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I found the head I like, and now doing a shootout between the S55's with KBS C-Taoer Light, Dynamic Gold and Nippon Modus Tour 120. Anyone have any experience as to what I should look for or expect?

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I have tried the modus 120 stiff a few times with no success...…One reason is, I like heavy shafts.....In my opinion, modus 120 x is much closer to s300 than modus 120 stiff but either one feels to li

The Modus 125 is the closest in comparison to the Dynamic Golds.   The Modus 120 is butt soft with a very stiff tip.   I would suggest reading through the unofficial Nippon Modus thread here - http://

nothing beats the solid "thump" of a good ole S300 shaft.

compared flex to flex...the 120s are softer all the way around. Not to mention weight...130g vs about 110-120 depending on the flex chosen.

 

 

 

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The Modus 125 is the closest in comparison to the Dynamic Golds.

 

The Modus 120 is butt soft with a very stiff tip.

 

I would suggest reading through the unofficial Nippon Modus thread here - http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1102365-it-just-me-or-are-a-lot-of-pros-switching-to-nippon-iron-shafts/

 

Tons of great info on bend profiles and performance in that thread.

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Try the DG TI 120 x100

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I had played DG S300 for many years. It was all I knew. Then I began experimenting some KBS shafts and eventually I tried the Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 shaft in stiff. For me, the Nippons felt smoother and the ball flight was slightly higher than the DG's. The other factor is weight. The Nippons are lighter flex to flex than the DGs, but you can still feel the head. I personally liked the way the Nippons released for my swing, which is one of moderate tempo with as smooth a transition from the top and I can produce. My swing lives or dies with tempo.

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For me Dynamic Gold launches lower initially but the apex of the flight is higher. I have come to really hate Dynamic Gold. The Modus shafts have had a higher launch for me but it flattens out. I also did not see a lot of difference between the 105, 120, and 125. It would be nice if you could test them on the course so you can see how the ball reacts to shots you try to work one way or another. I will never play Dynamic Gold again.

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I appreciate all the input. Anyone have any comparisons to the C-Taper Lite 110's. It is easy to just pick up a set of S55's to try, and if they fail. I will just put them back on Ebay.

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I had played DG S300 for many years. It was all I knew. Then I began experimenting some KBS shafts and eventually I tried the Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 shaft in stiff. For me, the Nippons felt smoother and the ball flight was slightly higher than the DG's. The other factor is weight. The Nippons are lighter flex to flex than the DGs, but you can still feel the head. I personally liked the way the Nippons released for my swing, which is one of moderate tempo with as smooth a transition from the top and I can produce. My swing lives or dies with tempo.

 

This post has lots of good points.

 

'My swing lives or dies with good tempo'

 

Reason OP should try out these shafts yourself. What is great for one hacker does not mean it will be good for another hacker.

 

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Revival.

 

I’ve been playing 120’s for the past 3 months and my iron game is strong. Really strong. However, after playing S300’s for years, and despite my iron play being strong, I find myself missing the DG feel. I can’t pinpoint what exactly I’m missing, but the Nippons just don’t feel as crisp. The Nippons are definitely easier to swing, and I can go at them hard or take some off and they still perform. Considering how well I’m hitting them and the scores I’m posting it feels crazy to even talk about it, but here I am.

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The Modus3 120 is smooth as can be. If you have a harsh transition then you might be better off going with the DG offerings. I have always felt the Modus3 had the same profile/feel as the AD-DI in the graphite sector. They share the same characteristics with a tip-stiff and softer butt end, they hold up to stronger than average swing speeds and thrive with a smooth transition.

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Modus is the best feeling and smoothest shaft. Wish it fit my swing but I have to play c-tapers. Shafts are different for everyone you just have to get fitted properly and try them yourself to see numbers, ball flight, and what it feels like.

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Revival.

