Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 and 757 Tour Spec Shaft Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

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Feel

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.

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Looks

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.

Speeder 757 Evolution LM Data

Performance

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.

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Conclusion

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.

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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44 Comments

  1. Great review. I am switching out last year’s Speeder 757 from Stiff to X-Stiff and the 757 Evolution had me intrigued. Since it’s so new, there isn’t a ton of information out there other than the standard stuff from the manufacturer. Your review was very helpful, especially since I’m trying to decide between the standard and the Tour Spec. I think I will be going with the Standard.

  2. Impressive performance and review of this shaft.
    One question, these shafts, 757 Evolution, are made in Japan. Is the specs for shafts to be export to America are same than the shafts for the Japan market? For me if they have the same model number, they should be the same.
    Some people talked about Japan specs.

    • Matt Saternus

      If there is a Japanese version with different specs, I would expect it’s only sold in Japan.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Jeff LeMaire

    Please give me your expert opinion of selecting an R15 with stock Speeder Evolution 661 TS shaft vs. buying an after market tour spec version. I have trying drivers at Golfsmith and I play to a 5 handicapp. The Master Club Fitter at Golfsmith told me that I am wasting my money on after market shafts in general.

    Can you reflect on the Evol 661 TS shaft Taylor is using in their stock R15.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jeff,

      The short answer is: I don’t know if the Speeder Evo 661 TS that comes in the R15 TP is the same as the aftermarket one. I’ve asked some of the best people I know, and no one knows for sure. I have my suspicions, but without evidence, it’s just guessing.

      The best I can say is, if it performs well for you, play it. If it doesn’t, don’t.

      I also think it’s funny/self-serving that this “Master Club Fitter” is telling you that aftermarket shafts (which they don’t sell, at least not readily) are a waste of money.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. At 99ish mph club head speed are you using a Stiff flex in the 757 Evolution?

  5. Chuck Dunlap

    Matt,

    I see that you prefer the Speeder Evolution 757 over the Speeder Evolution 757 Tour Spec. I also read your write up on the Speeder Evolution 661 and that you have not tested the Speeder Evolution 661 Tour Spec. Which do you prefer between the Speeder Evolution 661 and the Speeder Evolution 757? With which one were you best able to “crack the whip?”

    Thanks,

    Chuck Dunlap

  6. Matt,

    Thanks for your reply about the 757. I’m trying to decide if it’s worth a $200 upcharge to equip the TaylorMade TP 10.5 Driver I’m purchasing with the Speeder Evolution 757 stiff shaft or if I should go with the 757 Tour Spec stiff shaft or 661 Tour Spec stiff shaft to avoid the upcharge. Any thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Chuck,

      My universal recommendation: Try both. Get fit.
      There’s also the question of the “authenticity” of the 661 in the non-TP version of that driver. Not that it matters if it performs for you, but I think it’s fair to be skeptical about the idea of a real $400 shaft being the stock shaft in a $400 driver.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. What is the difference between the motore speeder 757 and the speeder evolution 757?

  8. Matt,

    I just got fitted for a TaylorMade TP Driver. My best results and feel were with a 9.5 degree 430 head (set to 8.75 and slightly open) with the Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 tour spec stiff shaft – launch angle 17 degrees, a spin rate slightly below 2000, with a slight draw (my normal shot shape). I’m very interested in the Speeder Evolution 757 stiff shaft (non tour spec), but there weren’t any available to try. Do you have any thoughts on how the “blue” 757 stiff shaft might perform for me compared to the 661 tour spec stiff shaft that I tested? I plan to purchase the 9.5 degree 430 and these two shafts are my finalists. The driver shaft I’ve had in my bag for the last several years is a UST ProForce V2 stiff shaft 76g.

    Thanks,

    Chuck

    • Matt Saternus

      Chuck,

      My primary thought is that if you hit the 661 that well, you should play that. I don’t have any guess as to how the 757 would change things for you – could be better, but there’s a lot more room for it to be worse.

      -Matt

      • Good point, Matt. I just bought the TM R15 TP 430 9.5 degree with the Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution Tour Spec stiff shaft since it tested so well for me. I’m really looking forward to playing it. I’m also hoping to scout out a used blue Speeder 757 Evolution stiff shaft (non Tour Spec) that I can try with this clubhead if and when the opportunity arises. Thanks so much for helping me through this process. I really appreciate it.

        Chuck

  9. Pieter Coetzee

    Good day Matt

    Thanks for all of your reviews!

