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GolfWRX Spotted: Mitsubishi Diamana D Limited shafts

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This week on the PGA Tour, it’s the Genesis Invitational at Riveria, and we’ve spotted some pretty cool things on the range including an all-new Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D Limited shaft. We reached out to Mitsubishi Chemical to get some more information on the newly spotted shafts and we were provided with all the details.

From Mitsubishi

“For the first time ever players all over the world, including Asia and Japan, will be able to add the low-flighting power of Mitsubishi Chemical’s D Limited “White Board” profile to their game.”

When diving deeper into the technical side of the new Diamana D Limited shafts, they are Mitsubishi’s way to offer the same performance and technology as D+Plus Limited Edition “Whiteboard” shaft, but now in a wider variety of weights and flexes. This extension to the line is win-win from a fitting standpoint at the retail level and for golfers with moderate clubhead speeds since there are a lot of players who can benefit from a profile designed to offer a lower trajectory and lower spin.

“The ‘White Board’ profile has always been one of our most successful for driver and fairway woods. The winners of six Majors in the last three years play the current generation. As more players recognize the potential, we realized the need to share them with a wider audience.” – Mark Gunther, VP of Sales & Marketing for MCA GOLF. 

The most dramatic addition to the D Limited line are two additional flexes for the 50 and 60-gram weight options SR- Stiff Regular for those golfers in between and X, which fits in-between Mitsubishi’s traditional Stiff and Tour X. These additional options give golfers and fitters the opportunity to be more precise when getting into the right shaft.

It’s important to note that other flexes and options haven’t changed for golfers used to the TX models, but the small adjustments made to fit the shaft into the 50g weight range allow the profile to be more versatile in the category.

Mitsubishi Diamana D Limited Technologies Features

DIALEAD PITCH FIBER: DIALEAD Pitch Fiber is strategically utilized throughout the shaft to produce focused areas of increased stability on the locations that undergo the most stress. This Pitch Fiber is expensive and difficult to produce, but its tremendous strength to weight ratio compared to traditional carbon fiber makes it useful to engineers to maximize the shaft’s strength and ability to transfer energy.

Photo Courtesy: MCA Instagram

TOUGH-QURE RESIN SYSTEM: The Mitsubishi Chemical prepreg contains resins that cure harder and twice as fast as traditional resins, which creates superior strength and stability. To keep the signature Diamana feels Mitsubishi use a Block Copolymer Technology that allows Tough-QURE resin to link softer (more elastic) polymers and harder (more durable) polymers together, to produce a prepreg that can significantly strengthen the shaft without sacrificing feel.

As a company known for creating and developing technology to create better materials across multiple industries, it’s hard to go much further in-depth than that explanation from Mitsubishi engineers.

Finally, the shaft is given its signature ion plating to complete the unique look. The plating process takes place in a vacuum that allows the silver alloy ions to fuse to the shaft creating a finish that is hard to miss.

Specs and availability

  • Diamana D Limited 50 (R, SR, S, X, TX Flex)
  • Diamana D Limited 60 (R, SR, S, X, TX Flex)
  • Diamana D Limited 70 (S, X, TX Flex)
  • Diamana D Limited 80 (S, X, TX Flex)

The new D Limited series shafts will be available through MCA authorized retailers and dealers nationwide, beginning March 6. Suggested retail: $500.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Nihonsei

    Feb 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Does anyone think it will be coming to the SIM lines? Would it be worth it to wait on purchasing The 3wd or driver to find out if it’s better than the S+60 or FW75?

  2. Doug Hart

    Feb 14, 2020 at 9:09 am

    500 bucks. For a SHAFT. Wow!! The sad part is that I would pay that if I saw positive gains on the launch monitor.

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

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Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

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Titleist 983K, E drivers

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Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

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Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

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Ben Hogan CFT irons

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King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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