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December 05, 2012

U.S. shaft manufacturer Aldila merges with Mitsubishi Rayon

Posted at 12:00 PM by David Dusek

AldilaCARLSBAD, Calif. -- Aldila, the company that produces the popular VooDoo, NV and RIP line of golf shafts, announced in a release on Monday that its board of directors has unanimously approved a merger agreement to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon America.

According to the release, if Aldila's shareholders approve the merger at a company meeting on Dec. 27, Mitsubishi will pay each Aldila stockholder $4.00 per share, which represents a 60 percent premium over Aldila's $2.50 share price as of Dec. 3. In total, Mitsubishi Rayon America, itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Company, would pay $22 million for the Poway, Calif-based Aldila.

“Aldila will be joining a world class Advanced Composite Materials company that is fully integrated from the base raw material acrylonitrile, precursor, carbon fiber and prepreg materials.  MRC also offers a leading global graphite golf shaft product line-up under the Mitsubishi Rayon brand. We see unique synergies and opportunities for growing our two business segments of Composite Products and Composite Materials by joining with Mitsubishi Rayon” said Peter Mathewson, Aldila’s CEO.

Golfers who won a 2012 PGA Tour event using an Aldila driver shaft include Tommy Gainey, (Aldila RIP NV 65X ), Ian Poulter (Aldila RIP Phenom), and Ben Curtis (Aldila RIP ). Mitsubishi Rayon driver shafts were used by Rory McIlroy (Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70X), Nick Watney (Mitsubishi Diamana White Board), Sergio Garcia (Mitsubishi Diamana 103X) to win in 2012.

[Photo: The Aldila RIP shaft. Golf Magazine/Schecter Lee]

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August 12, 2011

Mitsubishi releasing the Fubuki K Series shaft

Posted at 2:19 PM by David Dusek

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Two PGA Championship winners, Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer, are using a Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft in their drivers. Specifically, they each use the second-generation Fubuki Alpha, but as of last week there's a newer version of the white and black shaft that is decorated with ninja throwing stars.

The new Fubuki K Series shafts have a stiffer butt section thanks to a thin layer of metal positioned below the layers of graphite. The photo below shows a Fubuki K Series shaft with a portion of the butt section cut away so you can see the steel area.

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According to Mitsubishi's Mark Gunther, the steel section adds stability and helps distribute energy more efficiently on the downswing. He says that early tests with tour players like Lucas Glover and Davis Love are indicating that it launches the ball lower than previous Fubuki shafts, but with about the same amount of spin and slightly more ball speed.

While the butt section was upgraded, the technology in the tip section remained the same. Like previous Fubuki shafts, two different types of high-modulus graphite are fused together, and then encased by another layer of graphite. By having a stiffer area right next to a more flexible section, a hinge-effect is created in the tip that launches the ball higher and decreases spin for greater distance.

The Fubuki K Series shaft will start appearing in pro shops in October for $400.

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April 28, 2010

Tiger Woods Switches Driver Shafts--Again!

Posted at 9:43 AM by David Dusek

As he prepares to play in his second event of the season, Tiger Woods has changed the shaft in his driver. During Wednesday's practice round, he had a Mitsubishi Fubuki in his Nike Victory Red Tour.

At the Masters, Woods used a Graphite Design Tour AD DI.

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In a tasty bit of irony, the Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft is also being used in the Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic driver used by Phil Mickelson.

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(Photo by Scott Hallaran/Getty Images)

February 04, 2010

Rickie Fowler's Oklahoma State Mitsubishi Golf Shaft

Posted at 4:56 PM by David Dusek

Rickie Fowler, who plays a Mitsubishi Rayon White Board shaft in his driver, is a huge fan of his alma mater, Oklahoma State. As a little present, the company had a driver shaft specially painted OSU orange and black for him, then added an image of Pistol Pete, the school's cowboy mascot.

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(Photos provided by Mitsubishi Rayon)

May 04, 2009

Tiger Woods Sticking With Old Shaft

Posted at 3:28 PM by David Dusek

Today was media day at Bethpage State Park, home of the Black Course, where the U.S. Open will be played June 18-21. My clubs were in my car, and I was itching for a chance to challenge a course that's so tough that it comes with a warning sign. Instead, we got rained out.

The day was not a total loss, however. After various USGA and government officials spoke, Tiger Woods took questions via conference call. I asked about his driver testing:

You've been experimenting with some different driver shafts. Can you explain where you are in the process of trying to find the right mix for your driver and how important that's going to be as you start your preparation coming here to Bethpage?