    I’m looking for the best fit in terms of the respective Fujikura shafts for my new Titleist 915 D3 driver (I know the best way of getting fitted is to actually hit the different shafts and decide based on the results by I’m from South Africa and unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of testing of the non-custom shafts in my province) and since you seem to have tested most of the Fujikura’s and play the 757 yourself I’d appreciate your opinion on which Fujikura shaft(s) will suit me best based on the following:

    I currently play with a Rombax 7Z08 X-flex in a Titleist 910 D3 8.5 head. I hit some shots on Trackman last week and got a spin rate of around 3000 and a relatively low launch angle of between 6-7 degrees. I will thus like to bring my spin rate down (although as I understand the Rombax 7Z08 is already one of the lowest spinning shafts around), whilst increasing my launch angle a bit – but not by too much as I tend to struggle in terms of getting my spin rate below 3000 and thus want to ensure that I don’t end up “ballooning” my shots. In order to aid this I’ve thus decided to rather go for a 9.5 loft in my new driver instead of my current 8.5.

    After going through all of the specs on the different Fujikura shafts I’ve decided to choose between either the Speeder Evolution 757, the Speeder Pro 76 TS, the Motore Speeder 757 or the Motore Speeder 7.3 TS. They all just seem so alike that I’ll thus appreciate it if you can perhaps give your opinion on what you think might fit my need best – or perhaps, since you don’t know my swing, what different characteristics/results can be expected between these mentioned shafts so that I can make my final decision with that in mind? I know this is difficult and not ideal but any input will be appreciated.

    Just to mention – I tend to swing my driver at around 108-110 mph and my general shape is a fade with my bad shot being a push fade. Also, I did hit a few shots with Speeder 757 TS x-flex a few years ago and found it a bit too stiff for me (more stiff than my current Rombax 7Z08 x-flex), so I’m wondering if I should perhaps consider a normal stiff in the Speeder 757 range instead of a x-flex this time round – with the hope that it will help in reducing my misses to the right? I’ve also heard rumors that apparently the Fujikura TS shafts are slightly stiffer than the other/normal Fujikura shafts, i.e. that a normal stiff in a TS will play somewhere in between a S and X in a non-TS shaft – is this true? And if so, as I suspect that I might be in between a S and X, will you recommend that I then rather go, for example, for a Speeder Evolution 757 (normal) x-flex, or rather for the a Evolution 757 TS stiff-flex?

    And will the difference between a torque of for example 2.5 vs 3.0 make much of a difference or not really?

    One last thing to consider – I also saw that some of the shafts are 46 inches and some 47 inches (for example the normal Evolution 757 is 47 inches whilst the Evolution 757 TS is only 46 inches) – I’m 6 foot 7 myself so play with 1 inch longer than standard irons shafts and my current driver shaft is half an inch longer than standard – will tipping a 46 inch shaft thus have a big impact on how that shaft will perform and if so, to what extent?

    I know this is quite a detailed question(s) and that it will take some of your valuable time in order to respond but I’m sure your other readers will be able to benefit from your detailed answers as well so I look forward to your response.

    Thanks again and have a great day!

    Kind regards,
    Pieter

    • Matt Saternus

      Pieter,

      Thank you for your questions. We appreciate your readership and that you trust and value our opinion. Unfortunately, we cannot answer any questions about how a given club or shaft or combination might work for you. Not won’t, can’t. No one can. Golf swings and player’s reactions to equipment are unique which is why fitting is so important. I appreciate the difficulty of your situation, but web-fitting is not a rabbit hole I will go down. The one thing I will suggest is that if you want to reduce spin, you should move away from Titleist driver heads.

      Regarding Tour Spec stiffness, I think it’s fair to say that the Tour Spec Stiff is nearly equal to the standard X.

      I tend to ignore torque. There are no industry standards and, by itself, it’s virtually meaningless.

      Tipping any shaft will make it feel stiffer.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. I just picked up 757 Evolution TS X to hit with Taylormade M1 along with Rogue Silver 110 MSI 70X. Can’t wait to see which is a lower launching and lower spinning shaft. It feels like hitting 16*+ launch angle, i’m leaving a few more yards in there somewhere

    • I got a chance to hit both shafts in an outdoor range. Alternating the shafts at every 10 shot. Driver head used is a M1 460 8.5 head set to 6.5. From the visual sense, they were very similar except Rogue Silver 70x was touch lower. It wasn’t a huge difference but enough to notice the difference. I’m trying to find some time with LM and hopefully it will provide some answers

  11. Wayne Sheffield

    I just got fitted for the new Taylormade M1 Driver 10.5 degree. Club head speed 107, spin rate 2400 to 2700 rpm, launch angel 13 to 14 degrees with the 757 speeder evo TS with the head set at 11.5 degrees. This was the blue shaft the club felt real good in the swing. I received the new club with the same shaft only in the black and grey version this club feels a lot stiffer and I am having a difficult time with ball flight, it is more of a low to mid ball flight. Is there a difference between the two shafts?.

