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The Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 is an improvement on the excellent Speeder 661. More ball speed and stability. A great choice for a wide range of golfers.
I could try to feign knowledge about the new advanced materials in the Speeder Evolution. I could pretend to understand the new, stronger Triax Core Technology. But I won’t. Instead, I’ll cut right to the chase and tell you that as good as last year’s re-launched Speeder family was, the Speeder Evolution line is even better.
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 661 will likely be the most popular Speeder Evolution with its mid-60’s weight and even weight distribution. I think it’s also a good middle ground in terms of feel: smoother swingers will still get some kick, and it will also hold up to aggressive moves.
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. There are lots of blue shafts, but this one absolutely pops.
There is a Tour Spec version of the Speeder Evolution 661 and 757 that has same graphics on a black base. It’s not the eye-catcher that the blue is, but black always looks good and goes with everything.
As a card-carrying Fujikura loyalist, I had high expectations for the Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661, but this shaft exceeded them. The first thing that I noticed was the consistency. I attribute this largely to the new feel. While last year’s Speeder 661 had a smooth load and kick, I found it easier to be consistent with the “whip crack” feel of the Speeder Evolution 661.
You can see above that my numbers with this shaft are outstanding. The launch and spin were in the window I like to see, and the shaft produced as much distance as I can hope to get from my pedestrian swing speed.
The thing that was most impressive was the smash factor. I hit numerous shots that exceeded the “perfect” 1:1.5 ratio of club head speed to ball speed, frequently hitting 1.52 and 1.53. Translation: I got more ball speed (and distance) from the same club head speed. I haven’t seen that with any other shaft more than once or twice in a session.
Though I usually prefer heavier shafts in my driver – 70 grams and up – the consistency of the Speeder Evolution 661 has me seriously considering dropping down a weight class.
The outstanding fitters at Club Champion do not throw around praise lightly, so when they say that the Fujikura Speeder Evolution is a “game changer,” you’d do well to pay attention. The Speeder Evolution 661 delivers everything you’d want, consistency, stability, and great ball speed, all at a weight that will fit a large portion of golfers.