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The 8 hottest driver shafts of 2018 on the PGA Tour

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Driver shafts, especially in professional golf, are very similar to putters. As with changing putters to make more putts, golfers change out driver shafts semi-regularly looking for more distance or more fairways, but preferably both. And much like with putters, when another player switches to a new driver shaft and finds success, other golfers take notice. Every year it seems there is a “hot” driver shaft that players gravitate toward; in recent years, the Aldila Rogue comes to mind.

We wanted to figure out what the “hot” driver shaft is of 2018. To do so, we investigated the top-50 golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings as of July 25 to figure out what driver shaft they were using. Below are the results.

Note: To qualify for the “hottest shafts” of 2018, the exact shaft model must have been used by more than one golfer in the top-50 of the OWGR. Order was determined by number of top-50 players using the shaft, and ties were broken by combined ranking of players using that shaft.

8) Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec

 

Shaft is used by: Matt Kuchar (No. 26 in the OWGR) and Daniel Berger (No. 40)

Fujikura says: “The Atmos Tour Spec line is geared towards the performance golfer looking to keep the ball flighted down with low spin… Atmos is a true tour flighted line of shafts with a simple color coding – red as the higher launching, blue as mid launch, black as the lowest launch – similarities include keeping the handle flexes the same for feel, but adjusting mid and tip sections for launch and spin to achieve your desired ball flight.”

Read GolfWRX member reviews of the Atmos Tour Spec shafts here

7) Graphite Design Tour AD-BB

Shaft is used by: Xander Schauffele (No. 18) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (No. 39)

Graphite Design says: “The Tour AD BB ‘Blue Bullet’ wood shaft model is designed to promote a low/mid launch angle and lower ball spin. The Tour AD BB design features an increase in stiffness from the tip to the mid-section resulting in a higher kick point for lower launch angles.”

Learn more about the Graphite Design Tour AD-BB shaft here

6) Aldila NV 2KXV Green

Shaft is used by: Rickie Fowler (No. 9) and Kevin Kisner (No. 25)

Aldila says: “Aldila has created NexGen Micro Laminate Technology – new, even thinner high performance carbon fibers combined with today’s advanced fiber resin technology…. The 2KNV provides for even better feel and performance. Available in the Green design for those seeking a lower ball flight, the Blue design for those seeking a mid ball flight, and the Orange design for those seeking a higher ball flight.”

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Aldila NV 2KXV Green shaft

5) Project X HZRDUS Black

Shaft is used by: Dustin Johnson (No. 1) — although he’s been switching off and on between a Project X HZRDUS Black and a Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec — and Rafael Cabrera Bello (No. 29)

Project X says: “The shaft features increased stiffness along the full length of the golf shaft, which allows golfers to put more power behind the ball. HZRDUS Black is a low spinning and low launching shaft that is available in models for both woods and hybrids.”

Read more about DJ’s Project X HZRDUS here

4) Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ

Shaft is used by: Jordan Spieth (No. 8) and Webb Simpson (No. 21)

Graphite Design says: “The new Tour AD IZ shaft has a firm stiffness starting at the handle, and medium center section and a firm+ tip profile to promote a high launch angle and low ball spin rates. The new Tour AD IZ also utilizes Torayca T1100G carbon-fiber pre-preg with Nanoalloy technology in the tip section of the shaft for additional shaft stability, exceptional feel and precise ball control.”

Read more about the Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ shaft here

3) Mitsubishi Kuro Kage

Shaft is used by: Rory McIlroy (No. 7) and Tommy Fleetwood (No. 11)

Mitsubishi says: “This series of shafts feature two key technologies: Low Resin Content pre-preg and Titanium Nickel (TiNi) Wire. After first using TiNi Wire in our ultra-light products, we wanted to see how it would perform in heavier, tour-weighted shafts. Kuro Kage fiber plus wire equals power.”

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Kuro Kage here

2) Project X HZRDUS T1100 

Shaft is used by: Henrik Stenson (No. 17), Phil Mickelson (No. 22) and Charl Schwartzel (No. 48)

Project X says: “The new HZRDUS T1100 is the lowest spinning and lowest launching shaft in the HZRDUS family. HZRDUS T1100 uses T1100G fiber, the strongest fiber available, to build a shaft with an extra stiff tip section that is also counter-balanced. With a bend profile that is stiff throughout, HZRDUS T1100 is the ultimate spin killer for the game’s most aggressive tempo players.”

GolfWRX Members review the Project X T1100 here

1) Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange

Shaft is used by: Justin Rose (No. 2), Alex Noren (No. 12), Sergio Garcia (No. 20), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No. 31), Ian Poulter (No. 32), Charley Hoffman (No. 34), Haotong Li (No. 42) and Tiger Woods (No. 50)

Mitsubishi says: “Tensei CK Pro Orange expands the Tensei CK Series – which features a multi-material design that incorporates more performance-oriented materials than we’ve ever used in a shaft. This first of its kind bend profile for MCA Golf uses a counter-balanced design along with an extreme tip-stiff design to provided added versatility for the stronger player. The Tensei CK Pro Orange incorporates the same Carbon Fiber/DuPont Kevlar (CK) weave found in the butt-section of all Tensei CK shafts – providing enhanced stability and maximum feel in this highly versatile design. This series also incorporates High Modulus, premium 40-Ton hybrid pre-preg infused with tungsten powder in targeted positions throughout the shaft. A tip-section reinforced with MR70 – Mitsubishi Chemical’s strongest carbon fiber to date, delivers lower torque, and delivers tour preferred control and stability.”

