Graphite Design is introducing the Tour AD MT to its line of premium golf shafts in 2014. Designed for today’s low-spin drivers, this shaft is manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters. Overall, our testers rated the GD Tour AD MT 4.7 out of 5 based on the following:
Appearance: Same graphics pattern as the DI and GT but a crisp lemon color with gray and blue accents in the Graphite Design band.
Flexes Available: R2, R1, S in MT 5 (55 gr.), SR, S, X in MT 6 (65 gr.), S, and X in MT 7 (75 gr.) and MT 8 (83 gr.).
MSRP: $500.00 USD
Availability: Authorized Graphite Design fitters.
Weight Consistency: 4.9 out of 5
Butt Stiffness (CPM): Consistent increase in CPM from R through S in the MT 5 and MT 6. MT 7 S and X test stiffer than the MT 6 and MT 8. Consistency is 4.5 out of 5.
Tip Stiffness: Mid
Mid Stiffness: Mid
Balance Point: Will yield an average swing weight similar to the DI and GT series.
Torque: Good transition of higher torque in MT 5 to lowest torque in the MT 8. Mid-high torque rating on MT 5, Mid on the MT 6, MT 7 and MT 8.
SQI (Shaft Quality Index): 94.6 out of 100 (Above Average)
Trajectory: Launch angle is mid. Tested against the DI, the launch was .5 degree lower.
Spin: Low-Mid spin.
Feel: Solid feel for the lower swing speed testers. Feels more like a one-piece shaft versus the DI and GT. Higher swing speed and faster transition testers said the shaft solid during the downswing but a harsher feel at impact than the DI.
General: Raters had driver swing speeds from 79 mph to 110 mph and had shafts that were matched to their swings. Would like to see a little higher torque and launch in the MT-8 for better performance in today’s fairway woods.