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The Kuro Kage Black TiNi has an extremely smooth profile with a good amount of kick and tremendous feel.
Testing the latest batch of Mitsubishi Rayon driver shafts couldn’t have come at a better time. While I was happy with my driver setup, I was getting golfer’s elbow pain, and I was able to determine that my driver was the culprit. When I was testing the Mitsubishi shafts, I noticed the elbow pain went away, and I also got acquainted with the new Kuro Kage Black TiNi shaft and had somewhat of an awakening with my game off the tee. Following the success of the lower launching Kuro Kage Silver TiNi, Mitsubishi introduced the Titanium Nickel (TiNi) Wire technology into the tip of the new Black series to give golfers more control and a more consistent feel.
Generally speaking, the Kuro Kage Black TiNi has a modest look with minor branding and a basic black, grey, and silver color scheme. With all of the bright, hockey stick style graphics on the market, it’s nice to have a more simple looking shaft that isn’t a big billboard. At the same time, the Kuro Kage graphics are unique and still add a little bit of character.
Feel and control are where the Kuro Kage Black TiNi really started to differentiate itself. The Black TiNi has a smooth and consistent feel to it that’s very solid. It’s similar to what we found in the Silver TiNi shaft, but we also said that “Golfers with smooth or slower swings will probably want something that has a little more snap to it” when it comes to the Silver TiNi. I think the Black TiNi has that extra snap that the smoother and slower speeds are looking for, but the faster and more aggressive swinger will appreciate it as well. In addition to the great feel, I found the Kuro Kage Black TiNi to be very easy to control and hit different types of shots with. I do struggle to hit low burners with it, but I am able to comfortably hit mid-trajectory to high shots.
I initially tested the Kuro Kage Black TiNi shaft in the wrong driver head and found lower numbers than I’m accustomed to. Not one to quit, I switched the Black TiNi over to my gamer driver and had a much different experience. Once I got the Black TiNi dialed in, I was hooked, and I’ve even stuck with it through the honeymoon phase. Now, I’m not going to claim I added 50 yards of distance or that I’m hitting the ball like Jason Day and Dustin, but have I definitely started hitting the Black TiNi further and more consistently than my other driver shafts. What I really like about this shaft is the explosive and piercing flight I’m getting out of it. Since switching to Kuro Kage Black TiNi, I’ve found that I can drill the ball through the air, and the shot is very heavy and long. To make my second hockey reference in one review, I would equate it to being like a heavy slap shot. As Fall approaches in Chicago and the winds pick up, this has proven to be extremely beneficial.
If you read Mitsubishi’s product page on the Kuro Kage Black TiNi, you’ll find a little of notes on interesting technology and science that goes into this shaft. While I’m into that “whole kind of thing,” and it’s great information, this was definitely a shaft where the actions spoke louder than words. The Titanium Nickel Wire makes the shaft more stable and the Low Resin Content Prepreg makes the shaft lighter and stronger for enhanced feel. I’ll take Kuro Kage’s word for it, but the Black TiNi’s incredible feel and performance have cemented this shaft as my current gamer.
I couldn’t help myself… (See clip.)