Pros: Premium shaft with ripples that create more consistency and reduce vibration. They’re also a great value at $125 each.

Cons: The Wave shaft produced a slightly lower launch and higher spin for both testers.

Who’s it for? Anyone looking for a smooth-feeling shaft, more control or both at a price point that won’t break the bank.

Overview

The Hiskei Wave Shaft has the surface of a lake on a windy day, but don’t be fooled by its looks; the shaft can perform with the best.

It’s made from premium 40-ton Amorphous Toray Japan material, and the shaft has five ripples, or “waves” that run up its spine starting from about 10 inches away from the tip.

“When people see it, they laugh,” Muir said. “They think it’s a gimmick.”

The undulations provide multiple different kick points that isolate the tip of the shaft, reducing vibrations and absorb shock, producing a smooth feel throughout the swing.

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Hiskei, the components division of GV Golf, is a global brand based in Japan that produces drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and shafts. “Lightweight” and “premium quality” are its specialties according to John Muir, founder of Clubmaker Online and the North American distributor for Hiskei products. The company originally produced lighter clubs and shafts for senior golfers who needed help creating speed, but new X, XX and XXX-Flex models have broadened its reach.

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The 48-inch long drive shaft ($199) is made for long drive competitors and is designed differently than the 46-inch model in order to support the increased load those golfers place on the shaft. While CPM (cycles per minute, a measure of shaft frequency) for the X-flex is 265, CPM for the XX is 283 and the XXX is 290.

The introductory price on the 46-inch Wave shaft is $125 (regular price will be $149.95).

Our Zak Kozuchowski and I took the shaft to Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., for testing at its Launch Pad Fitting Center to see how it compared to one of the most popular aftermarket shafts on the market.

The Review

After warming up, we both hit 10 drives with a Hiskei Wave (X-Flex) and a Matrix White Tie 6X3 in a 9.5 degree TaylorMade SLDR driver head. Both shafts weighed 70 grams and were tipped 1 inch. We chose the five most similar swings, removing outliers so the averages reflect a fair comparison of five solid strikes for each shaft for each tester.

Zak Kozuchowski

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  • Clubhead speed greater in Wave shaft by 1.2 mph.
  • Ball speed higher in Wave shaft by 2.6 mph.
  • Launch angle lower by 1.7 degrees with Wave shaft.
  • 2.8L side total with Wave shaft, 13.5R side total with White Tie.

Andrew Tursky

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  • Spin axis lower by 1.9 in Wave shaft.
  • Side total 17.2R with White Tie shaft, 5.2R with Wave shaft.
  • Smash factor 1.45 with White Tie shaft, 1.47 with Wave shaft.

Zak saw an increase in clubhead and ball speed, and would have found the fairway more often (lower spin axis, less side total). I saw a decrease in speed and distance, but reduced my side total and spin axis as well, meaning I too found the fairway more often with the Hiskei Wave shaft.

The Takeaway

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If you’re a golfer who doesn’t need help raising launch or lowering spin, the Hiskei Wave could be the ticket to longer and straight drives. And even if your launch conditions aren’t optimal, the tight dispersion we saw from the Wave could pay huge dividends if you’re a golfer who struggles to find the fairway.

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Andrew Tursky is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team while earning a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. I purchased a Hiskei regular shaft online a few months ago and just had it installed . The driver head is a rocketball stage 2 ,Today 2-11-15 is the first time I have used the club and after hitting 7 range balls the shat broke in half on my back swing. I paid 125.00 for your shaft so are you going to replace the shaft. Please respond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Kurt:
      Depends on your tempo and ss and which club head you’re putting it in. The Japanese spec of the Wave is about 1/2 flex or so softer than most shafts. Most do best going up one flex. You can also tip trim 1″, plenty of parallel tip section. My pathetic lunge is about 98-100 mph and the Stiff is perfect and I have a fairly quick temp. Zak was at about 112-115 and the X flex tipped one inch was perfect for him. The SR (firm) flex for mid 90’s, R flex for mid 80’s to 90 isn. A flex for 75 to low 80’s. Lighter club heads don’t need to adjust much, heavier club heads should go stiffer. Some of the success of the Wave is that, even though it plays a bit softer, the amorphous material recovers, gives a nice kick and still maintains control. You can play a bit more flexible shaft, get more distance but dispersion is still excellent. Send me a note, I’m pretty good at getting the flex right if you send me the gory details of your swing/equipment.
      John

  2. Thanks for the great review, Andrew. Love the new review format! While I set up Wave/SLDR for you two heavy hitters, the biggest distance gains have been with average swingspeed golfers in the 85-100 mph range. The dispersion numbers have been a nice surprise and the smooth feel of the 40T material (same as the $320+ premium shafts)is popular with my customers.
    John Muir
    clubmaker online

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