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The Nippon Zelos 6 shaft has a smooth, explosive feel. Extremely light weight helps produce more distance. Very consistent.
Most people think that you need to switch to graphite shafts to drop weight. That’s not the case. Thanks to Nippon’s Zelos line, you can stick with the consistency of steel and still drop grams. The new Zelos 6 pushes that concept to all new lows.
I don’t know that I’ve ever used the word “explosive” to describe the feel of a steel shaft before, but I will now. The Nippon Zelos 6 loads effortlessly and explodes into the back of the ball producing a powerful impact. There’s no steel shaft that I’ve ever swung that feels smoother, and I’d go so far as to say it’s smoother than many graphite shafts I’ve tried.
The primary selling point of the Zelos 6 is the weight. At 68.5 grams uncut, it’s the lightest steel shaft ever. That makes it a perfect choice for players who need (or want) to generate more speed with less effort. The extra speed helped me find 8 more yards of carry with my 6I.
What was surprising was that my launch angle remained nearly identical compared to my gamers. My spin went up about 10% – not a bad thing for me – but the trajectory was still strong. Moreover, the results were consistent in launch, spin, and direction, shot after shot.
Finally, switching to the Zelos 6 is also a good way to avoid fatigue. I put the Zelos 6 through a normal testing session and felt like I hadn’t done any work at all. Typically I’m ready to head to the 19th hole after a full session on the launch monitor. With the Zelos 6, I feel like I could play 36 or even 54.
When the Nippon Zelos 6 arrived, I expected it to be a strong performer, but I didn’t think it would have any influence on my personal equipment choices. Now I’m not so sure. I’ve dropped a little weight in my iron shafts, but this has me thinking I could go even farther. The gains in speed were so effortless that I would recommend the Zelos 6 to a much larger audience than I would have expected.
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