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The Fujikura Speeder Evolution 474 shaft is one of the best options for slower, smoother swingers looking to maximize distance.
Most of the buzz in the world of golf shafts centers on heavyweight telephone poles for players with massive power. It makes sense – “buzz” is driven by the PGA Tour and people on golf forums lying about their swing speed. For real-world golfers, however, those shafts don’t make sense. What will make sense for a large percentage of golfers is the new Fujikura Speeder Evolution 474. This shaft will help regular players hit their longest drives with its light weight and superior speed.
The feel of the Fujikura Speeder Evolution series is entirely different from that of last year’s Speeders. Last year, the shafts had a clear kick point, and that point moved closer to the tip as the shafts got lighter. This year, the feel is much more consistent from one weight to the next, and there’s no longer a feeling of load and kick but rather a smooth transfer of energy from butt to tip. I’d compare the feel to cracking a whip. As you move from the heavier weight versions towards the lighter weights, the whip becomes easier to crack.
The 474 has the smoothest feel of any of the shafts in the new Speeder Evolution line. Between it’s light weight, higher torque, and softer profile, this is a shaft will “kick” for any golfer. I think that slower swingers will really enjoy how smooth the 474 is, because, unlike with other shafts, they’ll be able to feel it work.
The look of the new Fujikura Speeder Evolution is done no justice by pictures. When I saw the first pictures, I thought, “Same graphics, new color, it looks Ok.” In person, the new color makes all the difference and it looks great. There are lots of blue shafts, but this one absolutely pops.
Like last year’s 474, the Fujikura Speeder Evolution 474 is only offered in Regular and R2 (Senior) flex, which indicates that this is not meant for the faster swinger. As I did last year, I tipped my 474 to bring it closer to a stiff flex for testing.
Any time that I test a light weight shaft, I have fairly low expectations. I’ve played 70 gram driver shafts for years, and it’s what I’m comfortable with. That said, the Speeder Evolution 474 performed very nicely for me. The smooth, easy load made me swing more within myself, but the light weight kept my club head speed in my normal range. While the spin was a bit higher than the other Speeder Evolution shafts, the numbers were still good overall.
I think that for the player who fits into this shaft, the performance is going to be extraordinary. The light weight will help them to produce higher swing speeds and the Speeder Evolution’s superior energy transfer will boost the ball speed even further.
If you’re a smooth swinger who’s looking to get every last inch out of your driver, I would strongly recommend that you check out the Fujikura Speeder Evolution 474. The light weight will allow you to swing it faster and the technology in the shaft will transfer more energy to the ball than any other shaft I’ve tested.