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The Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 and 757 Tour Spec will be among the most sought-after shafts for stronger players in 2015. Consistent feel and higher ball speeds make this a solid upgrade from last year’s Speeder 757.
If you’ve read my review of last year’s Speeder 757, you know there are few driver shafts I’ve ever loved more. I loved the feel, my numbers were great, and it went straight into my bag. I wasn’t sure how Fujikura could improve on that shaft, but they did with the Speeder Evolution 757.
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.
As the heavy weight of the Speeder Evolution family, the 757 Tour Spec is the shaft that will stand up to the most aggressive swings. It still has that “whip crack” feel, but you do need to have some horsepower to really make it go. Softer swings with this shaft feel fine, but you won’t get the pop that fast swings produce. The standard 757 is just a hair stronger than the 661 and should be accessible to anyone with above average swing speed, particularly if they have a faster tempo.
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.
There is a Tour Spec version of the Speeder Evolution 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 you can see, just like last year’s Speeder 757, the Speeder Evolution 757 and Speeder Evolution 757 Tour Spec were a great fit for me. They allowed me to maintain a high launch angle while reducing the spin to maximize distance.
The biggest performance upgrade was in terms of ball speed. While I was skeptical of Fujikura’s claims about this new line, the Trackman numbers don’t lie: I was regularly hitting shots with a smash factor above a “perfect” 1.5. That means the same swing speed was producing more ball speed because of the exceptional energy transfer through this shaft.
While my average numbers with both shafts were good, I have to admit that I don’t have the horsepower for the Tour Spec. I really wanted to put everything into the shaft to make it “work,” and the result was a mix of shots that were brilliant and others that were mediocre. For me, the standard Speeder Evolution 757 produced the consistent results that lead to good scores.
For the players who need more weight to keep their swing in check, the Speeder Evolution 757 provides that without sacrificing smooth, explosive feel. The Tour Spec version is the 757 will be among the best of 2015 for those with aggressive swings and plenty of speed. Whatever your preference, be sure to be fit for your best Fujikura at one of their charter dealers like Club Champion.