    • Matt Saternus

      Wayne,

      I can’t speak to the “stock” models from TMAG (not sure if they’re different or not), but in the “real” 757 line, the black shaft is the Tour Spec version which is much stiffer than the regular blue version. They are definitely not interchangeable.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. Why is one black and one blue? Is the blue tour issue only?

  13. Hi Matt,
    I read your reviews on 757 and you are 100% right.

    I am playind the 757 evolution since almost a year. Previous I was playing speeder 757. Both shafts are exceptionel. I tried a lot of shafts and compared them to the 757 evolution. My conclusion is for my swing, fast tempo and on the aggressive side, I never found a better shaft. Launch and spin gives me a ball that does seem to penetrate in the wind. The weight is perfect for me.
    I install the Motore speeder 757 on my fairway wood. This combinaison gave me an exceptionnel 3 wood.

    I also found that some shafts gives a to low spin for me and ball fall from sky .

    I also tried the Evolution tour spec but it is too much shaft for my swing speed.

    Best regards,

  14. In the review you say, “The Tour Spec version is the 757 will be among the best of 2015 for those with aggressive swings and plenty of speed.” from your experience what do you feel is ‘plenty of speed?’

    I have a quick tempo and quick transition at about 106-108 mph so i’m trying to see if I line up with what your saying.

    Thanks,
    Geoff

    • Matt Saternus

      Geoff,

      It’s all dependent on flex. At my speed, I didn’t feel like a Tour Spec stiff was a great fit. I would suggest a fitting if you’re looking to put one of these in the bag.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Hi Matt,

    In 2008 I hit a playing partners Titleist 905 with a Fujikura Speeder shaft made for Titleist. It was dark brownish grey with ‘speeder’ written in small letters multiple times around the shaft near the handle. I hit the club great. Straight down the fairway with really great distance.

    Do you know which after market Fujikura shaft this made for Titleist shaft corresponded to?

    Also, has the Fujikura shaft technology changed enough since 2008 that I should look at the present day Fujikura offerings?

    Which present day Fujikura shafts should I consider to replicate the performance of this 2008 shaft?

    I’m not looking to work the ball and distance is a secondary consideration to hitting fairways. I just want to consistently hit fairways while still getting good distance. My typical miss is a hook.

    Kind regards,

    John

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      Yes, technology in Fujikura shafts has changed markedly since 2008 thanks to ENSO.

      We never make recommendations online because it’s irresponsible and a disservice to the readers. Our standing recommendation is to get fit by a qualified fitter like Club Champion.

      Best,

      Matt

  16. Hi Matt,
    Just a observation. I played today with my Titleist 910 d3 with the 757 speeder evolution. I hit 100% of fairway which I never did. For me this head with this shaft is better than my 915 d3. I do not hnow why but it feel more solid and more penatring in the air.
    I just realize that for me the 910 D3 is a better combination than the 915d3.
    910 is in my bag now.
    It is remembering the time that I was playing the 783k
    Is it possible that latest club are not always better?

    • Matt Saternus

      Richard,

      If you’re talking about a club from the last 6 years (maybe even longer), fit trumps “new-ness” every time.

      Best,

      Matt

  17. Marc Mercure

    Hi Matt,
    I just installed a Speeder Evolution tour spec FW and I have fallen in love!!! I now am looking at a Speeder 757 Evolution Tour spec 7.2 stiff. I have search far and wide for specs on the significance of the “7.2”. Any ideas?
    Thanks a bunch!!

    Marc

    • Matt Saternus

      Marc,

      Let me back up a bit: why is your eye on a shaft you haven’t been fit for? :)

      I’m sure Fujikura could provide the specs if you contact them.

      Best,

      Matt

  18. Hi looking at m1 3 wood with 757 evolution extra stiff
    Is that the proper shaft for a 3 wood

  19. I got fitted for this shaft in my R15 Tp driver my swing speed was 103
    But its a light shaft so expecting the 3 wood to be about 75g weight or a bit higher

  20. Matt – I’m a 6hcp index and I’ve been using the Evolution I Speeder 757 stiff. I just got an M3 with the tensi CK white 60 (not the CK pro) but have not hit it yet. I was curious if you had an opinion on comparing the two? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Wesley,

      Both are very fine shafts. The CK White may be a touch stiffer, particularly in the tip.

      Best,

      Matt

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