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The Nippon NS Pro 850GH neo shaft revises the classic 850GH for higher launch and spin. A perfect match with today’s strong-lofted irons. Wonderful, smooth feel.
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In 2019, Nippon gave their immensely popular NS Pro 950GH shaft a makeover with the neo version [review HERE]. For 2022, they’re doing the same for the lighter NS Pro 850GH. In this review, I’ll get into the details of the NS Pro 850GH neo and who it may be a fit for.
The NS Pro 850GH neo makes all the right choices when it comes to making a steel shaft visually interesting. First, as they always do, Nippon printed the graphics right on the shaft. That means no wrinkled stickers, no peeling, nothing at wonky angles. Second, they kept the graphics minimal and allowed for a “logo down” installation for players that want a clean address look. Finally, they picked a unique green color that sets the neo apart.
As someone who games the Modus Tour 115 shafts [review HERE], I’m no stranger to Nippon’s smooth feel. But even with that experience, the NS Pro 850GH neo overwhelmed me with its buttery feel.
From little pitches to full efforts, the 850GH neo is smooth on every swing. Some shafts only come alive on bigger swings, but the neo loads and kicks every time. The feel of energy transferring smoothly to the ball is addictive and made this a shaft I wanted to hit over and over.
Compared to the original 850GH, the 850GH neo is slightly softer in the butt and tip, firmer in the mid section. This change is consistent with what Nippon did to the 950GH neo. It enhances the soft, active feel and promotes a higher ball flight.
Nippon’s motivation in creating the NS Pro 850GH neo shaft was optimizing the performance of large, modern, strong-lofted irons. They note that the average player is hitting these clubs too low to hold greens or maximize carry. The neo can fix that by adding higher launch and spin to the equation.
In my testing, I saw both the higher launch and spin that Nippon advertises. I didn’t need a launch monitor to see the change – it was visible in my ball flight. As someone who has always hit a low ball, it was a little shocking, and a lot of fun, to see the ball fly so high without any effort.
In addition to the added height, a benefit of the 850GH neo is its light weight. At roughly thirty grams less than my gamers, these shafts felt effortless to swing. The light weight and smooth, active feel kept my swing dialed down to about 70% effort. This left me feeling like I could hit balls all day without ever tiring.
The Nippon NS Pro 850GH neo is available in two flexes – regular and stiff. The uncut weight of the regular is 84.5 grams; the stiff is 88 grams.
If you’re interested in losing some weight but don’t want to go to graphite, the Nippon NS Pro 850GH neo is a wonderful option. These shafts feel great, launch the ball high for added carry, and relieve the strain of heavier shafts.