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Oban Composites- Interview w/ Victor Afable, President


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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:07 AM

We thank Victor Afable the President of Oban for sitting down with GolfWRX. We found out on Tuesday that Pete Sanchez formally of Fujikura and also TMag has recently joined Oban Composites.

Oban Composites designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-performance graphite shafts sold worldwide. Oban Composites offers the Devotion, Revenge, Kiyoshi and Tour Prototype series. The Tour Prototype V430, made in Japan, combines four axis aerospace materials with Oban's unique shaft design to provide consistent feel, maximum performance, and distance.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:26 AM

Vic's a long time friend of mine and a great guy. OBAN makes one of the highest quality products in the business. I wish him continued great success. Nice to hear Pete Sanchez has joined him. Pete's another great guy with a rich history in the business. Good move Vic (and Pete). Talk to you both soon.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:25 PM

Agreed, they are great shafts, the devotion is one of the best shafts out there for low launch.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:27 PM

What would be OBAN's high launch, low spin shaft in the 50-60g range?
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:43 PM

Oban shafts are by far the best I have ever hit! The kiyoshi has absolutely transformed my drives into high launching low spinning bombs! Those guys are doing something right!  They have earned my loyalty. The combo of my 8.5 SF 2.0 TP and Kiyoshi X stiff will be in my bag for a long longtime.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:02 PM

View PostDTown3011, on 29 January 2012 - 03:27 PM, said:

What would be OBAN's high launch, low spin shaft in the 50-60g range?


The kiyoshi, or the tour proto mach 4, the kiyoshi is like the new and improved proto.  They make a 55g one too, the kiyoshis are great shafts.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:59 PM

What are the specs for the revenge? I never bothered to find out; I like the color and the performance of it though. Thinking about building a driver with one
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:33 PM

I think its like mid launch low spin, its an OK shaft.  Not their best IMO.
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:05 AM

I have the Kiyoshi in my R11 and can't say enough good stuff about it. It's a super smooth shaft and just fits perfectly with my swing. Will or anyone else  have any opinion  about the Revenge hybrid shaft? I might be putting one in a TM 2011 Rescue.
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

Absolutely love OBAN shafts.  As smooth feeling as any mitsu/GD shafts I tried during my fitting, if not smoother.  Devotion is killer for me.  Interested in the Kiyoshi purple/black.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

View Post^m9, on 31 January 2012 - 11:54 AM, said:

Absolutely love OBAN shafts.  As smooth feeling as any mitsu/GD shafts I tried during my fitting, if not smoother.  Devotion is killer for me.  Interested in the Kiyoshi purple/black.


I'm really interested in the Kiyoshi myself, particularly for the woods.  Has anyone tried a Devotion or Kiyoshi hybrid shaft?
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 01:50 PM

Anyone compare Oban devotion & ad-di :)
Which one easy to load & smooth
Thx!

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:59 PM

View Post256ctf, on 31 January 2012 - 01:50 PM, said:

Anyone compare Oban devotion & ad-di :)
Which one easy to load & smooth
Thx!

Yes.  I hit both in similar weights/flexes.  Quite similar feel, both easy to load and smooth through impact.  I would have to say the Devotion is *slightly* more stiff feeling in comparable flex (as though it doesn't seem to kick as much as the AD-DI), however I got waay less spin with the Devotion, a better launch angle, as well as a better landing angle.  This was all on a Trackman, so I'm not "visualizing" this.

Remember, everyone loads shafts differently and their transitions are different.  For me, nothing beat out the Project X Tour Issue and Oban Devotion.  Those 2 gave me the best numbers by far.  I absolutely hated the RIP.  Felt like crap and I didn't like the bend profile.  The fitter said that it's the least popular shaft he fits people into.  He mentioned to me that a recent fitting session for a CPGA pro got the best numbers with the MFT Ahina.  The pro couldn't believe it, but the Trackman doesn't lie.  That's another great feeling, low spin shaft.

