Fujikura Z COM BW 75
Posted 26 April 2007 - 05:12 AM
The Z COM BW 75 shaft at first glance is like most FujikuraísÖsuper looking. Iíve always been a fan of Fujikuraís shaft graphics and the BW75ís multiple ZCOMís descending from the butt and ending in a nice traditional gloss black are definitely eye catching and classic looking cool. It gives a very solid and business look to a club.
The BW75 Stiff shaft I have weighs in at 74grams and has a torque of 2.6. Itís a high kick, low spin shaft. Words and numbers everyone has heard before and seen attached to many a high-end shaft today. Iíve played many high-end shafts (read it as expensive) from Ozik, Axiv, Accra, Fujikura and Graphite Design. In my opinion, numbers and so called low spin, mid kick designs mean nothing to me. The only thing that makes me like a shaft is my personal feel I get from swinging it. Basically if the shaft doesnít feel right I donít care what the makers say itís supposed to play like or how darn expensive it is, it will get pulled and tossed in a box with the rest of my ex-shafts. The simple reason for this is not every shaft was made to go in every head. From my numerous shaft/club changes, I know that what I liked in a R7 Quad years ago wasnít going to work in a Cleveland Hi Bore.
I have worked with many club builders and the common theme I have with the shaft Iím looking for is that I want a stout shaft that I will not feel the head twisting all over the place as well as one that doesnít feel like a pipe. I want to feel the shaft kick at impact yet I donít want to have it feeling like the heads hanging at my shoulders on the downswing or passing my hands at release. I spoke to Joe Kwok a few times over the phone attempting to get him to understand what I wanted. This is not the first driver Joeís done for me so he knew Ö.to put it simply againÖIím the three F'sÖFinicky, Flaky and F- it. Finicky because I want so much from one shaft. Flaky because Iím not stuck on brands. F-It because after hearing enough about a shaft I donít care about price. If I havenít tried it before and I heard it might work, Iíll go for it.
Well Joe asked me what head I was playing at the moment. I told him it was an FT-5 with the stock Fuji. The stock Fit On E 360 was too soft and lagged too much for me. I also thought the head was twisting all over the place. Like usual, Joe laughed at me and said he had the cure for my woes. He suggested the ZCOM BW 75 that I hadnít tried yet. Joe told me that it would be a good match up in the FT-5 and he could set it up perfectly for me. As usual I was more then eager to say YES to whatever Doctor Kwok prescribes. (Thereís me using my third F )
Joe suggested that I go with a stiff shaft. I usually play Extra Stiffs but Joe said heíd blind bore it, tip the shaft and have it play in between the stiff and extra stiff to give me the stoutness that I was looking for yet hopefully keep the feel I was looking for. Well when Joe tells me he can do it, I donít ever doubt him. Since he hasnít made a bad driver for me yet.
Iíve now played four rounds with the FT5/BW75 set up and have had over ten range sessions with it. It took me about two range sessions to get the feel of the shaft. Many guys hit a new club for the first time and fall in love with it. Iím a little more finicky. I can pick out glitches with many clubs. The BW75 initially felt very stout and tight. I could feel the kick and life that Joe had told me about but I wasnít getting the hot feel that a shaft can give a head. This I blamed on the FT5 because anyone whoís ever hit one will definitely not say the face feels hot. Something about the weird sound it gives off does not give a mental thought of hotness.
My first round with the BW75 in the FT5 was very eye opening. I hit 12 of 14 fairways. I also drove over a Par 4 thatís eluded me from just driving in the past two years. My father who had played with me said that the set up was tight in that I was hitting the fairways but didnít appear to be giving me consistent distance. I chalked that up to me not knowing what to expect from each swing of the club. At times I felt that the shaft was too loose and I could turn it over easily. After more range sessions and a few more rounds, Iíve really got the feel of this shaft down.
The BW75 shaft has a very smooth feel but not dead. I can still feel a kick at impact, which I enjoy but itís a very clean smooth kick. Iíve been getting a very nice mid-high trajectory that just seems to bore right through the air. Best of all Iíve been getting a ton of roll which Iíve been lacking in my past driver set ups. Even on miss hits, the ball seems to go forever. A tribute to the FT-5 maybe...but Iím lead to believe itís the shaft because I didnít experience that roll in the stock set up.
First off...Thank you Joe Kwok. You did your usual excellent job in recommending and then building my club. Iím really pleased with this shaft/driver set up. I wonít begin to tell you that this set up is longer then anything Iíve ever hit. If that were the case, with every shaft/driver change Iíve had, Iíd be hitting it over 500yards. I will say that the result I have been getting has been very dependable and my confidence level at the tee box is very high. The BW75 is a shaft that Fujikura needs to widely release to the open market in America. People who would like a heavier shaft then the BW65 they offer would love it. I know Iím very pleased with it and even though I am contemplating changing drivers at this moment, Iím leaning heavily towards sticking a BW75 in my next one.
Posted 28 April 2007 - 05:21 AM
i have been speaking to Joe about him building a driver up for me and this was a shaft he reccommended as well.
Posted 28 April 2007 - 06:16 AM
Just a random question...what ever happened to the trademark green tape?
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