When golfers talk about stability in their drivers, they usually think of how the head is designed to compensate for off-center hits by not twisting too much. The less the face twists when a ball is hit near the heel or toe, the straighter the shot will be. But with the release of the Fujikura Ventus Black, Blue and Red shafts a few years ago, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based shaft company was able to bring more stability and consistency to golfers of all skill levels with the shaft that they use.
Now, with the release of the Ventus TR, Fujikura is using new technology to expand the Ventus family and provide fitters with another option that could help golfers perform off the tee.
To be clear, none of the previously released Ventus trees will go away, and why would Fujikura want to do that? If you count all drivers, fairway woods and hybrids in play at the 2022 Open Farmers Insurance on the PGA Tour, over 19% were fitted with a Fujikura Ventus shaft. Stars using a Ventus include Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Sam Burns, Aaron Wise, Max Homa and Billy Horschel.
The Ventus TR was designed to have a medium launch profile, slotting between the slow-spinning Ventus Black and the medium-spinning Ventus Blue. Like other Ventus products, the Ventus TR was engineered with VeloCore, a multi-material construction made of Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber and 40 Ton Carbon Fiber. The toe section is especially stiff to reduce twist on off-center hits and improve stability, while helping golfers maintain feel.
The Ventus TR, however, also has new butt-spread carbon fiber fabric in the middle and grip areas. It’s like a strip of carbon fiber that’s flat and woven together. You can see it, subtly, around the silver areas near the handle area. The Spread Toe material does not allow the resin, which binds the carbon fiber, to build up, so the carbon fiber content of the material is very high. The addition of Spread Toe increases torsional stiffness in these areas by approximately 10% over the Ventus Blue, so as golfers transition from the top of their swing to the downswing, the shaft loads and flexes all resisting torsion more effectively. Fujikura said this results in more center strikes with increased consistency and ball speed, without adding excessive amounts of carbon fiber or weight to the top half of the shaft.
The Ventus TR shaft is available in 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram versions that can be cut to suit drivers and fairway woods, in regular (R), stiff (S) and extra-stiff (X) flexes. ) and torque from 3.7 to 2.6. It became available from authorized Fujikura dealers on February 1 for $350.