Fujikura Atmos Blue Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
We continue to work our way through the lauded Fujikura Atmos line of shafts with the following review of the Fujikura Atmos Blue.
The Fujikura Atmos Blue was designed to provide a middle ground between the Fujikura Atmos Black and Fujikura Atmos Blue Red shafts.
As you can imagine from that broad description alone, the Fujikura Atmos Blue is supposed to offer mid spin and mid launch.
Does it live up to the hype? What kind of player would this shaft best suit? Let’s talk about it.
Fujikura Atmos Blue Shaft Overview
At the end of the day, the Fujikura Atmos Blue may actually be the Atmos shaft with the broadest appeal.
At least, that’s what it was designed for. This shaft has a pretty nice look overall: a simple black background with what appear to be cells separating from one another adorning the butt section.
Of course, these amoeba are blue and are juxtaposed to the “Atmos” lettering in white.
Simple and effective, if not a little busy-looking. Beyond the appearance, the Fujikura Atmos Blue offers a smooth transition; but with a definite whip.
Keep in mind that the heaviest offering for the Fujikura Atmos Blue (excluding tour spec’d editions) is 75 grams. So overall, it’s a pretty lightweight shaft. Still, even the whip is smooth and manageable.
And we suspect that a broad array of mid-tier players and even high handicappers will actually benefit from the action.
The Fujikura Atmos Blue certainly feels more alive than, say, the Fujikura Atmos Black. However, we were really impressed with the forgiveness of this shaft.
When we swung outside of ourselves and achieved a less than perfect face angle, we weren’t seeing any nasty hooks.
Why is the Fujikura Atmos Blue So Popular?
We can see why the Fujikura Atmos Blue is the most popular shaft in the Atmos family.
It is easy enough to manage for high handicappers and it gives more powerful swingers the forgiveness they need.
It’s very likely that both mid and high handicappers will love the feel of the Fujikura Atmos Blue and benefit mightily from the performance it offers.
How Does the Fujikura Atmos Blue Perform?
One of the things that really impressed us about the Fujikura Atmos Blue was that it yielded very similar spin rates to the Fujikura Atmos Black, which is a noticeably stouter shaft.
The spin rates we were getting ranged from 1700 to high 1800 RPMs.
This really surprised us because the Fujikura Atmos Blue is significantly more active than the Fujikura Atmos Black – especially in the lighter flex versions.
However, perhaps it shouldn’t have surprised us all that much. The Atmos Red, Black and blue shafts all have the same butt stiffness.
In addition to similar spin rates, the Atmos blue also yielded similar distance to the Atmos Black. With the Fujikura Atmos Blue, we were averaging carry distances of 259.9 yards after three swings apiece.
The Fujikura Atmos Blue also feels very comfortable to swing. It will react based on the load of your swing.
On release, you get a clear kick that for the most part, seemed to increase club head speed and improve smash factor.
The launch was mid with most of our swings resulting in launch angles between 12 and 14 degrees – a good range for both mid and high handicappers.
The Fujikura Atmos Blue certainly favors a moderate swing tempo as well. This is when flight is the most stable and you get a nice, penetrating launch.
Where the Fujikura Atmos Blue differs slightly from the Black though is dispersion. With the Fujikura Atmos Blue, we were seeing off-line divergences between 9 and 13 yards.
|Specs||Fujikura Atmos Blue|
|Available flexes||Regular, regular 2, stiff, extra stiff|
|Weight||55g, 65g, 75g|
What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
Regular 2 (essentially amateur flex) and regular are more for moderate to slow swingers.
Stiff and extra stiff would be good for 85-95 MPH swingers.
What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
55g would be good for sub 80 MPH swingers.
65g would likely work for 80-85 MPH swingers. 75g might suit golfers swinging their driver 85-90 MPH.
Why is it So Good?
For us, the Fujikura Atmos Blue is a good shaft because it can help a wide array of players gain more distance from the tee.
Plus, the dispersion is tight overall – even when you mis-hit.
Fujikura Atmos Blue First Impressions
We were impressed by the fact that, even though this shaft has an active feel, it still manages to be stable.
This is evidenced by the good dispersion we were getting on mis-hits.
Key Features & Performance
The Fujikura Atmos Blue is incredibly consistent.
It has a moderate tip stiffness so you get good control coupled with likely increases in club head speed.
Fujikura Atmos Blue Driver Review
Light and manageable, the Fujikura Atmos Blue is a great pairing with modern game improvement drivers.
It will help moderate swing speed players improve smash factor without sacrificing much (if any) accuracy.
Fujikura Atmos Blue Fairway Wood Review
The dispersion loosens up a bit off the deck. Spin rates ticked up by a significant margin as well.
But you still get a smooth transitional feel that can work well for moderate to deliberate tempo players.
Fujikura Atmos Blue Pros & Cons
- Good for moderate tempos
- Low spin rates
- Good forgiveness
- It would suit a wide array of players
- The finish isn’t distracting at address
- Not great for fairway woods
- Not great for 95+ MPH swingers
Overall Score: 95/100
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Who Should Buy it?
The Fujikura Atmos Blue definitely lives up to the mid launch/mid spin claims.
In fact, we were able to get mid/low spin out of it. For these reasons, this shaft would be good for handicappers between 10 and 22.
Basically, anyone who wants more distance without sacrificing much accuracy.