October 10, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- During the Safeway Open, Cody Gribble and Andrew Landry became the first players to use the shift in competition. (Fujikura)
As players get bigger, faster and stronger on the PGA TOUR, low-launch, low-spin driver shafts have become commonplace for those with high swing speeds. Fujikura's Ventus is the latest shaft to offer what the shaft manufacturer calls a "TOUR-driven tip stiff profile" with low torque throughout the shaft.
For those players with high swing speeds, low torque throughout the shaft should reduce twisting at impact for a tighter overall dispersion. The stiff overall profile comes from a full length pitch 70-ton pitch fiber at 45 degrees in the bias layer that's designed to improve consistency and was shown to boost Moment of Inertia (MOI) for more center face strikes during testing.
During the Safeway Open, TOUR winner Cody Gribble and Andrew Landry became the first two players to use the shaft in their driver (Gribble) and fairway wood (Landry). Gribble noted during testing that his impact location was better overall with Ventus than the company's Speeder Pro Tour Spec shaft he was using at the time.
Ventus is currently offered on TOUR in three different models (6, 7 and 8) and two flexes (6-S, 6-X, 7-S, 7-X and 8-X). Weights range from the mid 60 grams (6-S and 6-X) to mid 80 grams (8-X).