UST Mamiya Recoil 95 & 110 Graphite Iron Shaft Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Feel

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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13 Comments

  1. Martin Eschbach

    Hi Matt, thanks for the review. I have the Recoil 95 in my Mizuno JPX 919 HM Pro’s and I love them. Even bigger mishits you will notice in the ball flight not the hands/arms. Instills confidence, a winner for many I’m positive.

  2. Carl Jones-El

    Just purchased recoil for my irons great feel.

  3. These shafts seem legit, just started testing heavier graphite iron shafts from Aldila myself. Sounds like you could benefit from the Recoil 125 shafts, which admittedly are a little harder to come by unless you go to a UST dealer or Tour rep.

  4. I should say that I’m testing the Aldila RIP Tour 115 which I was able to find in new, uncut condition. Comparing them to my KBS FLT 120 and they’re pretty nice, just from a few shots I hit a week ago. A little lighter but they hold up well and feel great.

    • I’m thinking about switching from dynamic gold S300 to the UST F4 stiff flex on a set of new Ben Hogan direct to consumer irons and am wanting higher trajectory in the long irons. Am wondering if this will likely work and also if it is normal to lengthen the shafts in order to account for more flexion at impact?

      • Matt Saternus

        Matthew,

        The only way to know for sure is to get a fitting. Club Champion fits Ben Hogan clubs, so my advice would be to give them a visit.

        -Matt

  5. Great review Matt! I played the Recoil 110 F4 for several years and really loved them for the most part. They take the sting out, but are still pretty crisp feeling and not at all whippy like some graphite. I tend to get quick though and they can magnify a right to left shot way more than you’d expect. I recently bought a new set of irons with DG 105 R300 and they are much more stable in the tip without being harsh. If my swing smooths out in my old age I can see going back to the Recoils though.

  6. Golfermanjim

    Matt, I was just fitted into the Recoil 95’s yesterday. I had previously used the Elevate 95 shafts due to a progressive arthritic condition that basically affects all of my joints, specifically my back, to go along with a condition that affects both of my hands. I chose the F4’s, soft stepped 1x as I hit the F3 too high. I almost chose the ES SmacWrap 780 F4, but I just couldn’t feel the club head. My 7 iron SS 83 MPH, Ball Speed 110, 163 yd carry with the Srixon ZX5. 5800 spin with a descent angle of 47. The Recoil 95 shaft just felt so good and the dampening effect was so much better than the Elevate 95’s. This product will keep me on the course for years to come.

  7. I love my recoils for my irons – what UST shafts have the same feel for my driver?

    • Matt Saternus

      Sean,

      Feel is subjective, so my best advice is to get a fitting and try a lot of different options.

      Best,

      Matt

    • I have recoil 110 f5 in my irons. I have found the project x evenflow wood and hybrid shafts seem match well. Using the even flow white in driver and fairway and black in the hybrid. All 6.5 flex.

  8. Phil Swinard

    Hi
    I am a advanced level coach with a semi disabled left. Shoulder ( no deltoid) Club head speed around 80 and am playing Ping i210 with reg nippon shaft. Wish to move to the i525 with a Miyama Recoil Graphic shaft to help with shaft loading and lag.
    I am Ping Green fitting with medium width handle. Can you and advise which shaft to fit.

    • Matt Saternus

      Phil,

      My best advice is to get fit. No one can credibly fit you for a shaft over the internet.

      Best,

      Matt

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