When most equipment aficionados think of Graphite Design shafts, the first model that comes to mind is “the orange one,” officially known as the company’s Tour AD DI. It was the first of the company’s premium Tour AD series shafts, and has been used to win countless professional events worldwide — several by a golfer named Tiger.

For that reason, it’s the most widely known Graphite Design shaft, but it’s just one of the six Tour AD models the Japanese shaft maker currently offers.

Graphite Design’s Tour AD MJ shaft is the company’s newest model, and continues the company’s trend of releasing “complementary” shafts. In 2014, Graphite Design released the Tour AD MT (most golfers know it as “the yellow one”), which was designed with a softer tip section than most of the company’s Tour AD shafts to help golfers launch the ball higher — a response to today’s lower-spinning driver heads. The MJ, which will probably be known as “the “black and yellow one,” offers a lower bend point than the MT, with a slightly softer tip section to help golfers launch the ball even higher.

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Bill McPherson, vice president of Pro’s Choice shafts, Graphite Design’s U.S. distributor, calls the MJ “a step down in softness” from the MT. That makes it a good fit for golfers seeking a higher launch than the MT can provide with their driver, or as a fairway wood shaft that has a similar feel to the MT, yet offers the higher launch most golfers are seeking from their fairway woods.

Related: Our review of Graphite Design’s YS NanoReloaded shafts. 

The Tour AD MJ ($380) uses the company’s premium 50-ton carbon fiber material, as well as Graphite Design’s 3rd-generation Toray Nanoalloy material — called “DI Technology” — in the mid and tip section to improve stability. It’s available in five different flexes (R2, R1, R, S, and X) and four different weights (50, 60, 70 and 80 grams).

Comparing popular Tour AD-DI shafts

On GolfWRX, we talk a lot about certain shafts being lower-spinning or higher-spinning than other models, but it’s important to remember that results can (and probably will) vary depending on the individual.

If you look at my testing data below, which saw me hit 10 shots with four different Tour AD 7X shaft models (all 45.5 inches, tipped 0.5 inches) using the same adjustable driver head set to the same setting, you’ll see that I did not get the results that one would expect from the MJ. For some reason, I launched the MJ lower than the other Tour AD shafts.

Despite my “special case” status, however, I enjoyed the smooth feel of the MJ shaft, and preferred it to the BB and the MT.

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10 shots hit with each shaft (7X, tipped 0.5 inches). Driver used was Titleist’s 915D3 (9.5 degrees, C1 setting).

The numbers also show that I also produced slightly more swing speed and ball speed with the MJ and DI, compared to the other shafts. When golfers see that, it’s a clue that they’ve found a shaft that works well with their swing.

Looking more closely at the numbers, you can see that I launched the DI shaft an average of 1.7 degrees higher than the MJ, and with 100 rpm less spin. That being said, is it any surprise to you that I have a new driver and fairway wood being built with Tour AD-DI shafts?

Remember, these are just my results. Go get fit to see what model works best for you.

Specs and Fitting Recommendations

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  1. After months of demo-ing everything out there, I’ve had the AD MJ (in stiff regular) attached to my Taylormade R15 (10.5*) for a couple of weeks now.

    Had the shaft tipped to 44 and 3/4 inches. Wonderfully vibrant feel–noticeably better than the stock Speeder that came with the club–and the stock shaft was by no means bad. And though 3/4 inches shorter than the stock Speeder, distance with the AD MJ is a surprisingly 6 or 7 yards longer than the stock shaft on good hits of both.

    But aside from wonderful “feel,” the really great thing about this shaft/clubhead pairing is the accuracy: averaging 80% fairways hit, and even misses haven’t gotten me in trouble. This, plus the slightly shortened shaft, has resulted in a lot more confidence off the tee. So I’m loving the shaft, even though my driver swing speed would have suggested “regular” might have been a better fit.

  2. Looking at the launch angles I would suggest moving the setting to: C4 or even B4, or else, get a 10.5 degree head and use B1, if you prefer playing with a slightly open club face. My SS is 10 mph less than yours, Smash Factor pretty much the same, AOA: 0 to +5 degrees, launch angle: 10.5 to 15 degrees. Spin: 2250 – 2680 rpm. On Trackman I get the same lenghts as you, or even slightly longer. You would improve on your lenghts of the Tee by increasing your launch angle and focus on getting a positive AOA (Angle of Attac). I would say that you are loosing 20-30 yards, just by reading your data. I use the same head, stamped 10.5 degrees, actual loft in the sweet spot: 10.8, setting A1. ;-) Shaft: Black Tour AD DI 6S….Sweet! You’ve got room for improvement, for sure…..-Good luck!

    • Thanks for reading and for the feedback, Mats. Just to clarify, this test was not performed to optimize my launch monitor numbers. It was done to show the differences in launch and spin between the shafts.

      • I was going to comment the same as the other guys. My first thought when I saw the top of the chart was that launch angle must be 5 degrees or something. I launch at 13* with a 107 and 1.48 smash and I can break 300 the odd time (measured on flight scope and gc2 hmt). Good article though. Liked it.

  3. It’s good to see that they offer an in-between flex, the “stiff regular”.
    I almost always find the Regular flex to be too whippy, yet the stiff flex is usually a little bit too stiff, depending on brand.
    And my swing fits right in the middle of that recommended swing speed chart for that flex.
    Wish more companies had something like this.

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