Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105 Shaft Review

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The Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105 shaft expands the Modus line to fit golfers who prefer lighter weight shafts.  Extremely smooth feel and consistent performance.

Introduction

When I was first introduced to the Modus 3 Tour 105, I assumed that it was a shaft designed only to bring Modus quality to players who need lighter shafts.  I was surprised to learn, however, that the Tour 105 trails only the Tour 120 in terms of play on tour.  Once I tried the Tour 105, it was easy to understand why.

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Feel

Every Nippon shaft that I’ve ever used has felt great, but the Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105 is the smoothest of the smooth.  Even when I tried this shaft in an X-flex, getting it to load and kick was effortless.  The trade off for that kind of feel is usually consistency, but no such sacrifice is required here.  The Tour 105 did the same thing swing after swing whether I tried to stand on it or just made an easy pass at the ball.

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Performance

I’ve said numerous times that whether it’s driver shafts or iron shafts, I like a lot of weight.  That said, if I was ever forced to play a lighter shaft, it would likely be the Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105.  When I put this into my testing irons, I found them to be so easy to swing.  Though I was missing roughly 20 grams, the balance was so good that the transition was easy to make.

In terms of ball flight, the Tour 105 performs exactly as billed.  It launches the ball noticeably higher than the Tour 120, but the flight is still penetrating and controlled.  For players that need more help holding greens or simply want to get more air under the ball, the Tour 105 is worth a look.

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Conclusion

With the addition of the Modus 3 Tour 105, Nippon now has a family of tour-caliber shafts that can fit virtually any golfer.  From the player that wants to keep the ball down (Tour 120) to the player seeking maximum height (Tour 130), and those in between (Tour 105 and Tour 125), Nippon has given their fitters the ability to give every player sensational feel and performance.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

72 Comments

  1. Matt,
    I always had hard time with light shaft. i am still play wih DG S300 and I have good feeling and results.
    I know tha Nippon has a very good feel. I want to try something close to DG but just a bit smoother. I was thinking about the 130 gr. Or 120 gr.
    Have you tried the 120 and 130?
    Which one you prefe for your swing?

    Thank you,

  2. Hi Matt,
    I installed a Modus 3 120 in my 6 iron Mizuno MP 37. It is the first time that I prefer another steel shaft over the Dynamic Gold s300.
    Ball flight is just a bit higher, disperson seem to be better, distance is about the same but the feeling is softer. Very easy to play with.
    I will reshaft the 7 other irons of this set and will see what happen with short and long irons.

    Best regards and continue your good work

  3. Hi Matt,
    Which between 105 and 120 do you prefer?
    Is the 105 longer and lower spin?
    As per Npippon web site, the 105 is lower. But I think it is depending from player.

    Thanks

  4. Hi Matt,

    I’ve playing DGTI S400 for a couple years and was interested to try something smoother. Re-shafted my set with Modus 120 stiff and they feel great but balloon on me and am a club shorter. Which modus shaft would be similar to DGTI S400 and DG Onyx for wedges?

    Thanks…

  5. Hey Matt!

    Right now I’m using the N.S Pro 950GH. My swing speed is about 95-99 mp/h with a 7-iron and I do prefer lightweight shafts. Could this shaft be an option for me?

  6. Whats flex do you think would be good for a 88-90mph 7 iron swing speed? I normally play S flex irons with no problem.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jake,

      We avoid making recommendations like that online, we always recommend getting a fitting.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Matt – how would Modus 105 compare to XP 105 in stiff flex in terms of launch and spin? Would these be for totally different swing characteristics?

    Thanks!

  8. Hi Matt,
    I am playing Modus 120 in my Mp 37-I just notice that I am just few yards shorter than my DG s300. But the accurancy is a lot better. I hit more green in regulation. I really like these shafts.
    I tried the Modus 105 Inside in simulator. I was hitting a Ping I , 7 iron with Modus 105 and compared it to my Mizuno Mp 37 with Modus 120. I gain like 4 mph with the 105. I know that Ping have stronger loft than my Mizuno but if I gain swing speed, I should gain distance. On simulator, launch angle, dispersion are very similar. I was not hitting the 105 higher.

    I would like to reshaft a set of MB 714 with the 105.
    Do you think, I am making an error and should buy Modus 120?
    I could not have a 105 shaft to test outside.
    Another option is buying a 6 iron Modus 105 shaft and test it outside before ordering the other 7 shafts.

