UST Mamiya Recoil F4 Shaft Review – Specs, Flex, Weight
Before we start getting to the details of this shaft, it should be noted that the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 comes in 95g, 110g and 125g weight classes.
For this review, we chose to test the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 95 weight class.
With the Recoil F4, UST Mamiya is adding yet another variant into the already crowded Recoil line. But we’re not complaining.
Overall, we were very pleased with the feel of the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 shaft. But how did it perform and who is it best for? Read on to find out.
UST Mamiya Recoil F4 Shaft Overview
First and foremost, the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 is a graphite iron shaft.
As we said, we tested the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 in its 95g weight class but if you want a graphite shaft that feels like a steel shaft, we suggest checking out the 110g or 125g versions.
From a distance, you can easily mistake the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 for a steel shaft.
The finish is a reflective silver that looks like steel from afar. But up close, you can see the various graphics and can tell that it’s not actually a steel shaft.
Still, the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 looks really cool. We’ll admit that on a sunny day or one where you may be a bit scatterbrained, the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 may look a bit distracting at address.
But as long as you practice a bit of forced focus, you will be fine.
The feel is probably what our testing party loved the most. It’s almost an injustice to say that the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 has a kick.
While it is certainly active, the bend flows through the entire shaft from the butt to the tip. It’s very gentle, soft and you can feel the entire shaft at work on your load and release.
It’s almost like there is no single kick point at all. Instead, the entire shaft is working in unison to deliver all of your swing energy to the ball.
Why is the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 So Popular?
The entire Recoil series by UST Mamiya has developed a reputation for smooth feel and excellent performance.
The UST Mamiya Recoil F4 is just another affirmation of the reputation. This is a mid-weight shaft that will help ease players into the transition from steel to graphite shafts.
How Does the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 Perform?
The UST Mamiya Recoil F4 offers mid/high launch with mid/high spin to match.
When you stand on this shaft, the spin rates get higher which can make for some pretty erratic flight. However, for our naturally low-spin testers, the extra spin was certainly welcome.
There isn’t really any part of this shaft that feels stiff. We would say that the entire profile, from butt to tip, is of mid stiffness.
This is part of what makes the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 feel so smooth. Our testers with smoother, more deliberate tempos were having a field day with this shaft.
They reported that it added about half an iron’s worth of distance to their shots and it helped keep them away from iffy lies.
They also reported that the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 was easy to launch. This is a shaft that will really help players who struggle to get air under the ball.
When it came time to hit some flop shots, we were very pleased with the soft landings we were achieving.
Dispersion was also consistent and predictable. As long as you aren’t swinging out of your shoes, you can expect to stay close to the line.
However, when we tried to swing outside of ourselves the accuracy definitely took a hit.
UST Mamiya Recoil F4 Shaft Specs
|Specs||UST Mamiya Recoil F4|
|Weight||90g, 91g, 92g, 93g, 94g, 95g, 96g|
|Length||41” – 37”|
What Flexes Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
The UST Mamiya Recoil F4 95 in particular is only available in stiff flex.
It’s a good flex for players in the 85-95 MPh swing range. If you want more flex options, both the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 110 and UST Mamiya Recoil F4 125 are available in stiff and extra stiff.
What Weights Are Available? What Swing Speeds Do They Suit?
90g – 93g would be good for 80-90 MPH swingers.
94g – 96g would suit 90+ MPH swingers.
Why is it So Good?
The UST Mamiya Recoil F4 is a good shaft because of its feel.
Even on mis-hits, we weren’t getting jolted up to our elbows. Nearly every type of swing/impact produced an easy, gentle bend.
UST Mamiya Recoil F4 First Impressions
The first thing we noticed regarding the performance of the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 was that it responded very well to a deliberate tempo.
On the flipside, flight and spin get more unpredictable with aggressive tempos.
Key Features & Performance
UST Mamiya claims that the UST Mamiya Recoil F4 transfers swing energy 67% more efficiently than steel shafts.
We’re inclined to agree. You can feel the whole shaft work with your swing.
UST Mamiya Recoil F4 Irons Review
So long as you have a moderate tempo, you can expect straight flight and a mid/high launch from your mid/long irons.
UST Mamiya Recoil F4 Wedges Review
The UST Mamiya Recoil F4 was great on lob shots. We were able to control height acutely throughout each of our wedges (lob, sand, pitching).
UST Mamiya Recoil F4 Pros & Cons
- Great for deliberate tempos
- Excellent feel
- Easy launch
- Fun to swing
- Not great for aggressive tempos
Overall Score: 95/100
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Who Should Buy it?
The UST Mamiya Recoil F4 would be a great choice for anyone who is playing lighter weight steel shafts and wants to make the leap to graphite.
The transition should be seamless and it won’t take long for you to fall into a groove with these shafts.