The Graphite Design Tour AD XC wood shaft is the latest in the great lineup of Tour AD (Accuracy and Distance) shafts from Graphite Design.
Designed as Xtra Carry, the XC wood shafts have a softer butt section, but firmer mid and tip section for added stability and reduced spin. This shaft actually improves on the design of the Tour AD IZ. The Tour AD XC utilizes new MX 40 pre-preg materials from TORACAY for added stability and feel.
Well known for their relatively soft mid section, the Tour AD XC is a slight departure for Graphite Design offering golfers a firmer feel at impact.
The Tour AD XC is available in five different weights from 47 to 84 grams at raw length. The Tour AD XC 4 is available in Senior, Regular and Stiff flex. The XC 5 is available in Senior, Regular, Stiff and XStiff. The fact that the lighter weight shafts are available in X flex is a tribute to the fact that certain stronger players can do well with stiffer shafts. The most popular weight XC 6 is available not only in Senior, Regular, Stiff and XStiff but Tour Stiff as well. The XC 7 is available in Stiff, XStiff and Tour Stiff while the XC 8 is only available in Stiff and XStiff.
Our proprietary testing, while very similar to a traditional EI (elasticity index) curve, is a load profile that shows the load a shaft that is bent a particular deflection length puts on a specific point on the shaft. We determine our trajectory and feel characteristics based upon these measurements.
Trajectory and Spin
The XC 4 has a mid-high trajectory and mid-high spin, which is excellent for juniors and slower swing speeds in general. The XC 5 and XC 6 are mid trajectory and mid spin across all flexes. The XC 7 and XC 8 are mid to low-mid trajectory and spin. Tipping any of these shafts will reduce the launch angle and resulting trajectory slightly.
Release and Feel
Feel is a very subjective performance factor and difficult to accurately specify. We use a combination of torque (higher torque means softer feel) and shaft stiffness profile. The XC 4 and XC 5 will have the softest feel, while the XC 6, XC 7 and XC 8 will have a much firmer feel. That is mostly because mid section of the shaft is very firm, compared to other Tour AD models, giving the feel of a one-piece shaft at impact.
These shafts will be a great addition to the Tour AD line, especially for players liking a mid trajectory and slightly firmer feel at impact.