CARLSBAD, Calif. (July 14, 2014) – The winner of the Ricoh Women’s British Open used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 750GH R flex steel shafts in her irons and N.S. PRO 850GH R flex steel shafts in her wedges en route to victory at Royal Birkdale.

The runner up and five other players who finished tied for ninth or better also used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons. Two of them, including the runner up, used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 shafts; three used N.S. PRO 950GH shafts, and one used the N.S. PRO 850GH.

Nippon Shaft also continued to build positive momentum on the PGA TOUR, where 10 top 25 finishers, including three among the top 10, used Nippon Shaft in their irons. The three top 10 finishers all posted four rounds in the 60s.

Among the 10 PGA TOUR players, three used the N.S. PRO PROTO 980 ST shaft, which is not yet in full production; two used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 shafts; two used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 shafts, and one used the N.S. PRO 950GH shafts. All are steel shafts and were used in irons.

More than 20 players in the John Deere field utilized Nippon Shaft in their irons.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud that many of the best players in the world – male and female – choose Nippon Shaft products to compete at the highest level of the sport,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker. “Golfers always are looking for consistency and reliability. The more they learn about Nippon Shaft the more they identify our products with those qualities.

“We are especially proud of the impact we are having with the N.S. 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

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.