Fujikura Ventus Experience! We will be there Monday through Wednesday! Follow Along!

knudson81knudson81 My WITB is $100 but my swing is $.50Marshals, Media Staffer Posts: 3,109 mod
edited Apr 14, 2019 6:32am in Tour and Pre-Release Equipment #1

Fujikura is opening the doors for GolfWRX to show off all the new technology in their Ventus shafts! Monday is our travel day, but Tues. and Wed. are going to be full of fittings, product discussions, and checking out their enso Motion Capture lab! Myself and Johnny Wunder will also be tagging along to document everything!

The 5 members who will be experiences all that Fujikura has to offer are...
@4rheel
@QuigleyDU
@endy
@cvhookem63
@Jagpilotohio

So follow along here and put any questions you might have for Fujikura below. We will work on answering as many as we can!

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  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members Posts: 6,523 ✭✭

    Super excited!! I never win anything so this is a big time first for me.

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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,221 ✭✭

    Looking forward to it!
    I really appreciate the opportunity. Sounds like a great trip for a gearhead.

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  • johnny_golfballjohnny_golfball Members Posts: 428 ✭✭

    Super jealous! Congrats to those who were chosen to attend! Have fun! I’ll be following along

  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,221 ✭✭

    I’m packing my old mock turtlenecks for the trip right now!!

    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
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    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
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  • mBiden2mBiden2 #15 and counting..... Atlanta, GAMembers Posts: 737 ✭✭

    Congrats to the winners! I’m super jealous. I can’t wait to hear how it goes....

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  • Damenace613Damenace613 Sunny San DiegoClubWRX Posts: 615 ClubWRX

    Congrats! Great group of forum members. I'm looking forward to following along. Hope the rain stays away/is light on Tuesday!

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  • jokerusnjokerusn nice shoes Northern NJClubWRX Posts: 4,685 ClubWRX

    SO SO SO jealous! Congratulations guys! Can't wait to read the reviews and following along!

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  • ASN21ASN21 #TeamTaylorMade Bay AreaMembers Posts: 31 ✭✭

    Nice! Looking forward to following along. My interest was piqued after watching the Golfholics video on these.

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  • kyle75kyle75 Members Posts: 710 ✭✭

    Congrats to all selected and hope you all have an easy travel day. Can't wait to see what you think of the Ventus shaft

  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members Posts: 6,523 ✭✭

    Sitting in the terminal now. Take off for San Diego in about 30 min... watching YouTube videos of a awesome masters to kill the time.

    Driver: Callaway Epic SubZero 3D 10.5*, Fujikura Ventus 7X
    Fairway: NIKE VAPOR 13*
    3-4 IRON: MIZZY MP18MMC FLIHI
    5-9 IRONS: MP5 DG AMT X100
    WEDGES; CLEVELAND RTX4: 48, 53, 58, 64
    PUTTER; Directed Force 2.1
    BALL; various, ask me that day.
  • 4rheel4rheel OC, CaliforniaMembers Posts: 1,821 ✭✭

    Just finishing up some work in the office but dying to hit the road. Can't wait to meet you all later today. Thank you Fujikura and GolfWRX!

  • QManyQMany #TheWRX ClubWRX Posts: 9,044 ClubWRX

    Looking forward to following this one, have fun!

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  • cvhookem63cvhookem63 Fujikura Ventus Experience ETXClubWRX Posts: 4,703 ClubWRX

    Sitting at the terminal in Dallas now waiting to board. This is going to be a blast.

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  • endyendy Members Posts: 3,146 ✭✭
    edited Apr 19, 2019 1:37pm #17

    This is going to be quite an experience. Extremely lucky and thankful! Thanks FUJI and WRX !!

    HEARING THE NEWS/CORONA, CA

    When I first heard that I’d been chosen to attend this trip I honestly could not believe it. I completely forgot I even entered because these types of trips/wins do not happen for me LOL. It couldn’t have happened at a better time. I was just talking days prior about getting out to Corona, CA to see my older brother and his family sometime this summer! After talking with Eric and Brian, I was able to catch an earlier flight out to San Diego and spend the weekend with him and his family. The last time I was able to visit him in California was Christmas 2000!! Longer than Tiger’s Masters drought haha! I was treated to the best Sushi I’ve ever had in San Diego and we BBQ’d Saturday and Sunday as well. If I lived here, I’m not sure I’d ever leave the house! It’s literally like a resort. I’m not sure I would do it justice by describing it, so I’ll just post pictures haha! We went swimming and sat in the hot tub, played yard games, grilled out, drank some cold ones, and had a BLAST! And to think, this was all before the trip was even supposed to begin! To say I am extremely grateful and appreciative would be an understatement! Also want to shoutout to Sam (4rheel) for offering to pick me up on the way to Carlsbad, extremely generous of him!



    KARL STRAUSS DINNER

    After meeting the other WRX members, Johnny Wunder, and Brian (knudson81), we headed to Karl Strauss. What a great dinner. Guys from Fuji (Chad Embrey, Eric Recher, Austin Tudor) were an absolute blast and answered all of our questions without hesitation. The other WRX’ers and Brian were great guys as well and we all got along extremely well. We were given just enough information to get us even more excited for the fitting day. I’d never been fit before so I was especially looking forward to it.

