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The Speeder 661 has the same great feel and stability of the Speeder 757 in a slightly slimmed down package.
When Fujikura announced the rebirth of the Speeder series, the focus was on the 757. This was predictable since the original Speeder 757 is one of the winningest shafts in the history of professional golf. There are, however, three other great shafts in this new Speeder series, including the 661. The 661 will be of particular interest to accomplished players who want the same great performance of the 757 but prefer a lighter weight shaft.
If you want a shaft that feels smooth, has some kick, but maintains superior tip stability, the Speeder 661 will be right up your alley. In this regard, it’s nearly identical to its big brother, the 757. As long as you pick the correct flex, you will have no trouble loading this shaft. To me, the 6661 plays very true to flex.
The primary difference between the 757 and the 661 is weight. The 757 weighs in at a hefty 77 grams (in stiff flex), but the 661 is a more manageable 67 grams. If I were splitting hairs, I’d also say that the 661 is slightly softer in the mid section, but it’s a difference you’ll only notice if you hit them back to back.
The look of the Motore Speeder 661 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.
Since it leverages the same technology and has nearly identical feel, it’s no surprise that the Speeder 661 performs very similarly to the Speeder 757. On average, my ball speed was nearly identical and my spin was higher by only a couple hundred RPM. Carry and total distances were also within a couple yards.
To me, this is really impressive because the 757 has been my gamer since it arrived. I have loads of reps with that shaft, and the 661 stepped in and put up very similar numbers right out of the box. The only area where the 757 was significantly better was accuracy, and that’s something I chalk up largely to my comfort with the heavier shaft.
With the Speeder 661, Fujikura adds an offering that has all the stability and low-spin performance of the heavyweight 757 but in a weight that will be preferable for the majority of amateur golfers. For players with smooth, less aggressive transitions, the 661 can be a weapon in the driver leaving the 757 as a fantastic choice for their fairway woods.
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.