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Spotted: Nippon “Graphite On Steel Technology” hybrid prototype shafts

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Steel vs. graphite shafts, which is better for your game? It’s a question as old as the invention of graphite shafts for golf clubs.

Well, it appears that Nippon is combining steel and graphite with its new hybrid prototype shaft, with technology called “Graphite On Steel.” Based on the nomenclature and the photos we captured at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson on Monday, it seems that there is a layer of graphite surrounding a steel hybrid shaft.

And for what purpose? GolfWRX Members are guessing that the design could be for reduced vibration, or for great stability, but we’re yet to know for sure.

We’ve reached out to Nippon representatives and will update this story with more information as it becomes available. For now, click here for more photos and discussion.

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  1. Dave Bryce

    May 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    In the 90s I reshafted the bimatrix shaft for many customers. That shaft incorporated the same principles and proved to be more hype then substance! With that shaft I found the swingweights to be too high!

  2. KenW

    May 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I too have a set of the Aerotech SteelFiber shafts which have steel thread wrapped around a graphite core and they were great, but a couple years ago I put Fujikura’s Metal Composite shafts (MCI) on my Calloway Apex irons and Wow! they are terrific shafts. Like the Nippon shafts, they have a graphite sleeve over a steel core shaft. Don’t know there’s a ton of difference but the Fujikura seem to have the perfect Flex and torque for my swing.

  3. ~j~

    May 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    A side from perhaps the steelfibers (never tried), has anyone even had much success intertwining steel and graphite?? Would think the extra labor/technology involved would largely go unnoticed by many and likely to be not worth the production cost.

  4. Buck Futter

    May 16, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Graphite Hybrid On Steel Technology or GHOST for short
    Should make them in white

  5. Really Big Mike

    May 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    This technology looks to be very similar to Aerotech Steelfiber, who advertises that their shafts are longer and straighter with less effort and they avoid injury or aggravating previous injury.

  6. cinch bugs

    May 15, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Don’t knock it till you’e tried it…. just kidding knock away!

  7. Deadpool

    May 15, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Lets just go back to hickory. I like wood. My wood is good.

    • steve

      May 15, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      so yer regressing back to woodies and abandoning stiff steel and floppy graphite?

  8. steve

    May 14, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    SteelFiber shafts have filament-wound steel fibers over and internal graphite shaft… and now Nippon is putting the graphite over the steel shafting. Why are they doing this expensive solution to compensate for the failings of plain graphite shafts with floppy soggy tips with a sloppy dynamic response going through final release and impact?
    For SteelFiber: https://aerotechgolfshafts.com/

    • steve

      May 14, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      Furthermore.. most graphite shafts are oven-cured to harden the epoxy mix holding the graphite fibers. Not with Seven Dreamers graphite shafts which are autoclave cured that sucks out the excess epoxy plastic that causes the tip instability of other graphite shafts.
      Seven Dreamers: http://www.golfwrx.com/489200/a-qa-with-seven-dreamers-about-its-1200-shafts/

      • Deadpool

        May 15, 2018 at 2:22 am

        Yeah I am so intelligent and knowledgeable too, that Google lets me know everything too, steve

        • steve

          May 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm

          go back to the main WRX forum with all the gearheadbaters…

        • steve

          May 15, 2018 at 10:01 pm

          Yer the Google gearheadbater who can only tap twitter-sized blurts from yer shrunken brainlet.. so sooo obvious …. ????

      • Dan

        May 15, 2018 at 3:59 pm

        Does this guy just copy paste this app the time?

        • steve

          May 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm

          I remember all that scientific stuff because my smart brain is not ruined with a twitter blurting mentality…. just go to the main WRX forum and look at the juvenile comments in less than 140 characters… sooo pa thetic…

          • Not Steve

            May 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm

            Your smart brain and scientist stuff is on the wrong site for that you will incurred a stroke penalty and another for slow play

    • Josh

      May 14, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Steelfiber convert here… I agree why put the graphite on top of the steel? Doesn’t make as much sense as the steel-fiber-weave wrapped around a traditional graphite shaft…

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