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The Drago shaft by VA Composites is designed for low launch and low spin. Consistent, smooth feel. Rock solid tip section.
Over the last few years, one of the biggest improvements in golf shafts has been the feel of tip stiff shafts. Across the board, manufacturers have shown that you don’t need to make a shaft feel like rebar to get low spin. We tested the VA Composites Drago to see if it’s among this new generation of shafts.
With apologies to the bright blue Slay, the Drago is the VA shaft that has the most visual pop. The checkered purple upper section is an eye-catcher, and it compliments the stylish green branding perfectly. Near the head, the shaft is solid matte black, so there are no distractions.
The Drago is the stoutest of the three VA Shafts. On their website, they rate the Drago as a 3-2-3 meaning that it has the stiffest rating in the butt and tip and a medium rating in the mid-section. For comparison, the Raijin is 3-2-2 and the Slay is 2-2-1.
In my hands, I felt like the shaft’s bend point was a couple inches below the grip – a mid/butt kick. The kick is subtle, but it’s always there whether I swing hard or ease into it.
What I found most interesting is that I didn’t feel a big difference between the stiff and x-flex. In both versions, the tip is rock solid, and that small kick is always present.
My first swing with the Drago produced the exact ball flight that VA claims: mid launch with low spin. To my eye, the spin appeared even lower than my typical drives. The trajectory was very flat, and the ball really ran when it landed.
The Drago also did a good job preventing my dreaded hook. The vast majority of my shots moved left-to-right. I did find it hard to produce a small, controlled draw, but that doesn’t mean too much because it’s a shot I’ve largely gone away from.
What impressed me the most about the VA Drago was the consistency. Every shot that was reasonably well hit found a near-identical trajectory and shape. This kind of reliability is all we can fairly ask for from our gear: if we make a good swing, we know with certainty the result we’ll get.
For the player looking to shave a few RPM off their spin number or keep the left side of the course out of play, the VA Drago definitely deserves a look. This has been my first experience with a VA Composites shaft, and it has left my very impressed. I’m eager to see what comes next from this young company.