Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV Shaft Review

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The Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV is the latest in the company’s premium shaft family.  Based on the low launch, low spin Evo II but with softer mid section and new high strength materials.

Introduction

Fujikura’s Speeder Evolution series has been one of my favorites since it was launched.  Despite having different performance characteristics, all the shafts in the family share a unique feel that I love.  After learning that the new Evolution IV blends the properties of the Evo II and Evo III, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one for testing.

Looks

The Speeder Evolution IV is a major break from the past in terms of looks.  The original Evo was bright blue, and the II and III went with a fiery red and orange combo.

For the Evo IV, Fujikura went with a classy black and gold color scheme.  The graphics remain the same: long, white Speeder branding on one side with colored branding and specs opposite.

While I enjoyed the flashy looks of the past Evo shafts, this is a nice change of pace.  The gold accents and bold graphics help it stand out in an ocean of black shafts.

Feel

The Speeder Evolution IV is the most stout-feeling shaft in the family.  That signature whip-crack energy transfer is still there, but it’s dialed down significantly from past versions.

Players who tend to hook the ball will love the feel of the tip section.  It’s absolutely rock solid.

If you found previous Speeder Evolution shafts too lively, this may be the one for you.

Performance

There’s a lot of tech talk in the description of the Speeder Evolution IV, and, to be honest, it’s over my head.  Here’s the part that I understand: the profile is based on the low launch/low spin Evo II but with a softer middle for higher launch.  For me, that translates to perfection.  A shaft with a stiff tip gives me the confidence to swing aggressively, but I still want to feel like the shaft is working for me.

When I got the Evo IV to the range, the results were exactly what I was hoping for: high, straight bombs.  The stability of the tip made it very hard for me to lose the ball left, but the softer mid-section kept the ball launching on an ideal trajectory.

The Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV is available in three models: the 569, 661, and 757.  Weights range from 56 grams all the way up to 78.5, and flexes run from regular through X.

Conclusion

The Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV shaft gave me the exact feeling I want: that of being totally responsible for the results.  This shaft stayed up with my strongest swings and produced some action on my 70% swings, too.  Combining that great feel with near-perfect numbers on the launch monitor can only mean one thing: it’s in the bag.

Matt Saternus

31 Comments

  1. Thanks for your review..clear like always
    Compare to the EVO III 661 or 569 which do you prefer finally?
    Figures were better with EVO III if remember…
    Philip

  2. Golf is such an odd thing… when I got fit I hit all 3 of the Fuji shafts and felt the IV was actually the softest of them all. I got the highest peak ball speed and swing speed with it but it was the least consistent. Ended up getting fit into the II which to me felt more stable. Now 4 months later the only thing I don’t like with the II is that every swing requires 100% speed. Doesn’t load as well if you take a little off…I feel like the III and even the IV would perform better for those kinds of swings. Just goes to show you how important getting fit is! Good review as always.

  3. Ryan Laii

    What is the difference when compare to Tensei Orange Pro?

    • Matt Saternus

      Ryan,

      The Tensei Orange is counter balanced with a different feel, but both have very stable tips.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Tom Cafferty

    Hard to imagine an upgrade on the Evo III. Having a full bag fitting in September so will be keen to try the IV.

    I fitted the III after your review on it so am expecting the IV to work wonders.

    Keep up the honest reviews 👍

  5. John Willz

    I know you mention the VI has a solid tip section. How would you say it compares to Tensei Orange Pro’s “extreme” tipping?
    Given the overall softer mid on the VI, I would expect the VI to have a bit more action down at the tip. Thanks

  6. As mentioned in previews review of the Speeder Evo ii and iii that these shafts are slightly counterbalanced. Are the Evo iv shafts considered to be having the same balance point as well?

    • Matt Saternus

      It feels similarly balanced to me. Fujikura’s website doesn’t have any technical specs on balance point.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. How would you compare to the Graphite Design Tour AD DI? Seems like you had better numbers with the DI, club speed, carry and distance? Launch was higher, but lower spin with the DI.

    • Matt Saternus

      Kurt,

      That AD DI review was done quite a while ago, so I wouldn’t draw any conclusions from comparing the numbers. The AD DI has a more lively feel which is the biggest difference between the two.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. How would you compare the Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV to a Fujikura Atmos Black assuming both are 6 series? What is the difference is trajectory, spin and feel?

    • Matt Saternus

      Kurt,

      How they perform with regard to spin and trajectory will depend on the individual. To me, the Speeder is MUCH smoother but with a similarly stiff tip.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Great review. I was recently fit into a TPT LKP/MT/SW 15 series. I liked how smooth and stable that shaft felt. How would the Evo IV compared to the TPT?

  10. Hello Matt, why you prefer EVO IV over the EVO II and how do you compare Feel and Launch/Spin. Thanks

  11. I am playing Fubuki ZT 70, Which shaft do you prefer?

    Thanks!

  12. Andrew Quinton

    Just picked this up today. Can’t wait to try it!

  13. Hi Matt,

    With a driver swing speed of 110, looking at putting the Evo IV into my Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 3wood. Would you recommend X flex or S flex ?

    Thanks in advance

    • Matt Saternus

      Adam,

      I would recommend being fit. The Evo IV is a very high quality shaft, but if it doesn’t fit you, isn’t the right flex, or isn’t the right weight, you’re going to miss out on performance.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. Jeremy Yelland

    Matt,

    How would you compare this shaft to the VA Drago which you also reviewed?

    Thanks

  15. Hey Matt love the review as I know it’s been a little. Have this 661S IV in my Sim Max and I’m hitting it pretty darn well but it’s launching quite high and getting zero rollout. Would I benefit more from a lower launching shaft?

    • Matt Saternus

      Donny,

      I would not encourage anyone who is hitting their driver well to go searching or tinkering.

      Best,

      Matt

  16. Happy Thanksgiving Matt! Buddy of mine in Fla just got the speeder 7 in same head, Mav sub zero, that I have with the
    IV. He is bragging to me about how good it is .We have very similar #s across the board though I am short back and quicker transition. Your thoughts on the differences??

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      I haven’t completed testing of the Speeder VII yet, so I don’t have any firm notions on that yet.

      Best,

      Matt

  17. Donny E: If your driver is adjustable, try lowering your loft to decrease spin. I was having the same issue with my M1. High and straight but little rollout. Decreased loft from 9.5 to 7.5 and still hitting high but slightly lower with nice rollout. Gained approximately 20 yards. Can’t guarantee it will work for you but worth a try.

  18. I’m glad to see Fujikura has released a new shaft for the Speeder Evolution IV. This shaft looks like it will be a great improvement over the previous version. I’m looking forward to testing it out on the course.

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