    I am also palying the 125 Modus wedge in my 52 and 58 Titleist wedge and I love them.

    Thank you for your help

    • Matt Saternus

      Richard,

      If you have the time and inclination, I’d suggest trying the 105 in a 6I outside. If not, I’d go with the shaft you know from experience works on the course.

      Best,

      Matt

      • G’day there, hope you may be of assistance,recently been fitted for new irons, they have suggested s200 shafts. I have found the same clubs with these irons which l know little about.Do any compare with these, any suggestions would be appreciated . Cheers Steven

  9. I currently play the Callaway CF 16 with the KBS Tour 90 shaft regular flex. I have now realized I should have went with stiff flex in my iron set, what Nippon shaft would be comparable to the Tour 90. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Blake,

      The closest in weight would be the Tour 105, but I would work with a fitter to find the correct bend profile and weight for you.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. Hi Matt,

    I’ve used Bridgestone J40 w/ KBS Tour (S). I am about switching to new Srixon Iron (probably 765), but want to know which MODUS has similar profile with KBS Tour. I like the KBS, but want to have little lighter weight and make lower ball flight than KBS. Please advise me!

    Thanks,
    Bobby

    • Matt Saternus

      Bobby,

      The only good answer is to get fit. It would be irresponsible of us to tell you, “Just jump into those ____ shafts, no problem, you’ll hit ’em great!”

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Hi Matt,

    I’m currently playing 714 AP2’s with DG S300 Shafts. I recently got fit, and the Modus 120 were the shafts for me with the Ping i Iron head. Now, the Modus Tour 105 is a shaft option for Ping; however, I’m thinking it will lead to too high of a ball flight and may not be stiff enough. Is this accurate? If so, would getting the Tour 105 X Stiff be an option, or should I just bite the bullet & do a custom order with Modus 120’s?

    Thanks,
    Brett

    • Matt Saternus

      Brett,

      Get the 120’s. There’s no way to know exactly what the lighter weight will do for you, but it’s not what you were fit for, so why risk it?

      Best,

      Matt

  12. Jack Taylor

    Hi Matt, I am looking to get a 3 iron and I have tried the 105 and liked it however I think I may be better with something a little heavier, like the 120 or 125. I currently play the DG s300 pro. Would you suggest the 125 or 120?

  13. Hi Matt,
    I have an 84 swing speed with my irons. I play with NS Pro 950 stiff in my Ping Eye 2 berrilliums. Recently, I bought the Mizuno JPX 900 Tour 105 regular flex shafts from someone I met. I couldn’t pass up the deal. Will these shafts be to “whippy” for me? Should I replace them with my 950 stiff flex?

    Thanks, José

    • Matt Saternus

      Jose,

      The only way to get a definitive answer would be to work with a qualified club fitter.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. Thanks, Matt. I appreciate your time.

    Best,
    Jose

  15. Hi Matt
    How does the 105 tour stiff compare to the ns pro 950 stiff in terms of easy to load and kick.

  16. Hi Matt , recently purchased taylormade p790s with DG Tour 105 S300 shafts as it’s a stock offering for taylormade ! However I have never been a fan of the dynamic golf S300 and just learned its similar bend profile to the original S300! Now dispersion is great but lacks feel in my opinion kind of harsh ! I have a 30 day playability guarantee and trying to decide if Modus tour 105 would be a better option ! I’m looking for higher launch , better feel and similar dispersion ! Can u provide a brief comparison of these two shafts ?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jay,

      To me, all of the Modus shafts feel far better than Dynamic Gold, but that’s subjective. As to higher launch and similar dispersion, that’s all a question of how the shaft fits you. I’ve had good results with transitioning from DG to Modus.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Thanks Matt , I have a set of Ping S55 with Ping CFS shafts stiff and trying to find a similar shaft for the Taylormade P790 irons ! They offer the Modus Tour 105 , the PX LZ 6.0 , and Kbs Ctaper light ! Any recommendation ? I cant demo them but know I definitely need more feel than the dynamic gold 105 that came with them

  17. Hello Matt,
    Enjoy your reviews and informative updates on equipment.
    I recently bought the Ping G irons with the modus 105 in stiff, coming from playing PX 5.5 flighted.
    The Pings give me ease of use without looking like the backend of a shovel, and the shafts are an absolute treat to use.
    I am not a super fast swinger (not sure of speed but average 156yards carry 7 iron) but I know what works for me as too soft and I am 30 yards left all day, but these shafts seem to allow me to swing hard or soft and react accordingly to input.
    The PX in comparison although a nice shaft/weight were harsher on feel and I recently ended up having carpal tunnel surgery on my wrist also, so the 105 is IMO kind on the limbs!
    Recommend for anyone in the market to give these a try or fitting.

