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Very stable, consistent feel. Fantastic accuracy. Low spin.
Mitsubishi Rayon’s Fubuki line of shafts has been favorites among Tour pros and better amateurs since it was released. This year, Mitsubishi is adding two new designs, the Z and ZT, to the popular K and α models.
The ZT is designed with lower torque and a slightly higher balance point. Most importantly, it is meant to create a ball flight slightly higher than the K-series but lower than the α.
For me, the hallmark of the Fubuki line has always been stability and the Fubuki ZT is no exception. Mitsubishi credits the 40 Ton Prepreg for this characteristic. I’m not an engineer, so I can’t speak to that, but I can say that the Fubuki ZT was able to handle everything I could throw at it without once making me feel that I needed to back off the throttle.
On the spec sheet, the Fubuki ZT is said to have a higher balance point than past Fubukis. This is not something I would have noticed if it hadn’t been pointed out. A lot of shafts are going crazy with the counter balancing trend, but the Fubuki ZT just makes a subtle nod in that direction.
Aesthetically speaking, the Fubuki ZT brings very few changes from past Fubuki shafts. Then again, if your name meant “Blizzard Ninja Star” and your graphics spurred fond memories of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you wouldn’t change either.
The lower two thirds of the shaft are a pearl white with a black Fubuki logo. The upper third is still covered with ninja stars, but the background color has been changed from black to navy blue. If you’ve seen my set up (white and blue everything), you know that I think this is an awesome change.
There haven’t been many shafts that I’ve tested over the last 5 years that I fell in love with as quickly as I did with the Fubuki ZT. From the very first swing, the results were everything I wanted: straight and long.
I have been fighting a bad case of hooks lately, so when I saw that my shots with the Fubuki ZT were flying straight down the fairway, I expected the spin to be high. Not so: the Fubuki ZT is one of the lowest-spinning shafts I’ve tested.
As I mentioned, the slightly higher balance point was something that I didn’t notice immediately, but I did really like. The shaft feels very well balanced, neither head-heavy nor butt-heavy, and that enabled me to hit some of my best drives of the year.
*Note: The launch monitor testing for the Fubuki ZT and Diamana W Series were done at the same time, so the numbers can be compared apples to apples.
For any player who has enjoyed the Mitsubishi Fubuki shafts, the ZT is something you’ll definitely want to check out. It’s being offered in a wide range of weights (50-80 grams) to accommodate different applications and preferences. See your local Mitsubishi Rayon fitter to give it a test drive.