished at 45.75" D1.8 and cpm came out to 233cpm at the longer length. Once I do more testing I will talk more about this setup and results. I can't wait to try a $1000.00 shaft. (^_^)