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Equipment Report

    Mitsubishi Rayon brings Kuro Kage XT shaft to market

  • Jason Day put the Kuro Kage XT into play this year. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Jason Day put the Kuro Kage XT into play this year. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Mitsubishi Rayon's Kuro Kage XT has been gaining traction on the PGA TOUR since last season when Rory McIlroy used a prototype version of the shaft to win The Open Championship and PGA Championship. 

Other high-profile names have followed McIlroy's lead and used Kuro Kage XT this year, including Jason Day, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland. 

The second-generation XT is the most extreme Kuro Kage profile Mitsubishi has ever produced and features a firmer butt and tip section — it's also lower torque than the original Kuro Kage Silver TiNi — that makes it a good option for players with TOUR-caliber swing speeds. 

Produced in the company’s facilities in Toyohashi, Japan, the new shaft utilizes premium 40 and 46 ton high-modulus carbon fiber which makes the tip even stiffer without adding additional weight. 

Stabilizing the shaft even further is a Low Resin Content Prepreg (LRC) that gives the shaft a higher density of carbon fiber, without increasing the overall weight, to make it stronger and improve feel. 

Similar to Mitsubishi's Kuro Kage Silver TiNi, the new XT has a 13-inch application of titanium-nickel wire prepreg (longer than the previous version) in the tip section of the shaft. 

While the wire is elastic, it's also very strong and has the ability to stretch and then regain its original shape to efficiently transfer and unload energy. In addition to creating efficient energy, the wires create extra strength and stability, reducing shaft deformation at impact.

Kuro Kage XT ($400) comes in an ION plated-finish and is available in three different weights (60, 70 and 80).