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

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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.

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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.

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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 NipponShaft.com and costs $35 per unit.

 

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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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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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

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Today from the Forums we take a look at a selection of new Bettinardi putters from the 2020 Honda Classic. Our members have been discussing the flat-sticks in our forum, with the horizontal alignment aid on one particular model proving to be very popular.

For lots more photos, check out the entire thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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Today from the Forums: “New Odyssey/Toulon putters at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums we shine the light on an array of new Odyssey/Toulon putters featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The flat-sticks have gotten quite a reaction from WRXers, who have been particularly impressed with the company’s Las Vegas long slant neck creation.

For lots more photos, check out the entire thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Golfingfanatic: “LV with the long slant is so sick!”
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