2010 shafts: Selecting the right profile
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ’ilima
The skinny: The latest addition to the Diamana family, the ’ilima is an enhanced version of the Diamana Blue Board. Changes were based primarily on suggestions from touring pros. Designed as a low-spin shaft, it has stiffer tip and butt sections than the Blue Board.
Cost: $400 MSRP
Available: Feb. 1
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Project X Graphite
The skinny: For 2010, Project X the steel iron shaft has grown into Project X the graphite wood and hybrid shaft. The overall philosophy is the same: provide a penetrating launch with ultra low spin. The shaft is based on Zonal Design Theory, which provides optimal performance in three zones – tip, mid and butt.
Cost: $349 MSRP (driver); $199 (hybrid)
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Graphite Design Tour AD DI
The skinny: Tour AD has been a successful and popular series, and the newest member of the family is Tour AD DI (Deep Impact). This shaft features the company’s Nanomaterial technology in the tip section, and it has a midbend profile.
Cost: $420 MSRP
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Aldila VooDoo NV
The skinny: For 2010, the new VooDoo NV joins the VooDoo VS in the lineup. What’s the difference? The NV (red and black color scheme) has a stiffer tip and provides a lower launch angle than the VS (green and black).
Cost: $349 MSRP
Available: Jan. 15
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Fujikura Motore Speeder shaft
The skinny: As the newest version of the Speeder, Fujikura’s most recognizable shaft, the Motore Speeder shares the same Speeder mission statement – maximum stability and speed while eliminating deformation of the shaft at impact. There are two versions of the shaft: blue (a stiffer overall profile) and red (slightly softer).
Available: Feb. 15