Play with the Pro… Vista Pro

Rob Sauerhaft
·3 min read

Fujikura engineers a brand-new Vista Pro shaft line for 2021

Even as custom fitting goes more mainstream, some golfers—new and old—are hesitant to be fit. We’ve all heard the typical reasons such as, “I’m not good enough,” “fittings are too expensive” or “shafts are too stiff.” First, let’s dispel a myth. You ARE good enough, regardless of ability. And, second, most fitted clubs do come with an added cost compared to “off-the-rack” models with stock shafts. As it should be. But not all quality custom-fit equipment is exorbitantly priced. For instance, the popular shaft company, Fujikura, offers a broad spectrum of fitting options with a vast range of prices.

Let’s take a closer look. Fujikura primarily sells three premium-priced aftermarket driver shafts: the flagship Ventus, $350, the powerful Motore X, $275, and the workhorse Vista Pro, $125. To draw a parallel with automobiles, BMW has the 7 Series, 5 Series, and 3 Series. The crème de la crème is the 7 Series. However, the 5 Series has many of the same features, and even the 3 Series possesses some bells and whistles. All three brands deliver a satisfying experience. Just like Fujikura’s shafts. “The Ventus is an absolute performance machine, like buying a sports car,” says Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion Golf, the industry’s largest high-end custom fitter with 77 locations nationwide. “It fits a lot of people but not everyone. The best part about Fujikura is the wide array of products and price points to hit so many types of golfers looking for and needing different types of performance.”

Do you want to be custom fit without breaking the bank? Tell the fitter you’d like to try the Vista Pro. Maybe it’ll be a good match. The Vista Pro has been a dependable, go-to shaft for years. And now, in 2021, the Vista Pro’s been redesigned with higher-quality materials and new construction. In essence, the company’s R&D team leaned on Enso®, a proprietary 3D motion-capture system, to build a better mousetrap. There are more carbon fiber and less resin throughout the shaft. Also, small pieces of carbon (called “plies”) in the tip section were replaced by material that extends the length of the shaft for improved feel.

Golfers can expect similar launch and spin characteristics to the previous model, with the payoff of added stability and a smoother feel. “Vista Pro has always been a vital line to us, as it’s a great price point and fits many golfers,” says Sherburne. “With so many weights and flexes, along with the lower price point, custom clubs are more accessible to [people with] many different budgets.”

Engineered for drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, or irons, the new Vista Pro is available in five flex options (“Ladies” to “Extra Stiff”) and a selection of weights (48 to 75 grams). In the lighter shafts, players should see higher launch and more spin whereas the heavier ones produce mid-launch shots and moderate spin.

Lastly, the company gave Vista Pro a cosmetic makeover. A stately black foundation extending the full length replaces the two-tone silver and black with bright red accents.

Take the Vista Pro for a test drive at one of Fujikura’s authorized dealers [fujikuragolf.com/dealer-locator]. You might just like how it handles.