January 8, 2015

Nippon Shaftto Introduce New Wedge-Specific Shaft at PGA Merchandise Show

Nippon Shaft will introduce a new steel shaft designed specifically for wedges at the PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 21-23, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

More than 40 U.S. PGA and European PGA touring pros already are using one of three versions of the new steel short-game shaft – the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Wedge 105; N.S. PRO MODUS3 Wedge 115, or N.S. PRO MODUS3 Wedge 125. The numbers refer generally to the number of grams in each shaft.

Using a new and patented MHT (multi-heat treatment) technology, Nippon Shaft has been able to design a shaft that improves “feel” around the greens and to create a shaft characterized by a low trajectory, less variable spin and excellent directional stability, company officials said.

“Over the last few years, Nippon Shaft has worked closely with touring professionals in the U.S. and Europe to develop a wedge shaft that fits their specific needs as well as the needs of low-handicap amateurs,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the global company. “What emerged was the MODUS3 Wedge series, which we will proudly introduce at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show.”

The new shafts along with Nippon Shaft’s full line of Modus and N.S. PRO model products will be available for inspection and demonstration at the:

• Outdoor Demo Day, Tuesday, Jan. 20, Tee #6, Orange County National Golf Center, in Winter Park, Fla. Hours: 9A-5P.
• Orange County Convention Center, Jan. 21-23, Booth #711, and Bay #8 at the Indoor Equipment Test Center.

The new MODUS3 Wedge series is an evolution of the N.S. PRO WV, a wedge-specific steel shaft Nippon developed primarily for touring pros in 2010. In the 2013-14 season, 41 U.S. and European touring pros used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO WV shafts.

Nippon Shaft recently announced that 70 players on the U.S. and European PGA Tours utilized various models of Nippon Shaft’s 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 Shaft 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 inroads on the PGA TOUR with shafts designed for tour pros and low-handicap amateurs. For years, Nippon Shaft 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 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

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.

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.

Barry Cronin
Cronin Communications, Inc.
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