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With great feel and incredible looks, Mitsubishi Rayon didn’t compromise on anything when it created the ultra-lightweight Grand Bassara shafts.
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Clearly the folks at Mitsubishi Rayon have an obsession with weight. They already have one of the best lightweight shafts in the industry with the Bassara GG series, yet they wanted lighter – ultra lightweight. So the engineers at Mitsubishi Rayon developed a whole new carbon fiber material called MR70, and the Grand Bassara was born. MR70 is 20% stronger and 10% stiffer than comparable products, allowing the designers to make the wall thinner, thus lowering the weight while maintaining characteristics of a high performance shaft.
The Mitsubishi Rayon Grand Bassara comes in two models: 29 and 39. Both feel light, but the Grand Bassara 29 makes you question what’s connecting the driver head to the grip. I was shocked at how good the very first swing with the Grand Bassara 39 felt. The tip was soft but very responsive and felt stable at impact. The Grand Bassara 29 had similar feel in the butt and mid-section but the tip was super soft and made me feel like I needed to swing easy to gain control.
Fitting tip: Don’t adjust your swing during shaft comparisons. Swing your swing (thanks Mr. Palmer) and let the feel and performance numbers speak for themselves.
Simply beautiful – that’s how I describe the Mitsubishi Rayon Grand Bassara shaft. The ion plating creates an elegant sheen and the holographic decals are mesmerizing, changing color with every twist in the sun. With the black fading to silver, this is a shaft that will look good with every driver head I can think of.
I tested both shafts in my Ping G driver and gathered data at Club Champion in Orlando. Master fitter Rob Stumpf was impressed with the numbers, reminding me that with lightweight shafts, spin numbers typically tend to go up, but the folks at Mitsubishi Rayon were true to their word with mid spin. I’d characterize my results as mid launch versus the advertised high launch. Rob and I were both impressed with the consistency I achieved with the Grand Bassara 39. With my swing speed and smooth tempo, I could really load and unload the Grand Bassara 39 and achieve a powerful kick. As expected, I picked up a bit of club head speed with the lighter Grand Bassara 29, but it came at the expense of knowing which way it might go. It didn’t take long to realize the Grand Bassara 39 is worthy of staying in the gamer.
Since Bill loves his Bassara GG, I had him try the Grand Bassara 39 in stiff flex for comparison. With his 100+ MPH swing, he didn’t feel like he could put a full swing on it. Even so, Bill commented: “If you’re the right fit, this [shaft] is going to be killer.”
If you have good tempo and a swing speed under 100 mph, the Mitsubishi Rayon Grand Bassara is certainly worth consideration. The more I swing the Grand Bassara 39, the more appreciation I gain for its feel and the more impressed I am with the performance. Mitsubishi Rayon scores again, adding another great shaft series to its stellar lineup. Heck, just a look at the beautiful shaft is worth a visit to a fitting studio.