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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.