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SHAFT REVIEW! – Fujikura Motore Speeder (ENTIRE LINE-UP)

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Motore Speeder Shaft Review

Introduction

A new era in MyGolfSpy shaft reviews begins today!  No more apples to oranges comparisons!

(Written By: GolfSpy Matt) Today we are going to review an entire line of shafts to break down the key differences between the various models so that you can make an informed decision about which one might be best for your game (not that you’d ever buy equipment without being fitted, of course).  The first shaft line to be tested under these new protocols is the Motore Speeder line by Fujikura.

The Motore Speeder represents the pinnacle of Fujikura’s technological prowess.  Among the technologies present in the Motore Speeder are 7-Axis Technology, Quadra Axis composite and Triax Woven composite.  That’s 14 total axes!  What does that mean?  I have no idea!  I do know that Fujikura claims that these shafts deliver unparalleled distance and accuracy.  Sounds damned good to me, let’s find out if they deliver…

Motore Speeder Shaft Review

Feel, Price, and Miscellaneous Notes

The Motore Speeder line is laid out fairly logically: the first number represents the weight (6._ would be a 60 gram shaft, 7._ would be a 70 gram), and the second number represents the profile.  The .0 shafts are the highest launching, highest spinning, the .1’s are the middle, and the .2’s are the lowest.  The .2 Tour Spec is the lowest of all with the Tour Spec .3 being a little higher.  At least that’s the theory.

You can find Motore Speeder shafts to fit any flex from R2 (senior flex) to X-flex and in weights from 55 grams to 74 grams.

Ok, enough technical stuff, let’s move on to something inconsequential: the looks.  All of the Motore Speeder shafts share a common graphic on the top that I can best describe as flaming geometry.  From there, the pattern dissipates through the “Motore Speeder” logo into a solid color.  In the case of the Tour Spec models, the lower portion of the shaft is pearl white, which contrasts with the red or blue top.  For me, the looks hit a nice sweet spot between garish and boring.  I’m particularly fond of the blue 6.1 shaft, but, if you’ve seen my bag, you already knew that.  I also think the Tour Spec shafts would look filthy good in a white head…not that they look bad in my RAZR Fit by any means.

Finally, something highly consequential but highly subjective: feel.  The bookends of the series, the 6.0 and the Tour Spec 6.2, have very distinct feels.  The 6.0 has a distinct kick, but, to my taste, it’s a little too loose in the tip section.  The Tour Spec 6.2, on the other hand, can verge on being boardy.  It’s definitely the type of shaft that allows you to swing out of your shoes without fear.  Whether or not that’s a good thing…that’s up to you.  The other models all fit somewhere in the middle: a little bit of kick and a little bit of torque.  The 6.1 is a bit softer, and the 6.2 and Tour Spec 6.3 are nearly equal.

Fujikura’s Motore Speeder shafts have an MSRP of $300, $400 for the Tour Spec models, and can be purchased through most high end club fitters.

Motore Speeder Shaft Review

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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.  Since these shots were all hit outdoors with FlightScope, there is no longer a need to divide performance into Launch Monitor and Real World: these are real world results measured by the best launch monitor technology.  I hit 10 “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.  I went through this process three times and averaged the sets of data.

Motore Speeder Shaft Review

TEST RESULTS


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ANALYSIS

The testing played out very similarly to what I expected, with the stiffer, lower torque shafts offering more accuracy for me.  My club path is (overly) right, so a shaft with too much torque can lead to a closed face and “FORE LEFT!” or, in reaction to that, a big block to the right.  The lower torque shafts allowed me to swing more naturally without fear of the lefts.  Players who have club paths that tend to be to the left might prefer the higher torque shafts since it should help them square or close the club face.

One thing that I found interesting was the similarity in the carry distance across the different shafts.   From highest to lowest, there was a variation of almost 1,000 RPMs of spin and 2.6* of launch angle, but the carry distances only varied 8 yards.  The big differences showed up in total distance: 21 yards between the longest and the shortest, primarily due to getting more roll from lower spin.

It should also be noted that the launch and spin numbers came out pretty close to the way the spec sheet would have predicted.  The one small anomaly was that I spun the 6.1 lower than the 6.2, but I could attribute that to the fact that I put some of my best swings on the 6.1 (I think it was the color).

Overall, my takeaway is that, at least for this line up, I could probably get decent distance numbers from any of these shafts due to the fact that I tend to be fairly low spin.  The biggest difference was accuracy: when I found a shaft that I felt like I could swing freely, my shots ended up much closer to the center line.

Motore Speeder Shaft Review

Conclusion

With the Motore Speeder, Fujikura has created a family of shafts that can fit almost any swing.  I like this because you don’t have to be a 300 yard driving machine to take advantage of Fujikura’s best technology (14 axes!  Can’t get enough axes!).  Regardless of the profile that fits you best, the consistency that you get from swing to swing is excellent.  But don’t take it from me: go to your favorite club fitter and test them for yourself.  Then you can decide is Fujikura is right when they say, “The ultimate value is performance.”

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

stevenhw8 October 11, 2012 at 6:55 am

Hahahaha the axes!
Thanks for the great review!

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Ice October 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

Great review. I love seeing “proof” that shaft matters. Most people would think they all the have same name so they must be the same and buy their favorite color… not the case. I think the 6.3 Tour and the 6.1 would fit me best based on how they performed for you. It would be cool to see the standard Motore line thrown in there for more comparison.

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mike moldenhauer October 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Awesome review! Keep up the great work.

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pkielwa October 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Swing speeds???

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GolfSpy Matt October 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

104MPH!!!

