Thanks GolfWRX and Mitsubishi Rayon for the opportunity to test and review this new shaft!
For the record TENSEI is pronounced Ten-say
- I'm 44 years old and I hover between +1 and 2 handicap. I have good days with the driver and some not so good days. I like to play a slight draw with the driver, but I have the ability to hit it both ways (most of the time). My handicap goes up and down based on how well I drive it and how well my short game gets me out of trouble.
I play a Callaway XR 10.5* driver at 44.5" that has been hot-melted so I can play it at D3 at the shorter length. The hot-melt is centered toward the face which has drastically reduced spin. This driver head is longer for me than the 815 DBD and far more forgiving. I have two heads that are set up as closely to identical as possible - both have the roughly the same amount of hot-melt in roughly the same place.
My swing speed is 106-108 with the driver and I currently play the Diamana Kai'li 60X with very good results. This shaft has been absolute money for me with a medium trajectory, good carry numbers and a good amount of roll. I have played many, many driver shafts including Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.2, 7.1, and TS 6.2, Whiteboard, Original Blueboard, S+, AD DI, Aldila Tour Green, Pro-Launch Red, White Tie, Devotion, Kiyoshi Purple, and many others. The Kai'li has been the best so far.
My carry distance is 250-260 (subject to strike) with 15-30 yards of roll (depending on trajectory and strike). I work at my home course part-time, so I have to privilege of going out whenever I want and jumping around as needed.
- I opened the box to find a shaft, a thank you letter, a hat, and a water bottle. The first thing I noticed about the shaft is its understated color scheme and carbon fiber portion. Its truly a great looking shaft - I would characterize it as understated yet very attractive. I tend to steer clear of white shafts and those with loud color schemes as I find then distracting. This one is very easy to look at.
- I cut the CK Blue shaft to play at 44.5" (same as my current Kai'li) and put it in my back-up XR head with a new Lamkin REL 3 Gen 360 grip. Adapter was set to standard loft/neutral in both clubs. I switched heads/shafts about half way through to eliminate the possibility that one head may be hotter than the other.
Kai'li - 60X, 64 grams, 3.4 torque, mid/high kick
CK Blue - 60X, 70 grams, 4.4 torque, mid kick
Day 1 on course experience
- It was a sunny day, 70*F, with a slight breeze. I headed out with two drivers; one with my faithful Kai'li and one with the CK Blue. My goal was to hit several balls off each tee to get a god idea of how each shaft performed with good strikes and fair strikes. I spent the majority of my time doing just that - I went from tee box to tee box, only playing a few holes out with approach shots and putts. I didn't want to wear myself out to quickly hitting only driver.
The first few swings with the CK Blue told me this shaft is SMOOTH. To me its very reminiscent of the original Blueboard, which I love and would still be playing if the Kai'li didn't give me a slightly better trajectory and a few hundred less RPMs of spin.
I found it a little easier to hit a draw or fade with the CK Blue than the Kai'li, which could be a result of it slightly higher torque numbers. My usually draw with the Kai'li is probably about 5-7 yards. I was getting 7-10 with the CK Blue.
Trajectory with the CK Blue was slightly higher, as was the spin. I hit several drives that seemed to carry about the same distance, but the Kai'li rolled out about 5-10 yards further on average.
I had a few drives that were neck-and-neck with both shafts, but only a couple that were longer with the CK Blue. I attribute this to the lower, more piercing trajectory of the Kai'li which tends to give me a good amount of roll.
Performance in the wind was good. I didn't experience any ballooning with the CK Blue. While the trajectory was a little higher than the Kai'li it still performed well in the wind.
The CK seems to climb a little faster than the Kai'li and flattens out nicely with a higher overall ball flight.
Providence Golf Club #8 - Par 5 at 525 yards. Water down the left and out of bounds down the right. The green is left of the water and past it about 100 yards.
I did more testing today. Temperature was around 75* with a slight breeze. I decided to take my driver with the CK Blue down to 9.5* for several holes and then down to 8.5* for several more holes to see if the lower loft would reduce spin a little, lower my ball flight a little, and give me a few more yards of roll.
The trajectory came down some at 9.5 but it was still a bit higher than the Kai'li. However, I did get a few more yards of roll. At 8.5 the trajectory came down to about the same as the Kai'li and roll out was similar. However, at those lofts I didn't seem to be as accurate, which is likely a reflection of my swing and not the shaft.
As I said before this shafts is very smooth. It has a more pronounced kick at the bottom than the Kai'li. To me if feels a bit softer in flex than my Kai'li, but that could be a result of the higher torque numbers or difference in bend profile.
I'm not yet sure it can kick the Kai'li out of the bag, but I'm going to give it a few more rounds before I will say definitively.
Edited by Hot Rod 71, 22 October 2015 - 06:26 PM.