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Choosing the Right Graphite Design Tour AD Shaft

 

Graphite Design Tour AD shafts have won 32 global professional tournaments in 2017, with over half of those being won with the DI, “Deep Impact” model.  The winners of the 2017 World Golf Championship – Bridgestone Invitational, Senior Open Championship both played the DI in their drivers and in some cases fairway woods and hybrids.  The winner of the Ricoh Women’s Open Championship played a Tour AD GP in her driver

The Tour AD DI model is the first Graphite Design shaft design that was integrated with Toray Company’s original NANOALLOY material technology in the tip section of the shaft. This material technology has now come to be known as “DI Technology”. This unique material technology promotes additionally shaft stability without the loss of feel and allows the player to create greater club head speed and thus greater ball speed while still providing exceptional feel and control.
The Tour AD DI also utilizes premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials to provide the best performing shaft available. The softer mid-section bend profile of the Tour AD DI allows the player to load the shaft properly, yet it maintains a firm enough tip section through IMPACT promoting a high launch and low spin ball flight condition.
The cool thing about the Tour AD lineup is that there are now ten different models to choose from.  Too many you ask?  Well, some of the newer shafts are slight variations based upon the original models.  The MJ has a slightly firmer tip section than the original DJ, which had been a staple on the LPGA Tours.
So, from a fitting perspective, it is great to have a lot of options that can deliver consistent performance across each line.  The Tour AD TP for example, will launch slightly lower and feel a little firmer in the midsection than the Tour AD DI…better for players with faster transitions.  The Tour AD GP, while having a very stiff tip section, delivers tighter shot dispersion for certain players.  Again, tempo, transition, release point, swing speed, swing direction, and attack angle all factor in to making the proper shaft selection.   Softer tips typically mean higher launch and spin, while firmer tips mean lower launch and spin.  Graphite Design shafts in general have a little softer feel in the middle so do not expect them to feel harsh at all.  And, there are a lot of different weight options to choose from to get the most consistency, control and distance out of your swing.
Dan Sueltz
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