Disclaimer – In these following posts I am not promoting nor “Knocking” any particular shaft line or shaft manufacturer. I am simply providing the latest data extracted from the state-of-the-art S3 shaft profiler to more accurately compare certain shafts to one another so that my readers can use their own noggin to make their own individual conclusions. Now I will provide my own opinions and conclusions based on the data provided, but these are only my opinions. Please also keep in mind that utilizing the modern launch monitors which can precisely detail an individual golfers swing profile (including head speed and acceleration), its still up to the clubfitters knowledge and expertise to accurately pair that golfers swing with the best shaft regardless of price or manufacturer.
Note: if you have certain shafts that you would like to compare please shoot me an email and I will be glad to post a comparison for you.
Mitsubishi is still considered one of the premium shaft manufacturers in the industry using the finest material which incorporate many unique properties, designs, and materials including Titanium Nickel Threads and the industry first PNC (Power Ninja Core) stainless steel mesh. So when looking over the shaft line I’m kind of overwhelmed at all the “versions” of their specific shaft lines. Utilizing the new S3 shaft profiling software I decided to compare the model versions of the Fubuki line to see what really makes one better from the other. For demonstration purposes I compared similar weight and flex versions of these shafts. Here are the screen shots:
Now I would encourage everyone to check out my earlier posts and or Simon’s description of the EI Profile/Curve. Basically the shaft is tested along numerous points throughout the length of the shaft for characteristics such as strength, thickness, diameter, rigidity, etc. These points are then graphed which provides a great visualization of just how strong each point of the shaft is. Club fitters can then “pair” these shaft profiles with a golfers swing profile utilizing modern launch monitors to more precisely find that golfers perfect shaft.
I used the lates ZT (Zeta Tour) model of the baseline. Notice how the butt end is quite stiff and systematically softens towards the tip with the tip having an ever so slight drop in stiffness right at the tip.
Now I throw in the other verisions of the Fubuki to compare one against the other. I don’t know about you but they all pretty much look the same to me!
Now lets look at the zone profiles regarding general stiffness at 3 identical sections of the shaft. Again, I don’t know about you but I don’t see much of a difference other than the ZT being SLIGHTLY softer in the butt and tip.
Now looking at the deflection profile, they are all pretty much the same. So assuming that my professional clubfitter recommends this shaft profile to optimize my swing profile, and assuming that I am somewhat of a frugal golfer (is there such a thing?) then I would have to conclude that putting my money towards the least expensive version of this line, even though it may be an older model shaft, would be the more prudent option. Now there are certainly many more variables with one of the most important being “Feel”. If one shaft feels considerably better than the other than that would also be something to take into consideration.
I am the youngest with in a golfing family which has spanned three generations. My grandfather started the tradition in England (Bert Hodson-1931 Ryder Cup Team) and has since passed on his knowledge and love of the game. Although I did not follow in the steps of my father and grandfather on a professional golfing level, my love of the game and commitment to accurately fit equipment has only grown. Even as a kid I enjoyed re-gripping clubs which eventually led to refinishing wood heads, re-shafting, and now has culminated in more detailed custom club fitting, building, and repair.