Cons: Due to the precise design utilizing high quality materials, the shafts come with a hefty price tag of $473, which is more than most drivers and outside of many consumer’s budget.
Bottom Line: Basileus has produced an extremely smooth, exotic-looking shaft that will improve the driving games of golfers who can afford to game them.
The process of producing a Basileus shaft started out with the vision of creating shafts that the company could proudly deliver to its customers that were customized for each individual. To achieve this, Basileus created a matrix they call an A-B Map that was derived from the analysis of data from thousands of shafts using its proprietary EI Curve distribution method of shaft analysis. Each shaft Basileus makes fits in the matrix, which makes finding a profile easier to find for the player.
Basilius shafts are made from the high modulus carbon materials from Japan, designed in-house in and manufactured in Japan. All visual aesthetics are also decided in Japan and painting is performed in Japan using special technologies and quality controls.
In short, Basileus has seen an increasing trend by shaft manufacturers towards cost cutting and they feel that fewer of its competitors shafts truly meet the objectives, wants and needs of the player. Even the common message communicating the products sales pitch of “Hit the ball farther” without actually providing any real solution to the users needs had to be addressed.
Through design, calculations and countless trial and error, Basileus feels they have perfected its shafts and identified the crucial bits of data that can help users understand the objective characteristics of its shafts and choose the ideal shaft for their style of play.
According to the website, the Fiamma shaft, which is said to have a calculated flex in the tip-end that helps to provide extra distance, also includes “a relatively more pliant tip allows for better ball engagement. A rigid mid-section gives the Fiamma a solid feel. Best suited for quicker swing tempos and compact backswings.”
Here were the club specifications for my review
Basileus Fiamma 60X
Flex/Gram: Extra Stiff /67.5 grams
Length: 45.5 inches
Installed in a Miura SIT 460 Driver (9 degrees) at Aloha Golf Center, Basileus specialist in the State of Hawaii.
The Basileus Fiamma, according to its A-B shaft matrix, falls in the “A” quadrant. It has a softer tip and is stiffer towards the middle and butt section. It’s designed for those with a smoother tempo and compact swing. The Fiamma shaft was also designed for a quick launch, a tight dispersion with a slight draw bias.
My initial testing thoughts were that the Fiamma felt so much softer than what I expected from the numerical CPM. Due to the initial feel, at first I thought I’d easily overpower the shaft once I began increase my swing speed. I quickly noticed during the range session that although the shaft felt soft, it kept up with my swing, even when I tried to max out my speed to test its performance.
It wasn’t too soft, but rather extremely smooth. The softer tip section appeared to collect perfectly at impact no matter the strength of swing I put on the ball. The head squared up nicely with limited torque. The shaft had a different, elevated feel compared to other popular shafts that I’ve played in the past.
The trajectory of the Fiamma was a quick launch and penetrating flight. It reminded me much of the Graphite Design DI shaft in trajectory, but had a surprisingly smoother feel. Considering I’ve always appreciated Graphite Design shafts for years, finding something that felt smoother was astounding. Compared to the DI that I had been recently gaming, I saw a 100-to-200 rpm average spin reduction, a 1-to-2 degree higher launch and about 8-to-12 yards of total distance distance after switching shafts.
The Fiamma shaft provided mental confidence as well. My dispersion was extremely tight and accurate and I noticed I gained notable yards off the tee on the course that I play weekly.
I always hesitate to mention anything about yardage gains in shaft reviews because I feel when I personally read those statements that I’m reading a biased commercial rather than an honest review. In this instance, however, the Fiamma has amazed me quite often on the same course I’ve played regularly each Saturday for the past seven years. It’s helped take me to spots down the fairway that I’ve rarely hit from before, due mostly to the consistent performance of the shaft giving me confidence to go after the ball.
The shaft has not failed to keep up with an increased swing speed, with no delay in the transition. It kicks properly where I need it and matches well with my swing characteristics and tempo. Of course, this could be said of any custom fitted shaft, but the feel of this shaft reigns superior to others that I’ve been fitted into.
This is the fourth shaft that I’ve tried in my Miura SIT 460 head. Since I’ve been using the same driver head in my testing, that has taken out a variable when comparing shafts. Therefore, I know the performance improvements I have noticed are due to the variable change in shaft.
Looks and Feel
The Basileus shafts are undeniably eye-catching, flashy shafts. Basileus shafts feature tasteful graphics, dynamic colors and authentic silver plating, which most companies fail to use. The use of silver is probably not very cost effective or practical on a golf shaft, but Basileus believes that its shafts will play well and are works of art in themselves. Basileus spared no expense in developing and manufacturing its shafts.
The Fiamma shaft starts off purple at the butt, fades to pink in the middle and ends at chrome to the tip. Raised silver plating over the Basileus name, which begins after the tribal-like chrome graphics, emanate from the purple area. The whole package is arresting in its gleam. It’s truly an artful looking shaft and at the same time is a bit sinister in looks. With a $473 price tag, you expect to get more than just a solid shaft and the Fiamma doesn’t disappoint.
Its feel is something difficult to describe because, like a putter, shafts are personal. For me, as I wrote earlier, the Fiamma feels much softer than it actually plays. It’s a lively shaft in that there is no board-like feeling, yet it maintains playability and smoothness despite any swing speed increases. The Fiamma is consistent whether I’m attempting a bunt swing down a narrow fairway or when I’m swinging for the fences on a wide open par-5. It has the feel of a regular-flex shaft but plays like an extra-stiff and manages to keep up with swing speed increases despite its soft feel.
Now available in America, The Fiamma will gain popularity for the Basileus brand due to its excellent design and performance characteristics. Its feel, high-quality materials and manufacturing process equates to one of the finest quality shafts available on the market.
Although the price is steep for an entry into a lesser known shaft company in America, I recommend Basileus as a strong option for a shaft fitting. Out of four popular shafts I’ve used previously, this is the best-performing and best-feeling shaft that I’ve put into my Miura FIT 460 driver.