Nippon NS Pro 950GH neo Shaft Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Feel

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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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.

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8 Comments

  1. Mark Kuyawa

    Hi Matt, great review! How would this shaft compare with Modus 105 in stiff, my current shaft? I’m looking for little more height as I’m 64 but still prefer steel. Little higher launch looks like?
    Thank you !

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      Yes, the 950GH neo will launch higher than the Modus 105, and it will be noticeably lighter.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Harry Morton

    Are we talking golf improvement clubs here?

  3. How would you compare this feel-wise to the KBS Tour 90?

    • Matt Saternus

      Dan,

      It’s been a while since I’ve spent any time with the KBS Tour 90, so I don’t feel confident about offering a comparison.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Looking at Nippon’s website they do not list this shaft. How new is it and is it widely available from a good fitter? Looks very interesting and another excellent review Matt. Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      These were just officially announced, and I believe they’re getting to fitters late summer/early fall.

      Best,

      Matt

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