Oban Kiyoshi Gold Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
If you are a fan of the Oban Kiyoshi Black but felt that it was too stout to work for your swing, you need to check out the Oban Kiyoshi Gold.
The Oban Kiyoshi Gold is a sort of middle-of-the-road shaft that goes between the Oban Kiyoshi Black and the Oban Kiyoshi Gold Purple in terms of bend profile.
It is a unique Oban shaft in that it has a softer midsection and stiffer butt section. In today’s review we are going to tell you about our experience testing the Oban Kiyoshi Gold and who should be gaming it.
Oban Kiyoshi Gold Shaft Overview
Another thing that sets the Oban Kiyoshi Gold apart from other Oban offerings is the limited weight/flex availability.
Whereas most Oban shafts come in five different weight classes to appease many different types of golfers, the Oban Kiyoshi Gold is only available in 55g, 65g, and 75g weight classes. Gone are the ultra-light 45g weight classes and the heavy 85g weight classes.
That should give you an idea of who this shaft was made for: players with moderate swing speeds and tempos. Also consider that the torque across all three weight classes ranges from 3.3 to 3.7; not a very wide spread at all.
When we tested the Oban Kiyoshi Gold, we could feel that the kick was contained entirely in the midsection. The kick itself wasn’t jarring like in the Oban Kiyoshi Purple shaft. Instead, it was mild and smooth. It didn’t jump out at you on practice swings. Like more popular and successful graphite shafts, the Oban Kiyoshi Gold has a stiff tip and butt section with a softer mid section.
This allows for good distance with the added bonus of tighter dispersion. In the case of the Oban Kiyoshi Gold, we felt that we had good control over the club head on heavy loads. We could also feel the action flowing through the shaft and transferring all the way into the ball. A very clean, smooth and pleasing feel overall.
Why is the Oban Kiyoshi Gold So Popular?
Even at its premium price-point, the Oban Kiyoshi Gold is showing up more and more in the bags of amateurs, pros and everyday golfers.
The Oban Kiyoshi Gold looks really nice and it has a feel to match. We suspect that the growing popularity is due to this shaft’s mid launch/mid spin that appeals to a wide array of average players.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.