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The Diamana R Series shaft has a smooth, lively feel, but still has consistent performance. Perfect for smooth swingers.
Whether you call it the Redboard, Ilima, or R Series, the red Diamana shaft has always seemed to be the least-respected member of the family. While the Whiteboard/W Series is known to be for “big hitters” and the Blueboard/B Series is the everyman shaft, the Redboard/R Series is often thought of as a shaft for fairway woods at best. As we showed in our most recent Golf Myths Unplugged, however, there are many golfers who could improve their driving substantially by playing a shaft with a little more feel.
The Diamana R Series is the most lively feeling shaft in the series. It has a very active tip section, but the rest of the shaft feels very stable. Compared to past Diamana generations, the R Series does feel like it has a little less torque which gives it a tighter feel. The thing that I really like about the R Series is that, even though it has a lot of kick, it’s very consistent.
Like the other third-generation Diamana shafts, the R Series uses a mix of matte and gloss finishes to create its Hawaiian-inspired floral graphics. Additionally, Diamana’s signature flower band is seen just below the grip. The color of the R Series is a bit more orange than red, which adds to its unique appearance.
As I mentioned in the intro, there are a lot of players who can really benefit from a shaft with a little more kick or feel. For them, stiffer, lower torque shafts lead to over-the-top, out of control swings as they try with all their might to get the shaft to flex.
While I really like the feel of a more active shaft, they tend to lead to me holding back on my swing. That’s the main reason why my numbers with the R Series are not as good as they are with the B Series or the W Series. As I said earlier, the R Series is very consistent – I hit every ball left of center – but the ball speed and spin numbers were not as good as with other, stiffer shafts.
For players who want a smooth, strong kick, and a higher ball flight, the Diamana R Series shaft could be a great choice. This shaft combines great feel with consistency and is a solid upgrade over the Diamana Redboard and Ilima.