    MORNING FITTING

    The morning fitting seemed to go by extremely fast. Marshall Thompson was our fitter and he helped every single one of us as if we were PGA tour players. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and even made sure to let us know that the fitting did not stop within these few days. If we had any additional questions or needed anything in the future, he wanted us to know we could reach out to him at any time. This made it feel like he was genuinely interested in helping us out, which was a nice gesture. He had a bunch of shafts built up for us in addition to the Ventus and listened to every single one of our comments/concerns and used that knowledge to hone in on the best combination for each one of us. I ended up being fit into the Ventus 7X but unfortunately I just could not figure out how to hit the center of the face and/or square the face in the simulator. I might be the worst player you have ever seen indoors, and that's putting it lightly. We were mostly going by feel and club path/angle etc. for me, and I once I knew those numbers were good and the feel was there, I could not wait to get it out on the course.

    THE GRAND GOLF CLUB

    Before we were able to tee it up, we had and amazing lunch at the Grand Golf Club. I gotta say, the Fuji guys did an excellent job of treating us well while we were there, and this included excellent food and drinks every step of the way. This was no exception. I had the fish tacos, and in true SoCal fashion, they were phenomenal.

    After fueling up, I was super excited to get out on the course. I was paired with Erich and Chad from Fuji, and Caleb (cvhookem63) from WRX. Could not have asked for a better group of guys, we definitely had a blast. My first drive of the day was hit right down the pipe and I knew this shaft was special. I hit it high on the face and my swing still didn't feel great (better than indoors though haha) and I was not punished AT ALL for it. I did not see a ball even remotely close to this in the simulator. Every ball I hit indoors was high, weak, and right. This did not translate to the course fortunately. To be honest the rest of the round was kind of a blur because we were having a great time, having drinks, and the course was absolutely beautiful. Shout out to Fujikura for pulling some strings and getting us out there! Anyways, although I really cannot provide a shot-by-shot analysis or anything like that, I feel that one hole in particular will sum up the day in regards to driver performance. This hole was a dogleg left, 300 yards to the front edge of the right fairway bunker. The fairway started turning left here, so it seemed like a perfect spot to aim and draw one off the bunker. Mashed one, hit it dead straight, and it carried the bunker EASILY. Caleb steps up, BOOM! Same thing! It was pretty awesome. Of course every shot was not dead straight and striped, but we definitely hit our fair share of bombs and I'll speak for myself when saying anytime I put a good swing on the ball, it WENT. I do remember striping my last one on 18 as well and having a sand wedge into the green. Didn't make the birdie putt, but had a nice little tap-in par to end the day!






    VENTUS/FUJI

    The Ventus is definitely a shaft that I feel everyone owes it to themselves to give a try. It is a phenomenal feeling shaft that you can feel loading in transition without sacrificing stability. It is tip stiff to help bring spin down but it does not feel boardy AT ALL. The materials that go into this shaft are ultra-premium and I can tell you unequivocally that Fujikura is doing things the right way. Every single shaft they make is made by someone in their warehouse. Call it handmade, handcrafted, hand developed, hand created, hand rolled, hand whatever. It's the real deal. These guys are passionate about what they do and tons of research goes into every decision they make. The new ENSO system they have developed is absolutely insane and gives you every single variable at every single part of the swing that you can isolate and manipulate in order to create a better product. Alex Dee is ahead of the game in the R&D department and he is a game-changer in the industry. He is continually looking for new and exciting ways to develop products at Fujikura and anything that comes out in the future from these guys will definitely be #1 on my radar.

    BRIGANTINE

    We had supper at the Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar overlooking the Del Mar Racetrack and keeping with the tradition, it was an absolute treat. This supper included all the guys we had met from Fuji already (Eric, Austin, Chad) as well as Jeremy, Director of Sales, Alex the VP, and Dave, the President of Fuji! It was awesome and these guys were very hospitable and knowledgeable. They treated us well and Dave even recommended the Filet and Crab Cake meal. I figured I couldn't go wrong and boy was I right! I was eating so **** fast that Austin nudged me and said something along the lines of "you plan on breathing"? We both laughed because we both have kids and that's what you do, you hurry up and eat so those little cherubs don't mess the whole house up. Also, it tasted phenomenal. After supper, we went back to the hotel and CRASHED. It was a long day full of fitting and golf, and it was awesome!

    FUJI HQ'S/ENSO SYSTEM

    I noticed Scott (jagpilotohio) and Sam (4rheel) already included a ton of information with pictures on this, so I will reserve myself for now. If I think of anything additional, I will add it later, but for now, great job Scott and Sam!

    OVERALL

    I can say without hesitation that Fujikura is a top shelf company with top guys doing things the right way with passion and energy. I was thoroughly impressed with everything and they showed us an absolutely great time, basically rolling out the red carpet for us. The WRX guys I met-Brian, Cody, Caleb, Johnny, Sam, and Scott were all top notch as well and I’d play a round of golf or hang out with them anytime! Overall I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity and I cannot express enough how impressive Brian and the Fuji guys were during this whole trip! THANKS AGAIN GUYS!!

