Fujikura Motore Speeder 757 Review

 

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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.

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Introduction

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?

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Feel

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.

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Looks

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.

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Performance

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.

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Conclusion

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.

Price, Specs, and Manufacturer’s Notes

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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Matt Saternus

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Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. For information about lessons with Matt, please email Matt@PluggedInGolf.com

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33 Comments

  • hckymeyer

    What type of ball flight and spin are these marketed as?

     
  • Mike Slowik

    Great review!! That is a nice looking shaft. Any suggestions for shafts on irons?

     
    • Matt Saternus

      I’m sure I can help, or at least make a suggestion. What are you playing now? What are you looking for in a new shaft?

       
  • John Grajek

    Great review Matt! Loved the shaft back in the 90′s-00′s and very excited to give this a try. As far aw weight for the 757 what is the approx gram weight for the X flex?

     
    • Matt Saternus

      Fujikura lists the raw X at 78.5 grams. Perfect for someone who hits it a long way.

       
  • Ty Beebe

    Hi matt im looking for a new shaft,Im currently using the fujikura fuel tour spec 60 x.Its a good weight for me but i feel like i have to swing hard to load it.I tried the fujikura fuel 60 stiff but it was too whippy for me,im in between shafts my swing speed is about 109-112 allout.Can you reccomend a shaft?price dont matter just one thats long and straight?thanks

     
    • Matt Saternus

      From what the Fujikura guys have explained to me, the Tour Spec Fuel is basically one flex stiffer than the Fuel, i.e. a stiff flex Tour Spec = an X flex standard Fuel. So, I might recommend either a stiff Tour Spec or an X flex “normal” Fuel.

      Hope that helps!

      Best,

       
  • david mc dowell

    hi matt i have the fuelr in 50 g but it launches too low for me i just got a g25 10.5 i like sound off new speeder what one would suit me h/c 10 swing speed 94 carry 225 235 im thinking 569 in reg or stiff ?

     
  • Tyson Beebe

    Hi matt would you say the 757 in xflex is as stout as the fuel and speeder shafts?Is the 757 a tourspec?

     
    • Matt Saternus

      The 757 feels smoother and more lively. In terms of performance, it’s every bit as low spin as the Fuel.

      I don’t know if there’s a Tour Spec version of the 757 or not, I’ll have to ask Fujikura.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • Matt:
    Question for you, I’m considering upgrading my fairway wood to the Tour Exotics CB Pro limited edition that offers either the 757 0r 661 stock shaft. I’m a scratch player with a driver swing speed of about 105mph and generally take an “S” flex with most shafts (playing the grafalloy Blue S flex in my Titleist 913D now). I currently use the 913F 13.5 with the same shaft as the driver. Looking to get a little more distance off the fairways to attack Par 5s, so curious as to which shaft you might recommend, as well as whether you think the 13.5 or 14.5 degree clubhead might make more sense. I tend to play on the East Coast the most, where I don’t get a ton of roll in the fairways and greens are pretty soft, but I do play a lot of seaside courses where there is quite a bit of wind, so maybe there’s a trajectory tradeoff. Would appreciate any thoughts you might have.
    Thanks in advance!

     
    • Matt Saternus

      Tip,

      Without knowing anything about your launch conditions, I would suggest the 14.5* head due to the lack of roll you mentioned and the 757 shaft. In my opinion, this new Speeder line is the softest-to-flex that Fuji has ever done, so I’d be hesitant to put someone at 105MPH into a lighter, more tip soft shaft.

      I hope that helps.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • david mc dowell

    matt have you tried the new speeder 569 driver shaft yet

     
    • Matt Saternus

      David,

      No, not yet. I’ve received a lot of questions about it, so I’m looking into getting one for a review.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • david mc dowell

    matt im thinking off speeder vc5.1 or 6.1 in regular what is the difference in these shafts ? are they stiff to flex ? i usually play stiff ,swing speed 93

     
    • Matt Saternus

      David,

      Fujikura is generally more stiff-to-flex than other brands. The main difference between the 5.1 and 6.1 is weight.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • Thanks, Matt…that’s perfect and agrees with my thought process.
    Tip

     
  • david mc dowell

    matt is it the same with the new speeder line are they stiff to flex ?? my swing speed is right between reg to stiff so can go either way

     
    • Matt Saternus

      David,

      I don’t know about the actual CPMs, but the Speeder is so smooth that it feels softer-to-flex compared to other Fujikuras. In the grand scheme, I think the Speeder 757 feels dead on what “stiff” should feel like.

