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Review: Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec

Going lower yet?

While it may seem like a broken record,  I didn’t think Fujikura could take it any lower.  The new Motore Speeder Tour Spec 6.2 goes lower in both launch and spin compared to the Motore Speeder 6.2 shafts.

I have enjoyed every Motore Speeder shaft for various reasons and have had great success with all of them.  I also found that pairing the right shaft with the right head was often the key too.  Most of my previous shaft testing was done with an FT-9 i-mix driver, but since the R11 came out with the easy access of tips I have used that now as my testing club. 

While usually I do most of my own club work, Fujikura sent me this shaft through a local fitter (JD Serres) so he installed the tip and grip so that it was all ready to go when it arrived.

I have played some low launching, low spinning shafts before, but I think this is as low as it gets.  I hit mostly line driver bullets with this driver shaft that just flew.  I was surprised at the really good carry distance for such a low hitting shaft, along with the great roll that would be expected from this type of trajectory.

The Motore Speeder line offers some of the smoothest feel I’ve found of any shaft.  The Tour Spec is slightly firmer in feel, but still very smooth.  It is also very accurate like the others before it.  I just hit fairways with Motore Speeders in the bag.

It is drastically different in looks.  The mostly pearl white shaft, with red graphics near the grip is stunning especially in the new white headed drivers.  The graphics and logos are similar so you can see the roots of this shaft, but a departure from the solid one color schemes of the other Motore Speeder Shafts.

So pick you need, high, mid, low or super-low and you can find a Motore Speeder for your clubs.  They are some of the best feeling and most accurate shafts made.  The new Motore Speeder Tour Spec 6.2 will take you low and long.

Review: Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.2

How low can you go?

I’ve had the Motore Speeder line in play now for late 2009 and early 2010.  Fujikura started with the Motore Speeder 7.0.  This played high launch, low spin with awesome feel.  Then came the Motore Speeder 7.1.  This played low launch, low spin again with awesome feel.  My thought was that the Motore Speeder 7.2 would be a mid launch low spin shaft.  But since I’ve almost never read about someone looking for a more mid launch shaft, Fujikura went even lower with the Motore Speeder 7.2.

The Motore Speeder line has great looks, the stunning red and blue colors of the first 2 versions are now complimented by a purple (almost black) colored shaft.  It has the same web pattern near the grip and red lettering on the shaft.  I installed this in my I-mix system again to get as close a comparison as possible.  This one is an X-flex, but because the I-mix system requires tipping to get true flex I was able to soft step it, so that it played like a strong stiff.

The similarities to the other shafts are obvious in the looks category and in feel.  Often times the higher launch shafts feel smooth and have a great kick, while working your way down in launch angle can also sacrifice feel.  Low launch shafts can sometimes feel boardy, not so with the Motore Speeder 7.2.  This one is identical in feel to the 7.0 and 7.1.  I think in a blind test, you would be hard pressed to tell which on feels better, which in my mind is quite an accomplishment.  This smooth feel throughout the swing is paired with an incredible sensation at impact, or should I say, lack of sensation.  When struck in the sweet spot of the driver, all vibrations are dampened and it just feels soft as the ball explodes off the face.

The main difference with the 7.2 is the launch angle.  It is lower than the 7.1.  While I have not hit the Fujikura VTLT shaft, from everything I have read, this is going to be the closest copy by Fujikura.  I do need to clarify, it is low in comparison to other shafts, but it is not going to take 10.5* driver and suddenly make it feel and perform like an 8.5* driver.  If you take you regular driver and want to lower the launch angle, this will work, but not dramatically.  (no shaft can)  But if you are hitting something mid launch or even low launch and want to bring it down a little, this will do it.

Spin is always difficult to judge with the naked eye, but the things that can be seen with this shaft would be very, very little side spin because of how straight shots are and not a great deal of backspin based on the ample roll out.  On hard conditions, this might be one of the longest shafts I have hit; on soft conditions it is long, but not the longest because of the lower launch.

Again I was impressed by Fujikura and this shaft.  It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it turned out to be a really nice surprise.  If you want to go lower, this is the shaft for you without sacrificing feel.

