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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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  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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Puma unveils new Ignite Fasten8 golf shoe

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Puma Golf has today introduced the newest addition to its popular spikeless franchise: the Ignite Fasten8.

The new Ignite Fasten8 ($120) family are designed to provide wearers added stability with a new, exacting fit in multiple sleek designs, featuring both a traditional lace-up style and Puma’s proprietary DISC technology, and also a PRO version with a microfiber upper. The Fasten8 lace version is also available in several eye-catching colorways for women ($100).

The lineup is led by Puma’s new Fasten8 Fit System, which consists of 8 interior webbing support straps that are integrated into the lacing system. The 8 webbing straps are secured from underneath the foot, and when the laces, or Disc, are tightened, each of the Fasten8 straps aims to deliver an exceptionally secure, personalized fit for players with all foot shapes and sizes.

The Fasten8 also features PWRCAGE (a TPU saddle integrated with midfoot support webbing straps), and PWRFRAME (an ultra-thin TPU frame placed in high-stress areas) technologies, both of which are designed to contribute to greater overall stability during the swing and increased comfort while walking. 

Speaking on the new additions from Puma, Andrew Lawson, PLM, Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The new Ignite Fasten8 shoe continues to deliver the cool, classic style that has become synonymous with PUMA Golf, in a popular mix of colorways that will appeal to a wide range of playersWhen you combine our innovative new Fasten8 Fit System with Puma’s other impressive footwear technologies you have a shoe that delivers true versatility, style and performance, all while ensuring the perfect fit and feel for every golfer.” 

Enhanced comfort and performance in a variety of turf conditions (or even for wear off the course) is provided by a strategically designed, organically-altered traction pattern in the sole, as well as IGNITE Foam in the midsole, which bids to yield energy return and cushioning throughout the course of 18 holes.

The Fasten8 shoe also features a non-stretch, waterproof and breathable mesh construction in the forefoot area, which bids to provide versatile performance in varying weather conditions and SoleShield, a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole to make cleaning off dirt and debris quick and easy. In addition, the Fasten8 Pro features a microfiber upper for style and performance.

Puma’s Ignite Fasten8 and Ignite Fasten8 Disc are available in six colorways in sizes 7-14. Ignite Fasten8 Pro is available in five colorways in the same size range, while Ignite Fasten8 Women’s is available in sizes 5.5-12 in four colorways.

You can check out all of the color offerings over at pumagolf.com. The Fasten8 family will be available online and at retail from March 2. 

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The most impressive listing from the GolfWRX Classifieds (02/23/21): Tiger Masters P7TW irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

There is rare, and then there is this: 17/81 TaylorMade T7PW – Masters Edition irons sealed in the box ready for your enjoyment. A set like this isn’t cheap but golly it sure is nice: TaylorMade Tiger Woods Masters Limited Edition Masters Irons Set 17/81

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

You can also follow along on Instagram: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Vokey launches new Slate Blue finish on SM8 wedges

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Looks are important when it comes to having confidence in your clubs, and with that in mind, Titleist is releasing a new Slate Blue finish for its Vokey SM8 wedge line.

The slate blue finish is applied just like a standard PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish but involves using a unique material that increases the production time. The result of the material and additional time is a rich deep finish that not only looks great but also has a longer life compared to traditional PVD.

“Very often, wedge finishes can be beautiful, but they won’t last,” said Vokey. “At the same time, the most durable finishes often aren’t stunning. Slate Blue combines the two. Not only will golfers love their wedge when they see it in the shop, the finish will last through the course of normal play.”

When it comes to technology the Slate Blue Vokey wedges offer the same progressive forward center of gravity for increased MOI and ball flight control, along with 100-percent inspected spin milled grooves.

Price and availability

Vokey Design SM8 Slate Blue wedges will be available in golf shops starting March 19, and will be available in all 23 loft, bounce, and grind options in both right and left-handed.

The wedges will be priced at $199 in their stock configuration which features a True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 and custom BV Wings New Decade Multi Compound grip from Golf Pride.

Additional customizations such as character stamping are available for an additional fee.

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