All you need to know: Oban's new 'Kiyoshi White' Shaft
By Zak Kozuchowski
GolfWRX Managing Editor
Oban's "Kiyoshi White" shaft is the latest edition to the company's Kiyoshi family of shafts, offering a different bend profile and improved stability through a new design pattern.
Oban, a high-end golf shaft manufacturer based in Chicago, released the first member of the Kiyoshi family, the "Kiyoshi Purple," in mid-2011. The purple-colored shaft uses Oban's Emersion Wrapped Frequency Technology to offer golfers a product with a high-launch and low-spin in a wide weight range (45-to-85 grams and hybrid, L-X Flexes).
Oban's "Kiyoshi Black" was released in early 2012. It uses the same technology, but the Black was designed with less torque and a stiffer butt section that gave it a medium-launch and low-spin.
Like the Kiyoshi Black, the Kiyoshi White offers a mid-launch and low-spin. But a new design pattern that Oban calls "MultiPlex Design Technology" allowed it to be made with a softer butt section, which makes the shaft feel "more bendy," especially at the top of a golfer's swing.
"The [Kiyoshi Black and Kiyoshi Purple] are crossing over, but they offer two different feels," said Victor Afable, president of Oban Composites. "For Tour players who like a stiffer feel – that’s the Black. Guys who like a shaft that's softer in the handle – that’s the white."
The Kiyoshi White is currently available at retail for $400 from Oban's certified dealers. It will be available in a 55, 65, 75 and 85-gram models, in regular, stiff and x-stiff flexes.