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Nippon Shaft enjoys double winning weekend

3.45pm 30th September 2021 - New Products

KJ Choi and Nasa Hataoka used Nippon Shaft products to earn victories on the PGA Tour Champions and LPGA Tour respectively in a double winning weekend for the brand.

KJ Choi, the winner of the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California used N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X-flex steel shafts in his irons to win the Pure Insurance Championship on the PGA Tour Champions.

Playing in his 15th Champions Tour event, the 51-year-old posted a 13-under par total of 202 with a final round of 68 and became the first Korean to win on the senior circuit. He made only two bogeys and earned a winner’s check of $330,000.

His victory was the 250th on major worldwide tours for Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ Series of steel shafts.

On the LPGA Tour, Nasa Hataoka won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship using Nippon Shaft’s classic 950GH R-flex steel shafts in her irons. The 22-year-old from Japan shot 16-under par at Pinnacle Country Club to record her second victory this season and her fifth on the LPGA Tour. She earned $345,000 for the win.

Over the years, the lightweight 950GH shafts have been used hundreds of times by professional tour winners, especially on the LPGA Tour.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates the winners of the PURE Insurance Championship and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “We are pleased that both players trust Nippon Shaft products and that they feel they can rely on them to compete at golf’s highest levels.”

More than 200 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Korn Ferry Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series steel shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy, and trajectory.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.  Details of these can be found at

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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