Off Season Review/Refresh of Equipment

Most people have now finished their golf competitions and are going in to the off season.  During these months they will review a number of things:

Grips - 
Do clubs need regripping - when they do play in the winter months and probably encounter rain, grips can be slippy as worn and old.

Equipment -
Review of their current clubs to determine if they all worked as they would like in the last year, is there a gap in the bag which needs looking at. 
Have shafts helped and enabled them to maintain distance off the tee and fairway, or is there some improvements that could be achieved, possibly from a re-shaft on some/all clubs, or could new or an update of equipment be the answer in some areas.  

Putter - 
A simple review of number of putts per round and especially how many two or more putts per green, could be a good indicator of an area for improvement.  Setting up consistently for every putt, with the putter grip held in the same place, with the ball in the same position, whether its a 3 foot or 15 foot putt and ensuring the putter is the right length, loft and lie adjusted to ensure the head is flat to the ground and a simple method for set up could be the answer.

Any updates over the coming months gives you time to bed them in and work with your pro/coach to ensure your game and equipment are ready for the 2020 season.

 

Recommendation from friend

Having been recommended by Ged Read and now have my 3 and 5 wood approximately two months ago I can confirm that the flight of the ball off the club face is superb together with the shortening of my Driver. Thank you again for your help and when required I would not hesitate to contact you again. Regards, Robert Gostelow.

Robert was fitted and had EXS Tour Edge 3 and 5 wood with Accra shafts.

Tour Edge tried out at Senior Open

Attendance at the Senior Open held at Royal Lytham St Annes saw a number of the professionals trying the Tour Edge Iron Woods, Utility and Fairway Woods.  Melvyn took the time to explain about the Exotics CBX 3 Iron Wood to Rafael Gomez.    Rafael is an Argentine professional golfer. Gómez was born in Buenos Aires. He turned professional in 1990. He played on the European Challenge Tour in 2003 and from 2005 to 2007 and the European Tour from 2005 to 2007. He played on the U.S.-based Nationwide Tour in 2004 and a few events on the PGA Tour.

Rafael put 3 Iron wood in to play with a KBS Tour Hybrid Graphite Shaft and Jean Francois Remesy put the Exotics CBX 2 Iron Wood into play with a KBS Tour Hybrid Graphine Shaft. Luis Carbonetti put the Exotics CBX 119 Hybrid with ProjectX Evenflow shaft in play.

Remésy was born in Nîmes, Occitania. He won the French Amateur Championship in 1985 and turned professional in 1987.  Since turning 50, Remésy has played senior golf on the European Senior Tour and the PGA Tour Champions. On the PGA Tour Champions his best result was to be tied for 4th place in the 2016 American Family Insurance Championship. In 2018 he won the Swiss Seniors Open, his first win on the European Senior Tour.  This year saw Remesy win the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship with 10 under par at Trevose Golf & Country Club.

Luis Guillermo Carbonetti is an Argentine professional golfer. He is the brother of golfer Horacio Carbonetti. Carbonetti was born in Río Cuarto, Córdoba. As an amateur, he played on five Eisenhower Trophy teams and won the individual title twice. He turned pro in 1984.  Senior Tour Victories - 

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up

1 23 May 2004 Digicel Jamaica Classic −8 (63-75-70=208) Playoff Australia Terry Gale

2 5 Sep 2004 Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters −7 (73-65-71=209) 2 strokes Scotland John Chillas

3 13 Mar 2005 Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic −8 (69-71-68=208) 2 strokes Argentina Horacio Carbonetti, Scotland Bill Longmuir

 

 

ACCRA trusted to win US Open

ACCRA premium golf shafts recorded it's biggest win ever as the winner of the 2019 US Open Championship trusted an ACCRA shaft in his driver and 3 wood to hold off a stellar field of Major Champions.

The University of Kansas graduate used an ACCRA RPG 472 in his Ping 410 Driver and a Tour Zx 4100 in his 3 wood on his way to a 13 under par score and a 3 shot victory on the historic Pebble Beach Golf Links layout.

His epic 3 wood shot to the 14th green will go down in history as one of the classic pivotal moments of a Major Championship.

This marks the 3rd victory for ACCRA in 2019, but most certainly the most important and ACCRA's first victory at the US Open.

"We fit this bomber into an ACCRA RPG 400 series shaft just over 2 years ago at the Canadian Open and the 3 wood and 5 wood in the next 2 weeks. In each case our goal was to help lower spin, add stability, yet maintain feel, although he has changed heads during the past two years, the ACCRA shafts have remained an integral part of his equipment set up." stated Gawain Robertson (ACCRA co-founder) "This is a great win for an incredibly talented player, and even better person. The entire ACCRA team is so excited for him. continued Mr. Robertson.

 

25-30 yards further!!

After an op customer had a reshaft of his driver with an ACCRA Golf FX2 100 Series Shaft and his feedback after picking it up is... "admittedly early days but this afternoon's practice suggests the shaft is what was needed. The ball flies at or above 3 wood level, carries further and rolls out in total about 25-30 yards farther. If that converts on the course I will be delighted."

