Originally Posted by iacas
Don't forget, too, that some $1000 shafts cost $2 more to make than a $100 shaft. Sometimes it's just about what's hot, and companies charging what they can…
Great point, name brand has a huge markup as well, APPLE!!!. Oops did I say that
I know Mitsubishi will put a different annotation on theirs. Their normal shafts are usually x5ct or something like that, while their for manufacturer shafts are like "g 35 t." So if you see a Diamana shaft with the x5ct on it, it is the authentic one even if it has Titleist name on it. Basically the difference is the tip section, meaning for manufacturers the tip is usually not as stiff.
I tried out both the SLDR and the 913. Both clubs are fantastic and the shaft combinations work well. Though I swing fast and have a very aggressive swing. The Fujikura and Diamana work well for me. I had success with the 'ahina 70 in the 910D2, but it just a bit too spinny for me.
I do think some shafts just stand the test of time.
Fujikura Speeder 757 (from the late 90's), the new one looks very good
Tour Spec Fujikura Speeder
Tour AD DI and BB are pretty popular on tour
Proforce V2 is still used on tour
I would say for fast swingers of the golf ball, and want to upgrade of an OEM Shaft, go UST for budget shafts. They are usually cheaper. They can create some low spin low launch shafts.
VTS shafts from UTS are a $125 dollars. If you like the clubhead you have, not a bad option
V2 is $60.00 dollars
Aldila has some good shafts for moderate swing golfers. Bit higher torque, a bit softer.
For on a budget I would go with UST or Aldila. ($60-$200)
For high end, Fujikura, Mitsubishi, or Graphite Design ($200+)
Of course it is very hard to demo this type of thing. You can get a lot of reviews online.