CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 30, 2014) – Nippon Shaft’s tour-developed N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shafts were played by the winner of yesterday’s Web.com event and by the runner-up and third-place finishers on the PGA TOUR.

A total of 21 players on the European Tour and PGA TOUR utilized the N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shafts in their irons, making it the hottest steel shaft on the pro circuits.

The winner of the United Leasing Championship shot 9-under 279 on rounds of 73-67-72-67 using the 980ST X flex steel shafts to win by a stroke and take home a winner’s check of $108,000. It was the first Web.com title for the 43-year-old Englishman, who overcame a seven-shot deficit on the final day at Victoria National in Newburgh, Ind.

At the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National, the runner-up from Baytown, Texas also utilized the 980ST X flex steel shafts in his irons to finish regulation play at 4-under 280 on rounds of 74-68-68-70 at the challenging Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C. It was a difficult playoff, but he took consolation in the fact he earned a spot in the British Open.

The third-place finisher, who ended up one shot out of the playoff, also used the 980ST X flex steel shafts in his irons, and also made it into the British Open.

At the BMW Championship in Germany, the 37-year-old Swedish golfer who last year won both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai championships got into a four-way playoff by shooting an impressive 19-under par 269 with rounds of 68-68-66-67 in Cologne. He used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons.

On the LPGA Tour, it was an American star using the N.S. PRO 950GH – Nippon Shaft’s industry-changing lightweight steel shaft – who finished runner up at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. She shot 11-under par for the 54-hole event on rounds of 69-66-67—202.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud to be able to provide high quality steel shafts that players from all over the world use to compete on all major professional tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese shaft maker.

“We are especially proud of the impact we are having with the MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shaft for irons,” Fukuda said. “The shaft was developed with input from the best players in the world, and we believe we have answered their needs.”

Nippon Shaft long has been the most popular steel shaft on the LPGA Tour, thanks to its ability to manufacture a shaft that combines light weight and sturdiness, which ensures maximum control.

In recent years, Nippon Shaft has successfully expanded its product line to include shafts designed for PGA TOUR professionals and low-handicap amateurs.

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.