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The Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 shaft has the premium feel of the Speeder Pro with even more speed. The most lively feel of any Fujikura shaft in memory.
“Sold out” and “backordered” are phrases that golf gear heads are pretty familiar with. We expect to hear them when shopping for limited edition accessories or high end putters, but hearing them in connection with a shaft? That’s unusual, but it’s been the case with the new Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 since it first hit retail. In this review, we’ll tell you what all the fuss is about.
There was a substantial feel difference between last year’s Fujikura Speeder Pro and the standard Pro. That difference exists between the two XLR8 models as well. Where the Pro XLR8 has a good, middle-of-the-road feel, the Speeder Pro XLR8 is much more lively. It also has the lowest kick point of any Fujikura shaft in memory. If you’ve steered clear of Fujikura in the past because you wanted more kick, it’s time to check them out again.
The look of the Speeder Pro XLR8 is consistent with the rest of Fujikura’s shafts from the last couple years. The large, wraparound graphics announce “Fujkura” in black-on-orange and “Speeder” in orange-on-black. The orange used here is a unique shade that’s a few notches down from bright Rickie Fowler orange which will help it to appeal to a broader range of golfers.
The Pro XLR8 is a solid, workhorse shaft. The tip is stout enough that I was able to swing hard without worrying about a hook, and it has enough kick to add some speed and feel good. The Speeder Pro XLR8 is more of a race horse. The feel is lively and there’s a lot of kick. For me, that created a mix of absolute bombs and some gnarly hooks.
As we always emphasize, fitting is key. As someone who primarily hits draws and hooks, the Pro XLR8 led to more consistent results. A player who hits cuts and slices may find the Speeder Pro XLR8 more consistent. To get the most from these new shafts, you need to work with a qualified fitter.
Having seen the top end potential for myself, it’s no surprise that the Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 has been a blockbuster. Thanks to the counter balanced, kick-enhancing XLR8 technology, this shaft helped me to hit some of the longest drives I’ve ever seen. Visit your local Fujikura fitter to see if it can do the same for you.
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