With the growing popularity of custom club fitting, more and more golfers are seeing the benefits of the best shaft for their game rather than simply a good shaft. Earlier this year, Fujikura unveiled an offering for woods called Ventus Blue. Based on the strong reception among pros and amateurs, the company’s set to bolster the lineup with two new models—Ventus Red and Ventus Black. The additional versions mean even more players can be fit into their best Ventus shaft to maximize their game.
In the Blue, a soft butt section and ultra-stiff tip generate mid-launching, low-spinning shots. Performance-wise, the line extensions cover the rest of the market. Ventus Red produces higher-launching shots with more spin due, in part, to a softer tip. By comparison, the sturdy Ventus Black is for strong swingers who benefit from lower-launching, lower-spinning shots (more penetrating flight) than the original.
And, top fitting companies like what they see. “We’ve tested the two new options and they fill out the line great. I now have the easy-to-swing profile with stable tip in three flight trajectories—low, medium, and high,” says Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion Golf, the industry’s largest high-end custom fitter with 62 locations nationwide. “With Red and Black in the mix, it opens up the line to almost all golfers.” Moving forward, Sherburne expects the Blue profile to suit half the players who wind up in Ventus, while 30-percent will fit into Red and 20-percent in Black.
What’s the secret sauce? All three models have a multi-material core (dubbed VeloCore Technology) consisting of ultra-high modulus, Pitch 70 Ton carbon fiber that runs the full length of the shaft, plus layers of stiff fiber wrapped at 45-degrees. The design stabilizes the clubhead, which results in tighter dispersion and faster ball speeds on both center contact and misses. At the same time, the softer butt section provides a smooth feel. Since the Ventus tapers at a faster rate than other products, golfers don’t have to be gorillas to “load” (flex) it during the transition from backswing to downswing.
The unified line comes in a variety of weights, flexes, kick points, and torques. There are 24 driver-shaft options between 56 to 86 grams, four flexes (R2, regular, stiff, extra-stiff) and a range of torques (4.0° to 2.8°). All of which makes it simple for qualified fitters to match players to the proper shaft. “It’s huge. It means we can fit more golfers,” says Sherburne.
Fujikura is more than a one-trick pony. At the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in August, for instance, the company had the most wood shafts in play of any brand. Among Ventus converts, players such as Daniel Berger, Lucas Glover, Branden Grace, Jordan Spieth, and Jimmy Walker sported the Ventus Blue driver shaft, while Beau Hossler used Ventus Red. Plus, guys like Glover, Brandt Snedeker, and Chris Stroud swung the Blue in their fairway woods. (Meanwhile, Nate Lashley won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in June with Ventus Blue in his driver and Dustin Johnson’s gamer was a prototype Ventus Black from April to August.)
The Ventus family extends beyond the game’s elite players. As the video above demonstrates, it’s a quick, easy process for amateurs to get fit into Ventus (go ahead and hit all three options) or other shafts, at one of 600 authorized Fujikura dealers [fujikuragolf.com/dealer-locator]. You might just find that longer, straighter drives are easier to come by than you ever imagined.