Both players finished tied for seventh at 12-under par 268. The 49-year-old Hall of Fame member from Fiji shot 65-67-69-67, utilizing Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons. Meanwhile, the veteran from Oklahoma State via Richmond, Ind. used N.S. PRO MODUS3 prototype steel shafts to record rounds of 65-66-67-70.
“Nippon Shaft is very proud to have two players in the top 10 at the RBC Canadian Open,” said Hiroyuki Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We are happy these top players and great ball strikers have confidence in Nippon Shaft products.”
A number of touring pros – including former Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team members – are playing prototype versions of the MODUS3 shafts in PGA and European PGA tournaments this year. The Tour 120 model weighs between 114 and 126 grams and comes in S, X, and Tour X flex options. An R flex is new this season. Other models still in the testing phase weigh as little as 106 grams and as many as 139 grams – but all meet the requirements of top players.
The N.S. PRO MODUS3 series shafts are growing in popularity with tour pros because they offer optimal performance in the three key areas:
1. Desired trajectory, which comes as a result of the unique shaft structure;
2. Accurate distances, thanks to the shaft’s unique raw steel material and accompanying heat treatment;
3. Tight dispersion, which comes from the exacting tolerances of the highest quality level.
Nippon Shaft made its reputation in the late 1990s by developing the first high quality lightweight steel shaft. The revolutionary N.S. PRO 950GH became the industry’s first sub-100 gram steel shaft, combining the stability and consistency of heavier shafts with extremely lightweight. Soon, Nippon Shaft grew to be the No. 1-selling shaft in Asia, controlling 80 percent of the market.
Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory at its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process, Fukuda said. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.