Nippon Modus 120 Stiff Vs Nippon Modus 120 Extra Stiff Shaft Comparison Overview

Most golf geeks know that the Nippon Modus 120 shafts have a really smooth feel.

But if you’re a casual golfer in the market for new steel iron shafts, you might not be sure how that would translate to performance. You may be even more confused about the different flex options. In the following overview, we will be helping you make the right shaft decision.

Nippon Modus 120 Stiff Shaft Overview

“The Nippon Modus 120 in stiff flex weighs 114 grams.”

This is a good midweight shaft for players in the 80-90 MPH range. For the Nippon Modus 120 Stiff specifically, the smooth feel means that you can pick up a little more club head speed without getting any jarring shocks up your arms.

And even at this lighter weight and with this faster club head speed, the stiff tip area mutes excess side spin. So in addition to improved speed, you get abnormally tight dispersion for a shaft of this weight as well.

Nippon Modus 120 Extra Stiff Shaft Overview

“The Nippon Modus 120 in extra stiff flex weighs 120 grams.”

This is a good weight if you are in the 90-100 MPH swing speed range. The smooth feel in the Nippon Modus 120 extra stiff version means that you get a clean-feeling transition even if you have an aggressive tempo.

The Nippon Modus 120 extra stiff produces stabler ball flight than the Nippon Modus 120 Stiff shaft; but you can still feel the shaft at work thanks to the transitionally soft butt and mid sections.

“If you need help with ball speed, I would recommend the Nippon Modus 120 in stiff flex. If you have an aggressive tempo and need a shaft that can keep up with you, the Nippon Modus 120 Extra Stiff shaft may work better.”

Nippon Modus 120 First Impressions

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Our first impression of the Nippon Modus 120 shaft was that it felt incredibly smooth when you pure the ball.

In fact, it was too smooth at times. Sometimes, mis-hits actually felt more accurate than they actually were because of the advanced variable rigidity in this shaft.

Key Features & Performance

The Nippon Modus 120 shafts have a rigid tip, softer mid section and a soft butt area.

They also feature raw steel construction and undergo an advanced heat treatment. This gives them a smooth feel and makes for low, controlled launch. Side spin is also kept low.

Nippon Modus 120 Wedges Review

The Nippon Modus 120 shafts offer the player great control and accuracy with the wedges and scoring irons. Launch and spin were a little underwhelming though.

Nippon Modus 120 Irons Review

Faster swing speed players will be able to improve their distance in the long irons with this shaft. The feedback is also fantastic as you work down to the shorter irons.

Nippon Modus 120 Driver Review

The Nippon Modus 120 will surely not feel comfortable or offer tight enough shot dispersion to be viable in the box.

Nippon Modus 120 Pros & Cons


  • Raw steel construction
  • Very smooth feel
  • Very well-balanced
  • Great for fast swing speed players
  • Good for mid and low handicappers


  • Not great for moderate or slow swing speed players
  • Spin was a little too low in the scoring irons

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Who Should Buy it?

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First and foremost, if you are looking for a shaft for your irons that will flatten out your trajectory and give you more distance that way, you simply must get fitted for the Nippon Modus 120 shafts.

That is by far the best thing about them besides the silky smooth feel they offer.

Better players will love the low and fast trajectory that these shafts produce almost effortlessly.

For those reasons, we would recommend the Nippon Modus 120 shaft for players with a handicap of 15 and under. They also work well for swing speeds in the 90+ MPH range.

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