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Mitsubishi Chemical launches 5th generation Diamana PD shafts

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Mitsubishi Chemical is expanding on the range of options provided by Diamana TB by launching the new Diamana PD shafts designed to allow players to explore a lower-launching profile.

The new shafts feature a Consistent Feel Design, which is an engineering approach that aims to minimize any variation in butt OD, weight or balance point through an entire shaft series.

This Consistent Feel Design process seeks to remove any difference a player might feel as they hold a club, thereby removing any distraction when comparing different weights or flexes.

The new PD shafts contain Mitsubishi Chemical’s XLINK Tech Resin System: a unique, dual-phase application that utilizes epoxy and non-epoxy components to produce a carbon-rich structure with a stronger bond between resin and fiber.

The cross-linked phases are designed to create both high modulus and high elongation strength, yielding a lighter and universally stronger prepreg.

“Like TB shafts, Diamana PD are designed to maximize the modern dedicated fitting. Players can now see what a lower launching profile could add to their game while eliminating any distracting change in feel as they shift among weights and flexes.” – Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA Golf

The shafts also contain a Boron fiber that is equivalent in stiffness to high modulus carbon fiber, but with superior compression strength. Mitsubishi Chemical uses Boron fiber in combination with other proprietary materials in design to produce prepreg options that deliver unprecedented strength and stability.

Ion Plating completes the new shafts from MCA for a premium look.

Specs, Pricing & Availability

  • Weights and Flexes: Diamana PD 40 (R2, R, SR, S, X Flex), Diamana PD 50 (R, SR, S, X, TX Flex), Diamana PD 60 (R, SR, S, X, TX Flex), Diamana PD 70 (S, X, TX Flex), Diamana PD 80 (S, X, TX Flex).
  • Price: $400
  • Availability: Mid-September 2021
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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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Adam Scott WITB 2021 (October)

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  • Adam Scott’s what’s in the bag accurate as of the CJ Cup . 

Driver: Titleist TSi4 (9 degrees, A2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (16.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 X

7-wood: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees @20.25, D1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 X

Irons: Titleist 681AS (4-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48-10F, 52-12F, 56-10S, 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype Rev X11 (long)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Scott marks his ball with dots in the pattern of the Southern Cross, which is featured on the Australian flag.

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Fujikura Speeder NX shafts feature new Variable Torque Core design

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The latest evolution of the Fujikura Speeder Evolution line isn’t a Fujikura Speeder Evolution.

What?

For the first time in eight years, Fujikura is dropping the “Evolution” tag as it launches the new Fujikura Speeder NX shaft.

The centerpiece of the update to the popular platform is VTC (Variable Torque Core) technology, which adds additional stiffness to the tip and butt sections of the club and reduces twisting in the core.

According to Fujikura, the Speeder NX offers “traditional Speeder feel” in a more stable, consistent platform, informed by Enso 3D motion capture analysis.

“Speeder NX provides players enhanced stability and performance benefits while maintaining the smooth Speeder feel we all know and love. It’s an excellent blend of new technology and feel to reinvent the Speeder line.” – Fujkura’s Spencer Reynolds

Described as a mid-high launch, mid-low spin shaft, the company says the Speeder NX, being softer in the tip, is higher launching and higher spinning than the Fujikura Ventus Blue.

The Speeder NX is available in four weight profiles: 40, 50, 60, and 70. MSRP is $400.Full details below.

Our Brian Knudson took the Speeder NX for a test drive during a recent episode of his Gear Junkie podcast.

See what GolfWRX members are saying in the forums. 

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Callaway unveils new Epic Max Star family

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Callaway has unveiled its new Epic Max Star family, with the ultra-lightweight new additions hitting retail on November 4, 2021.

Epic Max Star Driver

The new driver is 52 grams lighter than the Epic Max Driver and features an A.I.-designed Jailbreak Speed Frame that is built to enhance horizontal and torsional stability in design to increase ball speeds across the face.

Additionally, the A.I.-designed Flash Face works with the Jailbreak Speed Frame in a bid to promote fast speeds across a more expansive area.

The driver is constructed from a lighter, stronger Triaxial Carbon material that saves significant weight vs titanium, with that saved weight redistributed in design to promote high launch and more forgiveness.

Specs & Pricing 

The driver contains a 9g adjust sliding rear weight and comes equipped with an ATTAS Speed T1100 Shaft that is just 36 grams, combined with a Winn Dri-Tac Lite Grip that’s just 25 grams and a D1 swingweight.

Price: $699.99

Epic Max Fairway Wood

The latest fairway woods from Callaway are also engineered with A.I. for a new Jailbreak system that spreads and angles the Jailbreak blades. Along with stiffening the body, the new design aims to allow the forged face cup to flex more for added ball speeds.

As with the driver, the woods are constructed from a lighter, stronger Triaxial Carbon material in design to promote a high launch and more forgiveness.

Launch and spin on the Epic Max Star fairways are tunable using 5 & 12g weights, with the heavy weight in the rear designed for more forgiveness and the heavy weight in the front aiming to offer lower launch and spin.

Specs & Pricing 

The woods come with an ATTAS Speed Shaft, combined with a Winn Dri-Tac Lite Grip, and a fixed hosel that bids to save additional weight.

Price: $429.99

Epic Max Star Hybrids

The new hybrids from Callaway contain Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades that are engineered to increase vertical stiffness near the sole of the club, creating more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids.

These blades allow the Face Cup to flex on the crown in design to promote better spin rate consistency, and the bars are spread to enhance torsional stiffness, which seeks to offer more forgiveness across the face.

A Triaxial Carbon Crown lowers the Center of Gravity which is in design to create higher launch windows to complement all of the ball speeds. The longer profile and deeper CG seeks to offer golfers a hybrid with the DNA and performance capabilities of a fairway wood.

Specs & Pricing 

The hybrids come with an ATTAS shaft and fixed hosel designed to help to reduce the overall club weight for easy speed.

Price: $349.99

Epic Max Star Irons

The Epic Max Star irons contain an A.I. designed Flash Face Cup – the first of its kind in an Epic Star iron. The Flash Face architecture in each iron creates high COR’s in design for fast ball speeds and improved spin robustness for every club.

Forged from 1025 mild carbon steel body and with Callaway’s urethane microspheres, the irons are designed to deliver exceptional sound and feel at impact, while the enhanced shaping bids to improve feel through the turf.

A sizeable Tungsten Energy Core has also been engineered into the Epic Max Star Irons, with the hollow body construction including an exceptional amount of tungsten per iron, in design to promote easier launch characteristics while improving forgiveness. 

Specs & Pricing 

The irons arrive with an ATTAS Speed Shaft, combined with a Winn Dri-Tac Lite Grip, helping to save additional weight.

Price: $349.99.

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