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The 8 hottest driver shafts of 2018 on the PGA Tour

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Driver shafts, especially in professional golf, are very similar to putters. As with changing putters to make more putts, golfers change out driver shafts semi-regularly looking for more distance or more fairways, but preferably both. And much like with putters, when another player switches to a new driver shaft and finds success, other golfers take notice. Every year it seems there is a “hot” driver shaft that players gravitate toward; in recent years, the Aldila Rogue comes to mind.

We wanted to figure out what the “hot” driver shaft is of 2018. To do so, we investigated the top-50 golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings as of July 25 to figure out what driver shaft they were using. Below are the results.

Note: To qualify for the “hottest shafts” of 2018, the exact shaft model must have been used by more than one golfer in the top-50 of the OWGR. Order was determined by number of top-50 players using the shaft, and ties were broken by combined ranking of players using that shaft.

8) Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec

 

Shaft is used by: Matt Kuchar (No. 26 in the OWGR) and Daniel Berger (No. 40)

Fujikura says: “The Atmos Tour Spec line is geared towards the performance golfer looking to keep the ball flighted down with low spin… Atmos is a true tour flighted line of shafts with a simple color coding – red as the higher launching, blue as mid launch, black as the lowest launch – similarities include keeping the handle flexes the same for feel, but adjusting mid and tip sections for launch and spin to achieve your desired ball flight.”

Read GolfWRX member reviews of the Atmos Tour Spec shafts here

7) Graphite Design Tour AD-BB

Shaft is used by: Xander Schauffele (No. 18) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (No. 39)

Graphite Design says: “The Tour AD BB ‘Blue Bullet’ wood shaft model is designed to promote a low/mid launch angle and lower ball spin. The Tour AD BB design features an increase in stiffness from the tip to the mid-section resulting in a higher kick point for lower launch angles.”

Learn more about the Graphite Design Tour AD-BB shaft here

6) Aldila NV 2KXV Green

Shaft is used by: Rickie Fowler (No. 9) and Kevin Kisner (No. 25)

Aldila says: “Aldila has created NexGen Micro Laminate Technology – new, even thinner high performance carbon fibers combined with today’s advanced fiber resin technology…. The 2KNV provides for even better feel and performance. Available in the Green design for those seeking a lower ball flight, the Blue design for those seeking a mid ball flight, and the Orange design for those seeking a higher ball flight.”

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Aldila NV 2KXV Green shaft

5) Project X HZRDUS Black

Shaft is used by: Dustin Johnson (No. 1) — although he’s been switching off and on between a Project X HZRDUS Black and a Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec — and Rafael Cabrera Bello (No. 29)

Project X says: “The shaft features increased stiffness along the full length of the golf shaft, which allows golfers to put more power behind the ball. HZRDUS Black is a low spinning and low launching shaft that is available in models for both woods and hybrids.”

Read more about DJ’s Project X HZRDUS here

4) Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ

Shaft is used by: Jordan Spieth (No. 8) and Webb Simpson (No. 21)

Graphite Design says: “The new Tour AD IZ shaft has a firm stiffness starting at the handle, and medium center section and a firm+ tip profile to promote a high launch angle and low ball spin rates. The new Tour AD IZ also utilizes Torayca T1100G carbon-fiber pre-preg with Nanoalloy technology in the tip section of the shaft for additional shaft stability, exceptional feel and precise ball control.”

Read more about the Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ shaft here

3) Mitsubishi Kuro Kage

Shaft is used by: Rory McIlroy (No. 7) and Tommy Fleetwood (No. 11)

Mitsubishi says: “This series of shafts feature two key technologies: Low Resin Content pre-preg and Titanium Nickel (TiNi) Wire. After first using TiNi Wire in our ultra-light products, we wanted to see how it would perform in heavier, tour-weighted shafts. Kuro Kage fiber plus wire equals power.”

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Kuro Kage here

2) Project X HZRDUS T1100 

Shaft is used by: Henrik Stenson (No. 17), Phil Mickelson (No. 22) and Charl Schwartzel (No. 48)

Project X says: “The new HZRDUS T1100 is the lowest spinning and lowest launching shaft in the HZRDUS family. HZRDUS T1100 uses T1100G fiber, the strongest fiber available, to build a shaft with an extra stiff tip section that is also counter-balanced. With a bend profile that is stiff throughout, HZRDUS T1100 is the ultimate spin killer for the game’s most aggressive tempo players.”

GolfWRX Members review the Project X T1100 here

1) Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange

Shaft is used by: Justin Rose (No. 2), Alex Noren (No. 12), Sergio Garcia (No. 20), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No. 31), Ian Poulter (No. 32), Charley Hoffman (No. 34), Haotong Li (No. 42) and Tiger Woods (No. 50)

Mitsubishi says: “Tensei CK Pro Orange expands the Tensei CK Series – which features a multi-material design that incorporates more performance-oriented materials than we’ve ever used in a shaft. This first of its kind bend profile for MCA Golf uses a counter-balanced design along with an extreme tip-stiff design to provided added versatility for the stronger player. The Tensei CK Pro Orange incorporates the same Carbon Fiber/DuPont Kevlar (CK) weave found in the butt-section of all Tensei CK shafts – providing enhanced stability and maximum feel in this highly versatile design. This series also incorporates High Modulus, premium 40-Ton hybrid pre-preg infused with tungsten powder in targeted positions throughout the shaft. A tip-section reinforced with MR70 – Mitsubishi Chemical’s strongest carbon fiber to date, delivers lower torque, and delivers tour preferred control and stability.”

