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SHAFT REVIEW – Fujikura FUEL {I’d Bag That!” – Approval}

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Introduction

People often refer to the shaft as “the engine of the golf club.”  Fujikura prefers to think of the golfer as the engine, and their new shaft, packed with their latest construction technology, as the Fuel.

With the new Fuel shaft, Fujikura is unveiling its Fuel Rod Technology.  This is comprised of a Combustion Chamber and a Load Injector Tip.  If that sounds to you like a lot of crap that a marketing department made up…you’re probably right.  But here’s what matters: this shaft is freakishly straight.  If you’re interested in hitting more of your second shots from the short grass, you need to keep reading.

Notes, Feel, Price, and Miscellaneous

For this review, I want to jump straight to the feel of the shaft, because I love it.  The first thing I noticed with the Fuel was that it’s slightly counter-balanced: you feel a bit more weight in your hands than in the head.  During the swing, the Fuel can be described as butt-soft and tip-stiff.  I felt a really nice “load” of the shaft in transition and a decent kick in the downswing, but the tip felt absolutely rock solid.  There’s very little torque-y feeling to this shaft, even in the lighter weight version.

The Fuel will definitely not be mistaken from any of the flashier shafts on the market: it’s a basic black shaft with orange graphics.  The one unique visual feature of the shaft is the transition from a shiny carbon-fiber black to a matte black.  While I was initially pretty underwhelmed by the look, it did grow on me over time.

The Fuel will be available in 50, 60, and 70 gram versions with flexes ranging from R2 (senior) to X-stiff.  The MSRP will be $225.  There will also be a complimentary hybrid shaft in 85 gram and 95 gram versions.

Performance

For the Performance testing, I hit each of the shafts in a Callaway RAZR Fit 10.5 head on a FlightScope X2 launch monitor.  I hit 20 “good” shots with each shaft, changing frequently so that fatigue was not an issue, nor did I get grooved with one shaft to the detriment of fairness.

Testing was done at Golf Nation in Palatine, IL, one of the best indoor golf facilities in the country.

*NOTE: Testing has moved back inside for the winter, and our FlightScope seems to be producing somewhat different numbers indoors compared to outdoors.  To greater or lesser extents, ball speed, club head speed, and spin are all coming in lower than they did outdoors, hence the carry number is smaller.  That said, it’s still an apples-to-apples comparison, so no attempt has been made to “normalize” the numbers: we’re publishing the numbers straight off the FlightScope, as always.

DATA

fujikura fuel 50s shaft review

fujikura fuel 60s review

fujikura fuel 60x review

fujikura fuel 70x review

ANALYSIS

You can see from the dispersion chart that the majority of my shots landed in very playable territory, which is really the major selling point of this shaft, in my opinion.  The dispersion with the 70X and 50S were a bit worse because they were too stiff and too light for my taste, respectively.

One thing to know about the Fuel is that it really feels quite stiff-to-flex.  I’ve preferred a few X flex shafts lately, but with the Fuel my best results came with the 60S and 70S.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the launch and spin were very consistent across the weight and flex range.  If you want to try a light weight shaft, but you’re afraid of it being “whippy,” the Fuel is worth a look.

The Peanut Gallery

For this review, I was lucky enough to have a number of other people test the Fuel.  The first was Golfspy Tim, who sent me this straightforward text:

“This shaft seems to make the ball go straighter.”

Additionally, I had some of the regular Peanut Gallery members test the Fuel.  Not one hesitated about putting the Fuel in their bag.  One player, a PGA Professional who plays near scratch, told me that while he hasn’t liked much from Fujikura in the past, he really liked the Fuel and would like to put one into his 3W.

Finally, a master club fitter who tests absolutely everything told me, “Fujikura really has something with the Fuel.  I normally play a 60X, but even with the 60S I was hitting ropes.”  He loved the feel and said the results just couldn’t be argued with.

Conclusion

There are lots and lots of good products every year, but only a couple that are different enough to make you say, “Wow, that’s really good.”  To steal one of T’s favorite words, “the Fujikura Fuel is special.”

The Fuel is the first shaft that got 100% “I want to bag that” approval. If you need a little feel and kick, it has that.  If you want a stiff tip and limited “torque-y-ness” ©, it has that.  Bottom line: it’s just damned straight.  And long.

If you’re a longtime Fujikura fan boy, the Fuel will validate your love.  If you’re not, give the Fuel a chance to change your mind.  You can thank me later.

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Eric January 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

Great article really loved it. I would you compare the fuel to the D+?

Thanks for your input!

