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.

Overview

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.

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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.

Tour Green

Tour Green Specs

Tour Blue 

Tour Blue Specs

Performance

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.

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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.

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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 Takeaway

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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.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I have a question. What is the difference on the tour green shafts? they have a stiff and a tour stiff? is one a little stiffer? or is it just the lower torque value is the difference? looking to put one into my ping G30. I have a swing speed of about 105 mph. any suggestions? thanks!

  2. Had the opportunity to hit the 913 D2 today with the Tour Green 65 Stiff in it. It is an extremely accurate shaft. Swing speed today was between 95mph and 99mph; usually averages 107mph. A little down due to recovery from shoulder surgery. For reference as a warm up I was hitting the stock R1 (my current Driver at 10.5) and G25 (9.5) with stiffs around 278 – 292 yds. per the monitor. The 913 D2 with the Tour Green was giving me an average of 272 yds. but the dispersion “for me” was fantastic. Three of five shots were less than 9 yds., one at 14 yds., and last was off center at 22 yds. The Tour Green felt very smooth and I could feel where the head was at every moment. Can’t wait to try it in my R1. The Green will be going up against a very few others to fight for the spot in the Driver and I suspect The Blue will be doing the same for my G25 Fairway.

  3. […] Review: Aldila Tour Blue and Tour Green shafts – GolfWRX 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. 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 . Are these the shafts in the Xhot2 drivers from Callaway? […]

    • @Martin: Probably not the “real deal” aftermarket shafts in those Callaway Xhot2 drivers.
      It says that these shafts sell for $349.
      Even if they were selling them to Callaway for considerably less, Callaway would still not have a good profit margin.
      Often times, one sees the name of a particular shaft on a club, but the shaft may say something like “Made especially for Titleist” or whatever company relates to the clubhead.
      The shaft is generally an inferior copy with a similar paint job on the shaft to make it look like the aftermarket shaft.
      I have one of those in a Titleist 909D2. It looks like a Diamana Blue Board, but it really isn’t.
      On occasion, the actual shaft company even allows a different company to make the shaft for the club, leasing their name to it, from what I have read on the Hireko.com component company blogs.

  4. Its nice that you can only get this shaft with midsize grips or larger. I’ve always hated having size options. $349 for a re-painted NV is ridiculous.

    • @Ryan: I hear you about that .640 shaft butt diameter, but one can purchase grips with a .620 inner diameter. Those grip have slightly thinner material so that the final result comes out properly.
      Yes, that grip will still be very slightly oversized, but just barely, and so little that most folks won’t even notice.
      A grip size is not determined solely by the inner diameter.

      As for the comment on price, I tend to agree with you. The NV is a superb shaft. This new shaft may actually have several aspects that do make it a superior shaft, but $349 is a lot to pay for a shaft.
      Hey, remember the days when you could buy the same top of the line premium shaft that the pros played, like the Grafalloy ProLite 35 or the UST ProForce, for just $35 ? Those were the days :)
      Hard to believe that shafts need to cost ten times more nowadays.

  5. When are they going to be available from Aldila?? I looked on Golfworks.com and they don’t even have them up yet.
    I would love to try out the green!

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