Nippon Zelos 8 Golf Shaft Review

Iron Golf Shafts – NIPPON N.S.PRO Zelos8

 By Russ Ryden, Fit2Score, A Dallas Fort Worth Club Fitter & Club Maker
The Golf Center at the Highlands, Carrollton Texas


The Nippon Zelos line of light weight steel now includes an 80 gram model, the Zelos8. it has been exactly a year since I looked at the Zelos7. At that time I had not made the transition to looking at irons sets. I was looking only at 6 iron shafts. The graphic below shows the set images of the Zelos8 and the Zelos7. What we see is a moderate amount of “flighting” in the Zelos design. The longer irons have relatively softer, longer tip sections than the wedges.

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If you find light weight iron shafts fit your strength and style be sure to test the Nippon Zelos family of iron shafts. They are in my bag this year and my aging body is once again playing great golf.

  • neil c

    I tried both and immediately noticed the increased stiffness in the zelos 8.the data shows the 8 r is stiffer than the 7 stiff! Not every club guy takes the time to fugure this out.

    • Stiffness ratings, RSX must be read alongside weight. They apply to that weight and do not work as a method for comparing stiffness of different weight shafts. This does not mean the system is broken. It simply reflects how much the average golfer demands to know about golf shafts.
      That is why I created this site.

  • Justin

    Russ, I’m currently playing the 950GH’s in a set Srixion z765’s. I would like to build a 4 iron for the set that launches a bit higher, is in the 80’ish gram installed range, and plays to an EI profile similar to the 950’s. Any suggestions from the Nippon family? It looks like the Zelos is a different profile.

    • Justin,
      The Zelos 8S has a similar profile to the 950. You did not say which 950 you were playing. I would hard step the Zelos S once to bring the stiffness closer to the 950.