  18. Hi Matt! I’m in the market for Taylor Made P790 and still deciding on what shaft to have. I’m wondering if the Nippon Modus3 T105 is a good fit.

    • Matt Saternus

      George,

      There’s no way to give a good answer to that without fitting you in person. I would recommend visiting a local fitter.

      Best,

      Matt

  19. Barry Weller

    Hey Matt I’ve got the taylormade rsi 2 I was thinking of going to the 770s but decided iam going to stay with the rsi. BUT iam going to pull my kbs shafts out and go to the ns.105s but iam not sure if going with the 125 wouldn’t be better. Iam at about at 100 105 swing speed with my 7I I like a low to mid carry what do you think 125 or 120 stiff? Iam also wanting to change my driver shaft and iam thinking of the 8000 I have the tm r15 10.5 what do you think?

    • Matt Saternus

      Barry,

      There’s no way for me to make a credible recommendation over the internet. The best thing to do is work with a qualified fitter like Club Champion to dial in your clubs.

      Best,

      Matt

  20. Matt, was there a noticeable difference in the X-stiff compared to the Stiff in the 105?

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      For my swing speed, the difference isn’t huge. Someone with more speed may notice the difference more.

      Best,

      Matt

  21. John Schneider

    I am currently set on getting a new set of TM P790 and have narrowed it down to two shafts, the Nippon Pro Modus 105 Stiff and the KBS C-taper Lite XS. Can you tell me the difference between these two shafts and if you have a preference between them. My club head speed on the 7 iron is 81-83 Mph with a smooth tempo. My launch with a 34 deg iron is 19-21 degrees.

  22. So what woukd the feel difference be? I read your review and you appeared to like the feel of the ctaper lite. I cant imagine the modus 105 has less feel?

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      I don’t think there’s an objective “less feel” or “more feel,” it’s all subjective. I can’t say what the feel difference would be for you.

      Best,

      Matt

  23. Jon Walsh

    Matt. Which shaft do you prefer the Modus 105 or the Project X 95 Flighted. I See You reviewed both.

  24. Hello Mat
    I current play with AP2 and PX5.5 , but for me they are a little too stiffer ( in bad days ) . Weight is not a problem , and my average IRON 7 is 160 Yards

    Do you think is better try Modus3 in 105 or 120 ?
    Thanks
    Paolo

    • Matt Saternus

      Paolo,

      The 120 will be closer in weight to what you have now. Whether or not that’s a good thing would be for your fitter to help determine.

      Best,

      Matt

  25. Following a fitting 3 years ago, i bought and played PX 5.5 . My hcp is 7.
    (iron 7 = 158-164 yards)
    I play well but i hate it : weight is ok , but i don’t like low flight , hey are a little too stiff for me and i don’t like the feeling when i don’t it close to the center.

    I want to try other : modus 105

    Thank you

  26. Hi I play S300s which modus shaft will be similar to this?

  27. Laban Wingfield

    I was recently fitted into the Oban CT115 X flex shaft. Do you know which shaft would be most similar to the Oban? It’s labeled as a mid to mid-high launch and mid to mid-low spin shaft and weighs around 115 grams if you are not familiar with the Oban shaft. I was thinking the Nippon NS Pro Modus Tour 105 or KBS Tour ?

    • Matt Saternus

      Laban,

      I haven’t tested the Oban extensively, so I’m not sure what a good comparison would be. Any reason to not go with the Oban if that’s what you were fit for?

      Best,

      Matt

  28. Randall Grubbs

    Just switched from True Temper S300 to the TOUR105.
    love the feel
    Regards
    Randall

  29. Are the DG S300 shafts stiffer or softer than the Modus 3 tour 105 shafts. What swing speeds are recommended for the Modus 3 tour 105 in Stiff vs. the Regular? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Ron,

      I think the Nippon is smoother but not necessarily softer. As for swing speed, that’s only one variable to consider. If you’re going to change shafts, work with a fitter to find the best one.

