CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 20, 2017) – Just a month after placing five players in the top 10 at Riviera CC, Nippon Shaft recorded a victory and four players in the top 10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Lodge & Resort in Orlando.
The 33-year-old Australian winner played the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 X-flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges to en rout to shooting 11-under par with rounds of 71-66-71-69—277. He made a 51-foot putt for eagle on the 16th hole to pull ahead and made clutch up-and-downs on his final two holes to seal the victory. His winnings came to $1.566 million and he received a red cardigan sweater in honor of the late Arnold Palmer.
Meanwhile, both players who tied for second also used Nippon Shaft. The 40-year-old San Diego native used the Nippon Shaft N.S.PRO MODUS3 Tour 105 steel shafts in his irons to shoot 10-under par for the week. The 33-year-old from Aiken, South Carolina used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX-flex steel shafts in his irons and the MODUS Wedge 125 shaft in his wedges.
Tying for seventh at 7-under was the 37-year-old former U.S. Open champion, who played N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX-flex steel shafts in his irons and the MODUS Wedge 125 shaft in his wedges.
“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the winner of this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational along with the two runners-up and the fourth player who finished in the top 10,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the company. “Nippon Shaft always is pleased when the best players in the world honor us by trusting our products to compete against the greatest players in the game.”
Nippon Shaft’s popularity on the world’s major men’s tours continued to grow in the 2015-2016 season, with 137 players on the PGA TOUR and European Tour utilizing steel shafts created by the Japan-based golf shaft manufacturer. Players utilizing Nippon Shaft products won 12 times, using four variations of the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour steel shafts in their irons and one player using the Wedge 115 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,” Fukuda said.
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 pro circuit.
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 www.nipponshaft.com
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.