VA Raijin 64 Shaft Review

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The VA Composites Raijin is a high-end wood shaft made from premium materials with exceptional feel.  The Raijin 64 is available in regular, stiff, and x-stiff flex.

Introduction

Victor Afable has been around the golf industry for years.  Most of our readers probably know him from his work making Oban one of the premier shaft companies in the industry.  After years of working alongside other people in the industry, Victor decided it was time to launch his own company, and VA Composites was born.

With the intention to use nothing but the best materials and precise designs, VA launched with the Raijin shaft.  Knowing the importance of the fitting process, VA has made their shafts available through the best fitters in golf.

Looks

No one will question your flair for style with a VA Composites Raijin in your golf bag.  Though half the shaft is plain white, you’re immediately drawn to the dragon graphics in the middle of the shaft.  I’ve played plenty of loud and exciting looking shafts in my day, but nothing has ever received the comments or intrigue that the Raijin 64 has in my driver.  As a raging gear nerd, I enjoy the invitation to talk about this new shaft company when I receive these comments.

Feel

My VA Composites Raijin reviewing/fitting experience was interesting.  It was clear that the 54, 64, and 74 gram models all had similarities, but they were very different overall.  All three shafts shared a commonality of a smooth feel with just a hint of kick between the middle and butt sections.

I found that not only was my performance best with the 64 gram shaft, I also had the best feel with it.  The Raijin 64 felt very responsive, stable, and consistent swing after swing.  That hint of kick was the perfect communication to my hands that I released the club well.  The Raijin may be a nice middle ground for players on the fence about whether they like a smooth flex profile or distinct kick.

Performance

My performance numbers with the VA Composites Raijin64 and 74 were somewhat similar.  Where I experienced the greatest difference between the two came in dispersion and overall consistency.  With the 64, I was hitting virtually identical shots more consistently than anything else I’ve recently experienced.  Having that kind of repeatability in my driver is an advantage any day on the course.  For this very reason, the Raijin 64 is in a current three-way fight for going in the bag.

Conclusion

It’s early days in the VA Composites story, but I’m sure many exciting things are on the horizon.  For starting a new shaft company, the Raijin was a hell of an introduction for VA Composites.  If the VA Raijin is of interest to you, contact your local Club Champion to setup a fitting like I did to make sure you get the right Raijin for you.

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Bill Bush

Co-Founder, Director of Technology at PluggedInGolf.com
Bill is a true golf gear nerd by definition who loves making custom club creations in his garage with tools like sledge hammers, blow torches, and his bare hands. When Bill isn't working on PluggedInGolf.com, or in the garage, he is a technology manager living in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids. Bill plays Scott Readman Concepts putters and accessories.

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