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Equipment Report

    Mitsubishi Rayon adds Kuro Kage XMS to shaft lineup

  • The new shaft has a stiffer midsection and a softer tip than the XTS. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)The new shaft has a stiffer midsection and a softer tip than the XTS. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)

SILVIS, Ill —Mitsubishi Rayon is expanding its popular Kuro Kage line to include a new TOUR-only model with a stiffer midsection. With the rise in popularity of Kuro Kage XTS — a shaft that has a firmer butt and tip section for players with faster swing speeds — the company started to notice there were TOUR players that liked the feel of the shaft but needed one with a softer tip section to launch the ball higher.

Enter Kuro Kage XMS ("XMS" stands for extra stiff midsection), a TOUR-only version that has a stiffer midsection and softer tip than XTS. The combination of the two helps get the ball in the air with more spin.

"Just like we have White Board and Blue Board, Kuro Kage XTS basically just stood for an extra stiff shaft tip," said Avery Reed, Mitsubishi Rayon's Tour rep. "On the flip side of it, there are guys [XTS] is too tip-stiff for. So now we have an option for those players with Kuro Kage XMS.

"The XMS basically stands for an extra stiff midsection. It's going to have a softer tip section than XTS, but it's going to be considerably stiffer in the middle of the shaft, which helps it create a higher launch. For guys that need a Blue Board profile, this is going to be a good fit."

While the EI profile is different, the materials behind XMS and XTS are the same. Both shafts utilize premium 40 and 46 ton high-modulus carbon fiber that reinforces the shaft without adding additional weight. Stabilizing the shaft even further is a Low Resin Content Prepreg (LRC) that gives it a higher density of carbon fiber to make it stronger and improve feel.

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

The wire is elastic 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.

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