Mitsubish Tensei Blue Shaft Review

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The Mitsubishi Tensei Blue shaft is a technological step forward with a feel that’s very familiar.  Fans of the Blueboard and B Series Diamana shafts will want to give this a try.

Introduction

When PGA Tour star like Louis Oosthuizen and Ryan Moore are testing a new shaft, the gear heads start buzzing.  When that new shaft is the first in a whole new line from Mitsubishi, that buzz can get very loud.

The Mitsubishi Tensei shaft is the first new line from Mitsubishi since the introduction of the Kuro Kage, and it truly is something different.  Where most shafts use 3 or 4 different materials, Tensei uses 11.  Can Tensei transform your driving?  We put it to the test to find out.

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Feel

The bend profile of the Tensei Blue is based on Mitsubishi’s classic “Blue” profile, meaning it has similarities to the Diamana Blueboard or B Series Diamana shafts, and that feel will be instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with those shafts.  The difference is that the Tensei feels tighter throughout the shaft.  There’s a solid mid-kick in this shaft, but every section feels very stable.

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Looks

Overall, the Mitsubishi Tensei has a subdued look, but closer inspection does reveal some sharp details.  Near the grip, you can see the weaved material forming a stair-step pattern that leads down to a band of blue.  The Tensei branding is futuristic looking on top of a plain grey background.  Before the shaft transitions to black at the tip, there’s a thin band of wraparound weaving visible.

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Performance

The on-course performance I saw with the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue shaft was excellent.  This isn’t a surprise because I’ve been fit many times into shafts similar to the Diamana B Series which has a similar bend profile to the Tensei.

The Tensei is different from the B Series in one important way: the tip is slightly more stable.  If you want the technical explanation, this is the result of MRC using a low resin content prepreg in the lower third of the shaft.  The result is more consistent performance and tighter dispersion.  While I didn’t see a huge spin reduction because I create very little to begin with, I did feel the difference between the Tensei and the B Series.

You can find the Tensei CK Series Blue in three weights – 50, 60, and 70 grams – and in regular, stiff, and extra stiff flex.

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Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your driver or fairway woods, the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue shaft is one that you should check out.  Mitsubishi’s “Blue” profile fits a wide range of golfers, and the technology in Tensei’s construction is the real deal.

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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.

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51 Comments

  1. The Tensei may be the successor to the S+ since that’s what they compare it to on Misubishi’s website.
    http://www.mrc-golf.com/products/ck-blue-0

  2. Nice review, and particularly useful as we have very similar swing speeds and spin rates. It’s refreshing to see a review from a ‘mortal’ in that sense!

    Really looking forward to trying this shaft. I love the ‘blue’ series and think this could fit me nicely. Does it still retain the smooth feel of other Diamana shafts ?

  3. My fitter just recommend this shaft for me. Current club speed of 111 average, 15.6 degree launch angle, and 2100 spin. I would like have more accuracy with my 430 SDLR. I am not looking for distance, just more control with my distance.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Sorry, that was a question. I would like to get some opinion on whether this shaft is good for my swing.

    • Matt Saternus

      Daniel,

      I would never contradict someone who has fit you in person. I think the Tensei is a quality product, and if your fitter recommended it, I would stick with that.

      Best,

      Matt

    • If this actually gives you a problem with control with all the data you’ve given. It’s more of grooving the driver swing for control, accuracy and consistency. Do remember that the club will only move on the same plane if you swing consistently in plane that will bring 14/18 fairways be achievable.

      • Matt Saternus

        Tom,

        Are you trying to say that a properly fit shaft isn’t an important factor in driver performance?
        Also, what courses are you playing that have 18 fairways?

        -Matt

  4. The 99 club head speed, 244 carry etc. Are they you’re readings? If so what weighted shaft did you use? 50, 60 or 70?

  5. Hello Matt, I am intending to buy a Taylormade M1 driver but in a regular shaft I see Tensei 60 gram or a Fujikura pro 60 gram options are they pretty much the same?
    Many thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Graham,

      No, I wouldn’t say that they’re the same. I would suggest finding a fitter who will let you try both and fit you for the best option.

      -Matt

  6. Øivind Rånes

    Tensei 50grams regular cured my slice, got fitted today for a Taylormade M2 with the Tensei , and wow what a difference in accuracy compared to my old driver ( Biocell) and as a bounus i increased the drives with about 25 yards/20 + meters.

  7. Casey Crooks

    Hi Matt, how would you compare this to the GD AD DI. Seems like they would be compatible with the Tensei maybe being a little more stable. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Casey,

      Similar to the Orange/AD TP comparison, the Tensei has a smoother action instead of being “load and kick.”

