Graphite Designs Tour AD TP Shaft Review

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The Graphite Designs Tour AD TP shaft is a high performance shaft that’s a little more stout than the AD DI.  Great for the big hitter who still wants some feel in the shaft.

Introduction

It’s often said that it’s not hard to have a hit; the hard part is backing it up with a second hit.  Graphite Designs had one of the most successful shafts of the last few years with their Tour AD DI, but none of their subsequent offerings have created the same buzz.  The Tour AD TP, which has a profile similar to the AD DI, should be the follow up smash that we’ve been waiting for.

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Looks

Graphite Designs stuck to recipe of low key graphics with the Tour AD TP.  The branding, though slightly bolder than past efforts, is minimal, and the color scheme – black, white, and grey – won’t turn heads.  If you want an all-business look without any distractions, the AD TP is for you.

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Feel

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite things that Graphite Designs does is explain the feel of each of their shafts on a chart on their website.  They use a simple scale – Very Stiff to Soft – and rate the butt, mid, and tip of each shaft.

The AD TP is rated as tip stiff with a firm butt and mid.  The butt and mid are both one notch stiffer than the AD DI, and this is a perfect description of how the shaft feels.  Where the AD DI has a pronounced kick, the action in the AD TP is more subtle.

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Performance

The new technology used in the AD TP is Graphite Designs’s “Fast Taper Technology” or FTT.  This design makes the shaft taper faster through the lower mid section to the tip.  Its purpose is to give the player greater club head control at impact.

For me, the AD TP was a very consistent performer, just like the AD DI.  The stiffer mid and butt sections did translate to some noticeable ball flight differences.  Where the AD DI kicked more and produced more draws, the AD TP was more solid and produced straighter shots.  I felt like I had to work a little more if I wanted to produce a draw, but I could also swing hard without fearing a hook.

The Graphite Designs AD TP is available in 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 grams and flexes ranging from R2 (senior) to X.

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Conclusion

If you loved the AD DI but longed for something a little stiffer, your prayers have been answered.  The Graphite Designs AD TP has a similar feel, but with a little extra muscle to stand up to those aggressive swings.

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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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6 Comments

  1. I have the TP-7 X flex in my Callaway Epic Sub Zero and the TP-8 X flex in my Callaway Sub Zero 3W and they are amazing shafts. Great feel and consistency! I highly recommend them. Also the Callaway Epic line is amazing….

  2. I have the Tour AD TP-6 S Flex in my 2017 TaylorMade M1 driver. I tested a heap of shafts on the launch monitor: Fujikura Pro, Speeder Motore, Kurokage, Hzrdus – the AD TP-6 delivered the best numbers out of them all; in fact they were very similar to yours. It’s a superb shaft. I also have a Graphite Design AD DI-7 S flex in my TM 3-wood; it is similarly superb.

  3. Shehryar Khan

    Hi Matt, thank you for your review. I have been following your website for a long time now, but never got around to posting a comment.

    I am currently gaming a Tour AD DI 6X. I love the shaft, but I feel I may be losing some distance with the stiffer profile. Would you say the TP 6S would be similar to the DI & 6X considering the TP is somewhat stouter? Also, I’d really appreciate if you could do a review of the Oban Kiyoshi Gold. I’m also considering that as a replacement. I am looking for a high launch shaft, as my spin numbers tend to be low with standard drivers (non-LST versions).

    I understand that fitting would be absolutely necessary, but unfortunately, I live in a country that does not have fitting facilities. It is a handicap for us avid golfers here, but it is what it is.

    Looking forward to your reply. Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Shehryar,

      I think you’re on the right track in going “down” a flex with the TP vs the DI.
      I would be happy to review the Oban Kiyoshi Gold, but we have not had much success working with Oban. If you can let Oban know through social media that you value our reviews, that tends to help things move forward.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Matt,

    I currently play a 90g tensei ck pro white stiff flex in my titleist 3 hybrid. I am seeking a shaft that will provide better dispersion. I have found that even in the fade setting and fade weighting that there tends to be a draw bias when I attempt to put a stronger swing on the ball. Seeking your advice in respect to a shaft that will help to accomplish this. I have been leaning towards the GD AD-IZ until i read the post about the AD-TP. Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Ben,

      In terms of fitting by numbers, I would suggest that you play the stiffest shaft available, particularly in the tip.
      In reality, I would suggest going to get fit to find out what combination of profile and weight helps you to stop hooking the ball.

      -Matt

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