Fujikura brings back a legend the right way. Classic design with modern materials make this shaft an absolute beast. Easily one of the best of 2013.
There aren’t too many golf shafts that reach “Legendary” status, but the original Speeder 757 is definitely among them. Born in 1997, it’s compiled over 50 worldwide wins and won the loyalty of many golfers.
This fall, Fujikura is releasing an updated Speeder 757, along with three other Speeder profiles. While these new shafts retain the classic Speeder designs, they incorporate the technological improvements of the last 20 years. The question is, can Fujikura improve on a legend?
If you remember the smooth loading and tip stability of the original 757, this shaft will have you walking down memory lane. All of the “action” in this shaft feels like it happens in the mid and butt sections: there’s an easy load at the top and a solid kick through the ball. You get all this feeling without any wiggling or torqueing in the tip.
A more modern comparison could be drawn to Fujikura’s Fuel. The Motore Speeder 757 feels similar to the Fuel in that there’s a good kick with superior tip stability, but the Speeder is much, much smoother.
The look of the Motore Speeder 757 is an updated homage to the original. While the dark grey base color has been replaced with white, the dozens of tiny “Speeder” logos remain. The primary logo is a dark cherry red that really pops.
The coolest visual element of this shaft is the large, grey “Speeder” logo that hides under all of the smaller logos. It was hiding in plain sight until I set the club at address the first time, then it jumped out at me.
I hate to say this, I really do, because I know that as soon as I type these words the Golf Gods will smite me. But here it goes: I’ve never driven the ball better in my entire life.
The Fujikura Motore Speeder 757 is simply a perfect fit for me. I love the feel and that love has translated into insane performance. I’ve had two of the best driving rounds of my life recently, both in terms of length and accuracy. I started hitting driver on holes that didn’t need, or want, driver, just because I could. My only concern has been whether or not I’m going to run out of fairway.
When I took the Speeder to the launch monitor, I saw more of what I’d seen on the course: tight draws that launch high and run forever. My averages were 13* of launch with approximately 2400 RPMs. The only way those numbers get better is on XBox.
In my opinion, no shaft company has been as good as Fujikura this year. They kicked off the year with the Fuel, a mid-priced shaft that everyone loves. From a promotions standpoint, their limited edition majors shafts were a hit. Now, they’re closing 2013 in style with the release of the new Motore Speeder 757, a rare re-release that honors and improves on the original.
The new Speeder series will retail for $350.
The four profiles are, from heaviest and stoutest to lightest and most flexible, the 757, 661, 569, and 474. The 757 is available in S and X flex, the 661 in R, S, and X, the 569 in S, R, and R2 (light regular), and the 474 is available in R and R2.
According to Fujikura, these shafts feature Triax Core Technology, ultra high modulus materials, and unparalleled feel and stability.
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