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Equipment Report

    New prototype shafts spotted at the Desert Classic

  • New shafts have been tested all week in La Quinta, California. (Photos by Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)New shafts have been tested all week in La Quinta, California. (Photos by Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)

It’s officially prototype season in the shaft world out on the PGA TOUR. That means many of the shaft companies are bringing out unreleased models to TOUR players, letting them test the new options, and teaching players, agents and company reps about the new offerings for 2019. Players are deciding what shafts will make it into their competition bags, and shaft companies are figuring out what’s working and what isn’t as they prepare shafts for possible retail releases.

Of course, these new shafts have yet to be released to the public, so specs, pricing and release dates have yet to be confirmed, if they make it to retail at all. But for shaft fans, here’s a sneak peak at the TOUR prototypes that pros are testing.

Project X HZRDUS Yellow Smoke “Small Batch”


Fujikura Ventus with VeloCore


Accra TZ5 and TZ6


Mitsubishi Diamana “White Board” DF


Aldila Tour Blue and Green 2019 updates, and a Black Hybrid shaft, all with “Graphene”


Aldila Rogue 130 msi Silver, White and Black


Aldila graphite iron prototype with “Metal Mesh” technology


Oban Kiyoshi and Oban Devotion


UST Mamiya Lin-Q purple and black