January 21, 2014
- Jonathan Wall (PGA TOUR)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
ORLANDO -- Fujikura's new Pro line will feature two mid-launch, low-spin shafts -- Pro and Pro Tour Spec -- that are designed with a softer handle and stiffer mip and tip section.
"This combination will allow players to load the club and get a little more feel during the transition," said Alex Dee, vice president of Fujikura Golf. "Usually what happens when you make a softer handle is you get less stability, so we offset that more forgiving handle with a stiffer mid and tip that allow you to load it and get that quick release kick at the bottom.
Dee said the new shaft profile came about with the help of ENSO, Fujikura's 3D motion capture system that has 10 cameras and is capable taking images at a rate of 2,000 frames per second, allowing it to analyze how every part of the club is behaving and reacting during the swing.
Both shafts have Fujikura's H.I.T. technology (High Inertia Tip) -- weight is taken out of the tip to increase inertia -- in the tip that stores energy during the downswing and releases the energy just before impact. To make up for the loss of weight in the tip, a maximum carbon fiber content material called "Cage" was added to the tip for increased stability.
While the Pro (blue shaft) and Pro Tour Spec (white shaft) have a similar profile, the Tour Spec is a low-torque option with a slightly stiffer handle and tip for faster swing speeds.
"This is for the guy who can really swing the golf club," Dee said. "The tip of the shaft is already stiff, but the Tour Spec just goes a little bit further."
Gary Woodland is already using Fujikura's Pro shaft, after switching to a 100-gram prototype model in his Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver and Big Bertha 3-wood at the Humana Challenge.
Fujikura's Pro line will be available in March for $199 per shaft. The Pro will come in three weights (53, 63 and 73 grams); the Tour Spec currently comes in only 73 grams, but Dee said a 63-gram option will be available down the road.