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The VA Composites Slay, the new company’s second shaft design, fits players who need a more active feel and slightly higher spin.
In a shaft market obsessed with low spin, it was refreshing to see VA Composites target a different segment of players with their second offering. The Slay is more active than the Raijin and provides players slightly more spin for extra carry distance.
Two things make the Slay stand out visually: the unusual color and the dragon graphics. The lower half of the shaft is a light blue, a color not commonly seen in golf equipment. It provides a sharp contrast for the black and white branding.
The upper portion of the shaft features a repeated dragon head image with blue eyes to match the rest of the shaft. It may be a little too bold for some, but I like that VA has developed the dragon motif as their calling card.
The Slay is on the other end of the spectrum from the Drago which I reviewed earlier this year. VA Composites rates the Slay as 2-2-1, meaning that it has medium stiffness in the butt and mid sections and a soft tip.
In practice, this means that the Slay has an active feel and a pronounced kick. In both stiff and X-flex, I could feel the shaft unloading all the way through the downswing. There was a clear difference in feel between the stiff and X: the X was noticeably less active, as you would expect.
The effect of the shaft on a player’s swing is hard to overstate. Some players will take a very stiff shaft and hit it low. Others will be unable to “release” the club with a stiff shaft, leading to shots that fly high and to the right.
While the Slay is billed as higher launching with mid spin*, you can see that my numbers do not quite fit that mold. In my hands, a more active shaft tends to go left and low.
I started my testing with the Slay in stiff flex (or Four, as VA calls it). This ended up being too soft for my transition, and I had control issues. When I switched to Five (X-flex), the feel became very predictable, and I got more dialed in. I was primarily hitting draws with a strong trajectory.
*To be clear, every shaft company labels their softer, more active shafts as higher launching, it’s not unique to VA.
The active kick of the VA Slay will be a welcome feel for a variety of players. If you’re looking for more height on your drives to increase carry, it can certainly fit that bill. It may also be an excellent choice for players who need a more active shaft to square the club face. Either way, you can get fit for the best VA Shaft for your game at any Club Champion.
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