These are the 10 hottest driver shafts on the PGA Tour right now

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The season’s first major arriving in August instead of April is certainly a shift from the norm. Given the unique timing, however, the players have had ample time to get dialed in with their game and gear ahead of the first major of the year.

As such, it’s the perfect time to look at what driver shafts the best players in the world have settled into. With hundreds of shafts available, what have the best players decided to trust in major competition?

Below, we take a look at the 10 hottest driver shafts on the PGA Tour right now. The process for this article was simple: I went through the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings and listed what driver shafts they use. Any driver shaft used by multiple players in the top-50 earned a spot on this list.

You may be asking yourself, “Why does this matter for my game?” Well, for most golfers, it actually shouldn’t. Finding the right driver shaft for your game is personal to your needs and how you deliver the club head at impact. The driver shaft that Rory McIlroy uses, for instance, should have very little influence on the driver shaft you use. There are hundreds of different driver shafts available on the market that are each designed for a specific type of golfer, so don’t feel you need to play the shafts the best golfers in the world use. If you do decide to use a certain shaft because of a certain player, keep in mind that you should find the right shaft flex for you.

Instead of using this list as a guide to what shafts you should play, look at it instead as a starting point of what shaft models to test if the shaft designs sound like they’re in your wheelhouse.

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Remember, finding the right driver shaft for your game can be as important, if not more important, than the actual club head itself. The shaft plays a large role in both feel and performance, and the role of the driver shaft is often overlooked when searching for more distance or accuracy. Make sure to do your research and extensively test the products you have available before making a decision.

That being said, let’s get into the top-10 hottest driver shafts on the PGA Tour.

Note: There are a number of PGA Tour players who play slight variations of the listed model. Ties were broken by the lower aggregate world ranking between groups. Information is accurate as of August 1.

10. Project X Even Flow Riptide

Players who use the shaft:

  • Henrik Stenson
  • Billy Horschel

Tech info: Project X’s new EvenFlow Riptide is a mid-spin and mid-launching shaft that uses Torsional Stability Optimization for both stability and a smooth feel.

9. Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue

Players who use the shaft:

  • Abraham Ancer
  • Sergio Garcia

Tech info: The Tensei CK Blue shaft (the Japanese word “Tensei” means “transformation” in English) features a Carbon Fiber/DuPont Kevlar weave for a smooth feel, mid-launch and mid-spin. It’s slightly higher launching and spinning than the CK White version listed below.

8. Graphite Design Tour AD-DI

Players who use the shaft:

  • Sungjae Im
  • Victor Perez

Tech info: The AD-DI shaft (DI stands for “Deep Impact”) has the company’s Nanoalloy technology in the tip section for stability, and it’s designed for high launch and low spin with a soft mid-section.

7. Mitsubishi Tensei CK White

Players who use the shaft:

  • Collin Morikawa
  • Francesco Molinari

Tech info: The Tensei CK Pro White shaft is a low-launching and mid-to-low spinning shaft that uses Carbon Fiber/DuPont Kevlar in the butt section and has a stiff tip section. It’s designed to produce a more penetrating ball flight than the Blue version listed above.

6. Graphite Design Tour AD-BB

Players who use the shaft:

  • Xander Schauffele
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick

Tech info: The AD-BB shaft (BB stands for “Blue Bullet”) is a low-to-mid launch and low-spinning shaft that has stiff tip and mid sections. It uses the company’s Nanoalloy technology in the tip section to achieve those desired results.

5. Aldila Rogue Silver

Players who use the shaft:

  • Matt Wallace
  • Chez Reavie
  • Kevin Streelman

Tech info: Aldila’s Rogue Silver 130 M.S.I. shafts are made with Graphitic Carbon Fiber to achieve low launch, low spin and a low-torque tip section. The shaft also has a high balance point due to thicker walls in the butt section.

4. Mitsubishi Diamana DF

Players who use the shaft:

  • Danny Willet
  • Erik Van Rooyen
  • Christian Bezuidenhout

Tech info: Like the company’s D+ series shafts listed below, the DF model is also popular on Tour. The DF shaft is a low-to-mid launch and low spin shaft that’s designed with a stiff tip section.

3. Fujikura Ventus Black

Players who use the shaft:

  • Daniel Berger
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Patrick Reed

Tech info: Fujikura’s Ventus Black shafts are a low-launch model that’s made with the company’s VeloCore technology designed for speed and stability.

2. Mitsubishi Diamana D+ series

Players who use the shaft:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Justin Rose
  • Shane Lowry
  • Paul Casey

Tech info: Mitsubishi’s Diamana D+ Plus Limited Edition shaft is a low-launch, low-spin shaft designed for maximum stability. This shaft is designed with Dialead Pitch Fiber in the butt section, Multi-Dimensional Interlay and the company’s Tough-Qure Resin System. The result is a shaft made for high speeds and a penetrating ball flight.

1. Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi XTS

Players who use the shaft:

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Adam Scott
  • Jason Day
  • Tommy Fleetwood

Tech info: The Kuro Kage TiNi (Titanium Nickel) XTS is a Tour prototype shaft that has a stiff-tip section for players with aggressive swings. It has a firm butt section, low torque, and it’s designed for low launch and spin. It also comes in at No. 1 on this list of hottest golf shafts.

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Andrew Tursky

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Andrew Tursky is the Senior Equipment Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com.