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Tensei Orange shaft in our forums

Other driver shafts used by the top-50 golfers in the OWGR

  • Accra Concept Series (Brian Harman)
  • Accra Tour Zx 465 M5 (Tony Finau)
  • Accra Proto (Pat Perez)
  • Accra Tour-Z RPG (Gary Woodland)
  • Aldila Rogue Silver 130 (Kevin Chappell)
  • Aldila Rogue (Patrick Reed)
  • Alidila Tour Green (Jon Rahm)
  • Fujikura SIX (Branden Grace)
  • Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution (Kyle Stanley)
  • Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution IV (Marc Leishman)
  • Grafalloy Bi-Matrix (Bubba Watson)
  • Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX (Hideki Matsuyama)
  • Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech (Satoshi Kodaira)
  • Graphite Design Tour AD-GP (Kevin Na)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana D+ (Brooks Koepka
  • Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ (Luke List)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana BF (Justin Thomas)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana Blue (Zach Johnson)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana White LEX D+ (Paul Casey)
  • Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S-Series (Patrick Cantlay)
  • Mitsubishi Fubuki K (Tyrrell Hatton)
  • Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue (Ross Fisher)
  • Project X Even Flow (Louis Oosthuizen)
  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke (Bryson DeChambeau)
  • TPT (Jason Day)
  • UST Mamiya Elements Chrome Prototype (Cameron Smith)
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31 Comments

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  1. Paul

    Aug 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Doesn’t seem to matter what shaft Woods uses. He still can’t hit a fairway.

    • ogo

      Aug 22, 2018 at 12:01 am

      I predict he will soon be playing a Seven Dreamer autoclave cured graphite shaft because all oven cured shafts are too soggy and floppy in the tip section causing Tiger driving problems.

  2. Kanko

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Notice ZERO Seven Dreamers shafts lol where’s that Seven Dreamers idiot? Hopefully got BANNED

    • walterg

      Aug 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      WRX moderators doing their utmost to delete any comments that disturb the gearheaded neanerthals that love their WITB gonadal symbols of manliness.

  3. Diamondback Billiards

    Jul 28, 2018 at 11:01 am

    These golf equipment is the best but it is still up to the player who knows his talent in being top golfer.

  4. Jack House

    Jul 28, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Whats the best shaft for an regular player… 80 MPH swing speed…. tough to fit between Regular and Senior flex//

    • joro

      Jul 28, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Give the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue in reg. That is what I use at 79, it is a soft R and a very good accurate shaft.

  5. Leftshot

    Jul 28, 2018 at 12:12 am

    What a disappointment. The subject line of the email I got from Golf WRX was: ” The 8 Hottest Driver Shafts of 2018″. To then find out this was just an incident count of the top 50 pro golfers was a real letdown. Most of us couldn’t find a golfer more dissimilar to us than the top pro golfers. Thus the obvious reaction: Who cares? Maybe 1% of us have a swing similar enough to the top 50 professionals.

  6. Donald

    Jul 27, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I only buy and play tour proven equipment because I can afford the best. Stiff shafts are the best. I bag PXGs too.

  7. Doug lamb

    Jul 27, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Exactly!!

  8. Shaft Shack

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Demo these great shafts and more at ShaftShack.com!

  9. Funkaholic

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I am still gaming my Diamana ‘Ahina 70 x5ct x in my driver 3w and 19* rescue, I have yet to find a reason to change.

  10. Travis

    Jul 27, 2018 at 7:03 am

    The Tour AD-IZ has more usage that what was listed above. Last I checked Keegan Bradley was using it and he’s been at the top of ballstriking and total driving categories for a good while.

  11. Eric

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    I would love to see this with fairway woods. I am not sure you could narrow it down but it may be even more diverse.

    • phil

      Jul 27, 2018 at 1:17 am

      I would love to see that too. I love my fairway woods. I love my hybrids too.

  12. Harv

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    These are super expensive shafts… to pay off the pros to use them….

  13. millennial82

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    saw Tiger using the tensei white.. got it.. love it.. now he changed to orange and whites not even on the this list… kind of hurts my heart…

    • millennial82

      Jul 26, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      great post by the way GOLFWRX. Thank you!

    • Aaron

      Jul 27, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      Lamest reason to ever buy any shaft. Use what fits you.

  14. PushFade

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Not bigger money than they’d earn from winning a tournament. Winning tournaments = bigger endorsements deals. Your statement is not only untrue, your premise is flawed.

  15. Francis

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Doesn’t Rory use the Tensei Orange as well?

    • Curt

      Jul 26, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Yes he was and I thought I saw he switched for the British.

  16. Francis

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    …Okay, Donald

  17. jc

    Jul 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I sure don’t know a shaft that starts out even lower than my standard ping shaft…I want something that takes off like a patriot missle going after a scud.

  18. Michael Baker

    Jul 26, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    GREAT article – SUPER comprehensive and interesting….

    Not sure about DJ in the HZRDUS black though. He used it recently but I believe he’s back in Fujikura Speeder DJ this week?

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

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Titleist 905R

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The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

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The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

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