All the way back in the beginning of August at the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, we spotted a new, “Japan” release of a Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV shaft — we were left to speculate about its materials, specs and profile, however. Today, Fujikura officially introduced the Speeder Evolution IV shafts, and we now have all of the information.
Fujikura’s line of Speeder shafts began with the Speeder 757, and it has been one of the most popular shaft lines on Tour since the late 1990s. Before this release, there was also a Speeder Evolution I (highest launch, mid-spin), II (low-to-mid launch, low spin) and III (mid-launch, mid-spin). The new Evolution IV is most like the Evo II; it’s designed for low launch and low spin, but “has a slightly softer mid-to-tip section to increase launch angle while maintaining low torque and spin,” according to Fujikura.
The Evo IV shaft also uses new materials and constructions including a new high-performance intermediate modulus 70-ton material for lightweight stability, and an “Engineered Outer Bias Technology” for a smoother loading feel. Like previous Speeder Evolution shafts, the Evo IV uses Metal Composite Technology, 90 Ton Carbon Fiber and Maximum Fiber Content pre-preg.
Fujikura’s Evolution IV will be available from 56-to-77 grams (569, 661 and 757) with flexes ranging from SR up to X. They will be available for $400 (MSRP) starting on October 1, selling exclusively at JDSClubs.com, and available through Fujikura’s national charter dealer on November 1.