Fujikura Ventus Black Shaft Review

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The Fujikura Ventus Black takes everything that was good about the original but dials up the stability.  Less active feel and lower launch than the Ventus Blue.

Introduction

After building a world of hype at the 2019 PGA Show, the Fujikura Ventus (review HERE) delivered on the buzz and has been the undeniable shaft of the year.  Now, Fujikura is filling out the Ventus family with the Ventus Black and Red.  I tested the Ventus Black to see if it could dethrone the Ventus Blue which has been in my bag since it arrived.

Look

Outside of the base color, nothing has changed from the Ventus Blue to the Ventus Black.  The graphics and logo are clean and futuristic and limit themselves to the upper half of the shaft.  Near the tip, you’ll notice the “VeloCore” symbol, but it’s too small to be distracting at address.

Feel

If you like a shaft with a stable feel, the Ventus Black will be right up your alley.  Where the Ventus Blue has a more active mid section, the Black dials that down.  Ventus Black still feels smooth, but there’s no pronounced kick.

What the Ventus Black and Blue have in common is a rock solid tip section.  Even on toe or heel shots, there’s no twisty, torque-y feeling.

Performance

The reason Ventus has been such a success is that it delivers on its bold promises: better dispersion and more centered contact.  With the Ventus Blue, I’ve been seeing strong driving accuracy (not usually a strength for me) and better consistency in terms of contact.  Both of these trends continued when I plugged in Ventus Black.

Ventus Black is billed as being the lower launching, lower spinning compliment to Ventus Blue.  In my testing, I saw the Ventus Black launch about a degree lower than Blue with slightly lower spin.  As always, your results may vary.  I expect that higher spin players will see a larger spin gap between Black and Blue.

For the way my swing is trending right now, the Ventus Black is going in the bag.  My swing speed has been ticking up slightly, and the less active feel gives me the confidence to swing away.  As good as the Ventus Blue has been at eliminating my hooks, the Ventus Black has an even stronger anti-left bias which is exactly what I’m looking for at the moment.

The Fujikura Ventus Black will be available in 60, 70, and 80 gram weight classes.  In 60 and 70 grams, there will be a stiff and X flex.  At 80 grams, the Ventus Black will only be available in X flex.

Conclusion

Whether you want the stable, low launch performance of the Black or the slightly more active feel of the Blue, it’s hard to go wrong with Ventus.  Both options deliver when it comes to accuracy, consistency, and low spin.  Visit your local Fujikura fitter to find the best one for your swing.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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3 Comments

  1. Your total distance is up 4 yards from one of your last posts that included a driver. Nice

  2. Hey Matt

    I know you gamed/got fit in to the LA Golf Ozik Black Tie b/c True Spec fit me in to that also, but how does the Ventus Black compare to the ozik black?? I’m in the same boat generally needing a low launch/ low spin shaft.

    Thanks,

    Joe

    • Matt Saternus

      Joe,

      They’re certainly very similar. To me, the Ventus feels a little smoother, but it’s really splitting hairs. Dispersion from the Ventus is a bit better, but again it’s close.

      Best,

      Matt

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