CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 12, 2015) – Nippon Shaft won its first tournament of the 2015 golf season on Sunday (Jan. 11) when a 28-year-old Englishman using Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in his irons took down a South African former Masters champion on their first playoff hole to win the South African Open at the Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg.

The first-time winner utilized Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and wedges, as well as the N.S. PRO Putter shaft en route to earning €158,500 for his maiden victory. He overcame a seven-shot deficit during the final round, shooting 5-under par 67, and finished at 11-under par 277 in regulation.

After hitting his tee shot on the first playoff hole into the trees, he hit his second shot to 10 feet and made the birdie putt to become just the second Englishman to win in the long history of the event. The former Challenge Tour player also earned an exemption to compete on the European Tour through the end of 2016.

“Nippon Shaft is very proud that this week’s European Tour champion won the South African Open utilizing our products,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese shaft maker. “The more that tour players around the world see the real difference a quality shaft makes to their on-course performance the more they favor Nippon Shaft.”

Nippon Shaft recently announced that 70 players on the U.S. and European PGA Tours utilized various models of Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in their irons and wedges during the 2013-14 season, an increase of 69.5% over the previous year. Fifty-six U.S. PGA TOUR players and 14 European Tour members picked from among five types of Nippon Shaft steel shafts to outfit their irons. Iron shaft models used were the N.S. PRO 950GH, the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS3 PROTO ST prototype shaft, and N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype steel shafts.

In recent years, Nippon Shaft has been making inroads on the PGA TOUR with shafts designed for tour pros and low-handicap amateurs. For years, Nippon Shaft has been the most popular steel shaft on the LPGA Tour, thanks to its ability to manufacture a shaft that combines lightweight and sturdiness, which ensures maximum control.

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.