Some shafts are simply too good to change. The Mitsubishi KuroKage Proto TiNi is one such shaft. The KuroKage XM is the KuroKage Proto with updated graphics and a wider range of weights. It is promoted as a mid launch – mid spin shaft. I view launch and spin as a propensity not an absolute. Your angle of attack, the club head loft, where you strike and how the shaft, interacting with your loading and release, deliver the head are all part of the launch and spin equation. The XM, in the right hands, is not what I would define as mid launch / mid spin. But, shaft companies have to fill in those words for the golfing public.
The KuroKage XM shaft has a Blue Diamana like profile, but it is stiffer in the midsection. It looses stiffness at a uniform rate down to about 12 inches where it then stiffens into the tip. The tip torque is consistent with the third generation Diamana’s. The shaft to shaft consistency and radial quality are typical of Japanese made Mitsubishi shafts, excellent. This shaft is made with high density material and has Titanium Nickel wire wrapped into the tip section. The TiNi wire creates tip stability that translates into tight dispersion.
Do not confuse this shaft with the many other variations of the KuroKage driver shaft offered by Mitsubishi. The XT and the XM are the premium KuroKage shafts.
Titanium Nickel (TiNi) Wire
TiNi Wire is a premium elastic wire that immediately springs back to original shape when stretched. Integrating TiNi with carbon fibers in the tip-section allows energy to be loaded and unloaded with great efficiency when the wire stretches, while providing extra strength and stability to the tip. This allows for tighter shot dispersion, even for players with a high swing speed.
Low Resin Content (L.R.C.) Prepreg
Our Low Resin Content (L.R.C.) Prepreg, with up to 15% more carbon fiber and 13% less resin than traditional prepregs allows us to create a higher density of carbon fibers without adding additional weight. The Result: Added strength with enhanced feel.
The Ion Plating process creates a sophisticated, premium finish that cannot be achieved just by applying paint. The shaft is put into a vacuum chamber where chrome or silver alloy ions are fused to the shaft. It’s a more costly, time consuming process but it creates a stunning finish that we think is worth the extra time.
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