REVIEW: Graphite Design Tour AD-GP Shaft

Silky Smooth
The first time you hit a golf shaft will stick in your memory for quite some time.  It will influence the rest of your opinion about it.  You may learn to like it or hate it over time, but that initial swing is so important.  The first swing with the Graphite Design Tour AD GP shaft will always be known as one of the most silky smooth shafts I’ve ever hit.  You will be hard pressed to find a better feeling shaft.

There is no mistaking the unique and special graphics on a Graphite Design Tour AD shaft. The stripes below the grip indicate a Graphite Design shaft, no matter the color. You will easy spot top ranked professional and amateur golfers using Tour AD shafts by their graphics. New for this year is the Tour AD GP with the same great looks in an aqua blue color or for those who want a more subtle look, they offer it in black too.

As Graphite Design says, “The Tour AD GP, like its predecessors, utilizes premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials in order to deliver the best feeling and performing shaft available to golfers.” This was evident from the first time I hit a ball with this shaft. The feel and performance were excellent.  The Tour AD GP may be the best feeling shaft you’ll ever hit.


Features & Technology:

  • TORAYCA ® T1100G carbon-fiber pre-preg with NANOALLOY ® technology for increased stability in the mid to tip region and unsurpassed feel.
  • 50 ton ultra-premium, high modulus, aerospace quality carbon fiber materials.
  • Graphite Design proprietary Material Stiffness Integration (MSI) design philosophy and technology.

The Graphite Design Tour AD GP was near perfect for my game except for one area. The spin was a bit too high for my taste which led to a higher vertical landing than I would prefer. I attribute this to the bend profile that has been engineered into the shaft. “The Tour AD GP is designed with a very stiff tip and stiffer mid to butt section to promote a mid-launch condition and low spin.”  Although I didn’t find this lower spin, it comes from my swing flaw of an early release.  When I put this shaft into the hands of a golfer with more lag he found some serious distance.   His later release in the swing allowed him to maximize the technology and feel for excellent distance.

Flightscope X2 Launch Monitor
Graphite Design Tour AD-GP Shaft

  • Spin: 2465 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 15.3*
  • Dispersion: 6.5 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 99.5 mph
  • Ball Speed: 144.8 mph
  • Total Distance:  265.5 yds
  • Carry Distance:  246.1 yds

Graphite Design continues to offer premium shafts with premium feel.  Your swing needs and swing style will dictate if the Tour AD-GP is best for you or if you need a different bend profile in the Tour AD family.  If you check out the other shafts Graphite Design offers, you will certainly be able to find a good fit to maximize distance as well as have the most silky smooth feeling shaft in your driver.

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Quick Hits
+ Cool Looks
+ Continues the Outstanding Tour AD Line Up
+ Cutting Edge technology
+ Incredible Feel
+ Superior Performance

–Not a perfect fit for my swing

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