UST Recoil 95 Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight

The graphite iron shaft market isn’t as expansive as one might think in 2023.

Or maybe I should rephrase that: the quality graphite iron shaft isn’t as expansive as you might think. While there are a lot of options, in my experience, few are actually worth it.

So when it came time to test the UST Recoil 95, I was apprehensive. There are so few graphite iron shafts that can faithfully recreate the accuracy and control of steel. Could the UST Recoil 95 be one of them? Our testing party set out for the links to find out.

UST Recoil 95 Shaft Overview

At first glance, you wouldn’t think that the UST Recoil 95’s were actually graphite shafts.

They have a shimmering silver finish that almost looks like steel in the bag. Once you get them out in the sunlight, you can see that darker finish that the graphite produces. But overall, these shafts look really beautiful.

The feel is clearly graphite. And that is pretty much a positive. What I really like about a quality graphite iron shaft is that it feels like graphite but performs like steel. The UST Recoil 95 shaft certainly has the feel down. The load/unload is palpable yet smooth. You can feel the whole shaft bend in proportion based on the load of your swing. You can almost feel your swing energy move through the shaft and through the ball. It’s actually a very satisfying sensation and the whole testing party was clamoring to get more cracks in with the UST Recoil 95.

For me, the UST Recoil 95 was a bit too loose but for our testers with slower swing speeds, it was right up their alley. They mentioned that they felt more power in their swing as a result of the flex of the shaft. They also mentioned that the UST Recoil 95 felt incredibly easy to swing and easy to activate. The UST Recoil 95 basically makes you feel like a stronger swinger than you might be.

Why is the UST Recoil 95 So Popular?

A lot of people really love this shaft because it makes your longer irons much easier to manage.

If you are looking to ditch your hybrids for more accurate long irons but are scared of the transition, try plugging the UST Recoil 95 or the UST Recoil 110 shafts into them.

How Does the UST Recoil 95 Perform?

What stood out to me the most about the performance of the UST Recoil 95 was that the shorter irons actually did start to feel like steel.

It seems that control is shored up and the flex is muted a bit as you work down the set. It could have been how I was taking these lighter swings, yes; but some of the other testers said the same thing. There was a ton of workability in the scoring irons but when we needed straight, high-arcing shots, the UST Recoil 95 delivered.

In the long irons, the UST Recoil 95’s are pretty much what you would expect from graphite shafts; they play long but they also produce high spin and high launch. Which isn’t a bad thing at all if you are naturally a low-spin, low-launch player. But for players with more aggressive tempos, this could be an annoying problem.

Divergence wasn’t outrageous. In fact, I would say that the divergence was more akin to steel shafts than graphite shafts. Our average off-line divergence after three swings each with the 7-iron was only 11.4 yards. It’s just the spin in the long irons – it can’t really be worked down. The UST Recoil 95’s offer great stopping power; but when you need to cut down on spin to maximize distance on par 5’s, these may not be the best options.

Shaft Specs

Specs UST Recoil 95
Available flexes Regular, stiff
Weight 90g-96g
Tip .355”
Length 37”-41”

What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?

Regular flex would be good for players in the 80-90 MPH swing speed range. Stiff would be better for 90-100 MPH swingers.

What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?

90g-93g might work for players on the 75-85 MPH swing speed spectrum. 94g-96g is better for 86-95 MPH swingers.

Why is it So Good?

The best thing about the UST Recoil 95 is that it is incredibly easy to swing and can help you increase your smash factor.

Of course, this will also increase your distance nine times out of ten.

UST Recoil 95 First Impressions

I was first impressed with how easy it was to activate the kick on this shaft.

You can feel it very subtly just on practice swings.

Key Features & Performance

UST Mamiya claims that the carbon fiber used to make this shaft allows it to transfer swing energy 67% more efficiently than steel.

We’re not sure about the exact figures but it seems to hold up in testing. The UST Recoil 95 just feels like it’s working with your swing and is fluid through to impact.

UST Recoil 95 Irons Review

While they don’t perform exactly like steel, it’s hard to argue against shafts that give you great distance in the long irons and acute control in the short irons.

UST Recoil 95 Wedges Review

Chip shots felt clean, soft and controllable. The distance control and dispersion tightened up in the wedges for sure.

UST Recoil 95 Pros & Cons


  • Steel-like short game performance
  • Excellent distance
  • Easy to swing
  • Looks great
  • Great for moderate tempos


  • Not the most “steel-like” graphite shafts

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Should Buy it?

So does the UST Recoil 95 faithfully recreate the performance of steel iron shafts?

Close, but no cigar. There is still too much variance at impact in the long irons. Still, the UST Recoil 95 does what any good graphite iron shaft does: makes the long irons more manageable. Plus, the short irons do actually perform like steel shafts with the UST Recoil 95 plugged into them.

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