MCA Diamana DF Shaft Review

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The MCA Diamana DF shaft is a blend of the classic Blue Board and White Board profiles, mixed with MCA’s latest materials.  Delivers the smooth feel that is synonymous with the Diamana brand.

Introduction

Now in its fourth generation, it seems that every notable golfer has played a Diamana at one point in their career.  And while many product lines can go stale in their fourth iteration, MCA has consistently added something new with each launch.

What’s the hook behind the new Diamana DF Series shafts?  Blending the profiles of the original Blue Board and White Boards.

Looks

Diamana shafts can always be counted on to have a refined, eye-catching appearance.  The DF series starts out as a gloss black near the grip with wraparound flower band and “Diamana” graphics.  Just below the primary branding, the color shifts to a metallic silver for a clean look at address.

Feel

The key word in describing any Diamana shaft is always “smooth.”  That’s been the theme from model to model and generation to generation.  The new DF Series does not let that fall by the wayside.

What surprised me, having gamed the third generation W Series shaft, was how far down the shaft the action extends.  From White Board to Ahina to W Series to DF Series, these are the low launching, tip stiff profiles for the aggressive swinger.  While the tip is still very stable, there is action from the handle all the way through the middle of the shaft.

Performance

It never ceases to amaze me how much my past experience affects my ability to use certain equipment effectively.  With a new brand or model of shaft, there’s usually a “getting to know you” period.  With something familiar like a new Diamana, it’s often all systems go from the first swing.  That was definitely the case with the DF Series.

As regular readers know, I perform best with stable, tip stiff shafts.  However, I like the feel of a smooth, active shaft.  The DF Series is among the leaders in terms of providing a lot of feel and while still having the requisite stability.

Both my launch monitor numbers and the ball flight I was seeing were great with the Diamana DF.  The ball launched at the lower end of my normal window with a strong flight.  Most importantly, there were no unexpected shot shapes.  A bad swing would result in a hook or a big push, but every swing that felt good started fairly straight with minimal curve.

The MCA Diamana DF Series shafts are available in weights from 50 grams all the way up to 80 grams and flexes from Regular to TX.  The two extreme flexes are more limited in terms of weight – Regular comes in 50 and 60 grams; TX is not available in 50.

Conclusion

If you’ve been searching for a shaft that mixes stability with smooth feel, check out the MCA Diamana DF Series.  By blending the profiles of the Blue Board and White Board, MCA is offering a lot of action while still providing a very stable tip section and predictable ball flight.

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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.

8 Comments

  1. David Hammond

    Great Review as always Matt!
    Will you be reviewing the Graphite Designs AD F-Series anytime soon? Cheers,

    Dave

  2. Thanks for reviewing!!

    Mind sharing which head you used for the test?

  3. Matt, great review. I am curious about your thoughts comparing the DF to the EVO IV…will the DF give the IV a challenge for a spot in your bag this year?

  4. Grant Lewis

    Hello,

    Great review, thank you. In terms of feel, stability, and tip profile what other shafts would you say are most similar to the DF or vise versa? I’d love to hear what they are as an addition to to what you’ve listed in this review.

    Thanks,

    Grant

    • Matt Saternus

      Grant,

      Other recent tip stiff shafts would be the Project X HZDRUS Smoke, Accra TZ5, and LAGP Ozik Black Tie.

      -Matt

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