Mitsubishi releases OT graphite iron shafts

Mitsubishi releases OT graphite iron shafts

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Mitsubishi releases OT graphite iron shafts

For years, Mitsubishi Rayon has made some of the most popular graphite shafts on the PGA Tour for woods and hybrids, such as the Diamana Series, Fubuki, Kuro Kage and more recently the Tensei. The Japanese company had not ventured into the iron-shaft market, but that’s changing with the release of the new OT graphite iron shafts.

Golfers who have resisted trying graphite shafts in their irons typically say they like the consistency and control steel shafts can provide. To enhance those qualities, Mitsubishi Rayon opted not to use sheets of graphite (known as prepreg) like those used to make wood and hybrid shafts. Instead, the OT iron shafts were developed using a new material the company calls Tow Prepreg.

The new shafts are made of carbon fibers arranged into bundles, impregnated with resin and woven like a braided steel cable. This construction creates a shaft with no spine – steel shafts also have no spine – so consistency is boosted, but vibrations created at impact and when the club enters the turf are minimized for greater comfort.

Mexico’s Roberto Diaz, who played the recent WGC-Mexico Championship, had Mitsubishi Rayon OT 105 X shafts in his irons.

The parallel tip (.370″) OT iron shafts cost $100 each and are available in 75-, 85-, 95- and 105-gram versions. This summer a taper-tip version of the OT shaft (.355″) will be released for $150 each.

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