Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2 757 Shaft Review

 Fujikura Speeder Evolution II_0050

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The Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2 757 is similar to the Speeder Evolution, but with more counterbalancing and a stiffer tip to accommodate the newest driver heads.  Tremendous smooth feel.

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Introduction

As someone who writes about golf equipment, my bag changes more than most.  One thing has remained constant for the last couple years: my driver shaft.  When Fujikura relaunched the Speeder 757, it immediately went into the bag.  Last year, the Speeder Evolution 757 replaced it due to the upgraded feel.  Can the Speeder Evolution II 757 make it three straights years of Speeder dominance?

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Feel

My favorite thing about the Speeder Evolution 757 was the feel.  The “whip crack” energy transfer always felt stable but powerful.  In the new Speeder Evolution 2 757, that same feel is there, but it’s a bit tighter.  I would say that the Evolution 2 757 feels like it’s between the Evolution 757 and the Evolution 757 Tour Spec, though closer to the standard version.  In short, anyone who liked the Evolution 757 but felt that it was a little too lively will think the Speeder Evolution 2 757 is perfect.

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Looks

The Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2 757 trades in the Evolution’s beautiful blue finish for a fiery combination of red, orange, and yellow that extends the entire length of the shaft.  The graphics are largely unchanged with the giant white “Speeder” logo opposite the model and flex.

Speeder Evo II LM Data

Performance

When I first read the specs on the new Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2 757, I didn’t think I’d be making a change from last year’s model.  The Evo 2 is more counterbalanced and has a stiffer tip section for a slightly lower ball flight.  Neither of those things is objectively good or bad, but I didn’t think they were things I wanted.  When I actually took the shaft to the course, I found out I was wrong.
The thing that I failed to consider when looking at the specs of the Evolution II is that driver heads are changing – specifically, they’re getting heavier.  Fujikura knows this, and they’re engineering their shafts to deliver the same great performance despite the changes to the modern driver head.  In simple terms, when the head gets heavier, it puts more stress on the shaft and raises the swing weight.  By making the shaft counterbalanced and more tip stiff, Fujikura is really just offsetting those changes in the head.
The bottom line is this: when I put the Speeder Evolution 2 757 into my new PING G LS Tec driver, I got great results.  The launch and spin numbers were similar to those that I got from the original Speeder Evolution 757 – meaning they were damn near optimal – but the one change was superior accuracy.  My club speed is creeping up slowly, and the slightly stiffer tip in the Evolution II is the perfect insurance against hooks.

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Conclusion

Though we often get attached to our equipment, progress, and the need to change, are inevitable.  As much as I love the Speeder Evolution 757 – especially the color – the new Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2 757 performs just a bit better in the driver I’m using, so it’s in the bag.  If you’re interested in learning if the new Speeder can improve your driving, check in with a qualified fitter.
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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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16 Comments

  1. Just put a 2013 Motore Speeder 757 into play. I can’t seem to miss fairways with this thing. If this one is as good as advertised, I’ll have to look into it…in three years when I’m ready to move on from my current Speeder!

  2. Hi Brian, I am currently hitting a titleist 983k driver with a speeder fujikura stiff flex shaft the shaft says exclusively for titleist on it and has a small red circle with m/s on it. I hit this club really well, but due to age and equipment changes in golf I purchased a titleist 915 D3 with a Aldila Rouge 95msi shaft 70-3.3 stiff. I don’t hit his as well and not even as long as my old 983k with the fujikura shaft. So my thought was if I could get a fujikura shaft that is very similar to the shaft in the 983k driver. Both drivers are a 8.5 degree loft. I sincerely appreciate any feed back you have that would help me purchase the right shaft, thank you very much.

    Robert

  3. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for your great reviews, as always! I currently play the first blue Evolution 757 in Stiff flex and love it. I am now in the process of putting together a new/second set of clubs (for my vacation home) and therefore I was about to order the same original Evolution 757 shaft — until I just learned about the 757 Evolution 2 release! My top SS is close to 110mph and since I have a tendency to occasionally hook the ball (too quick up top), I was planning to order my next original Evolution in X-flex this time. However, now that I intend to order the new 757 Evolution 2 (which you wrote with the slightly stiffer tip should help me avoid more hooks compared to the original), do you think I would be OK sticking to Stiff-flex in the Evolution 2 or maybe continue with my idea moving to X-flex? I live overseas so unfortunately I will never have a chance to be fitted. Thanks a lot!

    • Matt Saternus

      Jon,

      Unless the hooking is severe, I would stick with the stiff and leave room to tip the shaft later if necessary.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. I am currently playing this shaft but it feels very soft compared to my Rogue 70 TX 125 so I am probably going back to the Rogue. You have hit both, did you notice a difference in flex?

    • Matt Saternus

      Clay,

      I would agree that the Evo II is smoother and has more “action” than the Rogue.

      -Matt

  5. Odd how the heavier 757 at 102 delivers better performance than the 661 – any ideas why?

  6. Thanks Matt. What you currently playing (driver and shaft)?

  7. Which version the SFT which you reviewed well, or the standard?

  8. Matt,

    You reviewed both the rogue 125msi and the 757 evo 2. Can you compare and contrast them?

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