Mar 19, 2024

CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 19, 2024) – The world’s No. 1 golfer used Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Hybrid Tour X-flex shaft in his 3 and 4 utility irons enroute to winning his second consecutive Players Championship and back-to-back PGA Tour events.

The 27-year-old Texan, who won last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, shot 20-under par with rounds of 67-69-68-64—268 and stood five shots behind the leader as his final round began. The first player to successfully defend his Players Championship title in the 50-year history of the tournament earned $4.5 million of the event’s $25 million purse.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates the world’ No. 1 player on his exciting come-from-behind victory at the Players Championship,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We are proud that he is using our N.S.PRO MODUS³ Hybrid Tour X-flex shaft in his utility irons because he believes they give him the best chance to win at TPC Sawgrass, one of the Tour’s most challenging golf courses. Nippon Shaft’s breakthrough hybrid technology in shaft design combines the best qualities of steel and graphite so that tour-level players and everyday golfers can get the best out of their abilities.”

More than 200 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Korn Ferry Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series steel shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy, and trajectory.

“Nippon Shaft is thrilled and proud that three players on the world’s top three tours used our products to win on their respective tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “These performances by world class players confirm the quality and reliability of Nippon Shaft products for elite professionals as well as amateurs.”

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.  Details of these can be found at

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.