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Nippon Golf Launches N.S. Pro Modus³ Graphite on Steel Technology (G.O.S.T) hybrid shaft

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Nippon Golf have some of the most popular steel shafts on the market with the N.S. Pro Modus series, and now Nippon is bringing their most popular Modus bend profile to hybrids with the all-new N.S.Pro Modus³ hybrid shaft made with Graphite On Steel Technology.

The idea of mixing graphite and steel together to build shafts is not new, in fact it has been around for over 20 years in various designs, but what separates the Nippon Modus Hybrid from others is the way the two materials are combined to create one shaft.

Quick shaft lesson: When graphite shafts are traditionally made, graphite sheets called “flags” are wrapped around a mandrel, rolled, compressed with a film, baked to cure, sanded, then finally paint. With the Modus Hybrid, there is no mandrel, just the interior steel portion of the shaft that runs the entire length – making that piece double as both the mandrel and the actual interior of the shaft itself. Nippon has done this type of thing before with the ultralight 750GH WrapTECH.

The Modus³ Hybrid’s combination of steel and carbon materials creates the solid feel and tighter dispersion associated with steel but with the easy launch and trajectory of carbon fiber—you have the advantages of both materials combined with a shaft bend profile to designed to maximize hybrid performance.

The bend profile for the Modus³ Hybrid is based off the tour-validated N.S.Pro Modus³ Tour 105 and designed to promote an easy launch, mid trajectory, and spin to help stop those longer approaches it greens faster.

As much as Nippon is mostly known for its extensive knowledge of steel shafts in North America they do offer a huge selection of premium graphite shafts and have deep knowledge of both materials.

For Nippon the key to making the Modus3 Hybrid shaft work is the patented special adhesive technology, which allows the graphite layers to properly adhere to the steel shaft interior. It’s this wrapping and manufacturing step that separates the Modus 3 Hybrid shaft in the market. The combination of the two materials in a hybrid makes a lot of sense too, since almost everyone uses graphite in their woods, while steel is still the dominant material of choice in irons. Since hybrids fit right in between these two clubs, the theory of blending the materials seems like a logical next step.

Nippon N.S.Pro Modus³ Graphite on Steel Hybrid shaft: Specs & availability

The specs pre flex can be seen below with constants 41″ raw length, .370″ tip diameter, and .600″ butt diameter.

Pricing and Availability

Available starting Oct 25th, the MAP pricing for the Nippon Modus3 Hybrid will be $249.99.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Daniel Whitehurst

    Oct 28, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Nothing that an Aerotech steel fiber 95 or 110 can’t do at a $60 cost and lower torque and tighter preformance. $250 hybrid shaft?! Yeah right!

  2. Tom Duckworth

    Oct 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Interesting I like the modus 105 stiff in my irons. I wonder why they didn’t also launch these in iron shafts as well.

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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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