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The OBAN Kiyoshi Tour Limited utilizes the highest-grade materials and design to deliver maximum consistency and low spin without sacrificing feel.
Though the original Kiyoshi line up – Black, Purple, and White – covers the needs of the vast majority of golfers, but that doesn’t mean that OBAN wants to rest on its laurels and stop innovating. The latest version, the OBAN Kiyoshi Tour Limited uses the latest advances in materials and construction to create a very consistent shaft that slots in between the high-launching Kiyoshi Purple and the mid-launching Kiyoshi White.
Of the three Kiyoshi shafts in the “standard” line up, the Kiyoshi Tour Limited feels most similar to the Kiyoshi White. In fact, for many players, I think the feeling will be nearly identical.
If you have the chance to hit them back to back, I think that you’ll feel that the Tour Limited is a bit more stable (less torque) but also a little smoother. The action in the Tour Limited doesn’t feel like a load and kick as much as a smooth wave of energy transferring down the shaft, similar to cracking a whip.
The OBAN Kiyoshi Tour Limited breaks from the rest of the Kiyoshi line by dispensing with the samurai mask graphics near the butt end of the shaft. What’s left is a fairly plan shaft in a stunning shade of blue with zero distractions near the ball.
In our testing, we found that the OBAN Kiyoshi Tour Limited performed exactly as advertised: the launch and spin were very similar to the White with the spin coming in just a touch higher. What was interesting is that the ball speed and distance improved markedly. The Kiyoshi Limited produced approximately 3 MPH more ball speed and 7 more yards of distance. Additionally, it was nearly twice as accurate as the Kiyoshi White (5.8 yards from the center line vs. 10.3).
As always, we need to stress that fitting is critical. According to the fitters at Club Champion, our results with the Tour Limited were actually a bit atypical. They reported that the Tour Limited is often much lower spinning than the Kiyoshi White. Again, you cannot find the perfect shaft by looking at a spec sheet.
Where many shaft manufacturers would be happy to rest on the laurels of a successful shaft line, OBAN continues to push forward with the Kiyoshi Tour Limited. In our testing, we found clear performance benefits – more distance and better accuracy – to the use of better materials and newer designs. If you’re interested in seeing these kinds of gains for yourself, visit an official OBAN fitter like Club Champion.