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The Fujikura Ventus TR shaft builds on the hugely successful Ventus line. Adds something new without changing the fundamental character. Ideal blend of Ventus Blue and Ventus Black.
Ventus is one of the most successful shafts in Fujikura’s history. As the top shaft on Tour and at retail, creating a follow up was no easy task. “Make it better, but don’t change it,” was how some at Fujikura described the task. While that may seem like a joke, that’s exactly what they’ve managed to do with Fuijkura Ventus TR.
The idea of “Make it better, but don’t change it” can be seen in the graphics on the Ventus TR. At a glance, it’s identical to the original Ventus Blue [review HERE]. The graphics are the same, save the addition of the “TR” logo, and the base color is very similar, though a bit lighter.
A second look reveals that upgrades have been made. First, the shaft is no longer one color. It’s navy blue for most of its length, but it fades to black at the grip. More noticeable is the sparkle finish underneath the blue. Both of these changes are subtle, but they really pop in the sun. This shaft is still more workhorse than spotlight stealer, but the TR version has a little more razzle dazzle.
The feel of the Ventus TR also hits that “same but better” theme. At its core, this is still a Ventus Blue. The tip is very stiff, but the butt and mid are soft enough that you get a little kick without swinging out of your shoes.
Where the TR separates itself from Ventus Blue is by being just a little tighter, particularly at the base of the grip. This is a slight difference, which I can’t emphasize enough. That said, players who find themselves wanting something between Ventus Blue and Ventus Black will love it.
Check out the strongest Ventus TR – Ventus TR Black – HERE
Regular readers may recall that I gamed both the Ventus Blue and the Ventus Black [review HERE], the latter for an extended period of time. I really loved Ventus Black, but the thing I loved – that I was responsible for everything – could be a drag on those last few holes when my energy waned. The Fujikura Ventus TR is a perfect blend of the two. I get the stability of Ventus Black with the added kick and smoother feel of Ventus Blue.
In my first round with Ventus TR, the things that stood out were the consistent spin, the high ball speed, and the stable feel. Regardless of the quality of contact or the start line, every shot flew with integrity. There were no ballooning shots nor any knuckleballs. While my swing was definitely in off-season form, every result matched the swing, which is all I ever ask for from a shaft. And to my earlier point about ball speed and letting the shaft do some of the work, my best drive of the day was on #18 – a bomb that carried over 280 yards.
When I got the Ventus TR to the launch monitor, my on-course observations were supported with numbers. The spin rates are mid-low and extremely robust. For me, the launch of the Ventus TR is more in line with Ventus Blue, which is a good thing. Given that my spin is already low, I’m happy to see the ball launch a bit higher for more carry.
Need higher launch or more active feel? Check out the Ventus TR Red HERE
If you want the technical side of how Fujikura created Ventus TR, the answer is advanced materials. Through their ENSO reseach, Fujikura found that they could improve performance by strengthening the mid-handle of the shaft. They did this by incorporating Spread Tow, an ultra-light, ultra-strong material that made this section stronger without adding weight.
The Fujikura Ventus TR shaft is available in weights ranging from 50 grams to 80 grams. As you would expect, the 70 and 80 gram versions are only offered in Stiff and X flex. At 60 grams, Fujikura makes Regular, Stiff, and X. The lightest version comes in R2, Regular, and Stiff flexes.
Improving on Ventus was a tall order, but Fujikura filled it with the Ventus TR shaft. Whether you found yourself between models in the original Ventus line, or simply want to see if you can find something a bit better than your Blue or Black, head to your Fujikura fitter to try the Ventus TR.