Kuro Kage Silver TiNi Shaft Review

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The Kuro Kage Silver TiNi shaft is a great choice for stronger swingers looking to keep their spin down and their ball off the left side of the course.

Introduction

Few shafts in recent memory have made the immediate and lasting splash that the Kuro Kage has.  Whether you look at the bags of Tour players or the shafts that OEMs choose for their clubs, the Kuro Kage is everywhere.  The Kuro Kage Silver TiNi is the second generation of the Kuro Kage line up, and it incorporates a titanium wire in the tip section to improve stability.

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Feel

The words I’d use to describe the feel of the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi are solid and consistent.  This is not a shaft that is going to give you a ton of “action” or kick through the ball.  Its hallmarks are providing stability swing after swing.  As such, I think this is a shaft that will be welcomed by fast swingers and players with aggressive transitions.  Golfers with smooth or slower swings will probably want something that has a little more snap to it.

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Looks

The Kuro Kage Silver TiNi has a straightforward black, white, and silver color scheme and simple branding.  The upper half of the shaft is silver, and the lower half transitions to black.  In today’s market of wild-colored shafts, the Kuro Kage’s simplicity stands out.

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Performance

On the launch monitor, the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi performed really well for me.  I plugged it into my PING G30 driver and was able to swing as aggressively as I wanted without fear of the hook that I hate so much.  This shaft felt to me like it could handle my hardest swings, which freed me up to swing hard and not worry about “holding off” the club face.  The result was great consistency and some of the best accuracy numbers I’ve posted recently.

One thing that some of you may notice is that my spin numbers and launch angle are higher than normal.  This wouldn’t seem to fit with the idea that this is a “low spin” shaft, but as we discussed in our most recent Golf Myths Unplugged, the label “low spin” is simply put on shafts with stiff tips and low torque.  For me, that combination means more pushes and fades instead of draws or hooks and thus, higher spin and launch.  For others, it will bring the spin down substantially.  I think the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi is a great shaft, but that doesn’t mean it will work the same for every player.

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Conclusion

If you tend to fight a hook or simply want maximum tip stability, the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi is worth checking out.  As always, when looking for the best shaft make sure you work with a qualified fitter.

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Matt Saternus

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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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36 Comments

  1. What do you think of these as FW wood shafts? I was fitted for the Kuro Kage TiNi 60XT on a trackman for my driver, and was thinking of trying this one out for the FW as MRC says it would have slightly higher launch…I also fight a hook which piqued my interest in your review

    • Matt Saternus

      Jake,

      It’s certainly worth a try, though if you have a fitter with the new TiNi XT, I’d guess he also has the TiNi for you to try/be fitted with. I think in any application, this is a good shaft for those fighting a hook.

      Best,

      Matt

    • Hi. How would compare this shaft to the Tensei CK line?

  2. Thanks so much for the response, and I forgot to mention before that I am a huge fan of your reviews.

  3. What is an example of a shaft with “more snap to it” for smoother swings?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jason,

      There are many examples, but within the same family, the Kuro Kage Black has more “snap” or “action” to it. You could also look at the Diamana B Series. The R Series has the most kick.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Bruce LaRue

    Hit the Callaway GBB 10.5 with 55 gram Kuro Kage TiNi in simulator at PGA Superstore Tucson. 10-15 yards further than competitors?

  5. Bruce LaRue

    Do the stock driver shafts from manufactures match up to the shafts from fitter or ordered from retailer?
    Example
    If I purchase GBB with Kuro Kage TiNi am I getting the quality if I order the shaft alone.

    • Matt Saternus

      Bruce,

      That’s one of the great unknowns, and it varies from OEM to OEM, shaft maker to shaft maker, shaft to shaft, and club to club. Generally speaking, I’m skeptical of stock shafts being the same as $300+ aftermarket shafts.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Matt, What is the difference btween 50, 60, 70 gram etc. What do you choose? I hit a Kuru Kage at the range and love it. Also does it come in an iron hybrid, steel and grafite shaft, similar to the fujikura MCI. My specs are very close to yours at 100 mph. My launch angle is high yet I found the shaft to have a little bit lower, boring flight. Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      The difference between the different weights is…the weight. There’s a small difference in torque and profile, but it’s mainly the weight. I almost always test 70 grams shaft.

