Mitsubishi Tensei Orange Shaft Review

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The MCA Golf Tensei Orange delivers stability and low spin with the addition of counter weighting.


MCA Golf (formerly MRC or Mitsubishi Rayon) is one of the most predictable brands in the shaft industry, in a good way.  While other brands create confusion annually with new colors, codes, and profiles, MCA has stuck to their red (high launch), blue (mid launch), and white (low launch) scheme for as long as I can remember.  That line up got a new addition this year with the release of the low launching, counter-balanced Tensei Orange.


The Tensei Orange features the same low-key graphics package of the other Tensei shafts with the exception of the orange band.  Near the butt end of the shaft, you’ll see through to the weave of the shaft.  The orange band and branding cover the middle of the shaft, and everything near the club head is black to eliminate distractions.


The MCA Golf Tensei Orange is counter balanced, but not in the extreme.  The balance point is about 3% higher, and MCA told me that switching to Tensei Orange typically lowers the swing weight 2-3 points.  This is consistent with what I saw when I installed the Tensei Orange in my PING G LS Tec driver and how I felt swinging it.  There was a noticeable difference, but it wasn’t jarring like it is with some other counter weighted shafts.

During the swing, the feel of the Tensei Orange is somewhere between the Tensei White and the Tensei Blue.  The tip is quite stiff, but the counter balancing makes the mid section feel more active than the Tensei White.  Overall, it’s one of the smoother low launching, tip stiff shafts in recent memory.


Before I dive into how the Tensei Orange performed for me, it’s important to point out that there are two different versions of this shaft.  The Pro model is the one that was tested here, and it features an “extreme tip-stiff design.”  The standard Tensei Orange is designed to be higher launching and higher spinning due to a softer tip.  As always, work with a qualified fitter to find the best model for you.

For me, the Tensei Orange Pro model was a great fit.  I tend to gravitate toward stiff-tipped shafts because I hate seeing the ball hook, but I prefer a smoother, more active feel.  The Orange’s counter balancing gave me the smoother feel I prefer with the control I need.  With this combination, I was able to swing anywhere from under control to out-of-my-shoes without feeling like I “lost” the shaft.

There were many positive things that showed up on the launch monitor in my testing – low spin, good accuracy – but what stood out most was the strike consistency.  The driver has been a problem for me lately, but the change to Tensei Orange tightened up my strike pattern significantly.  This speaks to how well I fit both the profile of the shaft and the counter balanced feel.  The latter part surprised me, but it illustrates the importance of being open minded when testing new gear.


After testing the MCA Golf Tensei Orange, I can see why PGA Tour players like Rickie Fowler have put it into play (and it’s not just the color).  This shaft delivers the stiff, stable tip that many aggressive swingers need without the boardy feel.  Also, the counterbalancing makes the club head feel slightly lighter without changing the balance too dramatically.  Kudos to MCA Golf for breaking their tried and true pattern to deliver something innovative and impressive.

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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. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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  1. Could you compare the Tensei Orange to Speeder Evo 3?

    • Matt Saternus


      I didn’t test them head to head, so, assuming you’ve read both reviews, I don’t think there’s much I could add.



  2. Great review Matt! Always enjoy them. I’m really curious as to what you think about the Pro Orange (assume this is the acclaimed V3?) vs the Pro White.

    • Matt Saternus


      I get along with the Orange a little better than the White. I *think* that the counter balancing makes it feel a little smoother, but the tip is still stable enough. It’s currently in my G400 driver.



  3. Read your Mitsubishi Grand Bassara review, before reading your article I purchased the
    GB 39 chemical stiff shaft put on a 917 D3 Titliest head. For the past 58 years I have always used a stiff shaft and up to this day every instructor I had ever seen agrees that stiff is
    right for me. but the shaft feels more like an extra stiff, have you noticed that? maybe I
    should have went regular flex what is your take? Dan

    • Matt Saternus


      My take is always that it is best to work with a fitter to find the right equipment. Labels like “Regular” and “Stiff” are very broad and mean different things to different companies. Also, different models can feel entirely different despite both being “Stiff”.



  4. Matt what flex is the Tensei Orange you are swinging ? Also, what is the loft in the Ping G400 ? My swing speed is the exact at 107 and I’ve been looking at the orange. Thanks and love the site!

  5. Casey Crooks

    Love all your reviews and would love to hear how you compare this shaft to the GD AD TP. Seems you were very impressed with both based on your reviews. Would really appreciate hearing your thoughts.


    • Matt Saternus


      Thank you.

      I think the two shafts you mention are very similar – tip stiff with slightly more flex in the mid and butt. I’m gaming the Tensei Orange right now and could very happily game the AD TP. If I were splitting hairs, I would say that the Tensei feels a little smoother whereas the AD TP is more of a “load and kick” feel.



  6. This was the standard CK Orange correct and not the CK Pro?

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