 

I've been playing 120's for the past 3 months and my iron game is strong. Really strong. However, after playing S300's for years, and despite my iron play being strong, I find myself missing the DG feel. I can't pinpoint what exactly I'm missing, but the Nippons just don't feel as crisp. The Nippons are definitely easier to swing, and I can go at them hard or take some off and they still perform. Considering how well I'm hitting them and the scores I'm posting it feels crazy to even talk about it, but here I am.

 

Really, this sounds like something you need to try to forget about

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Revival.

 

I've been playing 120's for the past 3 months and my iron game is strong. Really strong. However, after playing S300's for years, and despite my iron play being strong, I find myself missing the DG feel. I can't pinpoint what exactly I'm missing, but the Nippons just don't feel as crisp. The Nippons are definitely easier to swing, and I can go at them hard or take some off and they still perform. Considering how well I'm hitting them and the scores I'm posting it feels crazy to even talk about it, but here I am.

 

Really, this sounds like something you need to try to forget about

 

nothing beats the solid "thump" of a good ole S300 shaft.

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Revival.

 

I've been playing 120's for the past 3 months and my iron game is strong. Really strong. However, after playing S300's for years, and despite my iron play being strong, I find myself missing the DG feel. I can't pinpoint what exactly I'm missing, but the Nippons just don't feel as crisp. The Nippons are definitely easier to swing, and I can go at them hard or take some off and they still perform. Considering how well I'm hitting them and the scores I'm posting it feels crazy to even talk about it, but here I am.

 

Really, this sounds like something you need to try to forget about

You’re 100% correct. Golf huh?

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Revival.

 

I've been playing 120's for the past 3 months and my iron game is strong. Really strong. However, after playing S300's for years, and despite my iron play being strong, I find myself missing the DG feel. I can't pinpoint what exactly I'm missing, but the Nippons just don't feel as crisp. The Nippons are definitely easier to swing, and I can go at them hard or take some off and they still perform. Considering how well I'm hitting them and the scores I'm posting it feels crazy to even talk about it, but here I am.

 

Really, this sounds like something you need to try to forget about

 

nothing beats the solid "thump" of a good ole S300 shaft.

 

If something else produces better results for someone, I can't imagine why that wouldn't beat it

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The Modus3 120 is smooth as can be. If you have a harsh transition then you might be better off going with the DG offerings. I have always felt the Modus3 had the same profile/feel as the AD-DI in the graphite sector. They share the same characteristics with a tip-stiff and softer butt end, they hold up to stronger than average swing speeds and thrive with a smooth transition.

 

Except for Modus3 being soft in the butt end while AD DI is categorized as stiff in the butt ;-)

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I'm kind of curious about the Nippon Modus 120's as well...I happened to get a set of KBS $ Taper and they seem to be really good. Anyone have any experience with both of these? Only reason I ask is because I'm considering a new set of heads and not sure I want to spend the extra money to swap shafts (if I don't have too). Not trying to thread jack, just curious. Thanks.

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> Except for Modus3 being soft in the butt end while AD DI is categorized as stiff in the butt ;-)

 

I believe you read the chart wrong. DI is medium in the butt, medium in the mid and stiff in the tip.

http://proschoicegolfshafts.com/tour-ad-di-wood-shafts/

 

 

 

 

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Give $ Taper a try, too. IMO, $ Taper is the next best feeling shaft after Modus 120 in that weight range.

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Contrary to many, the DG s300's actually launch higher and spin less for me the the Modus 120 in both s and x. No by much but enough to make a difference. The Modus had slightly less ball speed was much kinder to my misses, probably due to the stiffer tip. The s300 wanted a slightly shorter/quicker transition. The Modus suits my timing really well as someone who is flexible, makes a full turn, and needs a fraction more time and space to squat, rotate, and drive with my legs. Modus feels really good when flushed and still pretty good when missed. S300 feels amazing when flushed and terrible when missed. Some prefer that immediate feedback, I get all the feedback I need from my body and prefer being able to thin a 4iron in 50 degree weather and not hate life :)

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I just recently went through iron shaft change dilemma so I think I can share my experience in details. Been playing with DG S300 on Mizuno MP60 for many years. Finally I decided to change my iron set this year and had to go through multiple sessions of fitting and analysis with different fitters. Choosing the iron head is a separate story which I won't get into details in this thread but ended up with Srixon Z785.

