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Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH Neo lightweight steel shaft launched to mark the 20th anniversary of its original model




In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH shaft, the first constant weight steel shaft in the less than 100 grams category, best-selling, and most successful lightweight steel irons shaft in tour history, the company has launched the N.S.Pro 950GH Neo.

The new addition, however, is not merely here to pay homage to its predecessor. Billed as “Reawakened” by the company, the N.S.Pro 950GH Neo contains several new updates to adapt to the distance balls and modern changes in the game.


For starters, the N.S.Pro 950GH Neo features a slightly firmer tip section than the original, resulting in a shaft offering slightly more spin and a one-to-two-degree higher launch difference. The firmer mid-section of the new shaft aims to stabilize newer clubheads throughout the swing and help players maintain acceleration.

The latest release from Nippon also contains a softer butt, with a diameter which has been reduced from .610” to .600” for enhanced feel.

The shaft’s signature profile has been updated also, with the previous silver/chrome graphics on the original release being replaced by eye-catching green in the 20th-anniversary model.


The new addition looks to emulate the success of the original Pro 950GH, which boasts over 40 million unit sales over the past two decades, over 200 Tour wins, as well as contributing in large part to every major steel shaft OEM now offering a sub-115-gram shaft option.

That may sound like a lot to live up to, but according to the company, the N.S. Pro 950GH Neo debuted on Tour in March and was “victorious at its first event”.

The Neo shaft will also be the standard steel shaft offering for the new TaylorMade P·790 Ti irons, whose release was announced last month.

The N.S. Pro 950GH Neo, which will be offered in four flexes with weights that range from 94.5 grams in an R flex to 98 grams in S flex and 104 grams in X flex, is available at retail today at and costs $35 per unit.




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  1. s

    Sep 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Green, really?… sigh

  2. Gurn Blanton

    Sep 6, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I prefer a firmer butt.

  3. 15th Club

    Sep 5, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Why does a stiffer tip section result in slightly higher ball flight? That runs counter to most of what basics I know about shaft design.

    A stiffer tip-to-butt profile should result in lower launch angles.

    If I am wrong and called out for it, I hope that a detailed explanation is included.

  4. Moe Selchen

    Sep 5, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    No “A” flex?

    • A. Commoner

      Sep 6, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Why would one think marketing “geniuses” would consider needs of a group who is keeping golf on life support?

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review



TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!


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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters



In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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Whats in the Bag

WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open



  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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