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A Tour Favorite: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XT Shaft

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When a prototype shaft becomes popular with big name players on the PGA Tour, it’s destined for retail.

Such was the case with Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Kuro Kage XT shaft, which has been used by some of the world’s best golfers including, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.

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Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage XT (below) and Kuro Kage Silver TiNi.

Mitsubishi calls the profile of the Kuro Kage XT “extreme,” because of its extremely stiff tip and butt sections that tend to perform well for golfers with faster, or more aggressive swings.

The XT is produced in the company’s facilities in Toyohashi, Japan, with several technologies that make it the stiffest and lowest-torque shaft in the company’s Kuro Kage family:

  • It’s made with Low Resin Content Prepreg (LRC), which gives the shaft a higher density of carbon fiber to make it stronger and improve feel, without adding extra weight.
  • Like the Mitsubishi’s Kuro Kage Silver TiNi shaft, the Kuro Kage XT has titanium-nickel (TiNi) wire prepreg in its tip section that is elastic, but also very strong. That allows the TiNi wire to stretch, and then regain its original shape for improved energy transfer and control. The XT also gets an extra-long section of TiNi — 13 inches, according to the company.
  • The XT uses high-modulus 40- and 46-ton carbon fiber in its tip section, which makes the tip-stiff shaft even stiffer without adding extra weight.

The Kuro Kage XT ($400) has an ion-plated finish and is available in the following flexes and weights:

  • Kuro Kage 60XT: R, S, X and TX flexes
  • Kuro Kage 70XT: S, X and TX flexes
  • Kuro Kage 80XT: S, X and TX flexes
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  1. Pingback: MRC Shaft Shootout: Tensei CK Pro White, Kuro Kage XT and Diamana BF-Series – Swing Update

  2. Justin

    Sep 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I had no idea Mitsubishi was even in the golf game?!

  3. mb

    Mar 6, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    the real question is how many MSI is it

  4. Speedy

    Mar 5, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Only $400? hahaha

  5. theo

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I don’t have experience with this shaft in particular – but it shares bloodline with the KuroKage Silver TiNi which worked well for me. It wasn’t overly stiff and I found the center of the driver face more often with it. If a shaft doesn’t fit I won’t find the middle.

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Brandt Snedeker WITB 2024 (Thursday)

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Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

5-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Srixon ZX Mk II (3), Bridgestone J15CB (5-9)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber i110cw, AeroTech SteelFiber i95

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (48-10F, 52-12F, 56-10S), Vokey WedgeWorks Proto (60-K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Rossie White Hot XG, Bridgestone TD-O2

Grips: Lamkin UTx

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Check out more in-hand photos of Brandt Snedeker’s clubs here.

 

 

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Spotted: SuperStroke Pistol Lock 1.0 & 2.0 grips

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SuperStroke’s Pistol series is one of its more popular models with an oversized — but still traditional — shape that fits in the hands comfortably.

This week, we spotted a new grip on the practice green at the Cognizant Classic with the “Pistol” name but a little different shape. The traditional pistol shape flares out into the palm on the upper hand and usually has a flat top for your thumb to rest easily. The new grips feature two sizes at the moment, the 1.0 and 2.0, with the latter looking significantly larger.

This new Pistol Lock grip looks to have a similar flat top and flared-out back in the upper hand like the original. The taper to the upper hand looks to start further down the shaft and has a more pronounced shape at the top of the grip. The lower-hand section also might look to have a touch more taper to it, but sometimes these shapes are hard to tell from just photos. Here are the new Pistol Lock grips next to the current Pistol.

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WITB Time Machine: Justin Thomas’ winning WITB, 2018 Cognizant Classic

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In 2018, a playoff at 8 under par determined the winner of the then-Honda Classic. Justin Thomas rolled in a three-footer to defeat Luke List on the first playoff hole, capturing his eighth PGA Tour victory in the process.

See what JT had in the bag at PGA National six years ago below.

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (56-14F), Vokey SM6 (46-08F, 52-12F, 60-12K)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue (46-60), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 (60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5.5
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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