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Introducing the Graphite Design YS NanoReloaded

One of the most popular shaft models on the PGA Tour over the past decade, the Graphite Design YS+ series, is getting an exciting makeover.

Graphite Design YS Reloaded Golf ShaftsThe venerable Graphite Design YS+ series of shafts, long known for its distinct feel, is now infused with the same high performance, Nano-alloy materials as their premium Tour AD shafts also known as “DI Technology”, to create the YS NanoReloaded. When I first heard of the name, the first thought that poured through my head was the movie Matrix Reloaded and in some way they tie together. You see graphite shafts are made of a matrix of different composite materials and epoxy resin. What make a shaft perform and give it the distinct feel is all about the materials along with its geometry.

YS+ versus YS Nano Reloaded
In a blog I did a few months ago called Serious Shafts for Serious Players, we went over the differences between the YS+ and some of the Tour AD models including our deflection profiles. Let’s now look at how the YS+ (in this case the 60 gram S-flex) compares to the new NanoReloaded.

As you can see in the deflection profiles, the two shafts are nearly identical from roughly the 15” position from the tip all the way to the butt. The blue line represents the YS6+ and the red line is the new NanoReloaded version. This should come as no surprise as Graphite Design used the exact same mandrel and materials pattern. The difference occurs in the tip region where the Nanomaterial used in the Tour AD series is positioned. This should produce a shaft that lowers the launch / spin slightly, but still provide the smooth center section that players have come to expect from the YS+ series.Graphite Design YS versus YS Reloaded Golf Shafts

Not your poor man’s Tour AD DI
If you think that by adding the same material in the tip as the Tour AD DI (orange line) that YS NanoReloaded (red line) will become a lower cost version of it, you might be let down. These are two different shaft profiles. If there was a shaft that would be more comparable it would be the Tour AD BB (light blue line). Here the dissimilarity is the YS NanoReloaded would have more flex than the Tour AD BB in the tip and mid sections.

Graphite Design Tour AD BB versus YS Reloaded Golf Shafts
Lighter options
While the YS6+ and YS7+ have been readily available for a decade, many might not remember Graphite Design made other weights in the series. For golfers looking to squeeze out more distance a lighter shaft might allow one to muster a little more speed at impact. The YS NanoReloaded Five (yes they spell out the number) is available in some of the softer flexes as well.

We have been working on a newer and better way of putting a number on stiffness to help fit golfers. Today I want to unveil what our swing speed range would be based on our deflection readings.

Model / Flex Swing Speed Range
YS-Five NanoReloaded L-flex 64 – 73 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded A-flex 75 – 86 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded R-flex 81 – 94 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded S-flex 90 – 103 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded R-flex 86 – 99 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded S-flex 93 – 107 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded X-flex 103 – 118 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded R-flex 88 – 102 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded S-flex 96 – 110 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded X-flex 103 – 118 mph

Don’t forget the hybrids too
There is a 75 and 85 gram hybrid offering in this series as well. According to our testing, these will be more flexible or possess a lower frequency (added feel) than any of the other current Graphite Design hybrid shafts. That is with the exception of the very tip section where the Nanomaterial has been added (for stability).