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Tensei Orange shaft in our forums

Other driver shafts used by the top-50 golfers in the OWGR

  • Accra Concept Series (Brian Harman)
  • Accra Tour Zx 465 M5 (Tony Finau)
  • Accra Proto (Pat Perez)
  • Accra Tour-Z RPG (Gary Woodland)
  • Aldila Rogue Silver 130 (Kevin Chappell)
  • Aldila Rogue (Patrick Reed)
  • Alidila Tour Green (Jon Rahm)
  • Fujikura SIX (Branden Grace)
  • Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution (Kyle Stanley)
  • Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution IV (Marc Leishman)
  • Grafalloy Bi-Matrix (Bubba Watson)
  • Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX (Hideki Matsuyama)
  • Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech (Satoshi Kodaira)
  • Graphite Design Tour AD-GP (Kevin Na)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana D+ (Brooks Koepka
  • Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ (Luke List)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana BF (Justin Thomas)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana Blue (Zach Johnson)
  • Mitsubishi Diamana White LEX D+ (Paul Casey)
  • Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S-Series (Patrick Cantlay)
  • Mitsubishi Fubuki K (Tyrrell Hatton)
  • Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue (Ross Fisher)
  • Project X Even Flow (Louis Oosthuizen)
  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke (Bryson DeChambeau)
  • TPT (Jason Day)
  • UST Mamiya Elements Chrome Prototype (Cameron Smith)
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31 Comments

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  1. Paul

    Aug 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Doesn’t seem to matter what shaft Woods uses. He still can’t hit a fairway.

    • ogo

      Aug 22, 2018 at 12:01 am

      I predict he will soon be playing a Seven Dreamer autoclave cured graphite shaft because all oven cured shafts are too soggy and floppy in the tip section causing Tiger driving problems.

  2. Kanko

    Jul 29, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Notice ZERO Seven Dreamers shafts lol where’s that Seven Dreamers idiot? Hopefully got BANNED

    • walterg

      Aug 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      WRX moderators doing their utmost to delete any comments that disturb the gearheaded neanerthals that love their WITB gonadal symbols of manliness.

  3. Diamondback Billiards

    Jul 28, 2018 at 11:01 am

    These golf equipment is the best but it is still up to the player who knows his talent in being top golfer.

  4. Jack House

    Jul 28, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Whats the best shaft for an regular player… 80 MPH swing speed…. tough to fit between Regular and Senior flex//

    • joro

      Jul 28, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Give the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue in reg. That is what I use at 79, it is a soft R and a very good accurate shaft.

  5. Leftshot

    Jul 28, 2018 at 12:12 am

    What a disappointment. The subject line of the email I got from Golf WRX was: ” The 8 Hottest Driver Shafts of 2018″. To then find out this was just an incident count of the top 50 pro golfers was a real letdown. Most of us couldn’t find a golfer more dissimilar to us than the top pro golfers. Thus the obvious reaction: Who cares? Maybe 1% of us have a swing similar enough to the top 50 professionals.

  6. Donald

    Jul 27, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I only buy and play tour proven equipment because I can afford the best. Stiff shafts are the best. I bag PXGs too.

  7. Doug lamb

    Jul 27, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Exactly!!

  8. Shaft Shack

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Demo these great shafts and more at ShaftShack.com!

  9. Funkaholic

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I am still gaming my Diamana ‘Ahina 70 x5ct x in my driver 3w and 19* rescue, I have yet to find a reason to change.

  10. Travis

    Jul 27, 2018 at 7:03 am

    The Tour AD-IZ has more usage that what was listed above. Last I checked Keegan Bradley was using it and he’s been at the top of ballstriking and total driving categories for a good while.

  11. Eric

    Jul 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    I would love to see this with fairway woods. I am not sure you could narrow it down but it may be even more diverse.

    • phil

      Jul 27, 2018 at 1:17 am

      I would love to see that too. I love my fairway woods. I love my hybrids too.

  12. Harv

    Jul 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    These are super expensive shafts… to pay off the pros to use them….

  13. millennial82

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    saw Tiger using the tensei white.. got it.. love it.. now he changed to orange and whites not even on the this list… kind of hurts my heart…

    • millennial82

      Jul 26, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      great post by the way GOLFWRX. Thank you!

    • Aaron

      Jul 27, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      Lamest reason to ever buy any shaft. Use what fits you.

  14. PushFade

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Not bigger money than they’d earn from winning a tournament. Winning tournaments = bigger endorsements deals. Your statement is not only untrue, your premise is flawed.

  15. Francis

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Doesn’t Rory use the Tensei Orange as well?

    • Curt

      Jul 26, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Yes he was and I thought I saw he switched for the British.

  16. Francis

    Jul 26, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    …Okay, Donald

  17. jc

    Jul 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I sure don’t know a shaft that starts out even lower than my standard ping shaft…I want something that takes off like a patriot missle going after a scud.

  18. Michael Baker

    Jul 26, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    GREAT article – SUPER comprehensive and interesting….

    Not sure about DJ in the HZRDUS black though. He used it recently but I believe he’s back in Fujikura Speeder DJ this week?

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Wait, what?! Check out Spencer Levin’s WILD new putting technique and obscure putter from 2004

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Spencer Levin is already a folk hero in the golf world, and his legend is likely to grow this week thanks to a new putting technique he’s implementing – and he’s using the technique with a putter from 2004 that he found in his dad’s shed.

On Tuesday ahead of the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open, GolfWRX.com spotted Levin – who qualified for the event via Monday qualifier – using a hammY putter, which was released to the public in 2004. A quick Google search reveals that the putter is currently being sold for $119.95 at intheholegolf.com.

According to the product description of the hammY putter, it’s built with a longer length (37-38.5 inches), a split grip, and a triple-bend, center shaft construction. It’s designed to be used with a hands-spread grip and a 45-degree open stance, with the ball played back in the stance to allow for a natural forward press and better view of the line.

LPGA player Natalie Gulbis actually first made the putter famous by winning with it in 2007, and now Levin is bringing the design to the PGA Tour 15 years later.

GolfWRX caught up with Levin on Tuesday in Las Vegas to get the backstory of how the hammY ended up in his golf bag:

“I’m going split grip. That’s the way I think it says you’re supposed to use this putter. I think when they designed it they wanted you to tuck your arm in and stand open with it, and use your right hand only, but I know that’s illegal now so I’m just taking my arm off [my chest].

“The only reason I tried it was because I was fooling around with a short putter and I was just gripping way down the shaft, and I was starting my short putts on line. So then I remember, it’s funny, this [putter] came out of my dad’s shed. He’s had this putter for like 30 years. I remembered he had it, and I went to fool around with it, and the first day I used it I made 11 birdies with it. Ever since then I been using it, so. Hopefully I keep it rollin.”

Wait, so Levin really found this hammY putter in his dad’s shed, and he’s using it to play in a PGA Tour event?

“I knew he had this putter in the past, and it was kinda similar to what I was messing around with, you know?” Levin said. “And then I just grabbed it and put a new [SuperStroke] grip on it…the first time I used it was in a Monday for Napa, and I putted good, and I used it yesterday, and I putted good yesterday. So it’s just kinda, something I been using…ever since I’ve used it, I haven’t even thought about using a different putter. Whereas before I was changing putters everyday.”

The rest of his bag setup is just as legendary as his putter, too. Most notably, he’s using TaylorMade Burner TP fairway woods (which were originally released in 2007), and he’s using them with stock shafts. He’s also using a headcover made by Seamus Golf that’s inspired by “The Dude” character in the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski – if you haven’t seen the movie, then “obviously you’re not a golfer.”

Check out Levin’s full WITB setup at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open

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What GolfWRXers are saying about PXG drivers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing PXG drivers. WRXer ‘Kman7218’ is looking at low spin options and wants know how PXG drivers stack up against the very best, and our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • 03trdblack: “The 0211 driver is by far the best value for what you get on the market right now in my opinion as it’s just a forgiving, good looking and easy to hit driver that gives great distance for cheap. It has a quieter, more baseball bat sound to it than the metallic sound you get with most drivers.  The Gen 5 driver is a drastic improvement to the Gen 4 in terms of feel/sound and looks.  I’ve been using the Gen 5 off and on and it’s neck and neck with anything else I’ve used on the market today.  It also looks fantastic at address as it looks like a dark version of the original TaylorMade SIM and I’m super happy they brought back the toe weight since my miss is left.”
  • Proof: “Playing a Gen 5 0311 w/ Tour AD IZ6 and absolutely love it.  Last PXG driver I tried before this was the Gen 2 and wasn’t a fan but the current offerings are great.”
  • golfnhack: “I BIG NAY for me. They just don’t perform (IMHO). Also… if they did.. all the equipment free agents on the PGA tour would use them. I think I only know of 1 player on the PGA tour using a PXG driver… and he is a staffer. Most PXG staffers don’t even use a PXG driver.”
  • dmeeksDC: “The Gen 5 driver is outstanding, as good as any driver going and better than most. Have one with a Paderson Velocity shaft. Very long and forgiving, highly adjustable, sounds great. Delivers excellent performance.”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/4/22): Swag Al Capone headcover

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Swag Al Capone headcover

From the seller (@InFaMoUs ShAnK): “Chi Capone $290”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Swag Al Capone headcover

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

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