Graphite Design Tour AD HD Shaft Overview

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Graphit Design Tour AD HD key to take with you

  • The Graphite Design Tour AD HD is the further development of the Tour AD MT.
  • It has a mid-launch / low-spin profile.
  • The street price is $ 379 and is available now.

The Graphite Design Tour AD HD is the 2020 extension of their Premium Tour AD series. In case you were wondering, the HD stands for Hyper Drive, which probably hints at the speed history we'll get into in a moment.

The Graphite Design Tour AD HD can reasonably be described as a modernization of the Tour AD MT profile. It should not be viewed as a substitute.

As I've mentioned on every version of Graphite Design I've covered, the company prefers to expand the product line rather than replace models. Graphite Design likes to keep the catalog intact for fitters who are familiar with certain designs and know that it can take a few years for a new shaft to become established.

It's also true that the Tour AD HD's profile is similar to that of the AD MT, but there are likely enough differences between the two that the older model may perform better for some golfers.

Tour AD HD – What's new?

As we are used to from Graphite Design, the new thing about the Tour AD HD boils down to minor changes in the profile made possible by the inclusion of the TORAYCA M40X graphite prepreg in the central and tip sections of the shaft. Graphite Design first used the material in Tour AD XC last season and it is reasonable to assume that it is a staple of Graphite Design waves moving forward.

To avoid the sump of a deeper material discussion, the simple version offers that M40X offers a rare combination of high tensile modulus and high tensile strength.

Aside from the finer technical points, Graphite Design says the material allows them to better adjust the stiffness without adding weight. The payoff for the golfer is an increased load on the wave and ultimately more speed on impact.

Combine this with T1100G in the tip area and according to the Graphite Design you get stability without loss of feeling.

It goes without saying that your actual mileage may vary depending on how well the shaft fits your swing.

Graphite Design Tour AD HD options

Like other AD shafts, the Tour AD HD is developed and manufactured in Japan. The company describes the AD HD as a mid-launch, low-spin profile. As is typical of Graphite Design, it comes in a variety of weights and flexes – from a 40-gram R2 (Senior Flex) to an 80-gram TX (Tour X-Stiff).

Graphite Design Tour AD HD weight and flex options

Graphit Design Tour AD HD Cosmetics

It's one thing to say that the cosmetics of the shaft don't compromise performance. It is quite another to say that they don't matter. We all like what we like and can therefore lean one shaft over another. That's just how it is.

That said, the new color scheme is probably my favorite in the Tour AD line (although I also liked the Tour AD VR). If you're not a Duke fan or plan on pairing it with an electric green Callaway epic, there's nothing you can't graphically dislike. It's aqua (maybe teal) on white. I would describe it as matte matte. Graphite Design calls it a matt clear coat. Semantics aside, I'd say it's definitely not shiny, but it's not flat either.

Tour AD HD data – Powered by COOL CLUBS S3

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We worked with Cool clubs, one of the leading golf customization companies in the golf industry, to bring you wave reviews Wave simulation system (S3).

S3 doesn't just give us standardized quantitative information about the wave (s) under review but the data we share gives you a much better sense of how these waves compare to similarly specified offers on the market.

Note that there is no agreed industry standard to define each section of the shaft. As such, it is not uncommon for S3 classifications to differ from the specifications given by the manufacturer. S3 data enables uniform comparisons between manufacturers.

For this comparison, we wanted to see how the new Tour AD HD differs from the Tour AD XC last season as well as the best-selling shaft in the Graphite Design rangewho have favourited Tour AD IZ. For this comparison, we looked at stiff flex models in the 60 gram range.

Tour AD HD launch features

The dark gray line represents the S3 database average for stiff flex shafts in the weight range of 60 to 70 grams. The light gray line represents a neutral profile and is effectively the basis for a profile during takeoff.

With launch features that put it almost on the neutral line within the S3 database, the Tour AD HD is classified as CENTER Starting wave.

Zone EI

The following table compares the stiffness of the Graphite Design Tour AD HD in the shock, middle and peak area with the S3 database average of the stiff flex shafts in the range of 60 to 70 grams.


As the zone diagram shows, the profile differences between Graphite Design waves are often minimal. Performance is determined by subtle differences to some extent, especially in the butt and toe areas.
The Tour AD HD features a shock area that's just stiffer than the AD IZ and AD XC, and a tip area that's slightly softer than the XC. As we are used to from Graphite Design, the stiffness of the middle section is similar.

Equilibrium point

The following table compares the equilibrium point of the Graphite Design Tour AD IZ with the S3 database average of the stiff flex shafts ranging from 60 to 70 grams.

The Tour AD HD has a sub-par balance point. This tells us that the wave should not be considered balanced. As you may remember ours Golf Geeks Story About Wave PerformanceA higher balance point allows for more head weight without drastically affecting swing weight. For golfers looking for more distance (admittedly often at the expense of accuracy), drivers can be built on longer game lengths.

Conversely, I think it makes sense to call unbalanced waves more conventional.

Tour AD HD Swing Speed ​​Recommendations

The table below provides swing speed recommendations for the entire Tour AD HD range.

Note that these recommendations are based on the full spectrum of Cool clubs“Build and assembly skills, including factors like tilt and length, that can cause a shaft to play either softer or stiffer.

To make things a little easier, you may want to narrow down these areas. The sweet spot from a suitable perspective starts 25 percent at the slow end of the range. Typically, faster paced players, especially in transition, will fit into a stiff flex, while smoother swingers will often fit into a softer flex.

Similar waves

Finally, in S3 we looked for shafts with similar specifications for key parameters (profile, weight, torque, etc.). Unsurprisingly, the most similar waves in the database are the Tour AD BB, Tour AD GT and Tour AD XC. This is not particularly surprising, although it is worth repeating that differences within the Tour AD line are rather subtle but noticeable.

Graphite Design Tour AD HD availability and pricing

The Graphite Design Tour AD HD stem is available now through installers and Graphite Design resellers. The MSRP is $ 500, although the actual street price should be less than $ 380.

For more information, visit ProsChoiceGolfShafts.com.

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