      Best,

      Matt

  8. I put an aftermarket 70 Blue in my 3 wood and an 80HY Blues in my G400s after falling in love with the Pro White in my driver.

    My only word of caution to people is to be really careful when buying these used: I made the mistake of buying a Blue 65 off the Bay. It was a familiar weight. The seller did a great job tipping and gripping it, but I had no idea the OEM pull was nothing like the real deal other than graphics. It may be a great fit for a lot of people, but it was not for me.

    I’ve only seen pulls with odd weights like 55 and 65, and so far only Blue and Red, but I’m sure White and Orange are out there somewhere. Lesson learned.

    • Matt Saternus

      Dan,

      That’s a very important lesson: stock shafts are rarely, if ever, the same as the true aftermarket versions. Just one more reason to always work with a trusted club fitter & builder.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Hi I have a 6- grams in x stiff tour tensei. Wow just wow . I can regularly hit 280-300 yard drives . I also play a little shorter at 44 inch’s . Defiantly recommend this shaft but as always try on the course and have a fitting

  10. Alvaro Ybañez

    Hi Matt,

    I just got fitted for the TENSEI CK Blue 70 for my driver. My spin is very low (1200 RPM, see picture linked https://imageshack.us/i/pnXC5erXp). I just need to keep the ball in the air some more. As you can see distance is not a problem.

    I believe the PRO is way more expensive than the regular one and that is has lower spin, detrimental to my specs. Can you please share your thoughts on this?

    Thanks in advance and great work!

    • Matt Saternus

      Alvaro,

      I don’t know what the price difference is, but the PRO model of the Blue is purported to be lower spin. I haven’t tested the standard against the Pro, so I don’t have much to add. Sorry.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Hello-

    I play the Aldila 75 S in the M2, and in my previous Drivers- I’m thinking about upgrading to the M3 which has the Tensei Blue- In your opinion which is the better shaft. I really love the Green Monster, but if I must change, I will- Lol

    • Matt Saternus

      Ty,

      There’s no universal “better,” just a question of what fits you. If you like the green Aldila shafts, the Tensei Blue may be a little too active for you, but it’s worth trying to find out.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. Tom Magnus

    I have purchased the Taylormade M4 hybrids that come standard with the atmos red stiff shaft 83 Grams, 3.3 torque. I was considering switching to the mitsubishi Tensei Blue stiff 79 grams 2.7 torque which is standard shaft on the M3 hybrids.

    How will the tensei react compared to the atmos??? I hit the atmos really straight with good trajectory around 14.1 degrees launch, 120 ball speed, 86.1 club head speed, 74 L side spin, 2799 back spin, 2811 total spin, 22 peak height, 34 decent angle, 186 carry, 209 total distance, -5 offline.

    I tried the tensei with an M# and the club seemed to fade on me everytime. was it the shaft or the M3 head? what are your thoughts.

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      The Tensei is stiffer overall, particularly in the tip, and it has less torque than the ATMOS. I think the fades were largely the result of the shaft.

      Best,

      Matt

  13. Afiq Hakim

    Geeetings Matt,

    Appreciate the review. I have one question regarding the Tensei CK ( standard non-pro model). Would you say the non pro Tensei as a made for oem shaft and the pro being the real aftermarket shaft? Or would you categorized the non pro standard Tensei as an aftermarket and the Pro version as the tour spec aftermarket of the brand?

    And what is the difference between the standard non pro Tensei and the Tense shafts that comes stock with the new TM M3? Are they of different materials and quality or are they just different color schemes?

    Appreciate your view on this.

    • Matt Saternus

      Afiq,

      Let me answer the easier one first: the shafts that come stock are NOT the same as the aftermarket versions. Full stop.

      To your first question: both the standard and Pro Tensei are high quality, aftermarket shafts. It’s just a matter of finding the profile that fits your swing best. I hope that answers your question.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. Matt,
    Wanted ask how this shaft compares to Project x Hazdus, yellow 6.0, 63 grams?

    Thanks,
    Mike

  15. Ciaran Ryan

    Hi Matt
    Looking for comparison between Tensei 65g blue s flex fairway shaft to my old Prolaunch blue 75g s flex shaft,
    Would the 75g Prolaunch be stiffer

    Regards
    Ciaran

    • Matt Saternus

      Ciaran,

      I don’t have much experience with the ProLaunch, so I could not give you a quality comparison.

