By Nippon Shaft Posted April 27, 2016 In Nippon Shaft Tour Wins

CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 25, 2016) – For the third time this season, a player using Nippon Shaft products in his irons won on the PGA TOUR, claiming a $1.116 million winner’s check Sunday (April 24) at the Valero Texas Open.

The 39-year-old San Diego native fired a final round 3-under par 69 to finish at 12-under for the tournament, edging his nearest rival by one stroke at TPC San Antonio.

The four-time PGA TOUR champion used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 with X flex shafts in his irons and N.S. PRO MODUS³ Wedge 125 in one of his wedges. He got up and down for birdie on the par 5 18th hole after he hit his second shot into the back bunker. He hit 68 percent of his greens in regulation.

In addition, the third place finisher used N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 2F15 shafts in his irons while a player who finished T-4 used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX flex in his irons and the N.S. PRO MODUS³ WEDGE 125 shafts in his wedges.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the winner of the Valero Texas Open on his fourth PGA TOUR victory,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “As always, Nippon Shaft is honored that many of the world’s best golfers choose to use our products to compete at the highest level.”

Nippon Shaft’s popularity on the world’s major golf tours grew significantly in 2015, with 106 players on the PGA TOUR and European Tour combined utilizing steel shafts built by the Japan-based golf shaft manufacturer, an increase of over 50 percent compared to the prior year when 70 major Tour pros used Nippon Shaft.

“Nippon Shaft is proud and gratified that its product penetration continues to experience meaningful growth year after year on the world’s major men’s golf tours,” said Fukuda.

In the 2014-15 season, Nippon Shaft players won 16 times on the world’s top tours, including the PGA TOUR, European Tour, Tour, Challenge Tour and the LPGA Tour.

Seven of the 30 contestants in the PGA TOUR’s TOUR Championship used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons and/or wedges.

The iron shaft models used by golf’s elite players were the N.S. PRO 950GH, the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130, N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 105 shaft, and N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTOTYPE ORA steel shafts.

In addition, more than 70 players used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ WEDGE shafts, which were designed exclusively for wedges, utilizing unique technologies that contribute to high levels of stability and feel in the short game. The WEDGE shafts were released to the public in March of 2015.

Meanwhile, Nippon Shaft continues to be the preferred shaft on the LPGA Tour, with several players having recorded victories on the world’s predominant women’s tour.

Over the years, Nippon Shaft recorded hundreds of victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft’s dedicated global club fitter network. Details of these can be found at

Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory in Komagane, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.

Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia. 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.