Fujikura Ventus TR Black Shaft Review

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The Fujikura Ventus TR Black shaft is extremely stout.  Low launch, low spin for the very fast, aggressive swinger.

Introduction

This past January, Fujikura expanded their hugely successful Ventus line with Ventus TR Blue [review HERE].  Gear junkies knew that TR versions of Black and Red were inevitable, and they have finally arrived.  In this review, I’ll take an in-depth look at Ventus TR Black, an even stronger version of the toughest Ventus.

Looks

At a glance, Ventus TR Black doesn’t look terribly distinct from Ventus Black.  The graphics near the handle are the same, the Ventus branding is the same, and the “VeloCore” mark is still present near the tip.  However, when you take a closer look, you’ll realize that there’s a sparkle added to the black that gives the look a little more depth.  Overall, the look is still all-business but with a little something extra.

Feel

Players who are familiar with Ventus Black [review HERE] may wonder how it was possible for Fujikura to make something even stronger.  I can’t answer the how, I just know that they did.

Swinging the Ventus TR Black is like leaning on a wall.  You can lean gently, you can press into it, but the wall isn’t going to move.  No matter how aggressively I swung, the Ventus TR Black did not bend, kick, or twist, it just went exactly where I put it.

Fujikura rates the Ventus TR Black as being “Ultra Stiff” in the butt and tip sections and merely “Stiff” in the mid section.  Players with significantly more speed may be able to feel that softer mid section, but I was not.

I would add that, though it’s incredibly strong, the TR Black doesn’t feel harsh or boardy.  It’s a gentle giant.  Could it shove you in a locker?  Absolutely, but it doesn’t need to beat its chest about it.

Need higher launch or more active feel?  Check out the Ventus TR Red HERE

Performance

The performance of the Fujikura Ventus TR Black mirrors the feel.  Whatever you put into it, you will get out.  Nothing more, nothing less.

After I got the feel for the Ventus TR Black, my drives became extremely predictable.  The ball barely curved, and the start line was always where I expected (or deserved) it to be.  On a good swing, I could walk down the middle of the fairway without looking up.  If I made a poor swing, I would know immediately where to find the ball.

In terms of trajectory, the Ventus TR Black wants to fire low launch, low spin bullets.  This does come with a bit of a caveat.  The interaction of player and shaft is never fully predictable.  While the TR Black didn’t kick the ball into the air, it did help me to keep the face from closing, thus producing slightly higher launch and spin than the Ventus TR Red.  As always, we strongly recommend that you get fit to find the best shaft for your driver.

Finally, what I love about the addition of the TR shafts to the Ventus line is the ability to more finely tune your fit.  I gamed the Ventus Black, and now with Ventus TR Blue and Ventus TR Black, I have options to take small steps up or down.  If I gained speed or needed more control, I can go to Ventus TR Black.  However, if I wanted a shaft to do a little more work for me, I can move to Ventus TR Blue.

Conclusion

For the fastest swingers seeking a shaft strong enough to control their ball flight, the Fujikura Ventus TR Black is it.  No matter how aggressively you go after the ball, the TR Black will keep up with you and deliver predictable, consistent results.

If you’re looking for more Ventus TR content, Club Champion created a great video on the Ventus TR Black vs. the original Ventus Black HERE.

Visit Fujikura HERE

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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2 Comments

  1. Randy Siedschlag

    Great review! I game the OG black and love it. I have heard the TR makes it so you don’t have to go full bore and your ball still goes straight whereas with the OG the face may not close enough and you fade it more. I sometimes see that as well. Did you see that with the TR? This sounds like a shaft I need to try out.

    • Matt Saternus

      Randy,

      That’s going to specific to the individual golfer. For me, both the OG Black and TR Black go straight, but they both “require” a full effort.

      Best,

      Matt

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