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The Nippon NS Pro 950GH neo shaft is the next generation of the world’s first sub-100 gram steel iron shaft. Superb feel and consistent performance.
20 years ago, Nippon released the world’s first sub-100 gram steel iron shaft, the NS Pro 950GH. Though other companies have tried to imitate it, the success of the 950GH – 40 million sold and over 200 global tour wins – can’t be copied.
To celebrate the success and longevity of this legendary shaft, Nippon has just released the NS Pro 950GH neo. I tested a set to see how the neo compares to the original.
While it’s hard to make a steel shaft too exciting, visually, Nippon made a couple great decisions with the NS Pro 950GH neo. First, as they typically do, Nippon printed the graphics directly on the shaft. That means no misaligned stickers, no wrinkled edges. They also chose a unique green color that stands out among all the black and blue iron shaft labels.
Suh-mooth. No matter what Nippon shaft you play, from the Regio to the Zelos to the Modus, you know that their trademark is smooth feel. The NS Pro 950GH neo is the embodiment of that.
What I love about the NS Pro 950GH neo is that it feels smooth on every swing. There are some shafts where maximum effort is required to get any kind of feel. With the neo, everything from a soft pitch to a full send triggered an effortless flow of energy from the grip section down to the club head.
While both the classic 950GH and the 950GH neo are very smooth, the neo has been redesigned to take it up a notch. The grip section is smaller to make it feel even softer.
The Nippon NS PRO 950GH neo has more than improved feel; there are also two key performance changes. Nippon has stiffened both the tip section and the mid section to stabilize heavier, modern club heads while slightly boosting spin and launch.
In my testing, I saw that the neo did launch and spin more than the standard NS Pro 950GH, but the difference was slight. With a mid iron, I was seeing shots launch approximately 1 degree higher. This shaft provides club fitters with a great tool for dialing in precise fits.
The obvious application for the NS Pro 950GH neo is the player looking to drop weight in their iron shafts while raising their trajectory. As someone who makes a very aggressive transition, I didn’t expect the NS Pro 950GH neo to be a particularly good fit, but I was surprised how well it kept up with me. I also liked the affect it had on my swing. Because I knew every swing would “activate” the shaft, I made smoother swings and saw an improvement in my dispersion.
The Nippon NS Pro 950GH Neo is available in four flexes: Regular, S/R, Stiff, and X. The uncut weights are 94.5, 97, 98, and 104 grams, respectively.
The Nippon NS Pro 950GH neo has already picked up where big brother left off, grabbing a professional win in the first event after its release. If you’re looking to drop a little weight or get a little more stopping power in your iron shots, the neo is an obvious choice. And even if you’re not the stereotypical neo player, give it a shot. My results was surprising and have me considering switching to a lighter shaft.