At the European Tour’s ISPA HANDA Perth International in Western Australia, the 14th-ranked American in the world won by two shots, finishing at 16-under par 272 on rounds of 70-67-67-68. He edged his nearest competitor by two shots, using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 ST prototype steel shafts in his irons.
In the same Australian event, a young English veteran of the European and PGA Tours finished in a tie for fifth, using the N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype steel shafts in his irons.
Meanwhile, on the LPGA, the winner was a 31-year-old Norwegian who used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in her irons while the second and third place finishers used N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in theirs.
On the PGA Tour, Nippon Shaft had two players in the top 10 at the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in southern Georgia. The native of Zimbabwe who finished tied for fourth used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype while the Englishman who tied for seventh used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 ST prototypes.
“Nippon Shaft is very proud to have some of the world’s greatest players utilizing our shafts at the highest level of competition all over the world,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We are especially proud that these players are using four different shafts that we have developed for tour-level and better players over the last few years.”
Nippon Shaft products are available either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.
In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Shaftology - Nippon Shaft’s dedicated clubfitter network – and through the custom club departments of top club manufacturers.
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.
Nippon Shaft has more than 100 professional victories worldwide. Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia, where it controls 80 percent of the golf shaft market.
Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer. Nippon Shaft's North American headquarters is in Carlsbad.