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Yohanan October 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Smash factor is my favorite number when looking at drivers and torque. Then angle of attack then ball speed and club speed. And of course spin.

I am right there with you except angle of attack. Which probanly means your smash factor is better than mine because my spin is higber

Which is why i want to get a pocket trackman . . . Or one of these devices next spring. By then they will have another sensor to go on the ground hooked up via bluetooth along with tbe sensor on your glove or club.

I know different thread. Just saying.

I am assuning you took the 6.2 Tour home with you?

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Brad October 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Great review!

I’m looking for a little info from you guys. I currently play a Fuji Motore F1 that is an x-stiff flex. I love the shaft and how tight the dispersion is. I do feel like the shaft is a hair too stiff for me, but not enough to go down to a stiff flex.

I am thinking of going with the Speeder 6.2 tour spec x-flex. I am hoping that it plays a hair softer than my current shaft. Anyone with experience with both shafts? Could you shed some light on my question. If you highlight any other differences that I could expect, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

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GolfSpy Matt October 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Brad,

If you’re talking about feel, I don’t think the 6.2 TS plays softer than anything. I have minimal experience with the Motore F series, but the few I’ve tried have felt softer/looser than the Speeders.

I might suggest trying the 6.2, 6.3TS, or 6.1.

Best,

Matt

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Dan December 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Great review man. I recently started playing golf again after about a 15 year layoff and have been somewhat disappointed with my driver leaking on me and not getting everything out of the R11S that I felt I should have gotten. Well, after finding this video on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szSwodaqfpw), I went to a place and hit balls with my stock R11S and ones with upgrade clubs and the difference on the launch monitor was amazing. I was literally getting distance differences going from 265 with my stock stuff to 294 with the other shafts. I settled on the Speeder 6.2 Tour stiff-shaft. My club speed was between 107 and 112 and the pro felt that with a X-Stiff shaft that my club head speed would probably slow down on off days and later on in rounds. I think he said he did something with the tip to make it between a stiff and a xstiff?? not sure. Anyway, I’m pumped to hit it tomorrow.

Oh, my point? He recommended that shaft and I left and looked it up and found this review and then went back and bought it. So Fujikura owes you a little something;)

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GolfSpy Matt December 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Glad you found the review helpful. Even happier that you found an extra 30 yards, that’s HUGE!

Best,

Matt

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Dave L January 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Thanks for the review.
What was your swing speed during these tests.
Thanks

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J SHIBONE January 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Great review. I probably had to read your review a half dozen times before I made my decision. I was in the midst of choosing between Oban Devotion 6, Tour AD DI-6S, or VC 6.1S. Had few chances to try all three shafts and couldn’t choose THE ONE. All three had very different characteristics and cannot tell you which is better over the other. Just that Oban was too low flying for my taste even though it shouldn’t be. GD was great as well as Fujikura. I went with Motore Speeder VC 6.1S instead of Tour AD DI-6S due to few reasons.

1) it was smoother. I am not a enforcer when it comes to driver swing. My SS is only around 98mph and rarely goes over 100mph. If I really wanted to let one out, I can reach 105mph but that is not the point of playing golf.

2) for my RAZR FIT 9.5′ driver head, it looked better (again personal preference)

3) even though there weren’t that much difference in carry distance, I saw narrower dispersion with Fujikura.

4) YES, I tried Fujikura FUEL but I couldn’t get over the price difference between FUEL and VC6.1 (FUEL gave me 7 more yards carry with little bit wider dispersion)

And after all, your great review put the seal on my decision making. I still haven’t hit the field yet however both on Trackman and Range shows promising 2013 for my new driver.

Thanks again

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Michael February 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

Was it easy for you to swing an x-flex shaft with a 104mph swing? Did you find yourself having to overswing to load the shaft? Thanks.

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Walt March 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Only thing to add is 6.2 tour is 69 grams.

So 6._ does not mean 60 grams.

The 7.2 tour is 74 grams. Not sure why 5 grams matters as much as a ten gram spread but Fuji knows what they are doing so rock on.

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Tue Nguyen May 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Getting the VC 7.2 tomorrow morning. I won’t get much sleep tonight.

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Augustine July 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

Pretty amazing review! I have a Tour Spec Speeder 7.2x that I have not yet tried because my Ahina 72x (tipped extra 1″) has been so reliable.

My swing speed is around 106-10mph and ball speeds are in the low 150′s and about 265-280 total. As of late the drives ballon a bit and dispersion is worst… I know it’s me but now i have an excuse to now try the speeder 7.2x TS. I’ve also gravitated towards very stiff shafts to tighten dispersion and don’t mind giving up maximum potential yardage – keeping it in the fairway is a priority where I play

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Alan June 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Been around the horn with shafts but the RE AX S flex 65g in the TP Burner still performs best for my swing. Any idea which newer shaft would be recommended for the Callaway Big Bertha that would give the same frequency,weight, etc.

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Marl June 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

Are the Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.2 TS on a Taylormade TP R1 and the Motore Speeder VC 6.2 being sold with Taylormade’s SLDR the same? If not, can you tell me the difference in specs? I have contacted Fujikura but no answer yet.

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David Peluso June 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Spy,

Looking at these numbers of speed vs distance I have come up with an idea that I do not think is measured.Torque! If you swing a 60 gram shaft at the same speed you swing a 70 gram shaft would not the 70 gram shaft go further? Along those lines a 150 lbs 5’6′ guy vs a 6’2′ 200 lbs guy. The little guy may swing a lighter shaft faster then the bigger guy and get the same distance. My point I think too many people and companies focus on shaft speed vs weight,torque and accuracy. Your comments.
Dave

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