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The Fujikura ATMOS shafts allow you to choose your ball flight – high, medium, or low – while retaining similar smooth feel.
A flighted series of shafts is nothing new – virtually every manufacturer offers high, medium, and low launching options. Where Fujikura has innovated with the ATMOS is in keeping the handle of each shaft the same to maintain a consistent feel throughout the line. I tested each of the new ATMOS shafts to see if this is the key to selecting your perfect launch conditions.
For the ATMOS series, Fujikura brought back their “Tour Spec white” as the base color of the shaft. The color of the shaft – red, blue, or black – is displayed in the amoeba-esque graphics near the grip and on the branding. Overall, ATMOS looks sharp without trying too hard or being distracting.
Fujikura delivered on the promise of a consistent feel across the ATMOS line. While there is a slight difference in the way the tip flexes across the three models, the torque is nearly the same and the butt of each shaft feels similar. Each of the three shafts produces a solid kick that reminds me a bit of the Fujikura Pro.
If you want the quick and dirty version, here it is: each of the ATMOS shafts does the job they’re designed for. The Black launches the lowest, the Red launches the highest, and the Blue is in the middle. If you want to get into the weeds of exactly how each performed for me, here we go.
My expectation heading into this testing was that the ATMOS Blue would be the best for me. While we all want to think we’re outliers, most of us live in the middle of the bell curve, and I’m no exception. In most lines of shafts, mid-launch is my jam. The ATMOS Blue did not disappoint: good swings got great results and mediocre swings weren’t punished too badly. It didn’t invite me to swing out of my shoes, but it held up well to a hard swing without going wide left.
The ATMOS Red was the shaft that most intrigued me based on the specs. I was curious to see if Fujikura could deliver a shaft that launched high without feeling noodle-y. By and large, they did. Though the ATMOS Red is the softest in the tip section, it’s miles from your typical whippy rain-bringer. You can see in the data that the launch and spin were higher for me, but not wildly so. This shows that the ATMOS line is ideal for good players who want to really dial in their numbers.
Despite my expectations, the ATMOS Black ended up being my favorite. The numbers are very similar to the Blue with spin and launch being slightly lower. What was more important to me was that it kept my wild swings a little straighter. Again, I love that the differences between these shafts are small and allow you to get exactly what you want.
The Fujikura ATMOS shafts are available in 60, 70, and 80 gram weights in stiff and X flex. The ATMOS Black is also available in Tour Stiff and Tour X in the 80 gram version.
For the good player seeking to dial in the exact launch conditions and feel that they want, the Fujikura ATMOS shafts are perfect. The differences in feel are subtle, allowing the golfer to optimize their numbers and get every bit of distance off the tee. If that sounds appealing to you, book an appointment with your local Fujikura fitter.
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