s starts and hadn’t recorded a top 10 in eight months.
Then, a few weeks back, the 22-yer-old from Bradenton, Florida installed Nippon Shafts N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105 S flex steel shafts in her irons, and yesterday posted a 4-shot victory at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia over many of the world’s top female players.
The popular winner shot a total of 18-under par on rounds of 69-67-65-65-266. The dual 65s on the weekend were her two best rounds of the season. She earned $300,000 for the victory – and a champagne shower from her LPGA peers.
“She returned to steel,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shafts. “She changed out the graphite shafts she had been playing for our 105-gram steel shafts. As a result, she was able to get the stability and predictability of steel along with a very light weight shaft. Nippon Shafts is very happy for her victory and sends its congratulations.”
Always very popular among LPGA players, Nippon Shafts also had 70 players on the U.S. and European PGA Tours utilizing various models of Nippon Shafts 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 Shafts 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 deep inroads on the PGA TOUR with shafts designed for tour pros and low-handicap amateurs. For years, Nippon Shafts 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 Shafts 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 nipponshaft.com
Nippon Shafts 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.
If you’d like to find out more about Nippon Shafts, get in touch with the Hong Kong Golf School or visit Tour Spin Golf