Alison Nicholas opts for Tour Edge Exotics

Alison was referred to us by another happy customer.  She wanted her new irons to be checked for the loft and lie angles but then got interested in the Tour Edge Exotics EXS range of wood and hybrids and decided to have a fitting with Melvyn to try them out.  She liked them so much she decided to go for a 3 wood and 2 hybrids fitted with the Accra FX2 100 shafts.  But then it was on to the putting mat and after some input on set up and use of the SeeMore Putter opted for the Platinum m7Tour fully milled blade.  

 

Alison’s playing career in golf spanned from 1980 to 2004 claiming 18 Professional titles establishing herself as one of Europe’s most successful players.

Taking the game up rather late at the age of 17 did not deter her in the slightest. Within 4 years she had represented Yorkshire at county level and went on to win the 1983 British Stroke play Championship before turning professional in 1984.

Her breakthrough in the professional ranks came in 1987 winning the Weetabix Ladies British Open at St Mellion. Throughout the 80’s and early 90’s Alison was a regular winner on the Ladies European Tour.

After representing Europe in the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990 Alison was encouraged to play in America and take on the best in the world. Improving her technique under the watchful eye of Lawrence Farmer proved successful and in 1995 she won her first Tournament in America.

The highlight of her playing career was to come two years later when she was crowned 1997 US Open Champion when she held off golfing legend Nancy Lopez to win her first major. Following this success Alison was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to women’s golf.

The Solheim Cup

Alison’s career has been in entwined with the Solheim Cup. Having represented Europe six times, with memorable victories in 1992, 2000 and 2003 Alison has also been heavily involved in role of Vice Captain (2003 & 2005) and Captain (2009 & 2011).

The events at Killeen Castle in September 2011 saw Alison captain the European Team to a dramatic and memorable victory over the Americans. The 15 – 13 win by Europe has been described as one of the greatest matches in the history of golf.

Smiles galore from Customer Ged Read

Always good to have a happy customer. Ged Read picked up his Tour Edge Golf Exotics CBX CB irons with ICWT85 ACCRA Golf shafts, PURE Grips DTX grips, EXS Hybrid with Accra FX100 shaft, and SeeMore Putter Company FGP Original. The bag is ready for the season. Enjoy!

Preparing for 2019

Having the clubs reviewed for the 2019 season was this customers priority.  Loft and lie angle along with a new set of grips will make sure he has every chance of putting his best swing forward on these clubs.  A small investment to make to ensure you get the most out of the game everytime you stand on the tee.

New set of Exotics ready for customer

Custom fit and built the new Exotics EXS Irons fitted with Accra Golf Shafts - Customer collected and over the moon, just wanting a bit of good weather to return to get his season off to a great start.  

New range of Exotics ready to go

Another custom fit and build.

Finished off the Tour Edge Golf EXS driver and hybrids with ACCRA Golfshafts FX2 100 series. Look amazing and customer looking forward to taking out on the course tomorrow.  

Putters going out to the Tour

Steven Tiley SeeMore Putters custom built and ready to despatch to him for use on the Tour events for 2019.

Bench space now available

Another week where Tour Edge Golf Exotics EXS drivers, Fairway wood and CBX fairway wood and Miura Golf 501 irons collected. Bench now made for the next customers custom fit and build to commence.

 

Return from Oz and getting busy

Who would have thought February weather in the UK could be so good.  We're only just back from Oz and the diary is filling up with people wanting to review their clubs for the 2019 season, swap out for new Exotics hybrids, drivers and irons.  Also regrips and checking of loft and lie on irons.  Great to be back but what a fabulous time we had in Australia and Tasmania playing some fabulous golf courses.

 

Take care of your clubs

Care for your Custom Built Clubs especially during wet winter weather ensure you follow a few basic rules:


Cleaning Brush - DO NOT use brushes with wire/brass bristles as this will damage the coating particularly on forged clubs which are carbon steel not stainless steel.


Head Covers - If you use iron head covers ensure you dry the clubs after playing and leave the covers off to enable them to dry fully. Dampness will cause rust. 


Forged Club Heads - These will mark very easily due to the softness and are particularly susceptible to stones in bunkers – BEWARE. Small nicks can be ground out.

Win for Callum Hill

Callum Hill had a great win in 2018 with a SeeMore Putter.  Custom built by us and shipped to the tournament, Callum put it into play and won.  Having a custom fit putter which is the correct length, loft and lie really can make the difference to your game.

Customer Irons ready

Mr Lowe is looking forward to getting out on the course with his new Tour Edge Golf CBX Cavity irons fitted with ACCRA Golf shafts and PURE Grips.

Hole in One

Anne Fern achieved a hole in one at Beau Desert Golf Club playing in a Staffordshire competition.  Having used a 7 iron which is a forged Miura head, an ACCRA custom coloured shaft and Volvik Vivid golf ball she was over the moon to achieve ace number 3.  All her clubs are custom fit and built by Melvyn who happens to be her husband, so there is even more pressure on him to get it right.  

Aerotech Golf Wins Farmers Insurance Open
SteelFiber graphite iron shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, topped the money lists on the PGA and LPGA Tours this weekend. SteelFiber i95 delivered victory at the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour, while SteelFiber i95 shafts also tied for second at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on the LPGA Tour.

