Nippon Shaft today introduced its new N.S. PRO Zelos 8 steel irons shaft, which combines the lightweight properties of graphite with the stability of steel in order to help golfers of all abilities play their best.
Weighing between 84 and 87.5 grams, the N.S. PRO Zelos 8 is designed with a low kick point and evenly distributed rigidity, making it easy to handle and giving it the exact swing characteristics of a lightweight graphite shaft, according to Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japan-based global company.
“The Zelos 8 shaft is the second iteration of Nippon Shaft’s innovative Zelos series, which is aimed at taking the ultra-lightweight characteristics of graphite and fusing them with the shot-by-shot consistency of steel,” Fukuda said.
“Our engineering and design staffs set out to help golfers increase their swing speeds by developing a steel raw material that is both ultra-lightweight and strong,” Fukuda said. “Swinging a lighter shaft will help golfers increase their swing speeds, resulting in more distance. Swinging an ultra-light steel shaft utilizing Nippon Shaft’s cutting edge steel raw material will give shots the kind of reliable consistency not found in graphite shafts.”
The Zelos 8 is targeted at golfers whose swing speeds average 85 miles an hour – or whose 6-iron shots travel approximately 140 yards, Fukuda said. Senior and junior golfers both could benefit from using Zelos shafts, he noted.
The first iteration in the Zelos series was the Zelos 7, a 74-gram shaft for golfers whose 7-iron swing speed came in at 75-miles-an-hour.
The key to the creation of the ultra-lightweight Zelos category was Nippon Shaft’s development of the cutting edge steel material known as NZNS60, which delivers greater strength and greater flexibility along with light weight, according to Fukuda.
“Like the Zelos 7, the Zelos 8 is a shaft that’s going to fit a lot of players,” Fukuda said. “The Zelos series is for golfers who currently play steel shafts and prefer to remain with steel and/or for players who already have switched to graphite but would like to return to steel without giving up the light-weight advantages of graphite.”
In 1999, Nippon Shaft revolutionized the golf shaft industry by perfecting the first credible sub-100-gram steel shaft. Tour professionals utilized the 95-gram N.S. PRO 950GH to win hundreds of tour events around the world. Meanwhile, the 950GH was extremely popular among amateurs.
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 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 clubfitter network. Details of these can be found at nipponshaft.com
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. 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.
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