Graphite Design has held the number one driver shaft position on the Japanese tour for over 5 years running. This year is no different and their share has in fact increased thanks to the popularity and usage of the new Tour AD DI Series. The Orange DI is seen all over the Japanese men’s tour helping push Graphite Design’s share up to 35.8%. Japanese pros are flocking to the DI also know as Deep Impact thanks to its low spin and big distance performance.
Ryo Ishikawa and his DI-8TX leads more than 20 pros on the men’s tour using the DI in their drivers. Tourstage’s Katsumasa Miyamoto notes that the DI’s strong trajectory and low spin are the equation for big distance. Ishikawa also notes that at impact, with the DI shaft, the head has no play or wobble creating clean square impact for max smash factor.
The popularity of the DI on tour has also led to huge sales in the Japanese market for the DI thanks to it being available as the upgrade option for many of Japan’s top drivers.
So how about the ladies tour? Golf Today also put together some recent data on the driver shafts of some top lady pros JLPGA and LPGA and its interesting to see what shafts, weights and flexes they play.
Lorena Ochoa: Diamana Blueboard S53 Stiff
Ji Yai Shin: Fujikura Rombax 5X07 Stiff
Ai Miyzato: Tour Design by Graphite Design Tour AD B03-03W stiff
Momoko Ueda: Graphite Design Tour AD PT-6 Stiff/Regular
Chie Arimura: Graphite Design Tour AD EV-5 Regular (pictured above)
Sakura Yokomine: XXIO MP600 Stiff
Shinobu Moromizato: Graphite Design Tour AD Prototype Stiff
Miho Koga: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC6.0 Stiff
Rui Kitada: Roddio Tricross Stiff
Mayu Hattori: Fujikura Rombax 5Z08 Stiff
In Bee Park: Graphite Design Tour AD PT-6 Stiff/Regular
Michelle Wie: Grafalloy ProLaunch Platinum X-Stiff
Karrie Webb: Nippon NS Pro Prototype (Regio) Stiff
Son Jyu An: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-5 Regular
Eun Hee Ji: Fujikura Rombax 5X07 Stiff
Son Hee Kim: UST Proforce V2 57 Stiff
Yuko Mitsuka: Diamana ilima X-Stiff
Yani Tseng: Fujikura Motore F1 65 Stiff
Cristie Kerr: Graphite Design Tour AD MD-6 Stiff
Na Yeon Choi: Diamana Whiteboard D63 Regular
Suzanne Petterson: Project X-6B6 Stiff
Brittany Lincicome: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 Stiff
Data from May 2010