VISTA, Calif. – Fujikura is about to introduce a graphite iron shaft called the Pro 95i. The construction of this 95-gram shaft easily will allow clubmakers to build graphite-shafted irons of the same length and swingweight as irons with conventional steel shafts.
In the past, lighter graphite shafts often required clubmakers to build over-length irons to achieve proper weighting and balance. It was common to use tip weights or lead tape to achieve desired swingweight.
This shaft is different. It contains an 18-gram composite core within the shaft to provide optimum weighting. The result: no more heavy, thick walls that sometimes made shafts feel boardy and stiff and that discouraged many skilled players from using graphite iron shafts.
Fujikura is known for its wood shafts, and the Pro 95i iron shaft should bring attention to its iron offerings. The platform behind the Pro series is based on a stiffer tip and midsection, along with a more forgiving handle section. According to Fujikura, this creates more efficient shaft loading and faster kick speed at impact.
“Graphite is our business, and we’ve seen a buzz in the past 18 months about graphite iron shafts,” confirmed Jeremy Butler, Fujikura’s product development manager. “We are seeing a lot more people who are open to looking at graphite iron shafts.”
The cost of graphite iron shafts often was an obstacle in the past, but retail prices are coming down. The Fukijura Pro 95i has a suggested retail price of $65 each and will sell for about $55. The shaft will be available April 1.
Available flexes for Pro 95i are regular and stiff. Fujikura has developed a stiffer 95i Tour Spec model for touring pros.
Meticulous clubmakers will like the fact that the 40.5-inch shaft can be trimmed at both the tip and butt for a precise fit. The finish is glossy black and matte gray.
“We wanted cosmetics that were less distracting to the golfer,” Butler said. “There is nothing there to draw the focus away from the task at hand.”