Hope that info helps.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 03:48 PM

View PostjmlGOLF, on 31 January 2012 - 11:05 AM, said:

I have the Kiyoshi in my R11 and can't say enough good stuff about it. It's a super smooth shaft and just fits perfectly with my swing. Will or anyone else  have any opinion  about the Revenge hybrid shaft? I might be putting one in a TM 2011 Rescue.

have the revenge in a 20* cobra dws. its a good shaft but i still prefer px

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:41 PM

victor is awesome. For pushing and selling and gaming his product, he sent me the one and only OBAN apron.. Posted Image

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:12 AM

View Post^m9, on 31 January 2012 - 02:59 PM, said:

View Post256ctf, on 31 January 2012 - 01:50 PM, said:

Anyone compare Oban devotion & ad-di :)
Which one easy to load & smooth
Thx!

Yes.  I hit both in similar weights/flexes.  Quite similar feel, both easy to load and smooth through impact.  I would have to say the Devotion is *slightly* more stiff feeling in comparable flex (as though it doesn't seem to kick as much as the AD-DI), however I got waay less spin with the Devotion, a better launch angle, as well as a better landing angle.  This was all on a Trackman, so I'm not "visualizing" this.

Remember, everyone loads shafts differently and their transitions are different.  For me, nothing beat out the Project X Tour Issue and Oban Devotion.  Those 2 gave me the best numbers by far.  I absolutely hated the RIP.  Felt like crap and I didn't like the bend profile.  The fitter said that it's the least popular shaft he fits people into.  He mentioned to me that a recent fitting session for a CPGA pro got the best numbers with the MFT Ahina.  The pro couldn't believe it, but the Trackman doesn't lie.  That's another great feeling, low spin shaft.

Hope that info helps.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:39 AM

View Post256ctf, on 01 February 2012 - 12:12 AM, said:

View Post^m9, on 31 January 2012 - 02:59 PM, said:

View Post256ctf, on 31 January 2012 - 01:50 PM, said:

Anyone compare Oban devotion & ad-di :)
Which one easy to load & smooth
Thx!

Yes.  I hit both in similar weights/flexes.  Quite similar feel, both easy to load and smooth through impact.  I would have to say the Devotion is *slightly* more stiff feeling in comparable flex (as though it doesn't seem to kick as much as the AD-DI), however I got waay less spin with the Devotion, a better launch angle, as well as a better landing angle.  This was all on a Trackman, so I'm not "visualizing" this.

Remember, everyone loads shafts differently and their transitions are different.  For me, nothing beat out the Project X Tour Issue and Oban Devotion.  Those 2 gave me the best numbers by far.  I absolutely hated the RIP.  Felt like crap and I didn't like the bend profile.  The fitter said that it's the least popular shaft he fits people into.  He mentioned to me that a recent fitting session for a CPGA pro got the best numbers with the MFT Ahina.  The pro couldn't believe it, but the Trackman doesn't lie.  That's another great feeling, low spin shaft.

Hope that info helps.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:30 AM

Here is some additional info on the Oban line of shafts..


Devotion 6 04 Flex / 255 CPM / 3.6 Torque
Devotion 7 04 Flex / 251 CPM / 3.5 Torque

Revenge 6 04 Flex / 254 CPM / 3.6 Torque
Revenge 7 04 Flex / 254 CPM / 3.5 Torque

Kiyoshi 65 04 Flex / 259 CPM / 3.5 Torque
Kiyoshi 75 04 Flex / 261 CPM / 3.1 Torque

Devotion 6 05 Flex / 267 CPM / 3.6 Torque
Devotion 7 05 Flex / 265 CPM / 3.5 Torque

Revenge 6 05 Flex / 266 CPM / 3.6 Torque
Revenge 7 05 Flex / 264 CPM / 3.5 Torque

Kiyoshi 65 05 Flex / 269 CPM / 3.5 Torque
Kiyoshi 75 05 Flex / 274 CPM / 3/1 Torque


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