One of the most popular shaft models on the PGA Tour over the past decade, the Graphite Design YS+ series, is getting an exciting makeover.
The venerable Graphite Design YS+ series of shafts, long known for its distinct feel, is now infused with the same high performance, Nano-alloy materials as their premium Tour AD shafts also known as “DI Technology”, to create the YS NanoReloaded. When I first heard of the name, the first thought that poured through my head was the movie Matrix Reloaded and in some way they tie together. You see graphite shafts are made of a matrix of different composite materials and epoxy resin. What make a shaft perform and give it the distinct feel is all about the materials along with its geometry.
YS+ versus YS Nano Reloaded In a blog I did a few months ago called Serious Shafts for Serious Players, we went over the differences between the YS+ and some of the Tour AD models including our deflection profiles. Let’s now look at how the YS+ (in this case the 60 gram S-flex) compares to the new NanoReloaded.
As you can see in the deflection profiles, the two shafts are nearly identical from roughly the 15” position from the tip all the way to the butt. The blue line represents the YS6+ and the red line is the new NanoReloaded version. This should come as no surprise as Graphite Design used the exact same mandrel and materials pattern. The difference occurs in the tip region where the Nanomaterial used in the Tour AD series is positioned. This should produce a shaft that lowers the launch / spin slightly, but still provide the smooth center section that players have come to expect from the YS+ series.
Not your poor man’s Tour AD DI If you think that by adding the same material in the tip as the Tour AD DI (orange line) that YS NanoReloaded (red line) will become a lower cost version of it, you might be let down. These are two different shaft profiles. If there was a shaft that would be more comparable it would be the Tour AD BB (light blue line). Here the dissimilarity is the YS NanoReloaded would have more flex than the Tour AD BB in the tip and mid sections.
Lighter options While the YS6+ and YS7+ have been readily available for a decade, many might not remember Graphite Design made other weights in the series. For golfers looking to squeeze out more distance a lighter shaft might allow one to muster a little more speed at impact. The YS NanoReloaded Five (yes they spell out the number) is available in some of the softer flexes as well.
We have been working on a newer and better way of putting a number on stiffness to help fit golfers. Today I want to unveil what our swing speed range would be based on our deflection readings.
Model / Flex
Swing Speed Range
YS-Five NanoReloaded L-flex
64 – 73 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded A-flex
75 – 86 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded R-flex
81 – 94 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded S-flex
90 – 103 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded R-flex
86 – 99 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded S-flex
93 – 107 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded X-flex
103 – 118 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded R-flex
88 – 102 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded S-flex
96 – 110 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded X-flex
103 – 118 mph
Don’t forget the hybrids too There is a 75 and 85 gram hybrid offering in this series as well. According to our testing, these will be more flexible or possess a lower frequency (added feel) than any of the other current Graphite Design hybrid shafts. That is with the exception of the very tip section where the Nanomaterial has been added (for stability).
“Yet another exciting weekend in tournament golf and two great wins for the Graphite Design Tour AD DI model of wood shafts. We are ecstatic to have the world’s No. 1 ranking player relying on the performance of the Tour AD DI shaft and congratulate him on his recent accomplishments”, commented Wayne Ageno, President of Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc..
Revolutionary technology, design, and the most advanced materials are trademarks in all Graphite Design shafts, making them the highest quality premium golf shafts on the market today. Validating the company’s “Tour AD” logo, all of Graphite Design’s PGA Tour-proven shafts specifically promote “Accuracy and Distance”. These key competitive advantages are helping professional and amateur golfers optimize their games after switching to Graphite Design shafts. Graphite Design continues to be the most dominant shaft on the JGTO Tour and has been for the past eleven years.
Graphite Design Shafts announced today that the winner of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship played the Tour AD DI6 Stiff Flex shaft just one week after making the switch into a Graphite Design shaft.
Material Stiffness Integration, MSI, is a proprietary design concept by which Graphite Design develops golf shafts. By using a combination of different materials that vary in stiffness and fiber volume we are able to produce the best playing golf shafts available. This combination of materials also reduces vibration giving the golfer, shafts that feel better than our competitors.
“All of us here at Graphite Design congratulate the winner on her first LPGA victory. This win is a true testament of the fact that the Tour AD DI shaft model is a true performer that both professional and amateur golfers alike can count on for better accuracy and greater distance”, commented Bill McPherson, Vice President of Sales, Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc..
The Tour AD DI is designed to provide more power and stability. The Tour AD DI, manufactured exclusively at Graphite Design Japan, has been integrated with Toray Company’s new Nanomaterial technology in the tip section of the shaft. This unique technology allows the player to create an epic IMPACT on ball speed while still providing exceptional feel and control.
The mid bend profile of the Tour AD DI allows the player to load the shaft properly, yet maintains a firm enough tip section through IMPACT producing optimal spin and launch conditions. Result, the Graphite Design Tour AD DI will deliver players to the next level in shaft performance and impress an epic IMPACT on your game!
Graphite Design G-Series Wood Shaft
The G Series of premium golf shafts incorporates X Directional Technology (XDT). This new technology is derived from many years of research of today’s design features in equipment and golf balls and numerous hours of shaft testing on Tour and with avid players. The result of this research is the development of a premium golf shaft that produces consistency and stability and is very adaptable to today’s new head technology.
Graphite Design G-Series Hybrid Shaft
The G-Series shaft with X Directional Technology (XDT) is the next generation of premium Graphite Design shafts and is designed to be very adaptable to today’s new head technology. The Graphite Design G-Series performance characteristics favor a low to mid launch trajectory and mid ball spin. The new X Directional Technology ( XDT) incorporates the use of the already proven Graphite Design MSI (Material Stiffness Integration) design method as well this new and unique application of graphite fiber alignment throughout the shaft structure.