Eric

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GolfSpy Matt January 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

Eric,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

Is your question asking me to compare the Fuel to the D+ or are you asking if they are comparable/similar? I’ll try to answer both. I think that in the big picture, they’re reasonably similar: mid-launch, low-ish spin, softer butt, stiffer tip. All that said, in my opinion, the Fuel is a MUCH better shaft. It feels better and the dispersion is much better.

On the point of dispersion, one thing to note: the dispersion number for the Fuel is not out-of-this-world good, which may lead some people to wonder why I’m saying that it’s so straight. The reason for my praise has to do with mishits and bad swings: there were a number of shots with the Fuel that I was 100% sure I would be erasing…until I looked at the Flightscope and saw good results. To me, that’s extremely valuable on the course because it can be the difference between hitting 3 off the tee and having a shot at a GIR.

Hope that answered your question.

Best,

Matt

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Eric January 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

Thx for your fast answer! I really look to try this shaft!

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Eric January 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

How would you compare the fuel to the D+? Sorry for the mistake!

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Matt January 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Matt, great article…and as you know we have the FUEL in our Demo Matrix.

If any of your readers would like to try the FUEL, we’ll extend our FUEL Trial for them in our Chicago and Philly stores if they get in to try it before January 15, 2013. (Just post on our Club Champion Facebook page or tweet to @clubchampgolf and we’ll reach back out to schedule a time for them.)

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Adam Huckeby January 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

if you read the whole thing…even the forum comment at the bottom it sounds to me like these are the graphite version of the Ctaper

soft but stiff tip low spin and really nice dispersion …even on a less than perfect hit

just interesting..

they look cool in the see through to matte black that would look pretty awesome on the newer model pings (my I20)
but i hate the orange

My ctapers dropped my dispersion by quite a bit mostly because they brought spin down …but it makes me wonder about this shaft for woods.

great review !

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Adam Huckeby January 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

i should say they sound like ctaper performance wise..not so much on bend characteristics and weighting

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BK in Wisconsin January 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Damn……yet another shaft I wanna try out! Thanks for the review.

BK

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Super Tuna January 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I’ve been pretty impressed with the Fuel so far as well Matt. It’s a worth sucessor to the F1 line (which it pretty much is with better tip technology and a arguably nicer feel).

Nice review Matt, like the numbers break out here and especially the comment about the X’s.

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GolfSpy Matt January 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thank you.

Interesting that you compare it to the F1. No doubt that’s the spot in the price line up that the Fuel takes, but purely on feel and performance, I never would have compared the two. I never thought much of the F1/F3 line, just run of the mill to me, but the Fuel is really really good.

Best,

Matt

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Kygolfer1980 January 3, 2013 at 3:45 am

I’m very intrigued!!! Great review Matt!!

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Frank January 3, 2013 at 7:02 am

As alway great article!!!!

i hav e been tinkering with the ghought of changing my 3w shaft.

Matt from club champ. I live in philly and would love to try the shaft but do not have Facebook or twitter. Anyway you can contact me to set something up this weekend or next early morning?

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Matt January 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

Frank, call the store at 215-921-2054. They’ll be expecting your call. Enjoy your FUEL trial.

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Frank January 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

Thx

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tony January 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi just wondering if you could include shaft profiles on you reviews, regards tony

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Hula_Rock January 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

hit the Fuel installed in a Burner TP 8.5, review is spot on. …….

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Frank January 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hit the feul in my rbz today thanks to Matt and the great fitter (Jim) at club champion philly. What a great place the atmosphere when you walk in everything is professional tithe max.

Now on with the shaft. The tightness or lack of dispersion on the shaft held up well against my xcon 7. With the feul shaft being a little heavier Jim tried some extra head weight with my matrix and we had the results close but there was a slight edge to the feul shaft. Worth a look probably! for the minor consistencies again probably but at 225 I don’t know if I am ready to drop another couple bills just yet. If I get the new r1 maybe ahahahahha.

I really went in knowing something was up with my 3w and low and behold Jim saw good numbers but realized my feedback was again leaning toward weight and feel. added the needed swing weight and bam I was sending them on ropes. The feul 60 fairway wood shaft was too light and ended up all over the map. Now if they had the 70 to try out maybe but they didn’t. We also had a chane To hit A couple rocketbladez irons with aerotechs shafts which I have been tinkering. Club champ has a firm believer in me and being able to see everything with the trackman was great. No bloated 300 yard numbers just pure golfer dreams data.

Matt thank you and I want to give Jim another shout out he is a consummate professional. If you live in the area get over to see them top to bottom great spot!!!!!

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Matt January 12, 2013 at 7:02 am

Frank, we’re glad you took us up on our offer. It’s always great to meet new people and form new relationships. We appreciate the review you posted and we hope to be your trusted resource for all things equipment-related.

