Looking simply at the bend profile I see an update of the ever popular Tour AD BB. Looking at the 60g S flex, comparison to the right, the tip is ever so slightly stiffer. There was some fine tuning in the tip torque area. The 50’s are slightly higher, the 60’s about the same and the 70’s slightly lower than the Tour AD BB. Tip torque has a great deal to do with feel. Moving it 0.1 degrees defines fine tuning. No one other that the Tour players are going to notice.
The soft mid is moved closer to the handle. This should get a little more load into the shaft with a smooth controlled transition. The overall tip to butt ration is a bit higher as shown in the deflection profile. It will launch a litter higher and feel a little softer than the BB. I see it as a refined update to that shaft.
Designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters, the Tour AD GP wood shaft is available in 45g R2, R1 and S Flex, 55g R2, R1 and S flex, 65g SR, S and X flex, 75g S and X flex and 85g S and X flex.
The Tour AD GP -6 and -7 models are also available in a Black color scheme and are called Tour AD GP – Black Edition. The shaft structure of the Tour AD GP Black Edition shafts are exactly the same as the Tour AD GP Teal color shafts and the only difference is the color.
The Tour AD GP, like its predecessors, utilizes premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials in order to deliver the best feeling and performing shaft available to golfers. The Tour GP-4’s are unique and designed for a player that is looking for a light weight shaft with a soft tip to butt profile that will help launch the ball higher. The Tour AD GP-5’s, 6’s, 7’s and 8’s are designed with a very stiff tip and stiffer mid to butt section to promote a mid-launch condition and low spin.
The Tour AD GP also utilizes the latest in graphite material from Toray Industries, Inc., TORAYCA ® T1100G carbon-fiber pre-preg with NANOALLOY ® technology in the tip section of the shaft for additional shaft stability, exceptional feel and precise ball control.
For a full review of this shaft visit Golf Shaft Reviews