Review: Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.1

Why I love Interchangable Shafts

For that past 2 seasons I have been using Callaway’s i-mix system for interchangeable shafts and club heads.  I’ve enjoyed the freedom to change heads or shafts when conditions or my head demand it.  
At the end of 2009, I fell in love with the Motore Speeder 7.0 shaft in my driver.  I was driving the ball the best I had all year long, I attribute much of that success to the shaft.  The Motore Speeder 7.0 hit high long bombs all day long.  It was consistent, accurate and a combination of high launch with low spin.

The looks of the Motore Speeder line are slightly brighter colors but mostly simple graphics.  The 7.0 are reddish tones, while the 7.1 are deep blue tones.  Both are very striking but not to busy with multi-tones.  The netting like graphics ooze out from the grip on both shafts.

The Motore Speeder 7.1 had big shoes to fill considering the success I had with the 7.0.  It didn’t really fill those shoes; it just blazed its own trail.  The Motore Speeder 7.1 while similar in feel and accuracy, was very different in launch angle.  I went from high towering bombs with the 7.0, to laser-guided missles with the 7.1.  Ball flight was much lower, much more penetrating and very flat/strong.  I also found the spin to be lower too, not surprising considering the launch angle.

What I didn’t lose was the amazing feel of the Motore Speeder line.  Soft, smooth and muted on impact.  That combination of technologies worked and felt the same in both Motore Speeders.  Not only do they feel amazing, they are incredibly accurate.  I took some extra time on a number of holes to see what would happen if I hit a second driver and even a third drive.  Each time I could reach out and touch each ball.

I have no idea if Fujikura will make a Motore Speeder 7.2 for more of a mid launch, but the 7.0 and 7.1 models allow me to play more carry or more roll.  You can venture a guess that I will have both of these shafts in my bag and the i-mix wrench ready to go.

Review: Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.0

The best of both worlds

For years the 757 Speeder has been the best selling, most popular shaft on the PGA tour and one of the longest running shafts on the market.  In 2009 Fujikura introduced the Motore F1 shaft to rave reviews (myself included) and instantly found a winner.  The Motore F1’s four axis Rombax weave offered a straight, strong shaft.  The Speeder offered a tour preferred ball flight.  Combine the two and you have the Motore Speeder.

The Motore Speeder is a 7-axis technology.  It has a quadra axis composite combined with a triax composite.  That is a lot of techno mumbo-jumbo to me, but the results are hard to deny.  I found it to feel similar to a Motore F1 with the flight of a Speeder.  I I-mixed my Motore Speeder 7.0 stiff to give it a fair test against the regular Motore F1 and the other shafts in my quiver. 

This shaft is a stunning red from tip to almost grip where is had a funky overlay graphic.   This is considerably muted for Fujikura.  The model I have is the Japanese color scheme, but from my talks with Fujikura, that is the only difference.  The US version will be darker red, where as mine was a touch pinkish.  I also like the graphic down the spine with the name, model and flex.

The one thing I did notice on install was that it did come out just a touch softer than the Motore F1.  I tipped it an extra ½” to make up the difference.  That seemed to do the trick.  At the course, this shaft surpassed my expectations.  I didn’t really think Fujikura could improve on the Rombax Z series and then came the Motore F1 which I also didn’t think there could be much room for improvement, and now the Motore Speeder. 

The first thing that I noticed was a little bit higher ball flight with the Motore Speeder.  The ball got up much quicker, but then carried very flat until it descended to the ground with very little spin.  I am carrying my driver to about my normal places on the course, but it is so wet, I have seen some roll, but not much.  I can’t wait to hit this on some hard dry ground to see the full potential on the roll.

It is also a very straight shaft.  I am working on retraining myself to aim down the middle.  I have always played a slight fade off the tee, but I find myself yelling at the ball to cut a little, but it doesn’t.  It has been a very point and shoot sort of shaft.  Mr. Divots had one installed in his Adams 9032ls and he says that he doesn’t have to think about his swing or worry about where to aim with this shaft.  Just point and shoot.

The best part about this shaft has to be the improved feel; it is so smooth, at impact.  It almost feels like it dampens vibrations at impact.  This incredible soft explosion when you strike the ball is not like any other shaft I’ve hit in my driver.

This will be a winner for Fujikura in 2010.  Ian Poulter already won with his the first week he put it in play, not too shabby.  If you like the Motore F1 or the Speeder 757, you need to try the Motore Speeder.  If neither one of those shafts worked for you, you might want to give this one a try, it is the best of both worlds and gets rid of what you don’t like in those shafts.

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