Golf News for Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Equipment

Nippon Shaft captures runner-up position at Open Championship

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The runner-up at the 142nd Open Championship utilized Nippon Shaft products in his irons and was the only player in the field to shoot even par over four rounds at Muirfield.

Nine other players also utilized Nippon Shafts in their irons, and four used Nippon Shaft in their utility or hybrid clubs.

The 37-year-old Swede used the N.S. PRO MODUS" Tour 120 X flex shafts in his TaylorMade irons to shoot 70-70-74-70-284 at one of the more challenging venues on the Open Championship rota. He hit 80 percent of his fairways and 79 percent of his greens in regulation en route to finishing three strokes behind the champion. The Open was his fourth top 10 finish in 12 starts this season on the PGA TOUR. He tied for fifth at the PLAYERS Championship and was second at the Shell Houston Open.

In addition to the Swede, two other players utilized Tour 120 shafts from Nippon Shaft. Three more used the N.S. PRO MODUS" Tour 130 shafts in their irons. Two contestants used N.S. PRO MODUS" PROTOTYPE 980ST X shafts and one used N.S. PRO 950GH shafts.

Other Nippon Shaft products used at the Open Championship were:
N.S. PRO MODUS" PROTOTYPE SYSTEM3 (X) #4-PW: Steel Irons shaft
N.S. PRO MODUS" PROTOTYPE HB100 (X): Steel Utility shaft
N.S. PRO MODUS" PROTOTYPE TourWood (X): Steel Utility shaft
N.S. PRO MODUS" MODUS3 (S): In 21° Utility Iron
N.S. PRO MODUS" MODUS3 (S): In 21° Utility Metal

"Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the players in this year's Open Championship who used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons, hybrids and woods," said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. "Nippon Shaft continues to design and manufacture the highest quality products for world-class players who compete at the highest levels of the game as well as for amateurs who want to get the most out of their games."

The N.S. PRO MODUS" Tour 130 went on sale to the public on Feb. 1 after Nippon Shaft experts spent years traveling with the PGA TOUR getting player feedback and input during the shaft's development phase. The other shafts mentioned above also were developed during this process.

Nippon Shaft has been developing shafts specifically for professional and high-level amateur players since 2010.

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 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 100 professional victories worldwide. 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.

Contact:
Barry Cronin
Cronin Communications, Inc.
847-698-1801 (office)
847-867-3032 (mobile)
bcronin@cronincommunications.com