      Regarding your choice between regular and stiff, the best decision is to see a Fujikura fitter and try both. I hate to be a broken record on that point, but it’s the truth.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • Matt,
    Great info. Quick question. I got the 913 D2 with the white board 72 grams stiff shaft. Came from playing an R1 with the fuel Stiff 70 gram shaft. I have an opportunity to purchase, at a great deal, the stiff speeder white shaft 70 grams (late 2013 model). what’s your thoughts on that compared to the fuel? Thanks in advance.

     
    • Matt Saternus

      Is it the 7.2 Tour Spec or 7.3 Tour Spec? Very different animals. 6.2 TS is SUPER stiff, boardy even. The 7.3 TS is really nice, similar to the Fuel but smoother.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • Matt,

    I read your review of the Fujikura 757 shaft and I was hoping you might provide me with feedback and assistance.

    I am 54 years old, 6 handicap, former collegiate and amateur golfer. My swing speed is still pretty good but obviously getting a bit slower as the years go by. I have always played stiff shafted woods and irons (I do use graphite shafts). I currently use the 757 stiff shaft in my Titlest 910 driver and I like the ball flight and performance.

    I am going to be buying the Tour Edge CB Pro 3 wood. I don’t know if I should buy the 757 or the 661? And when should I consider possibly a regular flex? My home course is extremely windy and I would prefer a lower, more boring, ball flight from a 3 wood.

    What are your thoughts on the proper shaft or the basic difference between the two?

    Thank you so much

     
    • Matt Saternus

      Curt,

      Thank you for the question.

      Aside from the weight difference, the 757 is slightly lower launching and spinning the the 661. It’s not a night and day difference, but it was noticeable for me in my testing.

      With regard to going to a regular flex, the rule of thumb is usually that you go to regular when you’re driver swing speed drops below 90-95 MPH. Since you’re already playing the 757, I think you probably already know the answer for yourself: do you feel like you have to really stand on the shaft to get it to load or do you feel the load and release with a nice, normal swing? If the latter, then you’re fine with stiff. If you’re feeling more of the former, you might want to try the regular at a Fujikura fitter to see if that switch would help you.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • Ben B

    Hi Matt,

    I’m looking at the 757 X- stiff for a Nike Covert Tour driver. I have hit the 757 at a local golf shop and gained 20 yards and was straightened out considerably over the stock X shaft. My driver swing speed is 112-115, 9-11 degree launch and about 2700 RPM.

    First – I’m wondering if there is a different engine out there that performs similar to the 757 without the $350 price tag.

    Second – How much of an effect would cutting down the shaft to around 45″ have on the performance of the 757 and another shaft you might recommend.

    Thanks!

    Ben

     
    • Matt Saternus

      Ben,

      Glad to hear that the 757 helped you so much.
      I have not run into any other shafts that have all the same performance characteristics and feel of the 757. For a shaft to be that stable and low spin with that kind of feel, you need high end materials and design, and that costs money.
      With regard to cutting the shaft down to 45″, I doubt there would be a noticeable difference. You will lose some swing weight points, but you can bump that back up with a little lead tape if you find that it bothers you.

      Best,

      Matt

       
  • Hi Matt,
    This review has been very helpful, thank you. I am currently playing the Taylormade SLDR with a Diamana Whiteboard 72 D+ stiff flex. I have a swing speed of 106-112 and go at the ball relatively hard as I’m 5’9 170 lbs. I am still getting a spin rate in the high 2000s or even low 3000s and I know I’m losing distance because of it. Do you think this shaft might help bring the spin rate down and give me more distance?
    Thanks again

     
    • Matt Saternus

      Nate,

      It’s possible that the 757 will bring down your spin, but not guaranteed. Two things I would look at first, one easy and one more involved. First, see where on the face you’re hitting the ball (use impact tape or some foot spray on the club face). If you’re hitting the ball really low on the face, that can increase the spin. Second, if you have access to a good launch monitor with club data, check your angle of attack. Hitting down on the ball will increase your driver spin, hitting up will reduce it.

       
  • Thanks Matt,
    I get on a good monitor quite often, I hit up on the ball. My launch angle is typically 12-14 degrees. I carry the ball about 255-260 but I’d love to get the spin rate down from say 2800 to 2400, didn’t know if you thought compared to the diamana whiteboard this shaft may bring that spin down some.

     
 

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