Mitsubishi Golf Shafts: Tensei, Diamana and Kuro Kage
Mitsubishi is another Japanese manufacturer of premium shafts and recently added the Tensei CK series to the ranks of professionals and amateurs around the world. Even Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods played the Tensei CK Pro Orange and White for some time. We also use the Tensei shafts regularly and are convinced that they offer a very good price/performance ratio. The shaft quality of all delivered shafts is checked by us and it is very high for the Tensei shafts by the bank. We therefore recommend the Tensei shafts in fittings at any time.
Besides Tensei there are the long established Diamana shafts, but also Kuro Kage, Fubuki, Bassara, C6 and OT and MMT as iron shafts.
Technology in the Mitsubishi Tensei shafts
The shafts differ only minimally in the materials used and all Mitsubishi Tensei shafts combine special technologies such as the use of Kevlar in the grip section of the shaft for maximum stability. This material still allows the transmission of feeling despite the stiffness. All in all, the shaft contains only a minimum amount of plastic materials, which makes it more dense.
Especially interesting and important is the tip with boron - the so-called "Boron Tip". This is only found on original Mitsubishi Tensei shafts and not on the "Made for" or OEM shafts. This is a decisive quality feature because it compresses and hardens the area of the tip.
Newly introduced is the Tensei Raw version which is reinforced with aluminium in the grip section.
Mitsubishi Tensei AV vs. CK Pro
The AV series is so to speak the successor of the Tensei CK series and will probably replace it soon. AV and CK Pro differ mainly in the bending profile and the weight and flex options. If you compare the CK Pro Blue with the AV Blue, for example, you will see that the former is basically a bit stiffer. The AV blue is available from 55g to 78g. The CK Pro Blue is available from 60g to 86g.
The Tensei series is now also being developed for hybrids and irons.
The colours of the Mitsubishi Tensei
Basically the colours red, blue, white and orange are available.
Red has a high launch with lots of spin.
Blue has a medium launch and medium spin.
White and orange have a flat launch with little spin. Therefore these are also the variants that are preferred on the Tour and by better players.
Especially with the Tensei Orange the bending point and the weight distribution is very interesting. Because these are located very high up in the shaft it is a "High Balance" shaft with a little tungsten in the grip area. So it is possible to make the club head very heavy to reach a high total weight without making the swing weight too heavy.
Diamana and Kuro Kage
For Mitsubishi, the Tensei series is the focus for a high-quality driver. Diamana and Kuro Kage, on the other hand, are mainly offered as "Made for" shafts, but are of course also available as originals. The "Made for" version is therefore specially made for larger manufacturers and produced in other factories and large quantities.
Mitsubishi Tensei vs. Kuro Kage
Tensei and Kuro Kage are two very similar shafts that are now very common with some OEMs. Here again, one must clearly distinguish between the original and the OEM version. In the following we will - as usual - deal with the original version.
Both shafts share the concept of the extremely stiff toe. While the Tensei uses boron, the Kuro Kage is made of a titanium-nickel alloy. This is said to have the property of returning to its original state very quickly after a load.
The profile of the Kuro Kage shaft is very similar to the Tensei, but the line is not as straight. The middle area of the shaft is relatively soft further up and further down, but slightly stiffer in the middle. The most important thing is that the toe is again very stiff, as with the Tensei or the Fujikura Ventus.
The shaft profile of both shafts is suitable for players whose Angle of Attack is positive. The ratio of stiffness in the toe and in the butt section speaks for a "neutral launch". This means that the angle of attack is the dominant factor for the launch and not the shaft. If, for example, you have a negative angle of attack and tend to hit down, you will probably not achieve good results with either the Tensei or the Kuro Kage.
Mitsubishi Fubuki Technology
The Fubuki MV series is another interesting shaft from Mitsubishi which is extremely light and available in weights from 43g to 52g. However, at the lower end of the grip the shaft is made heavier with tungsten, which means that the player feels much more stability at this point - this is often missing with extremely light shafts of this category.
The Fubuki V series is available up to 76g and also in X-Flex.