Nippon shafts, especially the N. S. Pro 950GH, have been the “go to” shaft on the LPGA Tour for several years. But recently, the Modus 3 models have started making significant inroads on the PGA Tour.
The Modus3 line is a heavier weight (115 – 130 gram) line designed for faster swing speeds and tempos. The first models, the Modus3 Tour 120, is a mid launch shaft with solid feel and mid spin. Compared to the Modus3 130, the 120 feels a little smoother due to its softer butt section. The Modus3 130 has a very firm butt and mid section with a softer tip for higher launch. Sergio Garcia is playing the 130 because his very late release and steep attack angle means he needs to use a shaft that stays with him (stiff butt section) but allows for a higher launch at impact (softer tip). Not every golfer, however, may experience this higher launch if they cannot load the shaft properly. I was a case in point where I actually hit the Modus3 130 lower than the 120.
Just being introduced this week is the Modus3 125. I really like the feel and performance of this shaft. The Modus 3 125 the lowest launching of the three models with about the same spin rate. This means a lower peak height but still a good landing angle for holding greens. I will do a more technical review of these three shafts in a future blog but think of these three shafts in this way:
Modus3 120: Plays similar to KBS C-Taper Lite and XP 115. Mid launch and spin.
Modus3 130: Plays similar to KBS Tour and original Dynamic Gold XP and Dynamic Golf HL. Mid to Mid-high launch and mid spin.
Modus3 125: Plays similar to KBS C-Taper and Dynamic Gold S300/X100. Mid-Low launch with mid spin.
Now we have several different steel shaft options in the 115 – 130 gram weight range so we can really dial in the launch, spin, max. height and feel for our golfers.