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The Fujikura Pro XLR8 is a retooled version of a classic shaft that has better feel, stability, and performance.
When the original blue Fujikura Pro came out a couple of years ago, it quickly became one of my favorite shafts. I didn’t feel like it was the longest shaft in the world, but it had good feel and was very easy to control. As I spent more time with the Fuji Pro, as much as I enjoyed it, I felt like I was looking for more kick for that extra distance. I could spend a bunch of time writing about Fujikura’s new technology that was utilized to “supercharge” the new Fujikura Pro XLR8 shaft, but I would strongly suggest taking a look at the enso Technology Lab where Fujikura uses state of the art technology to analyze shafts and swings in order to design the best products possible. As far as the differences between XLR8 and the regular counterparts, read our article on the XLR8 line here. Now onto the Fujikura Pro XLR8…
Consistent with the recent Fujikura dual-color theme, the Fujikura Pro XLR8 has a grey base with yellow accenting. It’s a loud look for sure, but somehow the very-present yellow still manages to not look over-the-top or scream “Look at me!” Pair the Pro XLR8 with a cool grip, an you’ll have a pretty slick looking setup. Face it, yellow and black is one of the coolest color combinations of all time, and you won’t be disappointed with this in your driver or fairway wood.
As mentioned before, the feel of the original Fujikura Pro was one of its best attributes. That said, it did feel a little soft and lacked that bit of punch that makes you go, “I really got all of that shot.” I think the Fujikura Pro XLR8 definitely improved on the feel and added that punch. Fujikura told us the Pro XLR8 has “multi-axial mid-section reinforcement to prevent ovalization and promote efficient energy transfer” which is a fancy way of saying that the shaft will stay more stable during the swing and reduce energy loss from the shaft changing shape as it flexes. The short version of the Pro XLR8’s feel: it’s everything good about the original Fujikura Pro with more pop and a little more life in your hands.
I would still classify the Fujikura Pro XLR8 as a reliable and consistent shaft similar to the standard Pro. The biggest differences between the two for me were that the XLR8 launched a little bit lower and added 9-10 yards more distance. While still not the longest shaft for me, adding 10 yards with the consistency of the original Fuji Pro is not a bad deal at all. Maybe most importantly, I felt like I could swing easy and still get good results, or I could swing for the fences and the shaft would hold up well. For my money, this shaft is perfect for the mid-handicapper that’s looking for solid distance and consistent accuracy off the tee.
Simply put, if you’re looking to find fairways off the tee, the Fujikura Pro XLR8 is definitely an option you should strongly consider. I think the Pro XLR8 has good feel but the best part is its consistency across different types of swings. True, it may not get you 30 extra yards (then again, if it fits you, it might) but it will be accurate for you and get the ball out there a bit more than the standard Pro. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a combination worth looking into.