Playing SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in his irons, the Farmers Insurance Open champion delivered an incredible 3-under par on Sunday despite hard rain and high winds, and was the only player to shoot under par in the final round. The champion’s 6-under 282 resulted in his eighth PGA Tour victory. Meanwhile on the LPGA Tour, the Swedish-born LPGA veteran played SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in her irons for a T2 finish at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. The event marked her 49th Top 10 finish on the LPGA Tour, totalling more than $5.49 million in winnings.

“We congratulate this weekend’s champion at the Farmers Insurance Open for his incredible play during some very tough conditions,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber graphite iron shafts are designed to allow players to perform their best, regardless of high winds or other difficult playing conditions. SteelFiber delivers stability and increases distance, while at the same time reducing the risk of injury and decreasing player fatigue.”
SteelFiber Lands Top Fives on PGA and European Tours

SteelFiber graphite iron shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, garnered three Top 10 finishes on the PGA and European Tours this weekend. SteelFiber i95 and i110 shafts captured T3 and T6 finishes, respectively, at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour, while SteelFiber i110 shafts also delivered a fourth-place tie at the BMW SA Open on the European Tour.

The Top Five on the European Tour gained notoriety among some of the players, as the two-time U.S. Open champion achieved the T4 finish playing SteelFiber i110 graphite shafts in his irons for the first time on Tour.

“Unlike traditional steel shaft designs that have basically remained unchanged for more than 80 years, SteelFiber graphite iron shafts are a game-changer,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “The innovative SteelFiber technology delivers stability and increases distance, while they simultaneously reduce the risk of injury and decrease player fatigue. This combination allows players to play their best for longer periods of time and finish stronger.”

NIPPON SHAFT WINS ON PGA and LPGA TOURS
Nippon Shaft recorded victories Sunday on two of the world’s biggest pro tours – one at the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic at Sea Island, Georgia; the other at the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
 
The 31-year-old native of South Carolina claimed his first PGA TOUR victory using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons and MODUS³ Wedge shafts in his wedges.  He fired a tournament record 22-under par 260, shooting 64-64 on the weekend on the Seaside course at the Sea Island Resort.  He took a 3-shot lead into the final round and won by six.  The University of Georgia graduate won $1,026,000 and will receive an invitation to The Masters.
 
Meanwhile, at the LPGA’s season finale, the 38-year-old two-time major champion used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts with the SR flex in her irons and wedges to finish at 17-under par 271 to win by a stroke.  She shot four rounds in the 60s, including a final-round 68.  In the final round, she birdied No. 15 to tie for the lead and made eagle on No. 17 to get into first place, where she stayed.  Her 18th career victory came with a winner’s check of $500,000.
 
Meanwhile, at the DP World Championship in Dubai, the 28-year-old Englishman and 2015 three-time European Tour winner finished second, one shot behind the champion.  He, too, used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and wedges to shoot 20-under par for the week.
 
“Nippon Shaft congratulates the winners of this week’s premier events in men’s and women’s golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, Sales and Marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “As always, we take tremendous pride in the fact that the winners decided to use Nippon Shaft products when going into battle against the world’s toughest competition. “
Aerotech Golf Wins Sanderson Farms Championship

SteelFiber shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, captured the victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA Tour this weekend. In addition to the PGA Tour win, SteelFiber shafts collected three Top 10s at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour and two more Top 10s at the Toto Japan Classic on the LPGA Tour.

The Sanderson Farm champion shot a 5-under 67 on Monday to surge to the top of the leaderboard, earning $738,000 and 300 FedExCup points. Throughout the rain-soaked event, the champ shot an 18-under par (69-66-68-67) in his first PGA Tour victory. Meanwhile at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, SteelFiber i110 shafts earned T4 and T9 finishes and SteelFiber hybrid scored a T8. At the Toto Japan Classic, SteelFiber i80 shafts delivered solo fourth-place and the SteelFiber j108 took fifth.

“We congratulate the Sanderson Farms champion on his first-ever PGA Tour victory. It’s a great achievement, especially considering he only received his PGA Tour Card last month,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “The champ plays the SteelFiber i110 graphite shafts in his irons, which are a little lighter weight than typical steel shafts. The i110s deliver a low penetrating ball flight and increase distance, while at the same time reducing vibrations and fatigue which often impacts player performance.”

SteelFiber Wins Bridgestone America's Golf Cup

SteelFiber shafts, the Number One graphite iron shaft in golf, delivered six Top 10 finishes on three professional tours this past weekend. SteelFiber shafts scored a T3 finish at the CIMB Classic on the PGA Tour; second-place, T5, T7 and T9 at the Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour; and a T8 finish at the Blue Bay LPGA on the LPGA Tour.

“SteelFiber is the number one graphite iron shaft on the pro tours, and the secret to its success is not really a big secret. It’s all about performance,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “Unlike any other shaft in the game today, SteelFiber shafts provide players with greater vibration dampening and reduced fatigue, while also delivering the consistency and stability that leads to more distance and greater accuracy.”

N.S. PRO MODUS3 TOUR 120 PLAYER WINS THIRD EVENT OF THE SEASON - PORTUGAL MASTERS

A 28-year-old Englishman using Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in his irons won the Portugal Masters by an incredible nine shots over his nearest competitor, shooting 23-under par at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course on Portugal’s southern coast.
 
