Steel iron shafts have dominated the golf marketplace for 75 years. The reason: Consistency and stability. The process for manufacturing steel shafts is easily repeatable, and the performance from one shaft to another is highly predictable.
Introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show, the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 features relatively low tip rigidity to produce a higher trajectory. Meanwhile, the mid-section of the shaft is stiff, and the butt section is slightly less stiff.
The result is a stable shaft that enables golfers to achieve more height on their iron shots. Nippon carefully points out that, despite this height, shots do not balloon with this shaft.
Steel shafts from Nippon are available down to the 75-gram range, although individual golfers must decide how light is too light. On the PGA Tour, where swing speeds are among the fastest in the world, more than 95 percent of players use steel iron shafts. Traditionally, skilled players have favored heavier weights – in the 120- to 130-gram range – but interest in lighter weight steel is increasing on Tour and among amateur golfers