      Best,

      Matt

  30. hi i am actually playing taylormade p770 PW to 5Iand p790 with my 4 iron with all KBS TOUR 120 FLT . I have bought 3 and 2 iron p790 but with shaft modus 3 ns pro 120. do i have to buy another KBS FLT 120 shaft to replace? can you tell me what is the différences between the 2 shaft please? (sorry for my bad English, i am frensh ^^) thank you

  31. Tommy Edwards

    Hello Matt,

    It’s been more than two years since your review of the Modus Tour 105. I enjoyed your review and decided to buy a set of JPX 919 (4-PW) with the NS Modus Tour 105 in X-flex. I’ve played two full rounds thus far and find it is a much much higher launch, no doubt. I believe that in the longer clubs this high launch is negatively impacting my distances, however. And in the 4-iron specifically, the ball is curving left way more than I’m used to. What about this profile would cause the higher launch and a curving long iron? Is there a section that is super soft? I’m coming from X100s, getting older and no longer “load” the X100s to the extent where I feel them come alive (if you have experienced this you know what I mean), ergo the reason behind the “switch” to a lighter shaft.

    Did you find this as well (lost distance in longer irons, curve in the long irons)?

    Fore!
    Tom

    • Matt Saternus

      Tommy,

      In switching to the 105, you went a lot lighter and to a slightly higher launching profile. The tip is a little softer than your DGs, which could be the cause of the high lefts.

      Best,

      Matt

  32. Bruce L Hillyer

    Matt,
    I’ve been playing Apex Callaway CF16’s for the last couple of years. They have TT XP 105 shafts. My clubs were recently stolen and I have an opportunity to purchase same irons but with Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 105 shafts. Will they perform similarly? Age 60, hcp 3, 7 iron 165ish.
    Thanks
    Bruce

    • Matt Saternus

      Bruce,

      The XP and Modus 3 are noticeably different in terms of bend profile. As to how they’ll work for you, I can’t realistically say. I would suggest working with a fitter.

      Best,

      Matt

  33. What would be the potential differences in getting the modus 120 stiff compared to the modus 105 x stiff? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Craig,

      That depends on how the individual responds to weight and stiffness. There’s no blanket answer for that.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Ok thanks. I see the weight difference would only be about 2 grams between them. Would the 120 S flex expect to have a lower flight with less spin or does the 105 in x flex spin less in general terms. I’m kind of curious if the flex and feel of the 105x would be similar to the 120 S flex if you have tried both. Thanks for any info.

  34. Matt,

    My 12 year-old son is playing tourney golf and getting stronger. He took a spin with my old Mizuno MX20, irons shafted with Nippon NS Pro 1150 GH Tour (regular).

    Beautiful ball flight and center-face strikes, consistently hitting targets. Much better consistency than his Projext X LZ’s in regular (~70g).

    Which of the newer shafts is closest in profile to the 1150GH regular? Modus 105 or 120?

    He plays Mizuno JPX 900 Forged (5-GW) bent weak to JPX 919 Forged specs. Also, would like to know if shafting his wedges with the Nippon Wedge shaft or sticking with the Modus 105/120 would be more beneficial?
    Thank you,

    Thomas

  35. Was looking to replace Apex Pro original (’15) irons with KBS Tour V-110, went through a lot of testing, went about it bass-ackwards, but I really liked the looks and construction of the TM P750. They proved really hard to get, finally got a set and re-shafted with Modus 105. Have also tested multiple near blades Newest Apex Pro, Titl MB>CB, etc., and this shaft brought me a consistency and ease of hitting nearly anything with my specs (2° up + ¾”, test usually + ½”).

    Great dispersion, better descent angle and predictable. I found a winner, I don’t fit by what I hit furthest, but what looks, feels and generates shots I visualize. At 67, admittedly a dinosaur, I needed lighter shafts and these were the ticket, far superior to the Aerotech which many tried to steer me towards, the feel and boring flight just wasn’t there in those.

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  37. Greetings Matt,

    I play the NSPro 1050gh Stiff, love it! I am finding it tough to order these with new iron heads online. Would the Modus 105 compare well?

    Jim.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      In terms of weight, it’s close, but the bend profile is substantially different. I’d make sure to try the Modus 105 before I ordered a set with them.

      Best,

      Matt

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