    ***I will add pictures later today.

    Post edited by endy on
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  • cvhookem63cvhookem63 Fujikura Ventus Experience ETXClubWRX Posts: 4,703 ClubWRX

    Just landed in San Diego. Here we go!

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  • blakehallblakehall Members Posts: 85 ✭✭

    Jealously following along.

    I've very curious about the Ventus. It will be interesting to see what y'all learn out there.

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  • mBiden2mBiden2 #15 and counting..... Atlanta, GAMembers Posts: 737 ✭✭

    @cvhookem63 said:
    We all made it in to San Diego earlier today. We (all 5 WRXers, Brian, and Johnny) met some of the Fujikura guys for dinner and drinks. We had some awesome conversations about Fujikura and all things golf. We’ll be heading out early tomorrow morning to Fujikura headquarters to get started with learning about the Ventus shafts, driver fittings, and some golf with the Fujikura guys. We’re just getting started and it is already shaping up to be an awesome trip. If you have any questions you want us to ask, let us know.

    Can you ask them and see if there will be different profiles added to Ventus? I’m pretty sure I read about another member testing a ventus red off the tour truck.

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  • CheckJVCheckJV Male Model Members Posts: 2,102 ✭✭

    In all the excitement did everyone remember to file their taxes?

  • mBiden2mBiden2 #15 and counting..... Atlanta, GAMembers Posts: 737 ✭✭

    @CheckJV said:
    In all the excitement did everyone remember to file their taxes?

    Haha. I got mine in at the last minute yesterday afternoon right before the post office closed

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  • jokerusnjokerusn nice shoes Northern NJClubWRX Posts: 4,685 ClubWRX
    edited Apr 16, 2019 12:46pm #26

    Hey guys. Can you please ask them about DJ's Ventus he used at Augusta? Interested to hear how it compares to his 2.0.

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  • mBiden2mBiden2 #15 and counting..... Atlanta, GAMembers Posts: 737 ✭✭

    @jokerusn said:
    Hey guys. Can you please ask them about DJ's Ventus he used at Augusta? Interested to here how it compares to his 2.0.

    +1. Also, is it the current ventus or a proto?

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    TM MG 50* - Nippon Modus3 T 120S
    TM Z TP 54* & 58* - Project X 6.0
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,221 ✭✭
    edited Apr 16, 2019 1:20pm #28

    @jokerusn said:
    Hey guys. Can you please ask them about DJ's Ventus he used at Augusta? Interested to hear how it compares to his 2.0.

    This came up at dinner last night after quite a few frosty adult beverages had been consumed.. Its not just a black paint job. It is a different profile. We will learn more today.

    As you might imagine the Fuji guys were quite pleased he was using it.

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  • jokerusnjokerusn nice shoes Northern NJClubWRX Posts: 4,685 ClubWRX
    edited Apr 16, 2019 1:28pm #29

    @Jagpilotohio said:

    @jokerusn said:
    Hey guys. Can you please ask them about DJ's Ventus he used at Augusta? Interested to hear how it compares to his 2.0.

    This came up at dinner last night after quite a few frosty adult beverages had been consumed.. Its not just a black paint job. It is a different profile. We will learn more today.

    As you might imagine the Fuji guys were quite pleased he was using it.

    Thanks! Sounds good! Looking forward to hearing it all!!

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    M5 15°  Tensei CK Pro 70TX
    818H2 19°  HZRDUS 85 6.5
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    790 4i / Z745 5-9  Nippon 950GH 
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    Mann MA/66

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  • mBiden2mBiden2 #15 and counting..... Atlanta, GAMembers Posts: 737 ✭✭

    @jokerusn said:

    @Jagpilotohio said:

    @jokerusn said:
    Hey guys. Can you please ask them about DJ's Ventus he used at Augusta? Interested to hear how it compares to his 2.0.

    This came up at dinner last night after quite a few frosty adult beverages had been consumed.. Its not just a black paint job. It is a different profile. We will learn more today.

    As you might imagine the Fuji guys were quite pleased he was using it.

    Thanks! Sounds good! Looking forward to hearing it all!!

    Can’t wait to hear about this too!

    WITB

    TM R9 460 TP 9.5* - Fujikura Motore F1 65X
    TM R9 TP 3W 15* - Fujikura Motore F1 85S
    TM P790 3 & 4 - Nippon Modus3 T 105X
    TM P790 5-PW - Nippon Modus3 T 120S
    TM MG 50* - Nippon Modus3 T 120S
    TM Z TP 54* & 58* - Project X 6.0
    Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 Mid-Slant
  • CAT GOLFERCAT GOLFER Members Posts: 918 ✭✭

    I would want to know where this shaft and profile in particular falls in their portfolio, compared to their other shafts. Who benefits from going from Fuji shaft A to Ventus. What are the trade offs? Has their testing shown one demographic “gains” more in one area or another?

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