It was the third victory of the European Tour season for the young veteran Tour pro, who also won the Joburg Open in January and the South African Open last November.  The Nuneaton native shot 64-64-67-66—216 and picked up a winner’s check worth   €333,330 ($377,000).
 
In all three wins, he used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 X flex shafts in his irons.
 
His latest victory boosted him to No. 15 in the Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings.  That four-event playoff series commences on Oct. 29 in Turkey and concludes Nov. 22 in Dubai.
 
“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the champion not only on his Portugal Masters victory but also on his consistent play throughout the year,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Winning three times in the last 11 months against high-level competition on the European Tour is something he should be very proud, as are we.”
 
Meanwhile, in Bulgaria, another Nippon Shaft player recorded a victory at the UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe.  The 41-year-old Englishman used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105 S flex steel shafts in his irons enroute to scores of 68-66-66-69—269 for a 3-under par total and a winner’s check worth €10,000 ($11,300).
 
Nippon Shaft has had 70 players on the U.S. and European PGA Tours utilizing various models of Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in their irons and wedges during the 2014-15 season.  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 125, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105, and N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype steel shafts.  Nippon Shaft also is wildly popular on the LPGA TOUR.

SteelFiber Flies High at Boeing Classic

SteelFiber shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, were flying high all weekend and landed three Top 10 money positions at the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour. SteelFiber i110 graphite iron shafts delivered two T3 finishes and a T9.


The former World No. 1 player with 57 professional tournament wins on his resume, including the 1992 Masters, captured a share of third-place playing SteelFiber i110 graphite irons shafts. Another T3 finisher, who once spent nearly 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking and who won The Masters and the British Open in 1998, shot a pair of 68s on Saturday and Sunday with his set of SteelFiber i110s.

“The success, history and experience that is on display every day by the players on the Champions Tour is always awe-inspiring, and we’re very excited that these remarkable players trust their game to SteelFiber shafts,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “Many senior golfers prefer the SteelFiber i110s graphite iron shafts over typical steel shafts. The i110s are lighter in weight than steel, increase distance and deliver a low penetrating ball flight, while still maintaining the overall feel that players are used to with steel shafts. Plus, SteelFiber shafts reduce vibrations and fatigue, allowing a player to be at their peak performance longer.”

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. The shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, while the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.

Last year, SteelFiber shafts delivered seven wins — three on the PGA Tour and two each on the Champions and LPGA Tours. The previous tour season was equally successful with SteelFiber chalking up five wins on the PGA TOUR and two more on the Champions Tour. Players with SteelFiber shafts routinely rank high on the PGA Money List, Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup Season Points. In 2013, for example, SteelFiber players ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points and ended overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List.

NIPPON SHAFT WINS THE PGA TOUR'S BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP

Nippon Shaft on Sunday (Aug. 9) claimed its fifth PGA TOUR victory and its seventh worldwide this season at the Barracuda Championship at Montreax Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada.

The 40-year-old champion out of Fort Worth, Texas used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 S-flex in his irons to score a 72-hole total of 47 points to get into the two-man playoff in the TOUR’s modified Stableford scoring event.  He made a 15-foot putt for eagle on the second playoff hole to seal the victory.

In addition to its five PGA TOUR victories during the 2014-15 season, Nippon Shaft has recorded two victory on the European Tour.

On Jan. 11, Nippon Shaft recorded its first 2015 victory on the European PGA Tour when a 28-year-old Englishman using Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in his irons won the South African Open.

In addition to the Barracuda Championship, Nippon Shaft boasted champions at the Humana in Palm Springs, the OHL Classic in Mayakoba, Mexico, and the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in November.

SteelFibers Deliver Top 10s at Women's British Open

SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf captured Top 10 money at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on the LPGA Tour, scoring a T7 and T9 among some of the best women golfers in the world.

Playing SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in her irons, the Swedish-born LPGA veteran shot 69-72-73-69 (283) — for a T7 finish. The event marks the 46th Top 10 finish of her career, and she has now has more than $5.23 million in winnings on the LPGA Tour. Meanwhile, the Australian rookie sensation, who achieved Number One ranked amateur status in 2014, played SteelFiber i80s in her irons to earn a T9. The finish is her fifth Top 10 is less than a year as a pro.

“The performance benefits of SteelFiber shafts offer unique advantages to women players so it’s exciting to see the growing popularity of SteelFiber on the LPGA Tour as well as the other pro tours,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber shafts incorporate high-modulus graphite and micro-thin steel fibers, a combination that allow players to increase yardage, reduce fatigue, while still maintaining the stability and accuracy normally associated with steel shafts. SteelFiber innovation is a game-changer.”

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. The shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, while the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.

Last year, SteelFiber shafts delivered seven wins — three on the PGA Tour and two each on the Champions and LPGA Tours. The previous tour season was equally successful with SteelFiber chalking up five wins on the PGA TOUR and two more on the Champions Tour. Players with SteelFiber shafts routinely rank high on the PGA Money List, Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup Season Points. In 2013, for example, SteelFiber players ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points and ended overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List. 

NIPPON SHAFT FINISHES STRONG AT 2015 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Two Nippon Shaft players finished T-2 and T-6, July 20, at the Open Championship at The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Both the 31–year-old Australian, who made it into a sudden death playoff, and the 35-year-old Spaniard used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 X flex steel shafts in their irons and wedges.

