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The popularity of Nippon Shaft on the world’s major golf tours continued to explode in 2015, with 106 players on the PGA TOUR and European Tour combined utilising steel shafts built by the Japan-based golf shaft manufacturer.

That equates to a 66 percent increase over the previous year when 70 major Tour pros relied on Nippon Shaft, which signifies an impressive 220 percent increase over 2013 when 48 players used Nippon Shaft products.

“Nippon Shaft is proud and gratified that its product penetration continues to experience meaningful growth year after year on the world’s major men’s golf tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, Head of Sales and Marketing for Nippon Shaft Global.

“Nippon Shaft made a strategic decision a number of years ago to design and manufacture shafts for players at the highest level and we are pleased to be making significant progress in that area.”

“We will redouble our efforts this coming season to make sure the world’s top players understand how the outstanding quality of Nippon Shaft products can improve their games just as they have been helping amateurs for many years,” continued Fukuda.

Nippon Shaft players won 16 times on the world’s top tours, including the PGA TOUR, European Tour, Web.com Tour, Challenge Tour and the LPGA Tour. Already in the 2015-16 wraparound season, Nippon Shaft has posted two victories.

Seven of the 30 contestants in the PGA TOUR’s TOUR Championship used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons and/or wedges.

The iron shaft models used by golf’s elite players were the N.S. PRO 950GH, the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS3 TOUR 105 shaft, and N.S. PRO MODUS3 PROTOTYPE ORA steel shafts.

In addition, more than 70 players used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 WEDGE shafts, which were designed exclusively for wedges, utilising unique technologies that contribute to high levels of stability and feel in the short game. The WEDGE shafts were released to the public back in March of 2015.

Meanwhile, Nippon Shaft continues to be the preferred shaft on the LPGA Tour, with several players having recorded victories on the world’s predominant women’s tour.

Over the years, Nippon Shaft has recorded hundreds of victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as more and more of the best players around the world chose to install in their steel iron shafts which are 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, with the company’s integrated production lines 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.