By Nippon Shaft Posted July 8, 2013 In Nippon Shaft Tour Wins

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 30, 2013) – It was a big weekend for Nippon Shaft, the steel shaft of choice for the winners of both the U.S. Women’s Open and the Irish Open.

The winner of the U.S. Women’s Open used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons. The victory was her third LPGA major championship this year. She is only the fourth LPGA player in history to win three majors in the same season, joining three legends of the women’s game: Babe Zaharias, Mickey Wright and Pat Bradley.

Meanwhile, on the European Tour, the Irish Open winner used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO PROTOTYPE ORA shaft with an X flex in his irons to come from four strokes behind in windy conditions at Carton House outside Dublin. The oft-injured 35-year-old Englishman started the final round four strokes behind the leader, but closed with a final round 5-under par 67 to win by three. On the par 5 18th, he hit the green in two despite a poor tee shot and drained a 50-footer for eagle to win in style.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud that our high quality steel shafts were able to help both players win the U.S. Women’s Open and the Irish Open, two prestigious national Open titles,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company. “Nippon Shaft is proud that we carefully design and manufacture a variety of shafts aimed at serving the specific needs of the world’s best players, both women and men, as well as for low-handicap amateurs.”

In 2012, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 50 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 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 in Komagane, 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.

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.