The Australian shot 70-73-64-66 for a 15-under par total of 273, tying for first place with two others.  The Spaniard shot 70-69-68-70 for an 11-under par total of 277 and tied with three others for sixth.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates both of these world-class players for their outstanding performances at the home of golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “As always, we are proud that world class players have decided to use Nippon Shaft products when going into battle against the world’s toughest competition.”

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.
 
SeeMore Congratulates Winner of 144th Open Championship

Greatest Final Round Putting Performance in Open History

SeeMore congratulates its most visible user for winning his 2nd Major Championship, and the brand’s 3d, at the 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews, in a classic final round played on Monday, in what turned out to be the longest Open Championship in History.  It turned out to be a battle for the ages.


The SeeMore milled FGP putter helped the Champion survive one of the great shootouts in Open Championship History by posting scores of 66-71-70-66, 15 under par 273, and ultimately winning in a 4 hole aggregate playoff.  The winner took just 26 putts in the final round, and then just 5 putts on the final 4 playoff holes to secure the victory, earning $1.8 million and vaulting to #12 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

In one of the greatest putting performances in Major Championship history, the winner made 10 birdies in the 22 holes he played on Monday, and 13 birdies in his final 27 holes going back to the end of round 3.  The 66 by the winner, is the lowest final round by an Open Champion in history at St. Andrews.

The Champion has used his legendary SeeMore FGP putter, and its recognizable trademark of the red dot and 2 white lines alignment system, for all 12 of his PGA Tour victories, including the 2007 Masters and now 2015 Open Championship.

He has earned nearly $38 million, placing him 11th on the all time career-earning list.  He has won at least one PGA Tour event in 8 of the last 9 years.  He is now 6th in the FedEx Cup standings, and has 8 top 10 finishes in 19 events for the 2015 season.  He has earned $3.9 million this season, and ranks 4th in the 2015 USA Team Presidents Cup Points list, and 2nd on the 2016 USA Ryder Cup Points list.

When combined with the 1999 US Open Victory, the SeeMore FGP putter has now won the first 3 legs of the career grand slam, each in amazing final round putting performances, including 24 putts in the final round for the 1999 US Open winner at Pinehurst, 27 putts in the final round for the 2007 Masters Champion, and now 26 putts in the final round for the 2015 Open Champion.

SeeMore’s CEO, Jim Grundberg, discussed the impact of this latest Major Championship to the legacy of the SeeMore brand, by stating that “SeeMore has been preparing for this moment for the last 15 years in many ways.  With our 3d Major Championship, and this being the biggest by far on the global stage at St. Andrews and the home of golf, we are now completely prepared to help golfers from around the world find a custom built SeeMore putter to help them putt like a Major Champion.  We have instructors and fitters in place in most corners of the world who are trained to teach and fit using the SeeMore putter and SeeMore putting system.”  Grundberg sums up what it is like to be a part of the SeeMore brand family this way.  “Every golfer who uses a SeeMore putter believes that they are the best putter in the world.  And one of them of course actually is!”

Ted Gallina (PGA Member), SeeMore’s Director of the PGA Tour and Instruction, reminds golfers around the world of the simplicity and effectiveness of the SeeMore putter and SeeMore putting system.  Gallina states, “When using the SeeMore putter it makes you feel as if you played golf yesterday even though you might have not played for the last week or month.  The ability to make a repeatable putting stroke by hiding the red dot (RifleScope Technology, or RST), allows the golfer to set-up in the same position for every single putt. And many SeeMore putters are face balanced at impact, meaning the golfer will feel the inertia of the putter follow a naturally perfect path, like auto pilot, and deliver the face square at impact.”  Gallina adds that “the main benefit of ALL SeeMore Putters is that the golfer will become much more familiar with what his/her own best putting stroke feels like and will be more likely to be able to repeat that perfect stroke on a consistent basis.  That confidence leads to greatly improved putting, more fun, and lower scores.  And in some cases, Major Championships!”

RST Technology SeeMore’s patented RST, known by a visible gun sight on the top line, allows the golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the heel of the top line.  The process is like locking radar onto a target.  The two parallel white sight lines frame the shaft and serve as an indicator that the golfer is in perfect position to make a consistent and reliable stroke. 

Aerotech Golf Wins Winston Golf Senior Open
For the second consecutive week on the European Senior Tour, SteelFiber graphite iron shafts by Aerotech Golf delivered the win. SteelFiber i95 graphite iron shafts provided the power of graphite and the stability of steel to take first place at the Winston Golf Senior Open in Vortbeck, Germany.

