Nippon Modus Shaft Review

345_2011_nippon_vertNippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags.  In fact,  four players out of the six players using Nippon Shaft products at the 30-player TOUR Championship finished in the top 10 Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the PGA TOUR’s season-finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Nippon, a Japanese shaft manufacturer, has been making high quality steel iron shafts for years.  Perhaps its most popular iron in the United States is the N.S. Pro 950 GH.  This is a roughly 95 gram shaft with a mid-high launch and mid-high spin.  This is the dominant shaft on the LPGA tour.  We have used this shaft and its lighter (N.S. Pro 850 GH) and heavier (N.S. Pro 1050 GH) companion shafts quite a bit over the years.  These shafts have been designed for golfers with medium swing speeds and smooth shaft load.  These shafts have helped most players get the ball in the air.

Several years ago, Nippon introduced their Modus3 line of steel shafts.  These shafts were tested at length on the Tours with the thought that these shafts needed to handle the higher speed golfer’s swings while maintaining a desired ball flight and spin.  The four models of the Modus line are the Modus3 TOUR105, Modus3 TOUR120, Modus3 TOUR125 and Modus3 TOUR130.  The numbers roughly correspond to their respective grams weights.  All of these shafts were designed by Nippon for a mid ball flight but each of them will give a different pattern as to how that mid flight is achieved.

In our testing, these shafts definitely have their own personality depending upon what the golfer likes for feel.  The Modus3 TOUR120 will have a little more feel of the shaft unloading at impact and is designed for a golfer with a medium tempo and a mid release.  Our testers that liked the feel of a shaft “releasing” at impact liked this shaft.

While the Modus3 TOUR105 and the Modus3 TOUR125 have very similar shaft bend profiles, these shafts really perform well for players that like the feel of a stiffer tip section.  Our testers were either drawn to the 105 or the 125 depending upon the ideal weight from their fitting recommendations.  These two shaft models give the feeling of a shaft that is an extension of their arm with solid feel at impact.  The 105 will play a little soft to its designated flex so the S will play mid R.  The 125 is much more true to designated flex.

The Modus3 TOUR130 is a completely different animal, in our opinion.  Sergio plays this shaft and gets great performance from it due to his strong swing and late release.  Our testers did not fit this profile so their results were less impressive, i.e. lower ball flight than expected because they could not load the shaft properly to get the most out of this shaft, even at their recommended fitting flex.  We have tested this shaft with some of our stronger players in the past and achieved great results.

So, bottom line is that these shafts have great quality and truly are consistently a mid ball flight, mid spin shaft.  The Modus3 TOUR 105 is a great new light weight option that will give lower launch than the N.S. Pro 1050 GH and can handle stronger players.  Be sure to test these shafts at a qualified clubfitter that offers multiple options in terms of flex, length and model.  You will certainly be able to find a Modus3 TOUR model that fits your swing.

And, if you are ready to reshaft your existing irons with these exciting shafts, you can either contact us at [email protected] or go to our online clubfitting and clubbuilding site,  Specifically, check out our reshaft process here.  

Dan Sueltz


  • Jeff Shilling

    Surprised there are no comments. Fantastic information on the shafts. I believe in the thrust of the article, which is one of finding a shaft that provides you the right feel. Not only about swing speed or transition rate, but also the feel that the player prefers.
    Very well done, and points to the obvious outcome – go hit them and decide for yourself.

    • Thanks. Jeff, for your comments. Yes, these shafts offer a lot of different options.

  • gary smith6

    I have just ordered the modus 105 tour shafts in stiff flex I am hoping they feel like the project X loading zone shaft 5.5
    I enjoyed the feel of the 950gh stiff but the ball went to high!!
    Ive been playing C taper stiff but they just need to much work for little old me.
    I`m hoping the modus 105 stiff load easier and kick that balls ass.

    • Hey Gary, Yes, the Modus 105 S will definitely load easier than any of the shafts you mentioned. Will feel a little softer than the LZ 5.5 as well as lighter. Let me know how they turn out, especially on ball flight as they may be a little higher trajectory.

      • gary smith6

        Thanks Dan.
        it will be stiffer than the Nippon N.S pro 950 shaft though ???and flight the ball a touch lower I should imagine.
        They are being built over the next week so I will indeed let you know how I get on.

        • Based purely on testing specs, the Modus 105S and 950GH S will be similar in feel with a slightly lower launch in the Modus. Good luck!

  • Andreas

    What Swing Speed Ranges do you recommend for Modus 105S and 105S Hard Stepped and 105X. Thanks.

    • The Modus 105 shafts will play a little soft to flex so 6 iron speeds of 70 to 80 mph will work for that range of flexes.