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The MCA Golf Tensei Orange delivers stability and low spin with the addition of counter weighting.
MCA Golf (formerly MRC or Mitsubishi Rayon) is one of the most predictable brands in the shaft industry, in a good way. While other brands create confusion annually with new colors, codes, and profiles, MCA has stuck to their red (high launch), blue (mid launch), and white (low launch) scheme for as long as I can remember. That line up got a new addition this year with the release of the low launching, counter-balanced Tensei Orange.
The Tensei Orange features the same low-key graphics package of the other Tensei shafts with the exception of the orange band. Near the butt end of the shaft, you’ll see through to the weave of the shaft. The orange band and branding cover the middle of the shaft, and everything near the club head is black to eliminate distractions.
The MCA Golf Tensei Orange is counter balanced, but not in the extreme. The balance point is about 3% higher, and MCA told me that switching to Tensei Orange typically lowers the swing weight 2-3 points. This is consistent with what I saw when I installed the Tensei Orange in my PING G LS Tec driver and how I felt swinging it. There was a noticeable difference, but it wasn’t jarring like it is with some other counter weighted shafts.
During the swing, the feel of the Tensei Orange is somewhere between the Tensei White and the Tensei Blue. The tip is quite stiff, but the counter balancing makes the mid section feel more active than the Tensei White. Overall, it’s one of the smoother low launching, tip stiff shafts in recent memory.
Before I dive into how the Tensei Orange performed for me, it’s important to point out that there are two different versions of this shaft. The Pro model is the one that was tested here, and it features an “extreme tip-stiff design.” The standard Tensei Orange is designed to be higher launching and higher spinning due to a softer tip. As always, work with a qualified fitter to find the best model for you.
For me, the Tensei Orange Pro model was a great fit. I tend to gravitate toward stiff-tipped shafts because I hate seeing the ball hook, but I prefer a smoother, more active feel. The Orange’s counter balancing gave me the smoother feel I prefer with the control I need. With this combination, I was able to swing anywhere from under control to out-of-my-shoes without feeling like I “lost” the shaft.
There were many positive things that showed up on the launch monitor in my testing – low spin, good accuracy – but what stood out most was the strike consistency. The driver has been a problem for me lately, but the change to Tensei Orange tightened up my strike pattern significantly. This speaks to how well I fit both the profile of the shaft and the counter balanced feel. The latter part surprised me, but it illustrates the importance of being open minded when testing new gear.
After testing the MCA Golf Tensei Orange, I can see why PGA Tour players like Rickie Fowler have put it into play (and it’s not just the color). This shaft delivers the stiff, stable tip that many aggressive swingers need without the boardy feel. Also, the counterbalancing makes the club head feel slightly lighter without changing the balance too dramatically. Kudos to MCA Golf for breaking their tried and true pattern to deliver something innovative and impressive.