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Murray January 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Have you tried the fuel 70s in a R11S? If so curious what you think.
After reading your article I felt I had to have so I ordered it already.
Thanks

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Golfspy Matt January 15, 2013 at 7:36 am

No, all testing was done with a Callaway RAZR Fit.

Best,

Matt

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LewkatGTG January 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

Good review. I love the data and thought your analysis was great. I do have one question though: do you consider yourself a higher/lower/avg spin golfer?

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Golfspy Matt January 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

Thanks for the question. I’m relatively low spin.

Best,

Matt

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Matt January 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

But high maintenance!

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Golfspy Matt January 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

Zing! That’s good, I actually laughed out loud.

See you at the show?

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Matt January 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

Yessir.

LewkatGTG January 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Matt. How do you think this shaft would fare for someone who generates an adequate amount of spin? Particularly in a head that has lower spin properties? Sorry for all the questions but this shaft as me intrigued. Stability, tight dispersion, those are exactly what I’m looking for.

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Golfspy Matt January 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hard to say with any certainty. As always, you need to get fit if you really want to know what it will do for you.

That said, all types of players hit the Fuel and everyone A) liked the feel and B) put up good numbers.

Best,

Matt

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LewkatGTG January 22, 2013 at 8:02 am

Of course, and thanks. One last question before I drive you crazy: is the Fuel that’s in the AMP Cell legit or watered down? There seems to be differing opinions out there on the interwebs.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.

Golfspy Matt January 23, 2013 at 5:27 am

I have no first hand knowledge or experience, so I really can’t say. Sorry.

Best,

Matt

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Adam p January 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Do you think this shaft will outperform the speeder series or do you think the speeder series is still better than this line.

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Ross February 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hi, I’m looking to get the R1 and thinking about the Fuel or Rul 60 x, I have a RBZ with the Rul just now. My swing speed is around 106mph would Fuel 70s be a good option

Regards

Ross

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Tyson February 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Hi im thinking about getting one of these shafts i have a swing speed of 108 to 110.i naturally hit the ball high my question is what shaft would you recommend for me?Im using a diamana 72 gram stiff black shaft that is not enough shaft,it tends to slice when i open up.I naturally hit a draw and im looking for a low spin with mid to low trajectory.

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Golfspy Matt February 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

To everyone asking for shaft recommendations and comparisons:

While I’m sincerely flattered that you want my opinion, the only answer I can give you is “I don’t know.” If you read our labs articles, you know that fitting is individual and there are no simple rules. Please see a good, reputable club fitter like Club Champion and let them set you up with the best equipment for your game.

Best,

Matt

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Clinton March 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Hello Matt,
Sorry to bother you about a review that you did so long ago. Its actually my first time seeking advice on the web so I hope you are still out there and can help. I was fit for the 910d3 with the made for ahina 72 last year and am now about to purchase an adams super ls and initially was going to get it with a d+62. However after reading your article it seems as if in an apples to apples comparison this shaft outperfoms it hands down. Now I know nothing provides a true answer except for a proper fitting as to how a shaft is going to perform for each individual but I was fit for the d+ as well due to its low launch and low spin characteristics and am not in a position to try the fuel. The person I am ordering the club from says he can get one for me though so I just wanted to ask real quick. The fuel in general seems to have just about the same traits with better feel and produced significantly better ball speeds. All things considered would you say that is accurate? Again sorry for the bother just wanted to ask as it appears those involved in your testing liked the fuel much more than the d+62. Thanks for all of your help and hard work helping us!

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GolfSpy Matt March 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Clinton,

No trouble, thanks for reading a review I did so long ago. :)

While I would say that I, and other testers, did like the Fuel better than the D+, I would be hesitant to compare the numbers from one review to the numbers in another. The only numbers I like to compare are ones gathered from the same session. Over the course of the winter testing season, we’ve had numerous updates to the Flightscope firmware, I’ve had it set up in a couple different locations at Golf Nation, I dropped some swing speed then picked it up again, and my swing is not the same every day. These are a few reasons, off the top of my head, why I don’t like to use different sessions as apples to apples comparisons. That’s not to say the numbers are worthless, they’re just not gospel.

All that said, if you have no possible way of getting to a fitter who can let you try the Fuel vs. the D+, and you twisted my arm and forced me to recommend one blindly, I would recommend the Fuel. I simply haven’t met anyone who doesn’t think the Fuel is really good. But again, if you can, try before you buy.

Hope that helps.

