VA Composites Drago Shaft Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Feel

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

Matt Saternus

18 Comments

  1. You previously did a review of the Kiyoshi White. From what you remember of that shaft, do you have any feedback/comments how the Drago compares? (I have a Kiyoshi White in 65-05). Thanks in advance.

    • Matt Saternus

      Leroy,

      The two shafts you mention are very similar. There’s nothing that stands out as being remarkably different in my opinion.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Per-Erik Olsson

    Thanks for signing me upp for newsletter!

  3. Your SS is up about 10 mph, from your early testning,
    what have you been doing? Speed-sticks?
    Regards PEO

  4. Steve Rutman

    Are there any stock shafts that you think has a similar performance?

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      Stock for what club? If I’m looking at the entire universe of stock shafts, sure, there are tip-stiff low launching shafts out there.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Garrett C Broschard

    Matt, glad I found this site!! I was recently fit for the Drago 65 stiff at CC. I’m reserved in pulling the trigger because of cost. $300+ is a little much for a club that I have no faith in. (Epic Driver) Do you know of any other shafts that are comparable but not as steep of a price?
    Thanks again
    Garrett

    • Matt Saternus

      Garrett,

      Welcome to PluggedInGolf, glad you found us.
      We do not advise going against the recommendation of your fitter. I appreciate that it’s exciting in the short term to save money, but the pain of a bad fit is far greater and longer lasting.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Matt Meeker

        This highlights a point for you Garrett and all readers – talk with your fitters during the session. The Club Champion folks I’ve interacted with are very understanding of cost constraints.

        – Meeks

  6. I know I’m a little late to the game here but I was just fit into one of these shafts at club champion. I wasn’t familiar with this shaft brand but my fitter put it with a m6 rocket 3w and holy cow was I impressed. The combination was giving me ball speeds in the low 150s which is only a touch lower than my driver with a tight little draw. I just have to decide if i’m pulling the trigger on the 3w or putting that money towards the irons or wedges we fitted for me. If only I had unlimited funds I’d put this in a 3 and 5w and beg for par 5s :p

  7. Chris Cormier

    Matt, how would you compare the VYLYN vs the DRAGO in terms of ball flight and feel?

  8. Chris Cormier

    Matt, did you test the DRAGO in the 65 and 75 gram options or just the 65 which is in the pictures above?
    thanks

  9. I Just got fitted for these at Club Champion and the feel of these shafts with the ping G425 was amazing. Low kick point, and I was super impressed with the accuracy of the combo. Only 3 feet off center on a 233 yard hit with a 3 hybrid.

  10. I was fitted for the drago 65 stiff flex. what other shafts are comparable to it but not $300?

    • Matt Saternus

      Josh,

      It’s my policy never to second guess a fitter. If they made a particular recommendation, it’s because that’s the exact shaft they think is best for you. Did you discuss your budget with the fitter during the fitting?

      -Matt

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