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The Fujikura SIX XLR8 gives even more speed to players who can benefit from a lighter shaft but prefer a heavy, stout feel.
Over the last two seasons, Fujikura has built a great line up of shafts to fit a variety of swings and budgets. This year, rather than add a new model to the roster, they’ve supercharged the current models with the XLR8 line. As with the other XLR8 shafts, the Fujikura SIX XLR8 adds counter balancing and a more dynamic kick to an already excellent shaft.
The defining feature of the original SIX is still present in the SIX XLR8 – it’s much lighter than it feels. I typically player shafts in the 70 gram range, and the SIX XLR8 felt very comfortable to me despite being more than 10 grams lighter. The counter balancing in the SIX XLR8 is noticeable but not extreme. I felt the difference immediately, but it didn’t demand any conscious adjustment.
The SIX XLR8 punches above its weight during the swing, too. It’s very stout in the tip while remaining smooth in the butt section. The mid section of the shaft is where you’ll feel the most action, but the kick on this shaft is still very moderate, even in the XLR8 version. The SIX is definitely built more for stability than kick.
At a glance, the Fujikura SIX XLR8 could easily pass for the standard SIX. Fujikura’s trademark two-tone graphics wrap the shaft in dark grey and blue. The main difference is the XLR8 logo in grey on the lower/mid portion of the shaft.
Based on what I have learned about the XLR8 line, I was expecting to see strong ball speeds from these shafts. That proved to be true. After a couple swings, I was consistently at the top end of my ball speed range without feeling like I was swinging out of my shoes. Though the SIX XLR8 doesn’t feel like it has a huge kick, there’s clearly something in the design that maximizes the energy transferred to the ball.
What I was surprised by was the accuracy. Typically, when I read about a shaft having “more kick” or “better energy transfer,” I translate that to mean “softer tip” and some one-way trips to the left side of the range. That wasn’t the case here. From smooth swings to the ones I gave 110%, the SIX XLR8 produced reliably straight shots.
Last year, the Fujikura SIX was in serious contention for a spot in my bag, and this year the SIX XLR8 will receive similar consideration. Fujikura has delivered exactly what they promised: the heart of the SIX is intact, but now it’s faster and more counterbalanced. As always, please remember that as well as this shaft performed for me, you should go see an authorized Fujikura fitter before putting one in your bag.