CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 4, 2013) – Three different steel shafts, three top-10 finishes, on three elite pro tours on three different continents: that’s how Nippon Shaft spent last weekend.
The renowned Japanese shaft-maker recorded runner-up finishes on the PGA and LPGA Tours and a fourth-place finish on the European Tour (Africa). Each player utilized a different Nippon Shaft steel shaft in his or her irons.
At North American-based Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the former U.S. Open champion used the brand new N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts in his irons en route to a finishing two strokes behind the winner. The Australian was one of only five players in the field to break par in the final round (1-under 69), which saw cool, windy conditions at PGA National. For the tournament he shot 68-66-70-60—273 and earned $648,000.
In South Africa, the fourth-place finisher at the Tshwane Open used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 shafts to shoot 17-under par on rounds of 68-66-68-69—271. The second-year American pro finished four strokes behind the winner in the European Tour event.
In Singapore (Asia), both the runner-up and third place finishers utilized lightweight steel shafts by Nippon Shaft in their irons. The runner up, from Korea, shot 14-under par for the tournament – one stroke behind the winner – on rounds of 69-66-67-72 – 274. She earned $134,116 in the HSBC Women’s Championship. The American star who finished third also used lightweight Nippon Shafts in her irons and wound up at 13-under.
“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate all these players for their fine performances this past weekend on the world’s top professional tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japan-based company. “We are honored that such great players would utilize Nippon Shafts in their irons while playing against top competition at some of the most challenging courses in the world.”
In 2012, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 50 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 either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Shaftology – Nippon Shaft’s dedicated clubfitter network – and through the custom club departments of top club manufacturers.
Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory at its headquarters in Komagane, Japan. The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process, Fukuda said. As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.
Nippon Shaft has more than 200 professional victories worldwide, including more than 50 in 2012. 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.