Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XT Shaft Review

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The Kuro Kage XT shaft is an extremely stable shaft.  Low torque and stout without feeling too boardy or harsh.  Only big hitters need apply.

Introduction

The entire Kuro Kage Silver line is meant for the big hitters.  These shafts have all been extremely stable and tip stiff, but for the player who still wants more there’s the Kuro Kage XT shaft.  For the most aggressive and fastest swingers, the XT is the Kuro Kage that you must try.

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Feel

Bring everything you’ve got, and the Kuro Kage XT still won’t blink.  This shaft is as stout as can be.  The bend point is high and the torque is very low, so no matter how hard you swing, the XT never gets loose.

The interesting thing about the Kuro Kage XT is that as stiff as it is, it doesn’t feel harsh.  Yes, it will laugh off your weak swings, but impact still feels good.  This is a testament, I believe to the high quality materials used in its construction.

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Looks

Overall, the Kuro Kage XT shaft looks very similar to the other shafts in the Kuro Kage Silver family.  The upper half is white and silver, and it transitions to black about midway down the shaft.  The one new detail on the XT is the holographic/rainbow outline around the Kuro Kage name.  The effect only comes out in sunlight, and it’s a bit hard to capture on camera (especially since we haven’t seen the sun here in weeks), but it’s a very nice visual pop on an otherwise understated shaft.

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Performance

I’m going to write something that you’ve likely never read on the “golf internet” before, and may never see again: the Kuro Kage XT shaft is too much shaft for me.  I’ve always played stiff flex shafts because even though my swing speed is nothing special, I transition pretty aggressively.  The Kuro Kage XT, however, was not impressed.  Though I hit a handful of great shots with this shaft, on the whole I had to work really hard to get any “action” from this shaft, and that led to inconsistency.

This is not to say that the Kuro Kage XT isn’t a great shaft, it just requires the right fit.  This is a true “stiff to flex” shaft that absolutely demands that you check your ego at the door and let a qualified fitter like Club Champion put you into the right spec (or guide you to a better fitting shaft).  If you self-fit with your ego, you’re gonna have a bad time.

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Conclusion

If you’re a truly powerful swing, you are going to love the Kuro Kage XT shaft.  With all of MRC’s best technology, including TiNi wire in the tip, this shaft can take everything that you have and turn it into long, straight drives.  Just make sure to eat your Wheaties.

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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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8 Comments

  1. I played this all year, based on a trackman fitting with a top 100 fitter. My swing speed averaged 98 on the trackman, some just over 100, some as low as 96 but also with an aggressive transition. It has been very good for me accuracy wise, particularly in almost totally eliminating my big duck hook miss (although adding some more pushes–not off the course pushes but more pushes nonetheless). Still, based on the GPS measuring feature on my watch, I think I am losing about 10 yards of distance from the stock PxV I had in my old BioCell (255-60 vs 265-70 on well struck balls). I was fitted into the XT60 Stiff. Are the lighter shafts less stout which might explain why I was fit into this shaft? If so, what might a slightly less stout alternative be without losing too much of the accuracy I gained?

    • Matt Saternus

      JC,

      This is a question that is better suited to your fitter. We refrain from making any specific recommendations because there’s simply no way to do so accurately over the internet. If you’re just looking for options to try, literally any shaft will be less stout than the XT.

      Best,

      Matt

      • I really appreciate the answer. I suppose I should trust the fitter, they are the best I have in the area and pretty well known, although I do worry that I do not swing fast enough for this shaft. It would be disappointing if I were fit into this shaft because it is expensive, as I went to the fitting with a totally open mind regardless of price…within reason of course.

        • Matt Saternus

          JC,

          I’m no stranger to the post-fitting “What Ifs”. Unfortunately, there will never be a perfect fitting because we’re human. All you can do is work with the best people, ask good questions, test thoroughly, and then go play golf.

          Best,

          Matt

  2. I currently game this shaft and felt that your review was pretty close to spot on to what i feel with the kuro kage xt. How would you compare the xt and the hzrdus? which feels more stout or smoother? more kick, less kick? just a general gist would be nice to compare the two. thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      JB,

      They’re both quite similar, I think any differences in feel would be purely individual.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Matt,

    I posted in another article that I felt my Speeder Evo 2 757 was too soft, went to Cool Clubs today and they confirmed what I was feeling. I hit a couple other shafts then he gave me the XT70 TX… absolutely amazing shaft. For the first time I can remember I never felt like I “lost” the club head. I tried the Hzrdus previously and thought it felt terrible, this thing felt smooth and stout. Similar to my rogue 125 tx but heavier towards the tip as this is not a high balance point shaft like the rogue.

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