Mistubishi Kuro Kage Black TiNi Shaft Review

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The Kuro Kage Black TiNi has an extremely smooth profile with a good amount of kick and tremendous feel.

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Introduction

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.

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Looks

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.

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Feel

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.

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Performance

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.

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Conclusion

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.

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I couldn’t help myself… (See clip.)

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18 Comments

  1. Having now reviewed both the Kuro Kage XM and the Kuro Kage Black TiNi, how would you compare the two? You seem VERY happy with this shaft and not as happy with the significantly more expensive XM, although this may highlight why a good fitting sees no cost. I really enjoyed this review.

    • If I’m honest, I’m not entirely sure how to answer this question. I feel the reviews both describe my experience with them and portrays them as very different shafts. As I mentioned in the XM review, it just wasn’t a good fit for me and had a softer profile. The two shafts are apples and oranges.

  2. So, I have a smooth 103 mph swing and I like the red and black kuro kage. I don’t like the silver tini. I like FubukiZ amd Oban kiyoshi gold.
    Do you think I should try this one ?

  3. Hi
    I currently use Shaqx in my 3 wood (Taylormade steel 2009), tried a variety of shafts in my Titleist 915, but never anything like the shaqx, irons are AP2 (also my 2002 Hogan Apex blades)..all use KBS x.
    Clubhead speed is 127 mph (I do long drive comps), so aggressive swing, but smooth..very little fade or draw…fair amount of hand/wrist roll thru the contact area.
    Would this be a reasonable shaft to go test? or are there other options under say $900.
    Thx

    • I’ve never hit a ShaqX so I can’t tell you I have anything remotely comparable to give you a comparison on.

      What you play for an iron shaft is irrelevant for the question you’re asking.

      If you’re listing a price range under $900 and are open to anything, the world really is your oyster. The best answer for your question is to go see a fitter that has access to a wide range of different shafts to test and see which gives you the best results.

      Bill

  4. I currently play a Speeder 565 wondering if you have any experience how it might compare. I’m looking at switching to a GBB from a Big Bertha that I currently game. It will come with this shaft, worried I might have the smooth swing you speak of. Felt good when I swung it but I have had a terrible time with the fitting process as I know I tend to over swing during the process. So often times I end up disappointed in the fitting process and it is MY FAULT.

    • The Speeder 565 is a “made for” shaft that I’ve never been fond of. The real deal 569 is great.

      I don’t think the two shafts are all that similar, but that’s my personal opinion. You really have to hit them both, and work on showing discipline while in a fitting to get honest numbers.

      Don’t know how well this helps, but it’s the best I can do. Fuji and MRC both make great shafts, just have to find the one right that feels and plays right for you.

  5. Dave Nunn

    I love the Silver (non tini) in my Callaway XR16 driver. Going to try the black tini in a demo and hope I get same results you did. Does it follow I should get the same shaft in my fairway woods. Wasn’t an option in the XR16, so use the stock 565 which I don’t really like but it is in the optifit epic range which I am ordering soon.

    • You won’t necessarily succeed with the same shafts in fairway wood and drivers. That doesn’t mean you won’t, but that’s not the way to approach it. You ultimately will need to test or get fit to see what shaft you achieve maximum performance with in each club.

  6. Bill which shaft in your mind is better kurokage 50 s or speeder 565 r for a swing speed of 95 thanks keith ps hitting a epic driver head at 10.5

    • Keith, you’re massively comparing apples to oranges. They are very different shafts with different flexes and flex profiles, and just a swing speed is nowhere near enough data to in regards to the relation of your personal swing and the specific shafts. You will have to hit both of them on a launch monitor to make a truly educated suggestion on something like that.

  7. Gerald Barton

    I have been playing the GBB for a year now and it is the easiest driver to hit that I have ever owned. It has the Kurakage Black 60 regular flex installed. I have noticed that the spin rate is too high based on the fact that the amount of roll the ball gets when it lands is significantly less than my peers get when their ball lands. (same ball, same turf conditions) 10 yards is a lot of roll for my drives.

    I am considering exchanging the regular flex for a stiff flex. Launch monitor results indicate that my spin rates near 4000 rpms on most drives irrespective of driver settings. (-1, S, +1, +2). My assumption is that the stiff flex will lower the spin rates and the launch angle can be manipulated by the driver loft setting.

    Your comments are appreciated.

    • Matt Saternus

      Gerald,

      Going to a stiffer shaft is not always going to yield lower spin or lower launch. If your spin is at 4000 RPM, you are leaving A LOT of distance on the table. The best thing to do would be to go to a quality club fitter like Club Champion or True Spec and have them fit you for the correct shaft – the right model, weight, and flex. I don’t know your swing speed, but assuming 100 MPH, going from 4000 RPM to 2500 RPM at the same launch (12* for this example), you could gain 10 yards of carry and 20 yards of total distance.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. I’m playing a Wilson F5 driver with a FubukiZ 50gr S currently and it feels ‘heavy’ and sometimes dead. I have appx 105mph swing speed. Do you think that the Black TiNi would change the feel? I just found out that I can add weight to the sole of the driver. That might change the feel of the shaft too.

    Any hints are appreciated.

    • Matt Saternus

      Bjorn,

      A shaft change will certainly change the way the club feels. Adding weight to the sole should add some feel, too.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Just bought the Callaway Rogue with the Kuro Kage Black TiNi shaft. Couldn’t be happier. Tried the Project x and Oban Devotion. The Kuro Kage won out.

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