"I think I'm going to stick with the same shaft, my old shaft [Mitsubishi Diamana White Board]. The other shaft [an Oban Mach 4 prototype] did not quite work out for me. Wasn't what I was looking for. Felt good in the practice round, but in the tournament, I didn't quite have the same feel for it, so went back to my old driver on the weekend. Hit the ball nice; I wouldn't say great, but I hit it a little bit better. But still, this driver has done pretty well, and that's the one I'll continue working with and hopefully get my swing organized."

As I wrote earlier on Twitter, it sounds like Tiger's shaft experimentation may be over for now. Still, I'll be sure to report on what he's swinging this week at TPC Sawgrass.

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May 02, 2009

Woods Back with Mitsubishi White Board Driver Shaft

Posted at 2:40 PM by David Dusek

Tiger-Woods-Quail-Sat_600 Before Saturday's third round of the Quail Hallow Championship, Tiger Woods reverted back to playing with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board driver shaft in his driver.

On Wednesday during his practice round, Woods used an Aldila Voodoo XPP8 shaft in his Nike Dymo 380 driver. On Thursday, The Shop Blog broke the news that Woods was using a prototype Oban Mach 4 shaft.

While Tiger had averaged 316 yards per drive, he sprayed tee shots both left and right. In fact, the world's No. 1 player hit just 30% of the fairways on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, Woods hit 64% of the fairways while averaging 304 yards per drive.

It's important to remember that driving accuracy stats don't take into account what club a player choses to hit off the tee on par 4s and par 5s. On the same course, under different playing conditions, Woods and other golfers may hit different clubs off the tee, making round-to-round comparisons challenging.

UPDATE: Tiger Woods has the Mitsubishi Diamana White Board driver shaft in his driver again on Sunday.

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May 01, 2009

Jim Furyk Switches to TaylorMade R9 Driver with New Mitsubishi Kai'li Shaft

Posted at 10:00 PM by David Dusek

Jim Furyk Friday Quail Hallow Jim Furyk had been using a Titleist 909D2 driver since the 2008 Barclays Scottish Open, the event immediately preceding last season's British Open at Royal Birkdale. However, this week in Charlotte at the Quail Hallow Championship, Furyk is using a TaylorMade R9 with an X-stiff, 60-gram Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li shaft.

Although his swing is not textbook, and he can't be classified as a bomber, Jim Furyk has been one the straightest and most consistent drivers on the PGA Tour for years. In 2007 he ranked third in driving accuracy, hitting 74.37% of the fairways. This season he is hitting 69.72%, ranking him 23rd in the category.

According to Mitsubishi Rayon, Furyk is the first player on the PGA Tour to put the Kai'li shaft into play.

Meaning Blue Diamond in Hawaiian, the Kai'li has a stiff tip section and slightly lower torque than the popular Mitsubishi Rayon Blue Board shaft. The Kai'li also utilizes a process that applies the carbon fibers that create the shaft in several different angles for a more consistent feel. When compared with the Blue Board shaft, the Kai'li should produce a lower, flatter ball flight and less spin.

The shaft will not be available in the United States until early 2010 and will retail for about $400.

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

April 24, 2009

Parker McLachlin adds yards and accuracy with new shafts

Posted at 2:27 PM by David Dusek

Parker McLachlin Heading into this week's Zurich Classic in New Orleans, Parker McLachlin was not happy with his driving. Statistically speaking, he had no reason to be, ranking 168th in average distance (272 yards) and 185th in accuracy (48%).

Although he had been making some swing changes—and both his caddie and his coach felt he was improving—McLachlin was still battling a right-side miss. For the year, 25% of McLachlin's drives have found the right rough.

This week he made an equipment adjustment. After visiting the Titleist van, McLachlin had the Aldila Voodoo VS7 shafts removed from his driver [Titleist 909D2 (10.5°)] and 3-wood [Titleist 909F2 (15.5°)] and replaced them with the X stiff Mitsubishi Diamona White Board. The driver shaft weighs 63 grams; the 3-wood shaft is 73 grams.

For at least one day, the fitting change worked. On Thursday, McLachlin's average drive was 289 yards, and he hit 57% of the fairways.

"My experience last week and the beginning of this week in finding a new driver leads me back to the importance of club fitting," McLachlin wrote in the Honolulu Advertiser. "Fortunately for me, Titleist has a great Tour trailer, so we've got club fitting at our fingertips. But even for the weekend warriors out there, getting fitted for clubs, and drivers especially, is extremely important."




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