Choosing a shaft has been a longer process for me because every fitter's analyser came up with different top shaft choices. It is probably because my swing has changed quite a bit since I began the search for a new iron head and shaft combo. The whole journey took around 8 months - ultimate goal was to look for the lightest shaft I could use without losing control and feel. Regardless, these shafts came up in the system frequently:

Project X LZ 6.0Dynamic Gold 120 S300Dynamic Gold AMT White S300KBS $ Taper StiffNippon Modus 120SProject X LZ 6.0 - These felt dead to me. I didn't know what it was but I hated the feeling of it. Completely different feel from Project X, which I didn't mind, and I lost distance by one club as well. It did feel lighter than DG S300 but I did not get along well with shaft in terms of spin, launch height, feel etc.

Dynamic Gold 120 S300 - Didn't like it as well. Definitely lighter than DG S300 but it felt harsher. Even DG X100 felt better than these. Couldn't get it to launch either. So kicked it out of the list.

Dynamic Gold AMT White S300 - It felt no different till around 7 iron compared to regular S300. But when it got to the longer irons, I was spraying the ball all over the place. Not a bad feel but no control. So kicked it out of the list.

KBS $ Taper Stiff - I almost went with this shaft. Nice mid ball flight with great descent angle which stopped the ball. I think in terms of dispersion, $ Taper was the best out of all the shafts mentioned above. Feel was great too. No troubles controlling longer iron shots as well. Distance increased by half club length compared to S300.

Nippon Modus 120S - The fitter wanted to test me out with a slightly lighter shaft compared to $ Taper so that we could really dial in into performance. 5g lighter than $ Taper, Modus 120S was the Goldilock zone for weight, CPM, spin, height and distance. I could hit every club from 4-PW without any issues and ended up gaining one club length per club. The gain came with consistency as well. The best thing about this shaft was the feel. First couple swings, it felt as if the shaft felt softer to flex (??) if that is the right description but as soon as I got used to the shaft from 3rd shot onwards, I understood how this shaft was designed. The shaft loads perfectly to my deliberate swinging style (I am not an aggressive hitter) and felt the shaft unload at impact which is an addictive feel. Goes slightly higher than DG S300 but not something I would notice without a launch monitor.

Other shafts - Tried out other lighter shafts such as Modus 105, XP 95 etc but they were too light for me.

Let me know if you have any other questions regarding these shafts. Happy to help you answer if I can. Cheers.

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Modus 120's are nothing like Classic DG's.

Anyone who tells you they are has zero feel in their golf swing.

Very different launch & spin & overall feel. Also Modus 120 with may swings will feel way more harsh than DG even though they are 10-15 grams lighter.

If you are used to DG and go to Modus 120 there is going to be a major transition period.

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I’ll tell ya boys and gals, I’m at a dilemma with this too. Had x100’s in my p790’s and my club guy fitted me in my new sticks with Stiff NS pro 1150 tours. I like how they feel in my T200’s but now I’m looking at the new 770/7mc’s and don’t know what shaft to go with. Tried dg120 s300’s earlier this year and didn’t enjoy them at all. Too many to choose from. 

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On 7/25/2020 at 5:18 PM, jchoi said:

Curious to know if your opinions have changed over the past few months.. any new insight on the s300 vs 120?

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On 8/1/2017 at 4:56 AM, jsixman said:

Those are the only two shafts I play, Modus 120 and DG S300 or S400. Also played modus 130 and they are great. Can't go wrong with either IMHO.


I currently game modus 120. Thinking of S400 or Modus 130. What should I expect out of those 2 (trajectory, spin, feel) coming from Modus 120?

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