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On 6/2/2021 at 8:34 PM, Russ757 said:

Any new(er) updates?  Came across a deal for a 6s/7s setup and like and idiot, jumped despite just trying round 3 with the IZs


Well, my second go round with the VR. Had it in a 6S and liked it, but didn’t have it for long as I sold it with the driver.

 

This time, bought a VR off a golfwrxer who had a 6S tipped a 1/2 inch to be between stiff and x. I often go stiff or X in 60 gram range so thought it might work and it is off to a great start. Installed it in a Callaway B21 driver (their best sounding current driver, no kidding.) Two rounds and the VR has such a nice stable but explosive feel, it has really helped straighten out my driving. I feel like I can really aim my driver and hit the ball on that line. Does not feel too stiff and I am at 103 mph. What I really like is I can be smooth or aggressive throught impact and I get a consistent result. Definitely cut some spin. I am getting more carry and roll out than I typically do on tee shots. The B21 gets overlooked, but it is a hot face and I can draw or fade it. 

 

From what I hear there is not much difference between the VR and IZ except in the tip. I’d like to try the IZ in a fairway. I’m curious about other GD shafts now. I can say I definitely prefer the feel of the VR over the Ventus Red and Blue shafts I tried. Just a preference. VR feels like a high-end golf shaft should — smooth, nice tight flight. 

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I keep coming back to the AD-VR 6x in my driver. Tipped half-inch, my SS about 112. It's just so smooth feeling with a nice kick, but doesn't get away from you like the DI or IZ. It's really the best of those shafts. 

 

I would like to try the AD-XC or AD-HD just to compare, but wouldn't be surprised if I keep coming back to the VR. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, nova6868 said:

I keep coming back to the AD-VR 6x in my driver. Tipped half-inch, my SS about 112. It's just so smooth feeling with a nice kick, but doesn't get away from you like the DI or IZ. It's really the best of those shafts. 

 

I would like to try the AD-XC just to compare, but wouldn't be surprised if I keep coming back to the VR. 


👍I also am looking at XC but am thinking for a fairway shaft. Or wondering if I should get another VR for a fairway. I like it that much in my driver. What is a good companion Graphite Design shaft for the VR? Many mention the IZ which might be good. Hit it a few times, thought it felt stiffer and more ‘one piece’ vs the VR. But it’s definitely tight. The XC sounds like it feels pretty nice. I don’t care for a super firm handle. I like the fast taper shafts GD is putting out now. 
 

i also am thinking after playing the VR in my driver for 3 rounds now that I could play easily handle the X flex. Playing a tipped stiff (6S) and it does not feel too stiff at all. 
 

I did note that Jessica Korda (I am a fan) used to play the IZ, went full Ventus Blue stiffs in driver and fairway in 2020, and this year dumped the Ventus and went back to IZ in driver and 4 wood, plus a new 7 wood with the Tensei AV Raw Blue. This is important information as I model my entire equipment based on what the strongest LPGA players are doing. 😏

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I'll chime in with my brief experience. Plugged an AD VR 8X into a Cobra Fly-Z+ 5 wood playing at 42". This is my first go around with a Graphite Design shaft. 

 

Backstory: purchased for a low price via Facebook Marketplace from a second owner. After I purchased, I noticed that it looked like it was tipped almost excessively which had me a bit worried. The guy I bought from didn't know, but after having the tip replaced, it appears to have been tipped about 2.25" (assuming the uncut tip to first ring measurement is the standard 24.75"). The butt also had a really cheap extension, but fortunately I had planned to butt trim it anyway so that was no issue.

 

Anyway, I've played at lofts of 17.5* and 19* and the results have been wonderful. Super easy to elevate and I love the little bit of kick right before impact - I don't have any other GD shafts to compare to, but to me it feels like just the right amount of kick for my swing. Launch and height fit my eye very well. At the moment I have a very neutral swing path and the ball doesn't waiver offline with this combo. Most of my shots have been dead straight or about a 3-5 yard draw. I've thrown in a couple of low, heely slicers that were entirely my fault. The learning curve/adjustment period was almost non-existent for me. Just plug and play.

 

Yesterday I hit some of my more memorable shots playing at the 17.5* loft. 235 from the fairway to the pin and I choked down a couple inches - ball landed 5 yards short of the pin and rolled out to 6 feet past (missed the eagle putt 🤬). Also nuked a couple off the tee with some side wind, but they maintained their lines beautifully. 

 

Ultimately I intend to play this setup at 19* (after adding a 4 wood) and possibly cut it down another 1/2" with the goal of hitting a specific gap. That said, it's definitely in the running for my 4w shaft and I'd like to test it in a driver. As I mentioned earlier, this is my first GD shaft but as of now I'm loving the feel and results. 

Driver: Mizuno ST-Z 9.5º | HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 6x

Wood: Titleist Ts2 16.5º | Atmos Blue TS 7x

Wood: Cobra Fly-Z+ 19º | AD VR 8x w/ a lot of lead tape

4i: Mizuno MP18 Fli Hi | Nippon 120x

5-PW: Cobra Fly-Z+ | KBS Tour S+

Wedges: Mizuno T20 52º & 58º | DG TI S400

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Seven

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