Shaft recommendations. From ProLaunch 60 to —>?

dcfasdcfas Tempus FugitMembers Posts: 859 ✭✭
I’ve been playing the final Nike driver they made, the Vapor with a Tensei CK 50. I have it set at 9.5*. The last time my SS was checked I clocked just over 100mph. I’ve been inconsistent with this driver and recently decided to dust off my old Callaway FT-5. The result was immediate. Better feeling all around, better tempo, better dispersion, hitting the sweet spot more accurately. This driver is at least, what, twelve years old? Older?

Anyway, it has a Graffaloy ProLaunch Blue 60 in it and I’d like to update to a newer driver with the present version of this shaft. Anyone recommend what that might be, and suggest a driver? I also love my Mizuno 5 wood with the Fujikura Motore 6.3 if that helps. Thanks in advance.


  • DaveMacDaveMac Members Posts: 3,113 ✭✭
    edited Aug 12, 2018 #2
    Grafally Prolaunch Blue is a mid 60 gram shaft with a fairly classic ‘high launch’ profile, it is also very low torque by modern standards @ 2.8 degrees.

    The Aldila Rogue Black 65 is a no cost option on several of the current models so might be a good place to start.

    The Ping G Max is probably the friendliest driver on the market at the minute.. The Aldila X-Torsion Copper 60 S or the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60 S are probably the closest feel matches to the Prolaunch from Ping’s options.

    Only thing for it is to test for yourself.
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  • dmeeksDCdmeeksDC ClubWRX Posts: 2,195 ClubWRX
    You may or may not want to match what you have spec for spec, depending on the head. I played the ProLaunch Blue years ago and went from that to Diamana Blue, more mid-launch and slightly more torque, and I ended up liking the Diamana a lot more. Got a little stronger trajectory and picked up distance. Diamana remains a reliable choice for me regardless of the head. I’ve even tried the Diamana White but it feels more stout to me so I stick with the Blue.

    Also played the Grafalloy Axis Red in some Callaway heads and thought it was a qualify, underrated shaft. Of the shafts Ping offers, their Tour shaft is by far my favorite all-arounder. I play the stiff in my G400 driver and it works really well for me.

    Worth the time to test it all out for yourself.
    Ping G400 9 degrees, Ping Tour stiff shaft, 65 grams
    Callaway XHot2 Pro 5 wood, 17 degrees, Aldila Tour Blue stiff shaft
    Titleist 915F fairway, 21 degrees, Diamana Blue 70 stiff
    Srixon 565 4 iron, Nippon 980GH stiff shaft
    Adams CMB irons, 5-PW, KBS C Taper regular shafts (110g)
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50 degree, F grind, Dynamic Gold S200 shaft
    Callaway Mack Daddy 2 54-degree wedge, S grind, DG wedge shaft
    Ben Hogan TK wedge, 59 degree, KBS black wedge shaft
    TaylorMade TP Chaska putter, sliver, 34 inches
  • FubumanFubuman Members Posts: 822 ✭✭
    I once had a FT5 / Grafalloy Blue 60x, awesome combo & after getting over it’s horrendous sound, bombed it for two years or so.

    This driver was the one that cemented my love for high launch, low spin drives & every other combo I’ve had since has been just that with improvements along the way.

    Here is what I’ve gamed since:

    1. FT9 Tour 9,5 I-Mix / Fubuki Tour 63x

    2. FTiz Tour 9,5 I-Mix / Fubuki Tour 63x

    3. Razr Fit 8,5 / Fubuki K 70x

    4. XR16- Pro 9 / Kiyoshi Gold75x or White Tie 7x3 x

    All these do just what hooked me with the OG FT5, fly high, straight & very long.

    The Kiyoshi & the 7x3 are not the latest of shafts but they are still available & are absolute bombs in my XR16 Pro. If you could hit them, might be worth a try.
    XR16-Pro 9+1 Matrix White Tie 7x3
    3w DBD16 14* Oban Kiyoshi Gold 75
    Hybrid 815 Alpha 20 Fubuki 400h
    XR-Pro 4-PW / C-Taper lite
    MD Forged 52 TT DG s200
    MD Forged 56 TT DG s200
    MD PM Grind 60
    Odyssey Pro Type Black no.2 / Odyssey Metal X milled Rossie
    Callaway Chrome Soft X
  • dcfasdcfas Tempus Fugit Members Posts: 859 ✭✭
    Thanks for the responses. Always been curious about Ping and will give the driver a hard look. What about in the M3 or 4 drivers?
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