      I don’t believe there is a Kuro Kage iron shaft; the MCI is MRC’s graphite iron shaft offering.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Bill Hershman

    Best Kuro Kage shaft – comparable to Bassara e55 x5ct regular flex. Will it fit the TaylorMade M2 driver? Like the weight of my Bassara.

    Thanks,

    Bill H

  8. Matt,
    I’ve been using a Taylor made stage 2 with a Fujikura Pro 63 stiff flex. I’m looking for more distance so I just purchased a Taylor made M1 with a Kuro Kage Tini 60g Stiff shaft. I got a good deal so I bought the M1 before trying it out. With my swing speed between 100-105, would you imagine the Kuro Kage or Fujikura will be best? Also, your thoughts on M1 vs M2 please?

    • Matt Saternus

      Kevin,

      I have no idea about the shaft, only a fitting can answer that question.
      I have reviews of the M1 and M2 drivers on the site.

      -Matt

  9. Hi Matt, I have a swing speed 95-100 with a high ball launch. I’m using a M1 9.5. Would this shaft be a good shaft for me?
    Thank you,
    Tom

  10. Like your reviews, but believe it is important for you to identify the specific shaft including the weight which you have omitted in your review. The weight can have a significant effect on ball flight and consistency.

  11. John Courtney

    I see these shafts have a titanium wire in them—so they are not just purely graphite–correct?
    these are new for me and I am having much discomfort in my elbow. my previous clubs had a titleist ultralight graphite shaft—bought in 2001. and they were r-flex and the new ones are s-flex.
    any advice? I think I need to change shafts.

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      If you switched shafts and are now having discomfort, yes, I would recommend changing shafts again to something that won’t give you any pain. A good fitter should be able to provide some insight into why these are bothering you and what might be better.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. Hello Matt, I know this is an old post, but if you have a moment, how would you compare Kuro Kage Silver TiNi to the PROJECT X HZRDUS YELLOW 63. I’m trying to decided between the two. I’ve hit the Project X and it doesn’t seem to have the kick that I’m use to, but I hit it straighter. Haven’t had a chance to hit the Kuro Kage. Thanks for your time.

    • Matt Saternus

      Kirk,

      I would strongly recommend getting a fitting before making a purchase. Both shafts are in the same general family – low launch, low spin – but different swings will react to each shaft differently.

      Best,

      Matt

  13. Louis Cimo

    Hi Matt
    When putting a KURO KAGE 60G Flex-R Mitsubishi Rayon TINI shaft into a TM Aeroburner 9* Tour van issue TP driver head, where should the graphics on the shaft be positioned when addressing the ball? Should they be at 12, 3, 6 or nine o’clock.
    Thanks…………..Louis

  14. Is a K URO kAGE 50G RFLEX SHAFT STOCK WITH gbbCallaway the same shaft as the 50g tini?

  15. Hi. Do you hit this shaft with the standar 46in Lengh ?

  16. Hi matt.

    Have you compared the dual core to the standard tini could you notice any difference?

    Thanks

    Sk

    • Matt Saternus

      Stephen,

      Without testing head to head, I can’t say definitively. They profiles are very similar. I would not guess that I’d be able to feel a big difference.

      Best,

      Matt

  17. Mitchell Peterson

    Is there a difference between the KK sliver that has Rayon and the shaft that has Chemical??

    • Matt Saternus

      Mitchell,

      I’m not certain, but I believe that the Chemical ones are just newer, reflecting the new brand name. I don’t believe there’s been a new model.

      Best,

      Matt

  18. I play the Kuro Kage silver tini 70g x-stiff shaft with my 2016 M2 head and can find the center of the club fairly well, but I have a tough time with too low of a spin number. I cannot, however, find another shaft (same swing weights) that in stiff or X-stiff that allows me to find the center of the club consistently. I have a stiff Tensei Blue CK shaft that gives me good spin numbers but my strike pattern is inconsistent ( but better than everything else except my Kuro Kage). I swing around 105mph

    What is it about this shaft that allows me so much better control of the head? Is it the Torque, tip stiff section, or something else?

    • Matt Saternus

      Adam,

      There’s no way to say for sure; it’s likely a combination of factors. If you need more spin but love that shaft, I might suggest going to a head with more loft.

      Best,

      Matt

  19. I’m torn between this and the HZRDUS black. I noticed you reviewed both and if you had any advice having played with both. Appreciate your time, thanks

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