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The Recoil 95 and Recoil 110 graphite iron shafts from UST Mamiya feel spectacular. Smooth action during the swing and a pristine impact feel. Best for smooth swinging golfers.
One of the most established names in the growing graphite iron shaft space is UST Mamiya’s Recoil. With many different variants, it’s easy to get confused, so we’re starting our exploration with two of the more common models: Recoil 95 and Recoil 110.
If you want to play graphite iron shafts without calling attention to yourself, the UST Mamiya Recoil is perfect. These shafts have a glossy, dark silver finish that, at a glance, can easily be confused with steel. A closer look reveals an attractive, layered graphic package. The top layer is a white UST Mamiya logo separated from the Recoil branding by a linear design. A larger UST Mamiya logo is hidden beneath the white in matte grey. If you want that ultra-clean look at address, just install these shafts logo down.
I need to start at the end, because impact with both Recoil shafts feels sensational. I installed both versions into a set of forged cavity back irons, and the feel was noticeably elevated. Contact felt softer and cleaner without any extraneous vibrations. Mishits also stung a bit less.
During the swing, the Recoil has a gentle load and kick throughout the shaft. There’s less of a hinge than a feeling that the energy is smoothly transitioning from the grip to the club head. The Recoil 95 does feel a little more active than the Recoil 110, but it’s a difference of degree, not a categorical shift.
UST is not shy about the performance of the Recoil shafts. “Better feel, better consistency, and better accuracy” are among their claims for this shaft family. One thing that really jumped out to me was the idea that these shaft transfer energy 67% more efficiently than steel.
I started my testing with the Recoil 110 shafts. I fell in love with the feel instantly, so I was hopeful that the performance would live up to UST’s bold claims. What I found was that, when I kept my swing smooth, the Recoil 110 produced a higher ball flight with slightly more spin than my gamers [WITB HERE]. As a lower launching, low spin player, this was welcome. I was also impressed with the consistency of the distance and the accuracy.
The “but” – as regular readers know – is that my swing is not always smooth. Given the slightly lighter weight and softer profile of this shaft compared to my gamer, the accuracy fell off when I went after the ball 100%.
When I tested the Recoil 95 shafts, I saw the same things, just amplified. The ball flew a hair higher with a little more spin. I also got a little more ball speed and distance out of the Recoil 95 on my best swings. The downside was that when I failed to stay smooth, the results got inconsistent.
If you’re a player who has always played tip stiff, Tour-style iron shafts, switching to Recoil will require some time. However, for players currently using lighter weight or higher launching steel shafts, I think the transition should be quite easy so long as you find the right weight and flex.
The UST Mamiya Recoil 110 is offered in F4 (Stiff) and F5 (X) flexes. The Recoil 95 is available in F3 (Regular) and F4. These are two of seventeen total models in the Recoil family, so make sure to see a UST fitter to find the best one for your swing.
The UST Mamiya Recoil 95 and 110 are some of the best feeling iron shafts I’ve hit. They are smooth during the swing, and they enhance the best parts of impact. If you’re a smooth swinger who wants a consistent, mid/high ball flight, talk to your fitter about switching into Recoil.