By Nippon Shaft Posted July 23, 2014 In Product Announcements

CARLSBAD, Calif. (July 20, 2014) – Two players using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts in their irons and wedges finished runner-up and tied for fifth, Sunday at the Open Championship while two other players, using the N.S. PRO 950GH and the N.S. PRO PROTO 980ST, tied for 12th.

The runner-up, from Spain, who finished two strokes behind the champion, shot a final round 6-under par 66 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. He shot 15-under par 273 on rounds of 68-70-69-66, utilizing the popular Tour 130 to hit 70 percent of his greens in regulation.

The fifth place finisher from Australia, hit 72 percent of his greens in regulation, shot a final round 65 to finish at 12-under 276 for the championship.

Tied for 12th at 9-under par were the eight-year U.S pro out of Tacoma, who used the popular N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in his irons, and one of Sweden’s most prolific players, who used the N.S. PRO PROTO 980ST prototype shaft, which is becoming one of the Tour’s most played irons shafts.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate all players who utilized Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in their irons,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker. “Nippon Shaft is proud that players competing in tournaments at the highest level trust our products to help them play their best.”

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.