Best,

Matt

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Clinton March 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

All I can say is Thanks so much!! I didnt know if I would hear back from you and I certainly did not anticipate hearing from you the same day!! I will say after being fit and seeing the benefits of it I am truly hesitant about purchasing something I havent hit. However, all of the reviews of the fuel sure are tempting me! Thanks again for getting back to me and in such quick fashion as well. It is truly appreciated!! by the way did you like the D+ more or less than the ahina? Just curious and if theres no time to respond its understandable. Thanks again!!

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GolfSpy Matt March 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Clinton,

No problem at all. I feel that if someone takes the time to ask a question, it would be pretty rude not to answer!

Personally, I like the Ahina more than the D+. To me, it feels smoother.

Best,

Matt

Matt March 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Clinton…where do you live? I want to see if there is a reputable fitter near you.

Adam Huckeby March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I just went to a fitter, a real fitter not big box. And they had these shafts in the mix.

My smash factor went from 1.5 to 1.52 and distance was up, spin was down and my dispersion with with the fuel 70s x flex was 40% tighter than anything else i tried. I just had a hard time hitting a bad shot with it….

Obviously I’m putting one in.

Thanks for the review

ADam

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EpicLyf March 28, 2013 at 6:22 am

Incredible shaft. I have been a struggling 13 handicap (former low single digit). My drives have been a problem and I have been searching for “the driver” and should have been searching for “the shaft”. First time out with the 60s fuel missed one fairway and that was because I drove it through the fairway. Freakishly accurate is right on and picked up nearly 20 yards to boot!

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Matt April 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

Matt…I wasn’t sure if you or the readers had seen the Limited Edition Masters Fuel Shaft. http://www.facebook.com/clubchampion top of the page (today) or pic.twitter.com/LYl9kD5oso

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Marcus Decker May 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Great Review!!!

What is the recommended shaft for 90-100mph swing speed. Regular or Stiff?

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Ted May 22, 2013 at 2:17 am

Great review and after reading it decided to buy the Fuel 50 reg for my R1 TP. All I can say is WOW…this shaft is really nice. I was hitting a lot of slices, fades and some straight shots with my TP shaft. After I put the Fuel in my R1 I’m now hitting straight drives and some fades. Indeed this shaft is freakishly straight. I have not hit one slice in 2 rounds since changing to the Fuel. My scores are coming down because I’m landing in the fairways almost every drive now instead of being OB or under tress to the right. I’m so impressed with the Fuel I’m going to put one on my Stage 2 3 wood next! Thanks for the great review it was the deciding point me for buy this shaft.

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Marcus Decker May 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Ted. What’s your loft on your driver and your average swing speed and driver carry. I am undecided between a R or S shaft for my Fuel 60. I am between 90 and 100mph and drive it around 230…

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Matt May 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

FYI, for all you Fujikura FUEL fans….we were able to get our hands on a few Limited Edition Red, White and Blue 60g Stiff Fuels just in time for the US OPEN. Check them out here: http://www.clubchampiongolf.com/club-champion-reserve/item/2013-us-open-limited-fujikura-fuel-driver-shafts

We’ll only have these for a few weeks and they will get to us in a week or so.

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Stephen June 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I was wondering if you tried the Fuel in regular flex. I am being told that with a 95 mph swing speed (i am backing into your’s at about that spped based on ball speed) that the regular flex would work better. Any thoughts?
Thanks, Stephen

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Vince June 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Hey Matt, Great Review!!

How would this shaft (60 or 70x) compare to the Motore Speeder vc 6.1 0r 7.1x? I have about a 107-110 mph driver ss and am looking for something with low/mid flight, low spin, and a tighter dispersion than my f1 75x.

Thanks for your time!

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Matt Saternus June 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

Vince,

As always, the best thing to do is to get fit.

That said, my GUESS is that the Fuel would be a better choice than the Speeders you mention for lower flight and tighter dispersion.

Best,

Matt

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Vince July 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

One more question Matt. How does this shaft compare to the Diamana B series?

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[email protected] July 31, 2013 at 8:36 am

Just replaced my Ping K15 stock shaft with the FUEL!!! 2 thumbs up! Change your stock to FUEL!

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Doug December 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

Howdy Matt from Canada! Great review~ with that said what shaft do you prefer. Tour AD BB 6x or the Fuel .

Thanks a ton eh!

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Brian January 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

Had a quick questions when would you have a preference over the Kuro Kage 60 or the Fujikara Fuel 50, I am looking at the cobra amp cell drivers and that is the shaft choices, swing speed 94 on average, also trying to decrease flight and spin somewhat. I have hit both sort of on the fence Fuel felt better in stiff 57 gram shaft, very close
Any help is greatly appreciated

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