UST Mamiya Recoil Graphite Iron Shafts Review
Players interested in experimenting with graphite irons shafts should consider the excellent Recoil offerings by UST Mamiya. Currently the number one graphite iron shaft in the market, Recoil offers stability and a mid-to-low ball flight for those of us who need a more penetrating ball flight.
Technology and Background
The UST Mamiya Recoil shafts have been around for awhile now, having been available for many seasons. Many top players on Tour rely on the stability and feel of Recoil, especially those who flight the ball a little higher than preferred. These shafts also promote slightly less spin on well-struck shots, giving players shallower launch characteristics and more consistent ball control upon landing.
Recoil features a heavier weight throughout the build, adding heft to your irons without compromising feel. The feel of a club can be lost when adding weight as gravity takes over and you are at the mercy of the golf gods. With Recoil, you till have a fair amount of feel throughout the swing which helps with immediate feedback on all strikes.
For example, the 110 Prototype shafts have a lower balance and higher flex point coupled with a firmer shaft tip. This combo keeps the ball flight lower while maintaining just enough spin to get maximum carry. Over 19 different layers comprise the graphite shaft’s overall design, making Recoil look and feel similar to steel.
Performance and Feel
For this test I installed a Recoil 110 Prototype graphite shaft into a 7 iron and compared it to my gamers: a stock option with similar build characteristics and stiffness. Shots were recorded on SkyTrak.
Spin rates were slightly lower in comparison, with my gamers averaging 6500 rpm and Recoil coming in at just under 6200 rpm. While this difference would be difficult to discern on the course, peak height for each shot was noticeable. While my gamers averaged a peak height of 25 yards, Recoil produced an average around 22 yards. Carry distance remained about the same between the two shaft models, including roll-out.
The biggest difference for me was felt at impact, with Recoil feeling much more sturdy and stout. UST Mamiya shafts have a tendency to be a little more firm, and the sensation at impact exudes confidence when struck well.
The heavier Recoil shafts took a few swings to get used to, especially with my gamer shafts being significantly lighter. What I liked about the 110 Prototype was how much heavier the clubhead felt. This made me more aware of where it was throughout the swing. It was a quality I didn’t expect but greatly appreciated, since I have a tendency to get too quick with my transition.
The UST Mamiya Recoil graphite iron shafts are an extremely solid option, regardless of your shaft material preference. There may be a stigma attached to playing graphite iron shafts, but Recoil all but eradicates it after one swing. They feel absolutely similar to steel, and in my case much more stable.
For more information on all of UST Mamiya’s shaft options, visit their website here.