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SAN DIEGO, California (July 1, 2012) – Nippon Shaft recorded another victory on the LPGA Tour Sunday and finished runner-up on the PGA TOUR, two strokes behind the player many consider to be the best ever.

The 27-year-old from Japan shot a closing round 6-under par 65 to make up a five-stroke deficit and finish with a 54-hole total of 12-under to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship by a stroke. Using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO V90 R flex shafts in her Bridgestone irons, she shot a pair of 68s in her first two rounds at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

Meanwhile, on the PGA Tour, two players in the final threesome used Nippon Shaft products in their irons at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C.

The pride and joy of Richmond, Ind. and a product of the Oklahoma State golf program finished runner-up at 6-under par 278 on rounds of 67-73-67-71. He used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 PROTOTYPE ST steel shafts in his TaylorMade irons. He was tied for the lead before making bogey on the 17th and was unable to birdie on the 18th, which could have forced a playoff.

The third man in the final group, a native of Zimbabwe who sports the girth and gait of an offensive lineman, finished with a 1-under par total, in a four-way tie for 11th. He shot 68-69-69-77—283, using Nippon Shaft N.S. MODUS3 PROTOTYPE ORA steel shafts in his irons.

A third Nippon Shaft player finished T-17 at the AT&T, using N.S. PRO MODUS3 PROTOTYPE ST steel shafts in his irons. The 40-year-old Englishman has had a great year since switching to Nippon Shafts.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates the winner of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship for her second victory of the year and the ninth of her career,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We also commend the outstanding play of the three top 20 finishers in this week’s PGA TOUR event at Congressional Country Club, each of whom used a different prototype Nippon Shaft steel shaft in his irons.”

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.

A number of PGA touring pros – including former Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team members – are playing prototype versions of the MODUS3 shafts in PGA and European PGA tournaments this year. The Tour 120 model weighs between 114 and 126 grams and comes in S, X, and Tour X flex options. An R flex is new this season. Other models still in the testing phase weigh as little as 106 grams and as many as 139 grams – but all meet the requirements of top players.

The N.S. PRO MODUS3 series shafts are growing in popularity with tour pros because they offer optimal performance in the three key areas:

- Desired trajectory, which comes as a result of the unique shaft structure;
- Accurate distances, thanks to the shaft’s unique raw steel material and accompanying heat treatment;
- Tight dispersion, which comes from the exacting tolerances of the highest quality level.

Nippon Shaft made its reputation in the late 1990s by developing the first high quality lightweight steel shaft. The revolutionary N.S. PRO 950GH became the industry’s first sub-100 gram steel shaft, combining the stability and consistency of heavier shafts with extremely light weight. Soon, Nippon Shaft grew to be the No. 1-selling shaft in Asia, controlling 80 percent of the market, and No. 2 worldwide. Along the way, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 100 pro tour victories worldwide and became the dominant shaft on the LPGA Tour.

Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory at its headquarters in Yokohama, 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 160 professional victories worldwide. Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia, where it controls 80 percent of the golf shaft market.

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 San Diego.

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