      Best,

      Matt

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  18. Jacob Ranger

    I have a Titleist 917 D3 9.5 and have been hitting until it broke recently an Aldila Rouge silver 70g X. I have a swing speed of about 113 but I tend to spin it a little high (2800) how do the shafts compare

  19. Put the regular 50 shaft in my Ping400. I hit stiff shaft in my driver and regulars in my Mizuno irons and Ping fairway woods. At 64 years old and the swing speed slowing down it was time to change as the driver was starting to get more off center hits and was down to 210 carry and about 20 yards of roll. The change was dramatic ! 230 yards carry and 25 yards roll! I once again found the sweet spot where it was for years, center cut! The load on the shaft is amazing. Slowed the backswing down a little and let her rip! I can’t wait to get to the course this weekend to see how it performs in game conditions!

  20. Hey Matt.

    I hit a Nike Vapor Fly Driver head at 9.5 with a V2 Proforce 65g stiff shaft. Seems to consistently produce a spin rate of well over 3500, launch average well over 18 and a carry averaging 220.

    I recently tested a Kuro Kage Black 50g stiff. My spin rate dropped 800- 1000, carry increased to 245-250 and launch closer to 15. Swing speed is between 103-109.

    I believe that I can get my spin down even more, along with my launch. Would you recommend any other shafts that rival or have similar specs as the Kuro Kage Black 50g Stiff?

    Thanks,

    Shane

    • Matt Saternus

      Shane,

      It sounds like a modern tip-stiff shaft is in order. With a little more spin reduction, you could see carry distances around 265. I would suggest working with a fitter to find the best shaft for your swing.

      Best,

      Matt

  21. How does this compare to the project x LZ?

  22. i ordered a Rogue 3 wood (15degree) with this shaft (stiff) and it is without a doubt the best performing 3 wood I’ve ever had. I can flight the ball easily as well as turn it left to right or right to left on demand. I love it

  23. How do you thinknits compares to the old voodoo shaft? Ive kept the in that came in my 909 driver and have used it in every titleist drive since. Can’t find aoecs to comper .

    • Matt Saternus

      Eddie,

      To me, the feel of the Aldila VooDoo is in stark contrast to the Tensei Blue. It’s been a while since I’ve hit it, but my recollection is that the VooDoo was not that smooth.

      Best,

      Matt

  24. I play a Whiteboard 72 in my 917 D3, just love the shaft. . Would the CK Pro White 70 be an upgrade in your opinion?

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      There’s no reason the Tensei would be better unless it’s a better fit.

      Best,

      Matt

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      There’s no inherent reason the Tensei would be an upgrade. It might be a better fit for you, but the Whiteboard is a great shaft.

      Best,

      Matt

  25. Aaron Rogers

    Hey Matt

    I’m looking at buying an M3 3 wood and the 65 is the stock shaft, but on the article it says that there is only a 60 and 70 offered. Why is that?

  26. ed patteson

    Ok so Im sitting here reading all about stiff shafts and 200-300 yard drives and to say the least
    Im envious, so what about us guys and gals that don’t hit that far, any comments for us ?
    also you said this club only comes in a regular, stiff and extra stiff, maybe you wrote this before
    they came out with the A flex which is what I have.
    Maybe Im (hate to admit it) to old to swing that hard anymore, seriously what I really could use is
    a lesson an a club fitting.

  27. Tired of hitting it short

    Which is the best shaft for a senior golfer:
    Mitsubishi Tensei AV blue, 70G
    Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue, 60G
    Project X HZRDUS Smoke, 70G
    Project X HZRDUS Smoke, 60G
    or, the Project X Even Flow Green, 60G??

    • Matt Saternus

      That depends on which one fits the given senior golfer. If you want to pick up distance, the fastest way to do it is with a quality club fitting.

      Best,

      Matt

  28. Jo Richardson

    Hi Matt, do you really see that much difference in regards to the shaft? I watched a Mark Crossfield vid where a +1 marker spent 350 pounds on a shaft! They got him to hit balls with a variety of shafts put in same head including his and numbers varied very little in fact to his surprise his best numbers were with a regular stock shaft, and he was hitting around 300 yds carry with all. So I am feeling that shaft is not the be all and end all.. More Head design and loft appear the major factors. Not to forget swing quality :)

    This is kind of a question as I want a new driver and fitting is more than 500ks from where I live in OZ so prob buy without fitting. Looking at TS3 8.5 with tensei blue x, my good drives carry 250m. I am a high hitter so hoping this will help there.

    Any thoughts appreciated, Jo

    • Matt Saternus

      Jo,

      The shaft makes a huge difference. I don’t know much about Crossfield, so I won’t comment on that, but I’ve seen a shaft change make a huge difference for myself and dozens of other golfers, let alone all the stories I’ve picked up from fitters.

      -Matt

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