Fujikura recently rounded out their Ventus wood shaft line with the Ventus Red and Ventus Black. The original Ventus Blue was designed to be mid to low-mid launch shaft. The Ventus Red (mid-high) and Ventus Black (low) are leveraging the VeloCore Technology to offer the same tight dispersion and improved distance with different ball flight patterns.
If we do a quick overview of this shaft, we see that the use of heavier pre-preg material and a fast taper design allowed the Fujikura engineers to create a shaft with faster tip speed (H.I.T. – High Inertia Tip). In our testing, shafts with this technology can create as high as 8 mph faster tip speed!
The highest launching of the Ventus models also offers the lightest shaft weights. Starting at 58 grams in an R2 (A+) flex, the shafts are also available up through 72 gram X flex. This makes the Ventus Red not only a good shaft for a driver, but a higher launching fairway wood.
This shaft is right on the borderline of mid and low-mid launch. Also offered in a 56 gram version in R, S and X flex all the way to an 86 gram version, but only in S and X flex. Our testing shows more mid than low-mid ball flight.
The lowest launching Ventus also has the firmest feel. Available only in 65 through 85 gram models in S and X flex only. Ideal for drivers at very fast swing speeds (110+ mph) needing lower launch and spin.
Feel and Performance
This shaft has an interesting feel…softer mid section with firmer tip. Some players comment they can feel the shaft tip release a little better. Not truly feeling like a two-piece shaft but close. We have seen clubhead speed increase 1-2 mph versus other shafts in the same weight and flex.