Pros: Cool graphics and a smooth feel that’s consistent in both models.
Cons: High price ($349).
Bottom Line: Need to hit it lower? Try the Tour Green. Need to hit it higher? Try the Tour Blue.
The Aldila Tour Green and Tour Blue are direct descendants of the company’s hugely popular “NV” shafts, which have been a staple on the professional tours for almost a decade. But shaft technology has come a long way in 10 years, and so have the materials and processes that were used to create the Tour Green and Tour Blue shafts.
The graphite fibers used to make the shafts are between three one-thousandths and five one-thousandths of an inch thick, which creates more consistent wall thicknesses throughout the shaft, and also reduces the amount of glue needed to hold the fibers together. That allows the shafts to be made stiffer, lighter and lower in torque than previous models.
Like the NV shafts, the new models use Aldila’s Micro Laminate Technology (MLT), which means that extremely thin, strong layers of graphite were stacked on top of each other to create the shafts. That gives them a smooth feel, and according to John Oldenburg, vice president of engineering for Aldila, the most consistentcy of any shafts his company has ever produced.
The Tour Green and Tour Blue shafts are also designed with a balance point that is slightly closer to the handle than the original NV shaft, which helps balance out the weight of today’s heavier driver heads and gives golfers the opportunity to play the longer-length shafts (between 45 and 46 inches) that have become common in the golf industry without increasing swing weight to intolerable levels.
Both shafts carry an MSRP of $349. Check out the specs and review below.
The Tour Green has a stiffer tip section than the Tour Blue, making it launch lower and spin significantly less (about 500-to-700 rpm less on average for me). For that reason, it makes sense as a driver shaft, or as a fairway wood shaft for golfers who struggle to control spin with their fairway woods. It was also a major improvement of Aldila’s RIP Alpha shafts (one of my favorites), launching about 1-to-2 degrees higher with the same amount of spin.
The softer-tip Tour Blue shaft offers a significantly higher launch (about 3-to-4 degrees higher than the Tour Green on average for me) and because of the higher launch and spin, it gave me a steeper angle of decent (33 degrees vs 27 degrees on average ). That makes the Tour Blue a great choice for golfers who need need a higher launch and more spin with their driver. And for those players who love the feel of the Tour Green in the driver, the Tour Blue will be their ideal fairway wood shaft.
Looks and Feel
Both the Tour Green and Tour Blue shafts looks amazing with their color-coded circuitboard graphics that seem to drip down the shaft from beneath the grip. Aldila used the circuit board graphic to demonstrate all of the tech that went into creating these shafts, a nice touch in an area of golf equipment where premium materials and constructions can often go unnoticed. Another great part about having the graphics high on the shaft is that they creates minimal distraction and contrast for golfers who have a driver that may not match the blue and green shafts.
My only complaint is that I’m partial to blue, but I’m a high-launch, high-spin player. So if I could change anything, I would like to be able to swap the graphics so I could have a Tour Green with blue paint. But I’ll live.
Describing the feel of a shaft is the hardest part of a review, because it’s so dependent on a golfer’s preferences and the way that they load the shaft. The only way that I can accurately describe it is to use some other popular shafts for comparison. To me, the Tour Green and Tour Blue shafts have a feel that’s something like if Mitsubishi’s Diamana “White Board” and Aldila’s “RIP Alpha” shaft had a baby. The Tour Blue and Tour Green aren’t as soft-feeling as a White Board, but they’re not as stiff as a RIP Alpha. They’re perfectly in the middle, offering a smooth feel without feeling whippy or like rebar.
The Aldila Tour Green and Tour Blue might be two of the simplest shafts for golfers and fitters to wrap their heads around. If a golfer needs to hit the ball lower than their current shaft, try the Tour Green. If they need to hit it higher, try to Tour Blue. It’s that simple.
I strongly suggest you the Tour Green and Tour Blue if you’re in the market for a new premium driver or fairway wood shaft. Golf gear heads know that the best shafts are the ones that give them the best numbers and maintain a specific feel. Aldila, maybe more than any other company, seems to have provided that with these.