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The Fujikura Speeder 569 Evolution II is a stable, effortlessly fast, counterbalanced lightweight shaft.
Hmmm. Well, it looks like I may have spoke too soon in my review of the Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution II. I truly fell in love with that 661, and, having never achieved much success with a sub-60 gram lightweight driver shaft, I didn’t expect to have that great of results with the Fujikura Speeder 569 Evolution II. However, I was mistaken and found everything great from the 661 except more speed and better results. The Speeder 569 Evo II ended up being the only shaft that had the goods to boot the 661 out of my bag immediately.
Consistent with the other two Speeder Evolution II shafts we’ve reviewed, the Fujikura Speeder 569 Evolution II has the same fiery orange, red, and yellow trippy finish that is sure to standout anywhere it goes. I’ve had these in my bag for awhile now and still get that “Oooh, what’s this?” feeling when I pull the club out for my next shot. The graphics in general are consistent with Fujikura’s branding for the past couple of years and help the look of the shaft really pop.
Feel (and Sound)
Like the other shafts in the lineup, the Fujikura Speeder 569 Evolution II has an extremely smooth flex profile with great feel and response. Fujikura has made the Speeder Evolution II series more counterbalanced and with a stiffer tip. The reason behind this is that as head designs have evolved over the last few years, the head weights have gone up and older shafts flat out weren’t working as well. The little bit of counterbalance and the stiffer tip make for a much more balanced golf club that stays consistent and under control throughout the golf swing. Whatever Fujikura has done, they got it just right. I have never felt a shaft that has this much kick in it in my life.
Normally we don’t describe “sound” when we review shafts, but I’ve never had sounds like I’ve been getting out of my driver with the Speeder 661 Evolution II, and now the 569. I’m finding the sweet spot with higher speeds much more frequently which is giving me one of the purest cracks off the face I’ve ever heard.
I find it interesting, albeit completely reasonable, how amazingly different the performance data came out for me with the Fujikura Speeder 569 Evolution II and the 661. The data here compared to the data in the 661 review doesn’t necessarily reflect it, but I found that I consistently hit the 569 further and with less effort which is directly correlated with the much higher swing speeds. I do get more spin with the 569, and a little less roll as a result, but I’m good with the totals.
Where I find the 569 to be better for me is in my ability to control the shot. I’m notorious for pulling and hooking ultra-light shafts, but the 569’s stiffer tip and counterbalance seem to do the trick and keep everything in control. With the 661, I would miss some tee shots right during a round, but have not had this issue with the 569 which is likely because I’m firing the club a bit quicker.
Through my epiphany with the 661 Evo II, and recent experience with the 569, I feel it’s important to point out that these Evolution II shafts seem exceptionally fast and easy to produce those speeds with. For me, it’s been one thing to top out at some of the club speeds I’ve experienced, but to achieve these numbers consistently is another story. I’m finding that my regular swing is producing higher speeds with no extra effort. The more I’ve discussed this phenomenon with other gear guys, I’m hearing the same story. The even more exciting part is that when I actually do try to put a little extra on the shot, the 569 holds up and I get higher swing speeds than I’ve ever had.
I won’t sit here and tell you that I’m as shocked by the Fujikura Speeder 569 Evolution II as I was with the 661, because that whole experience with the 661 was totally mind blowing and completely changed my game. Short version: I expected the 569 Evo II to be just as awesome, but too light for me. I stand corrected. The stiffer tip section, smooth flex profile, and slight counterbalancing make the 569 Evo II one of the most stable lightweight shafts out there. Oh, and the feel and performance are second to none. I thought the Speeder 661 Evolution II was one of the best pieces of golf equipment I’ve ever played, but the Speeder 569 Evo II has comfortably taken its place in my bag.