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The Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Hybrid shaft combines steel and graphite to give your hybrid a strong ball flight with softer feel.
One of the primary issues that golfers have with hybrids is finding the right shaft. Many players, myself among them, wish they could have a hybrid shaft that performs more like their steel iron shafts. The downside to using steel is the extra weight.
To solve this conundrum, Nippon has created the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft which uses both steel and graphite to give golfers a best of both worlds solution.
The Nippon Modus 3 Hybrid shaft is certainly not the first matte black shaft, but it may be the best looking. I can’t put my finger on why I’m so enamored with it, but the reaction on social media tells me I’m not the only one.
What makes it pop are the white graphics. The Modus 3 branding is the same as we see on the iron shafts except for the color change. The four drops of red in the “Graphite On Steel Technology” logo give it that little bit of extra visual interest.
Anyone who has used Nippon’s steel shafts knows that they have the recipe for infusing steel with smooth feel. That flowing, stable feel is only enhanced by the graphite wrap in the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft.
In testing the different flexes, I found a clear difference as I moved from one to the next. With the stiff flex, there was decidedly more kick than in the Tour X, though each flex had a strong tip section.
My favorite thing about the graphite and steel combination is the way it muted the feel of mishits. I tried this shaft in a long iron, and found that thin shots and toe shots failed to sting my hands the way they normally do.
Based on the bend profile of the Modus 3 Tour 105 iron shaft, the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft is designed for mid-launch and spin. Having played the Modus 3 Tour 105 extensively, I immediately felt the similarity. Any player who tends toward a stronger shaft in their irons should be very comfortable with the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft.
What stood out in the performance of the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft was the consistency. Shot after shot, the ball was launching on a near-identical trajectory, and it was easy to control the club face. This was undoubtedly related to my comfort with the feel. If you tend to find graphite hybrid shafts too active, I would strongly recommend giving the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft a look.
The Nippon Modus 3 Hybrid shaft is available is four flexes: Stiff, Tour Stiff, X, and Tour X. Uncut, the Stiff and Tour Stiff weigh 92.5 grams. The X flex shaft weighs 102.5 grams, and the Tour X weighs 112.5 grams.
The Nippon Modus 3 Hybrid shaft solves one of the biggest equipment dilemmas for stronger players. By blending graphite and steel, they’ve created a shaft that is stable but still has the lighter weight and superior feel of graphite. If your hybrid has been collecting dust, visit your club fitter to give it a boost with the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft.