Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 73 Shaft For Titleist 917/ 915/ 913 Drivers

The Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 shaft has the premium feel of the Speeder Pro with even more speed.  The most lively feel of any Fujikura shaft in memory.

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Introduction

“Sold out” and “backordered” are phrases that golf gear heads are pretty familiar with.  We expect to hear them when shopping for limited edition accessories or high end putters, but hearing them in connection with a shaft?  That’s unusual, but it’s been the case with the new Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 since it first hit retail.  In this review, we’ll tell you what all the fuss is about.

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Feel

There was a substantial feel difference between last year’s Fujikura Speeder Pro and the standard Pro.  That difference exists between the two XLR8 models as well.  Where the Pro XLR8 has a good, middle-of-the-road feel, the Speeder Pro XLR8 is much more lively.  It also has the lowest kick point of any Fujikura shaft in memory.  If you’ve steered clear of Fujikura in the past because you wanted more kick, it’s time to check them out again.

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Looks

The look of the Speeder Pro XLR8 is consistent with the rest of Fujikura’s shafts from the last couple years.  The large, wraparound graphics announce “Fujkura” in black-on-orange and “Speeder” in orange-on-black.  The orange used here is a unique shade that’s a few notches down from bright Rickie Fowler orange which will help it to appeal to a broader range of golfers.

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Performance

I pitted the Speeder Pro XLR8 head to head against the Pro XLR8 in an on-range launch monitor test in my PING G LS Tec driver.  The performance differences were predictable to me based on the feel.

The Pro XLR8 is a solid, workhorse shaft.  The tip is stout enough that I was able to swing hard without worrying about a hook, and it has enough kick to add some speed and feel good.  The Speeder Pro XLR8 is more of a race horse.  The feel is lively and there’s a lot of kick.  For me, that created a mix of absolute bombs and some gnarly hooks.

As we always emphasize, fitting is key.  As someone who primarily hits draws and hooks, the Pro XLR8 led to more consistent results.  A player who hits cuts and slices may find the Speeder Pro XLR8 more consistent.  To get the most from these new shafts, you need to work with a qualified fitter.

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Conclusion

Having seen the top end potential for myself, it’s no surprise that the Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 has been a blockbuster.  Thanks to the counter balanced, kick-enhancing XLR8 technology, this shaft helped me to hit some of the longest drives I’ve ever seen.  Visit your local Fujikura fitter to see if it can do the same for you.

Brand New Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 73 Shaft with Titleist Tour sleeve adapter and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360* grip installed for use with Titleist 917, 915, and 913 Driver Models. Shaft will be set to play at the standard finished length of 45 inches.

Professionally built product of The Shaft Store. Custom specs available upon request. New for 2016 Fujikura introduces the much anticipated Speeder Pro XLR8 line of shafts. The 2016 Speeder Pro XLR8 shaft utilizes the latest XLR8 technology along with ultra premium composite material to offer superior performance with mid launch and low spin characteristics.

Shaft features proprietary Fujikura HIT High Inertia tip for maximum distance.

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