FIRST LOOK: Graphite Design’s Tour AD HD shaft

graphite design tour ad hd shaft

Finding the right driver head for your game is only one part of the equation. The other is pairing it with a shaft that accentuates the best parts of your driver head — and golf swing. Assuming your preferred launch window is somewhere in the middle with a lower-than-average spin rate, Graphite Design’s Tour AD HD shaft could be a viable dance partner.

As you’d expect with a shaft that goes by the name “Hyper Drive” (HD), ball speed increases are expected with the new Tour AD HD. The premium shaft features a firm butt and midsection, along with a “firm-plus tip” that’s designed to generate a slightly more penetrating launch and lower spin rate.

Although the shaft is on the firmer end of the spectrum, it still offers a smooth feel due to the Torayca M40X carbon-fiber material extending from the midsection to the tip, an Torayca T1100G carbon-fiber specifically located in the tip section. Utilizing premium materials allows the shaft to withstand stresses and deformation at high swing speeds for improved stability and control.

The aerospace-quality carbon fiber materials also make it possible for Graphite Design to build shafts ranging from a feathery 40 grams up to 80 grams without having to worry about performance or production issues.

Graphite Design’s Tour AD HD shaft (white and light blue colorway) retails for $379.

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