CARLSBAD, Calif. (August 19, 2014) – Nippon Shaft recorded its second consecutive victory in a women’s major championship Sunday (Aug. 17) at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Rochester, New York.
Using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons, the soft-spoken 26-year-old South Korean successfully defended her title by forcing a playoff with her American counterpart and winning on the first hole of sudden death. She has now won four of the last nine women’s majors.
Earlier this summer, a player using Nippon Shaft products in her irons won the Women’s British Open.
Meanwhile, on the PGA TOUR, three players using Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons finished in the top 10 at the Wyndham Championship, including the runner-up and two players who were T-8.
The runner up used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO ST steel shafts in his irons to shoot 16-under par on rounds of 68-66-66-64. En route to that score he hit 59 of 72 greens in regulation at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, tying for the tournament lead in that category. He earned $466,400.
Tying for eighth at 13-under par was the 35-year-old North Carolina native who also used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO ST steel shafts in his irons as well as the N.S. PRO WV steel shafts in his wedges. He shot 64-68-71-64—267.
The other player who tied for eighth was the 30-year-old South Carolinian who used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and the N.S. PRO WV shafts in his wedges, shooting 69-64-67-67.
“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud that many of the best players in the world choose Nippon Shaft products to compete at the highest level of the sport,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker. “Our shafts are developed with input from the best players in the world, and we continue to improve our products to answer their needs. Golfers always are looking for consistency and reliability. The more they learn about Nippon Shaft the more they identify our products with those qualities.”
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.