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The MCA Tensei AV Raw Orange shaft is similar to the AV Raw White, but with counterbalanced weighting. Strong enough to handle aggressive swings without feeling harsh.
It might be easier to name the top players who haven’t put the Mitsubishi Tensei Orange into play than to name those that have. Over the last couple years, a wealth of gear stories have focused on players using the Tensei Orange and the ball speed gains they’ve achieved as a result. New for 2020, MCA is updating the Tensei line with a new weave and a modified look.
For the new Tensei AV Raw series, Mitsubishi kept some of Tensei’s aesthetic hallmarks the same. The colored band near the grip is still present as is the Tensei branding. Additionally, the AV Raw borrows from the CK Pro line with the dark lower portion of the shaft.
What’s new is the namesake raw finish on the butt section of the shaft. This finish reveals the Aluminum Vapor (AV) Coated Weave which is the key to upgraded performance of this line. It’s the most eye-catching part of this line and one of my favorite shaft “graphics” ever.
The stiffness curves of the Tensei AV Raw White [review HERE] and AV Raw Orange are very similar. The Orange is slightly softer, particularly in the mid/tip section, but the difference is too small for me to notice. Overall, the Tensei AV Raw Orange is very smooth but without any kick. The shaft easily stayed with me on swings ranging from 50% effort to 110%.
Where the AV Raw Orange differs from the AV Raw White is the weighting. The Orange is counterbalanced or counter weighted, meaning that there’s more weight placed near the grip. This is done to create “normal” swing weights with heavier heads or longer shaft lengths. For me, the difference in the weighting was immediately noticeable when switching between the White and Orange.
Testing the three Tensei AV Raw shafts together provided an opportunity to see how differences in shaft profiles and weighting affected my driver. As I expected, the Tensei AV Raw Blue [review HERE], which is the most active profile, had a slight tendency to favor the left side of the fairway. With the AV Raw White, I had my most accurate driving. The AV Raw Orange, with a profile similar to White but with more weight in the hands, shifted my dispersion pattern slightly to the right.
What I have found over time is that counterbalanced shafts tend to increase my angle of attack. Please note, this is not a hard and fast rule for all golfers; it’s how things work for me. I already have a positive angle of attack, so this isn’t always a good change. With the AV Raw Orange, the impact on my launch and spin weren’t huge, but I did launch it slightly higher.
The bigger impact was on dispersion: the Tensei AV Raw Orange took the left side completely out of play for me. I did hit a couple of foul balls to the right, but I could aim directly at OB left and swing without fear.
Again, I need to emphasize the importance of being fit. It’s possible that a counterbalanced shaft will affect your swing the opposite way that it does mine. Or putting more weight in your hands might “fix” your downward angle of attack and add a lot of yardage to your drives. The only way to know is to try them with the guidance of a quality fitter.
The Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Orange shaft is available in four weight classes: 55, 65, 75, and 85 grams. TX flex is available at all four weights. Regular, stiff, and X are available at 55, 65, and 75 grams.
The three Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw shafts give golfers a wide array of choices to optimize their drivers. If you’re a player that likes the feeling of more weight in your hands and wants a stable shaft, the Tensei AV Raw Orange is something that you must try.