By Nippon Shaft Posted January 27, 2015 In Product Announcements
CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 26, 2015) – Nippon Shaft on Sunday (Jan. 25) claimed its third victory in the first 11 tournaments of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.
The runner-up and four other top 20 finishers also used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons.
The 31-year-old winner – a former FedEx Cup champion – used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 PROTO ST X-flex steel shafts in his irons — 3-PW — after switching to Nippon last May. He finished with a total score of 22-under 266 on rounds of 67-63-69-67. It was his sixth PGA TOUR victory – his second at this tournament (2010) – and resulted in a winner’s check worth $1.026 million.
The runner-up, who finished just one shot back, used the same shafts in his irons as the champion. The 38-year-old San Diego native won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November with the N.S. PRO MODUS3 PROTO ST X-flex in his irons.
Four other top 20 finishers at Humana also used Nippon Shaft products in their irons.
“Nippon Shaft is very proud that such a fine champion chose to use Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in his irons,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We congratulate him and wish him the best for the rest of the season.
“We also congratulate the runner up and the other players who chose to utilize Nippon Shaft in their irons,” Fukuda said.
On Jan. 11, Nippon Shaft recorded its first 2015 victory on the European PGA Tour when a 28-year-old Englishman using Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in his irons won the South African Open.
In addition to Humana and OHL, Nippon Shaft recorded a PGA TOUR victory at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in November.
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 chose 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 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.