Using SteelFiber i95 graphite iron shafts in his irons, the 52-year-old Spaniard won his first European Senior Tour event displaying steel nerves and graphite shafted irons. A key shot in his victory came on the second hole of the final round, where the champion holed a 139-yard shot with his nine iron for an eagle

Meanwhile, SteelFiber shafts were also making a positive impact on other pro tours. The 2012 Players Championship winner played SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in his irons to tie for second-place at the Scottish Open on the European Tour; SteelFiber i110 shafts took T4 and T10 money positions at the Encompass Championship on the Champions Tour; and SteelFiber landed second place at the Musee Platinum Open on the Japan PGA Tour

“We congratulate this week’s champion at the Winston Golf Senior Open on his victory with SteelFiber shafts, and we’re very excited to see the positive impact that SteelFiber shafts are having on pro tours around the world,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber graphite iron shafts are delivering wins and Top 10 money on every major tour in the world. By combining the benefits of graphite shafts with the stability of steel, SteelFiber shafts produce greater vibration dampening, greater distance and accuracy and actually lessen player fatigue. SteelFiber is game-changing innovation.”
KBS Tour 105
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ACCRA victory in the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship
ACCRA premium golf shafts is excited to congratulate Matt Dobyns of Glen Head New York for his victory in the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship. Matt beat out 311 of the country's top PGA Professionals to win the Walter Hagen Cup and qualify for the season's final major championship, the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Matt used an ACCRA Tour Z ST65 shaft in his driver during the championship that was suggested to him by master clubfitter, Kirk Oguri, at Pete's golf in Mineola NY, then was professionally assembled by his assistant Josh Fritz.

Mr. Dobyns trailed by 2 shots on the 18th tee, “I knew if I didn’t hit a good tee shot or make birdie the tournament was over,” said Dobyns. “I hit it hard and off the bunker, and it went about 300 yards and ended up in the middle of the fairway." continued Dobyns.

Matt Dobyns, the head pro at Fresh Meadow Country Club on Long Island, emerged the winner of the event for the second time in the last four years. For winning the 48th showcase event for PGA Professionals.
SteelFiber Scores Five Top 10s on Three Tours
SteelFiber graphite iron shafts by Aerotech Golf delivered a share of Top 10 money on three top U.S. pro tours this past weekend. SteelFiber i95s, i110s, HLS75s and J-Series shafts all contributed to this weekend’s success stories on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour.

At the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open, a 10-year pro and California native increased his PGA Tour power ranking with a T8 finish playing SteelFiber i110 in his hybrid club. During the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the Champions Tour, SteelFiber HLS75 hybrid shafts scored solo fourth and a T9 finish; while SteelFiber J-Series J78 and SteelFiber i95s delivered a T8 and T10 at the LPGA Tour Kia Classic.

“SteelFiber shafts have changed the way players — pro and amateur alike — think about iron shafts,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber shafts gives greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue, while at the same time providing the consistency, accuracy and stability that players have traditionally attributed to steel shafts. It’s the power of graphite with the stability of steel, and for many players it’s a game-changer.”

Aerotech Lands Three Top 10s at LPGA Australian Open
SteelFiber graphite iron shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, landed three Top 10 money positions, including third-place, at the LPGA Australian Open on the LPGA Tour.

Coming off a second-place finish at the Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, the 19-year-old LPGA rookie from Bangkok, took solo third-place, playing SteelFiber J108 private-label graphite shafts in her irons. The 2011 LPGA Rookie of the Year tied for fourth with SteelFiber i80s in her irons, while the two-time Australian Women's Amateur champion (2013 and 2014) claimed a T7 finish with her SteelFiber shafts.

“Week after week, we’re seeing more SteelFiber graphite iron shafts in play on professional tours around the world, and the reason for its success is simple — enhanced player performance,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber’s innovative technology is a game-changer. These shafts incorporate high-modulus graphite and micro-thin steel fibers, a combination that allow players to increase yardage, reduce fatigue, and still maintain the stability and accuracy normally associated with steel shafts. SteelFiber is a proven winner on all three top U.S. tours.”

SteelFiber Dials Up Win at AT&T Pebble Beach
SteelFiber graphite iron shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA Tour. The victory marked the 21st tour win for the innovative SteelFiber design.

Playing SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in his irons, the Pebble Beach champion shot an impressive 22-under 265 (64-67-67-67) to claim his seventh PGA TOUR victory and move him up to fifth in FedExCup Rankings. The winner made just one bogey during the week, and is only the fifth winner on TOUR in the past 10 years to make one or fewer bogeys during an event.

“We’ve very excited with the results at the AT&T Pebble Beach, and we congratulate the champion on a tremendous victory,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber graphite iron shafts introduced game-changing innovation that give unique performance benefits unlike any other shaft in golf. Not only do SteelFiber shafts provide stability and shot consistency, but they deliver greater vibration dampening, reduce player fatigue, and increase clubhead speed and ball distance.”

Aerotech Wraps Up 2014 with Top Money
Aerotech Golf, maker of the No. 1 graphite iron shafts in golf, wrapped up the year very much the way it started — delivering Top 10 money on the world’s top tours. This week, SteelFiber shafts took second-place at the Franklin Templeton Shootout on the PGA Tour and fifth-place at the PNC Father Son Challenge on the Champions Tour.

At the Franklin Templeton Shootout on the PGA Tour, one half of the second-place team played SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in his Bridgestone irons to contribute to an impressive 31-under par combined score. Meanwhile, SteelFiber players at the PNC Father Son Challenge were also impressing the crowd. The fifth-place team that included a former Masters Champion and his son both played SteelFiber i110s, and the son won the PGA Tour.com’s Shot of the Week by acing his 175-yard tee shot on the par-3 4th hole in the final round.

