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A fairly significant departure from the Speeder 757 and Speeder 661. The Speeder 569 has a more active mid and tip section and tips the scales at less than 60 grams.
Though the Fujikura Speeder shafts, like any high end golf product, gets its validation through Tour wins, that doesn’t mean that the series doesn’t have great options for recreational players as well. The Speeder 569 utilizes the same technology that makes the 757 and 661 a favorite on tour, but it dials down the weight to make it more accessible to everyday golfers.
Where the 757 and 661 are nearly identical in terms of feel, the Speeder 569 is substantially different. It still has a very smooth load, but the kick is much more pronounced. In this, the 569 has a lot more in common with the 474 than either of the heavy weight options.
Speaking of weight, the 569 is no fly weight. It tips the scales at 59 grams which is actually a few grams heavier than many stock shafts. As with the other members of this family, the weight is really well balanced making it feel neither too heavy or too light in the head or butt.
The look of the Motore Speeder 569 is an updated homage to the original. While the dark grey base color has been replaced with white, the dozens of tiny “Speeder” logos remain. The primary logo is a dark cherry red that really pops.
The coolest visual element of this shaft is the large, grey “Speeder” logo that hides under all of the smaller logos. It was hiding in plain sight until I set the club at address the first time, then it jumped out at me.
If you read my reviews of the Speeder 757 and Speeder 661, you know that I’m a big fan of both of those shafts, and I produced great numbers with both. As I mentioned, the Speeder 569 is a noticeable departure in terms of feel and that was reflected in the numbers I produced with it. My spin crept up a bit which cost me some distance, and the ball got further left of the center line.
One thing that I should probably say with every shaft review is that these are only my numbers, they are not meant as a definitive judgment on the quality of the shaft. The Speeder 569 is very consistent and high quality, it simply isn’t the best fit for me. My transition is anything but smooth, so I need the extra weight and tip stiffness of the 757. For smoother players or those who fight a slice, the Speeder 569 will be great.
The Fujikura Speeder 569 is the shaft in this line that I think will be most popular among recreational players. It has a smooth feel and consistent performance, and it has the added kick that will help some players keep the ball off the right side of the course. As always, finding the right Speeder is the real key, so make sure you see your local Fujikura fitter before making a purchase.
Price, Specs, and Manufacturer’s Notes
The new Speeder series retails for $350.
The four profiles are, from heaviest and stoutest to lightest and most flexible, the 757, 661, 569, and 474. The 757 is available in S and X flex, the 661 in R, S, and X, the 569 in S, R, and R2 (light regular), and the 474 is available in R and R2.
According to Fujikura, these shafts feature Triax Core Technology, ultra high modulus materials, and unparalleled feel and stability.
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Saw this shaft and club in a Mizuno 5 fairway metal. Love the Mizuno line of hybrids and fairway clubs but do not know about the shaft. Please advise who the shaft is meant for. A senior smooth swinger. Thanks.
The shaft in the Mizuno club is not the same as the aftermarket version reviewed here. The best thing to do is get a fitting or at least try the club to see if it performs for you.