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Fujikura Pro Series Shafts

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Fujikura’s new “Pro” shafts are mid-launch, low-spin shafts that are designed to help golfers hit the ball farther by improving the “kick speed” they get from their shafts.

Jeremy Butler, Fujikura’s director of sales, said the company’s Enso system played a big role in the creation of the new series. Enso is a 3D motion capture system that records golf swings at up to 700 fps, allowing it to analyze shaft metrics such as bending, twisting and kick speed.

“The biggest thing we try to do is increase the kick speed of the shaft just prior to impact,” Butler said. “The way we’ve designed the Pro series shafts helps us do that.”

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Each of the shafts has Fujikura’s high-inertia tip (H.I.T.), a design that takes weight out of the tip section of the shaft to increase the shaft’s inertia. But the tip section maintains its stiffness thanks to the company’s CAGE technology, which reinforces the lighter-weight area.

To improve energy transfer, the butt section of the shafts is designed to be slightly softer than previous mid-launch, low-spin shafts like Fujikura’s Motore F3. That allows golfers to store more energy in the shaft and then release it at impact, Butler said, resulting in faster club head speeds.

The Pro series shafts ($199) will be available in mid-February in weights of 53, 63 and 73 grams, in flexes R2 to X. They will also be available in hybrid shafts with weights of 63, 73 and 83 grams (R2 to X flexes).

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“Tour Spec” versions of the Pro shafts, which have a higher-overall stiffness, can be identified by their white graphics. They will be available at a later date, and will be offered in weights of 63 and 73 grams in S and X flexes.

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Also available in the Pro series are Fujikura’s Pro 95 graphite iron shafts. The parallel-tipped iron shafts are all designed with a 2-iron length, and maintain a traditional steel-shaft swing weight when cut to length.

Because they are lighter than most steel iron shafts, Butler said golfers should be able to swing them a little faster. That should help golfers hit their iron shots higher and farther, and the absorption properties of the graphite material also cuts down on the vibrations golfers feel in their joints through impact.

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The Pro 95 iron shafts are all black, and will sell of $55 each (R and S flexes) when they are released in mid-February. Like the other Pro series shafts, a Tour Spec version is also in the works.

Click here to see what members are saying about the shafts in our forums.

Click here to see what members are saying about the shafts in our forums.

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  1. R

    Jan 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Always putting out quality product. Well done Fuji

    • Brandon

      Jan 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Dear Fujikura,

      Thanks for putting out a shaft for less than $200. I might actually buy one as opposed to trolling the BST! HA! No seriously…thanks. These $350 shafts are getting ridiculous.

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • boggyman: “1st generation TM UDI 16* hard to beat with right shaft for a 1-iron, IF you could find one. Used mine in a set of OL Cobras for a while. Need to re-shaft it now though.”
  • Pepperturbo: “I have been effectively using T-MB 17* 2 iron since it was introduced. Now and again put my old Mizuno Pro 16* 1 iron in the bag to remind me those clubs require a good swing. Good luck with your choice.”
  • joelsim: “It depends on how much you value consistency over distance. And of course what your handicap is. I don’t have an official handicap but am regularly scoring in the 70s at my home club, at most 85 if I have a really bad day. And I tried a UDI #2 a couple of weeks ago and sold it a day later. Will stick to my G400 #4 Iron at power spec 19*. Gives me 195y carry consistently with run out according to ground hardness. So far it beats G and G400 Crossovers, Cobra King Utility and TM UDI #2 hands down.”
  • wam78: “Currently playing Mizuno mp h5 2 iron and I absolutely love it! Feels good, easy to hit high and low and can be found for a good price.”

Entire Thread: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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