“This weekend’s events were fun and exciting, and a great way to wrap up what has been a record-breaking year for SteelFiber shafts,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “The success of SteelFiber shafts has crossed over to all the top world tours and more pros than ever before are enjoying SteelFibers’ unique performance benefits, such as greater vibration dampening, reduced player fatigue, increased yardage and unprecedented accuracy. We’re looking forward to another great year in 2015.”
Aerotech Tops Leaderboards on PGA and LPGA Tours
Aerotech Golf, maker of the No. 1 graphite iron shafts in golf, scored multiple Top 10s this weekend on the PGA and LPGA Tours playing SteelFiber shafts.

Three players with Aerotech’s SteelFiber graphite shafts in their hybrid clubs finished in the Top 10 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico, taking fifth-, sixth- and ninth-place. In addition to this weekend’s success on the PGA Tour, a South Korean rising star on the LPGA Tour played SteelFiber i80 graphite shafts in her irons for a T7 finish at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

“SteelFiber shafts are specifically designed to provide greater vibration dampening and reduce player fatigue, while at the same time delivering stability and increased distance. These performance benefits are some of the reasons that SteelFiber is the No. 1 graphite iron shaft on all the professional tours,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “But they are not just for the pros. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy these benefits. SteelFiber shafts are available as custom options with all the major golf equipment brands, including Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, Ping, Bridgestone and many others.”
Aerotech Golf Scores Second at HSBC Champions
Aerotech Golf, maker of the No. 1 graphite iron shafts in golf, delivered Top 10s at the 2014 World Golf Championships - HSBC Champions event on the PGA Tour this weekend. Players with Aerotech’s SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in their irons claimed second-place and a 10-place tie at the WGC event held in Shanghai, China.

The HSBC runner-up shot an 11-under par — 69-70-69-69 (277) — to force a sudden death playoff with SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in his irons.

“We’re very excited about the strong presence that SteelFiber graphite iron shafts have on the world tours. Week after week, golfers of all skill levels are discovered the performance benefits of playing graphite shafts in their irons,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber is specifically designed to provide greater vibration dampening and reduce player fatigue, while at the same time delivering stability and increased distance. Today, SteelFiber composite technology is a real game-changer.”
SteelFiber Delivers Top 10s at CIMB Classic and Schwab Cup
The world’s No. 1 graphite iron shafts, SteelFiber graphite iron shafts by Aerotech Golf delivered more Top 10s this weekend on the PGA and Champions Tours.

Playing SteelFiber i95 irons in his irons, a six-time PGA Tour winner shot a 10-under par (278) for a T8 finish at the CIMB Classic. Meanwhile, a former World No. 1 player with 57 professional wins, including the 1992 Masters Tournament, played SteelFiber i110s in his irons for a T7 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour.

“We’re very excited with the continued success of our SteelFiber graphite iron shafts on both the PGA and Champions Tours,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber shafts combine the performance characteristics of graphite shafts that gives greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue, while also providing the consistency they typically expect with steel. This is game-changing innovation that benefits players of all skill levels.”
Nippon Shaft recorded another PGA TOUR victory Sunday (Nov. 16) at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Second victory for Nippon Shaft in three weeks on the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season.  Nippon Shaft was also in the winning irons at LPGA TOUR’s the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City.

“Nippon Shaft is proud that two of America’s top players chose to use our steel shafts in their irons,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker.  “We congratulate both players and wish them continued success in 2015.”

The winner at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational entered the final round with a 5-stroke lead and was crowned the winner after the second playoff hole for her third career victory.  She played the N.S. PRO V90 in her irons and has been a long time user of Nippon Shaft products since her debut in 2003.

The winner at the OHL Classic came from three shots back on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 66 for a one-shot win, for his third PGA TOUR title.  He has played the N.S. PRO PROTO ST irons shafts since April 2014.  The second place and T9 finishers also play the N.S. PRO PROTO ST in their irons.

NIPPON SHAFT REPEATS AS WINNER OF DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN DUBAI
Nippon Shaft won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai for the second consecutive year on Sunday (Nov. 23) thanks to a final-round 2-under par 70 that led to a 72-hole total of 16-under par. 

The 38-year-old Swede used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons and wedges, and shot 68-66-68-70 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to repeat as winner of the prestigious season-ending event.  He won by two shots thanks to birdies on the final two holes.  The champion also finished second in this year’s Race to Dubai, the season-long points competition, which he won last year.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates this year’s DP World Tour Championship winner on his repeat victory in this highly competitive event,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese shaft maker. “Nippon Shaft is honored that he continues to use Nippon Shaft products in his irons and wedges.”

SteelFiber Lands Top Fives on Web.com and LPGA Tours
SteelFiber graphite iron shafts by Aerotech Golf landed Top Five money this weekend on the Web.com and LPGA Tours. The world’s No. 1 graphite iron shaft delivered second-place at the Web.com Tour Championship, and gave a smooth ride to a T5 finish at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

On the Web.com Tour, SteelFiber shafts won second-place at the Web.com Tour Championship as the former University of Louisville player recorded a 65-66-66-68 at TPC Sawgrass for his biggest payday of the season. He will play on the PGA Tour next year. At the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, the 2013 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year shot a 68-69-71-68 12-under par with SteelFiber graphite shafts in her irons for share of fifth place.

