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The OBAN Kiyoshi Purple has a huge kick, standout looks, and consistent performance.
Some shaft manufacturers create a series of shafts that are different only on a spec sheet. OBAN’s Kiyoshi series, however, truly covers the entire spectrum of feel and performance. We recently reviewed the OBAN Kiyoshi Black, a stout, low-spin shaft. Today, we examine the Kiyoshi Purple which resides on the other end of the spectrum: it’s a shaft with massive kick for players seeking higher launch with controlled spin.
You are not likely to find a shaft with a more pronounced kick than the OBAN Kiyoshi Purple. Even when you move up a flex or make a very smooth pass, the Kiyoshi Purple has a deep load and kick that makes you feel like the ball may never land. Where the Kiyoshi Purple separates itself from other “active” shafts is in its consistency. Because OBAN uses some of the best materials available, they’re able to offer this big explosive feel without losing the feel of control.
The Kiyoshi Purple is the sharpest-looking shaft in the OBAN family and one of the biggest eye-catchers in the industry. It all stems from the color OBAN chose. There are certainly other purple shafts, but none that are this bold and vibrant. As with all the Kiyoshi shafts, the graphics and branding are kept near the grip so that they don’t distract at address.
In the past, I’ve found that shafts with a lot of kick can be difficult to control and inconsistent. What sets the OBAN Kiyoshi Purple apart is that it manages to have a huge kick and good consistency. Swing after swing, I felt that I always knew exactly how it would load and unload as long as I put a decent swing on it.
OBAN bills the Kiyoshi Purple as being high launch and mid spin. While I found that the spin was higher than the Kiyoshi Black, the launch was actually lower for myself and another tester because the large kick tended to promote a draw. Obviously that is largely a matter of how the shaft matches my swing, and your results may be very different. If you look around on tour, you’ll see that the Kiyoshi Purple is a favorite in fairway woods because many players find that the big kick helps them to launch their low-lofted clubs onto great trajectories. As always, the key is fitting and matching the shaft to your swing.
All testing for this review with done with the help of Club Champion.
If you’re looking for a shaft that can deliver consistent results with great feel, the OBAN Kiyoshi Purple is worth a long look. You will have a hard time finding a shaft with more kick, and that may be the key to you hitting a draw or launching high bombs down the fairway.
If you’re interested in trying the OBAN Kiyoshi Purple or any other OBAN shaft, you can schedule a fitting with Club Champion, an authorized OBAN fitter.