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The Nippon 950GH is an interesting steel shaft alternative to those that may usually prefer graphite irons. Nice high ball flight.
When these shafts came in for review, Matt asked me if I had ever hit a Nippon shaft before to which I answered “No.” He immediately handed the set of Nippon 950GH shafts to me and said “You need to review these.” What he was explaining (without really explaining at all) was that these shafts were going to be unlike most iron shafts I had hit to date, and I would have some interesting results with them. What I found was one of the purest feeling iron shafts I have ever hit.
Personally, I think the biggest highlight of the Nippon 950GH is the feel of the shaft. The first thing I noticed was that they were the purest flexing shaft I had ever felt in my life. What Nippon does to produce this exact feel is create a consistent “loss of flex” from the butt end to approximately twelve inches from the tip of the shaft. As a result, you get a gradual transfer of energy to the head of the club. Often times, I find a graphite shaft or “smooth” iron shaft to feel a little unstable and like a wet noodle, but the Nippon 950GH was smooth in the hands yet maintained a solid kick at contact where it left me feeling like all of the energy in the swing found its way into the club head. The smoothness in these shafts is not consistent with a typical standard steel shaft. You’re going to find a lot of similarities to graphite iron shafts but with the accuracy you may be more used to out of high-quality steel shafts.
As usual, a golf shaft can look and feel as good as it wants, but at the end of the day, if the shaft doesn’t produce a usable shot on the golf course, it’s useless. The Nippon 950GH creates one of the most interesting ball flights I have seen this year, and I actually found it very useful on the golf course. As a lighter weight shaft (95 grams), the 950GH is billed as a higher ball flight shaft which typically makes me terrified of my arch-nemesis: the balloon ball. When I put the Nippons in play, I still achieved a nice mid to high ball flight. It was far from a balloon flight and actually helped me achieve some incredibly soft landing. The soft landings paired with the exquisite feel gave me the confidence to attack greens with my longer irons and also made the longer irons feel a lot easier to score with than most of the clubs I usually hit.
The Nippon 950GH steel iron shafts are one of Nippon’s most popular shafts for a very good reason. The nice soft landings from a high-rising ball flight will leave you with more accurate shots on greens and give you better chances to score. If you’re not quite ready to convert over to graphite shafts, but you’re looking for a smoother, lighter, and softer feeling shaft, then look no further than the Nippon 950GH iron shafts.