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Fairway shaft: AD IZ vs Ventus Red Velo vs CK Pro Blue


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Hello all. Looking for some opinions on a possible shaft for what will be a 7 wood as a replacement to my old hybrid. I seem to get along best with shafts that are softer in the middle and firmer in the handle and tip. I currently play AD IZ 6s in my driver and love it. I also play Tensei CK Pro Blue 7s in my 3 wood and also get along great with that. I’ve never tried Ventus Red but it appears to have the similar blue board style bend profile so I wouldn’t be opposed to it either with many great reviews out there. Can anyone comment on comparing these shafts’ characteristics for what would be used in a 7 wood? Which would be considered most tip stable/stiff and how would they compare with launch and spin. Probably looking in the 70gram class to compare all 3…Thanks. 

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I hear the IZ is a great fairway shaft too. I am going to be on the hunt to try it in my fairways. 

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On 5/6/2021 at 9:47 AM, Beeez said:

Hello all. Looking for some opinions on a possible shaft for what will be a 7 wood as a replacement to my old hybrid. I seem to get along best with shafts that are softer in the middle and firmer in the handle and tip. I currently play AD IZ 6s in my driver and love it. I also play Tensei CK Pro Blue 7s in my 3 wood and also get along great with that. I’ve never tried Ventus Red but it appears to have the similar blue board style bend profile so I wouldn’t be opposed to it either with many great reviews out there. Can anyone comment on comparing these shafts’ characteristics for what would be used in a 7 wood? Which would be considered most tip stable/stiff and how would they compare with launch and spin. Probably looking in the 70gram class to compare all 3…Thanks. 

Ventus Red's profile is actually closer to the white board profile IMO but plays more like the blue board profile launch and spin wise.  I have the blue as one of my shafts for 3 metal, have tested the IZ and CK Pro blue.  As  you know, the IZ is more mid/high launch mid/low spin.  The Ventus red will launch just a tad lower than the IZ and spin will be very similar.  CK pro is def mid launch but will spin more than either of the 2 other shafts mentioned.  This is can all be somewhat manipulated by tipping of course.  In terms of the most tip stable shaft/stiff shaft, I would have to give the nod to the Ventus Red over the other two.  My suggestion would be to look at the Ventus Red and tip it 1.5 to 2 inches to bring the spin down unless you really need it. 

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