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The Mitsubishi TENSEI 1K Pro Orange is a counterbalanced, low launch, low spin shaft. Smooth, premium feel. Counter balancing can help some players gain speed or alter their ball flight.
Since its launch in 2015, the TENSEI Orange profile has been a favorite on Tour with numerous pros seeing improved club head speed. The TENSEI 1K Pro White, launched last year, brought a new material and more buzz to Mitsubishi’s tried and true line. These two forces now collide in the Mitsubishi TENSEI 1K Pro Orange, a shaft that seems destined to be a sensation.
The Mitsubishi TENSEI 1K Pro Orange, like the 1K Pro White, is obviously a TENSEI and obviously a little different. What first grabbed my attention is the iridescent finish on the TENSEI branding. This finish is carried to the other side of the shaft in the “Multi Material” logo.
On the more subtle side, the base color shifts from black at the tip to grey in the middle. There’s also an additional logo – “1K Carbon” – near the grip.
Overall, this is another great looking shaft by Mitsubishi. It’s more workhorse than show pony, but that doesn’t stop it from having some visual flair.
The Mitsubishi TENSEI 1K Pro Orange has a very similar profile to the low launch, low spin TENSEI 1K White [review HERE]. It’s very stable in the tip but smooth through the butt section. This provides the exact feel that I want in a shaft – a little “action” or kick with great stability at impact.
What’s unique about the Orange is that it’s counterbalanced. The difference between the Orange and White is typically about two swing weight points. For me, that difference is noticeable in how the driver feels during the swing.
Check out the new Mitsubishi TENSEI 1K Pro Blue HERE
For those that need it, this is your reminder that you can’t compare numbers from different reviews apples to apples. Onward.
Regular readers know that the TENSEI 1K Pro White has been in my bag since the review. The profile fits me perfectly, and I love the consistency it delivers off the tee. With that in mind, I had high expectations for the TENSEI 1K Pro Orange, and it certainly met them.
The first thing I noticed when testing the 1K Pro Orange is that swinging it felt effortless. I was hitting it side by side with the 1K Pro White, and the Orange felt faster. The speed numbers on the Foresight GCQuad didn’t show any major gains with the Orange, but I felt like I was hitting those numbers more easily. My top speed is down a bit after an illness, so I’m going to continue my testing to see if I can nudge a couple extra MPH from the Orange.
Another thing that I’ve learned over time is that counter weighted shafts tend to increase my angle of attack. You may find the opposite, this is just what they do for me. As a result of this higher AoA, I did see the Orange launch a little higher and spin a bit less than the White. The differences weren’t huge because I tried to minimize the change in AoA – I hit “up” on the ball plenty all by myself.
The primary reason that the TENSEI 1K Pro White has stayed in my bag is the accuracy. It’s fun to hit driver when you know where the ball is going to go. I found that same level of consistency and predictability in the TENSEI 1K Pro Orange, but with a twist. Where the White tends to fade or push, the Orange promoted a small draw. Again, this isn’t a universal rule, but for me the counter balancing pushed my path a bit more right while helping close the face.
The Mitsubishi TENSEI 1K Pro Orange shaft is being offered in four weight classes. At 50 and 60 grams, there are four available flexes: regular, stiff, X, and TX. In the 70 and 80 grams, MCA offers stiff, X, and TX.
It’s not entirely surprising that one of the biggest threats to my gamer comes from the same family. Just like its brother, the Mitsubishi TENSEI 1K Pro Orange is extremely fun to hit and consistent. The counterbalancing makes it feel fast, and some players will see speed gains from the weight shift. Visit your Mitsubishi fitter to try one for yourself.
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