For the first time in virtually six years, Mitsubishi has unveiled a new family of rods. The surname, Kai’li, is meant to evoke a sense of “deep power” associated with the consistent ebb and flow of the tides.
If you want to go a bit deeper, I believe” predictable power juxtaposed with a blue ocean of yet-to-be discovered promotions” projects as well. If you’ve preserved racetrack of Mitsubishi shafts over the years, Kai’li likely sounds familiar. Over a decade ago, it was the modeling identify of the Blue Board( mid-launch/ mid-spin) rod in the Diamana family. This Kai’li isn’t that Kai’li but, yes, it’s the exact same identify. Something like when Run D.M.C. quipped “not’ bad’ intending’ bad’ but’ bad’ necessitating’ good.’”
All that aside, this is a pretty big deal for Mitsubishi Chemical. Its Tensei pipeline launched in late 2015. And though the brand generally grades in the top two in PGA TOUR weekly shaft countings, it’s still a” What have you liberated to me lately ?” sort of industry.
KAI’LI DESIGN OBJECTIVE
Every product is a solution to a problem. Put another way: an opportunity to give golfers a better answer to an existing question. In this case, the specific characteristics objectives were twofold.
First, create a low-torque shaft that convenes the standards of the modern Tour player. Translation: The current crop of competitive amateur and professional golfers is more athletic and swingings crazy fast. Secondly, address the opportunity cost that often exists between stability and feel. That is, it’s not that difficult to make a extremely stiff rod. However, it’s an onerous task to generate the required strength without having the final product feel like a piece of rebar.
To the degree the shaft industry remains somewhat consistent on anything, it’s this. Within a rod family, colorings mean something. Specifically, the basic launch/ spin characteristics. Proceeding back to the original Diamana line, a White Board profile is low/ low-pitched. Blue Board is mid-mid and Red Board is mid-high/ high. It’s not a universal truth but it’s not far off.
With that, the first Kai’li shaft( Kai’li White) is, as expected, a low-launch, low-spin profile. With a twist. To achieve the desired feel, Mitsubishi incorporated a tapered butt area( as opposed to parallel) profile which is a key characteristic of Blue Board series shafts.
If you crave the simplest description, the new Kai’li White is Blue Board feel with White Board performance.
Given the recent success of several challengers in this space, Mitsubishi needed a keystone offering with updated technology. And if early adoption is a worthy harbinger, Danny Willet’s recent win at the Dunhill Links Championship with Kai’li White in the bag is a positive start.
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Mitsubishi is, basically, a materials corporation. As such, it induces the raw composite materials used to construct its rods. More than that, many of Mitsubishi’s competitors also use its raw materials. In this case, the featured substance is MR70, a high-strength, low-resin content prepreg.
The Mitsubishi Kai’li White aspects Mitsubishi’s strongest tip design ever. This is commensurate with low-toned torque importances that indicate a more stable shaft profile. And while it’s impressive to tout a sub-2 0-percent resin content, the average golfer likely “ve no idea” what that means.
So, here it is. Building a shaft designed to stand up to golfers who exert an extreme amount of force is one thing. Creating a rod that achieves the implementation of its in a lightweight pack that retains some sense of the desired feel is far more challenging. And costly.
Materials with a greater weight-to-strength ratio are comparatively expensive. But these materials are necessary to reinforce specific areas of the shaft without introducing significantly more weight.
TAPERED BUTT SECTION
The difference between parallel and tapered butt segments is likely exactly what you’re anticipating it is. One maintains a constant diameter( similarity) in the manage parcel of the shaft. The other( tapered) is incrementally reduced.
That aside, Mitsubishi’s reasoning for a tapered butt design is worth a closer search. Feel is inherently subjective. Absent labels such as “good” or “bad”, golfers do is often used to articulate a penchant for quantifiably different rod constructions.
For Mitsubishi, that is working with the vibrations caused at impact. The trick seeing feel isn’t to eliminate vibration exclusively. It’s to pass on simply the desirable vibrations at an optimal frequency. According to Mitsubishi, that’s the functional difference of a tapered butt design.
It’s all about good vibrations. Cue up some Beach Boys. Or maybe Kevin Nealon’s character( Gary Potter) in Happy Gilmore said it best, “Harness in the good energy; block out the bad.”
MY $. 05
Mitsubishi is a leader in the shaft industry, both on professional tours and in the consumer retail environment. And committed this position in a competitive environment, it needed a strong counterpunch to contestant shafts such as the Fujikura Ventus. This isn’t to suggest that its current low-lauch/ low-spin offerings like Tensei 1K Pro White, AV RAW and CK Pro White aren’t capable, high-performance designs. But if we are to believe that technology evolves–and shaft corporations continue to tell consumers this is the case–it’s incumbent on the manufacturers to show some evidence.
Moreover, when “youre reading” some expression Mitsubishi utilizes in describing benefits noticed during Kai’li White testing, it read a lot like what I’ve suffered with the Ventus Black 6X.
Phrases such as “increased centeredness of contact, ” “lower relative rotate deviation” and “better dispersion” indicate Mitsubishi understands why certain shafts like Ventus have been successful. Also, some of it is simple yet vague shaft marketing speak.
Regardless, with the Kai’li line, Mitsubishi seems intent on crafting a series of rods dedicated to the stronger, faster player by leveraging its most advanced the documentation and designs.
If so, game on.
KAI’LI WHITE PRICING& AVAILABILITY
The Mitsubishi Kai’li White will be available at retail in early 2022. It will be offered in three weights/ flexes: 60( R, S, X, TX ), 70( S, X, TX ), and 80( X, TX ).
MSRP is $300.
For additional information, visit Mitsubishi Chemical.
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