SPOTTED: Graphite Design’s new Tour AD CQ driver shaft

DG CQ golf shaft

New Graphite Design Tour AD CQ

Ryan Barath

Last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Tony Finau took home his second win in just as many weeks on the PGA Tour and we were on-site getting the inside scoop on gear news. Although Tony’s clubs stayed the same as the previous week, we did spy something new in one of the equipment vans that we are excited to share exclusively at

Graphite Design debuted an all-new shaft called the Tour AD CQ which, from initial conversations, leads us to believe it’s a higher launching, lower spinning shaft intended to take advantage of an extremely stable butt section with a softer mid-profile.

Graphite Design Tour CQ shaft
Graphite Design Tour CQ shaft Ryan Barath

The only club we saw this in for testing was a fairway wood, so it’s likely that the Tour AD CQ was initially designed with fairway woods in mind — CQ-8 denotes an 80-gram shaft — but based on conversations, the new CQ will be offered in a variety of weights and flexes like all the other shafts in the full Graphite Design portfolio.

We don’t have an official release date, or specs available at this time but will update as more information becomes available.

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Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.