Unwavering Support: Fujikura’s Ventus shaft is engineered to keep mis-hits in check

Unwavering Support: Fujikura’s Ventus shaft is engineered to keep mis-hits in check

If your struggles include an inconsistent long game, here’s a solution. Best known for Tour-proven Speeder and Pro series shafts, Fujikura unveils the mid-launch, low-spin Ventus. Though Tour pros have already put it in play, the Ventus isn’t built just for them. Given the new, proprietary technology called VeloCore, the shaft might be even more beneficial for weekend warriors than golfers who play for pay.

A multi-material core (the innermost layers) consisting of ultra-high modulus carbon fiber runs the full length of the shaft. Additional fiber layers wrapped at specific angles contribute to a stiff tip that limits clubhead twisting on off-center hits. The result? A shaft that’s very stable through the hitting area. Fujikura’s testing reveals that both center hits and off-center shots produce higher average ball speeds, tighter dispersion and a higher “smash factor” (measurement of the energy transfer from club to ball) than competitors’ products.

Through the years, some shafts made from ultra-high modulus fiber have tended to feel too stiff and rigid through impact. Not here. The company’s engineering team incorporated an “accelerated” taper design to enhance feel and loading (how the shaft flexes during the transition from backswing to downswing). In other words, the shaft is thickest in the grip section and the tubing gets narrower more quickly than other models. “I like the Ventus a lot. It’s soft in the butt and stiff in the tip, which to me is a winning combo,” says Nick Sherburne, founder at Club Champion Golf.

Shafts made from ultra-high modulus graphite used to be the exclusive domain for stronger swingers and better players. However, the Ventus product line includes 10 driver shafts for players with a wide range of swing speeds and abilities. The shafts vary by weight (56 to 86 grams), flex (R2, regular, stiff, extra-stiff) and torque (4.0° to 2.8°). Sherburne adds, “Most golfers have trouble ‘loading’ the shaft and Ventus makes it easier with that softer butt section. Golfers usually hit too high with too much spin and the stiffer tip helps that. The shaft really tackles both issues and creates more speed while helping ball flight.”

Shafts are so much more than just cool graphics. What’s under the hood is critical in determining how consistently you hit the ball. Don’t take my word for it. It’s best that you go through a proper fitting to determine if the Ventus suits you. Click here to schedule an appointment to test-drive it, or any number of other shaft-head combinations, at an authorized Fujikura dealer. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

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