“Week after week on the pro tours, it becomes more evident that SteelFiber graphite irons shafts are changing the game, and that’s something that is going to benefit players of all ages and skill levels,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber shafts combine the performance characteristics of graphite shafts which produce greater vibration dampening and less fatigue with those of steel shafts which typically give more stability and consistency. These are unique performance benefits that every golfer can appreciate.”
SteelFiber Wins Shaw Charity Classic
The No. 1 graphite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf took first-place at the Shaw Charity Classic on the Champions Tour this weekend and helped set a new course record in the process.

Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons and two hybrids, the Shaw Charity Classic champion shot a bogey-free, 9-under-61 in the final round, setting a new course record. He shot 81.48 percent greens in regulation, and was first in the number of eagles (3). The former Masters Champion added yet another victory to his incredible career win totals 15 PGA Tour wins, 11 Champions Tour wins, five international victories and 27 other pro event wins.

“We congratulate the champion on his outstanding victory and we’re excited that he trusts his game to the innovative technology in SteelFiber shafts,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “Unlike traditional steel shafts, SteelFiber shafts reduce the risk of injury, lessen aggravation of existing injuries and decrease the fatigue, while simultaneously delivering stability and increased distance. It’s game-changing technology that is making a real difference for professional and amateur players alike.”

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. The shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, while the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.
SteelFiber Pockets Top 10 Money on U.S. Tours
As the No. 1 graphite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts are well-known for delivering the power of graphite and stability and steel. On the top U.S. Tours, SteelFiber shafts are also delivering top money. Designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, SteelFiber shafts this weekend claimed a T5 at The Barclays on the PGA Tour; a T7 at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour and a T8 at the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour.

At The Barclays, this year’s No. 4-ranked FedExCup player and 2012 THE PLAYERS Championship winner played SteelFiber i95 graphite shafts in his Bridgestone irons for a share of fifth place. A four-time LPGA winner on the LPGA Tour claimed a piece of seventh place at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open with SteelFiber i95 shafts in her irons; and a 27-year tour veteran earned a T8 at the Boeing Classic playing SteelFiber i80 hybrid shafts.
ACCRA driver shaft used to win the Boeing Classic

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A Premium Golf Shafts is proud that the 2014 Boeing Classic  Champion trusted an ACCRA shaft in his TaylorMade driver.

Going back to 1990, this University of Florida grad has ground out a career on the Web.com and PGA Tours, finding success has never come easily. With 2 previous Web.com Tour victories and some near misses on the PGA Tour, this win at the 2014 Boeing Classic is certainly a highlight of a long and under appreciated career.
Always known as a great ball striker, this playoff victory certainly displayed his ball striking prowess. In the Boeing Classic, he averaged almost 80% of fairways hit and just shy 300 yards off the tee.

ACCRA driver shaft used to win the RBC Canadian Open
ACCRA Premium Golf Shafts is proud that the 2014 RBC Canadian Open Champion trusted an ACCRA shaft in his Titleist driver.

The North Carolina State grad from Durban, South Africa won the prestigious event carding a 30 on the back nine of the final day. He led the entire field hitting 84% of the fairways for the week. This victory moved him into the top 25 in the FedEx Cup points standings and into this weeks WGC Bridgestone Classic.

In 2013, he was custom fit by Cool Clubs in Scottsdale Arizona to an ACCRA Tour Z ST 55 M4 shaft in his Titleist driver and since that time, he has consistently been in the top 5 of driving accuracy on the PGA Tour. The 4th place finisher leads the PGA Tour in top 10 finishes, ranks 22nd on Tour in driving accuracy and was also professionally fit by Cool Clubs and uses a similar customized ACCRA Tour Z ST 55 M4 shaft in his Bridgestone driver, with different tipping. He also trusts an ACCRA Tour Z LS85 in his Ping G30 3 wood and a DyMatch 2.0 ST-H in his Ping hybrid.

“The Tour Z ST 55 continues to win on Tour, proving once again that ACCRA produces the most stable and consistent super lightweight shafts in the industry,” said Ron Graham, ACCRA PGA Tour Rep. “On tour we see players testing different lightweight shafts but usually return to traditionally weighted products. The ACCRA Tour Z ST 55 and recently added, ACCRA CS1 50, have changed players' outlook on lightweight shafts. These shafts offer all the strength of a 65-70 gram shaft with the speed of 50-55 grams.” continued Graham.
FOUR NIPPON SHAFT PLAYERS FINISH AMONG TOP 13 at THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOYLAKE
Two players using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts in their irons and wedges finished runner-up and tied for fifth, Sunday at the Open Championship while two other players, using the N.S. PRO 950GH and the N.S. PRO PROTO 980ST, tied for 12th.

The runner-up, from Spain, who finished two strokes behind the champion, shot a final round 6-under par 66 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.  He shot 15-under par 273 on rounds of 68-70-69-66, utilizing the popular Tour 130 to hit 70 percent of his greens in regulation.

The fifth place finisher from Australia, hit 72 percent of his greens in regulation, shot a final round 65 to finish at 12-under 276 for the championship.

Tied for 12th at 9-under par were the eight-year U.S pro out of Tacoma, who used the popular N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in his irons, and one of Sweden’s most prolific players, who used the N.S. PRO PROTO 980ST prototype shaft, which is becoming one of the Tour’s most played irons shafts.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate all players who utilized Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts in their irons,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker.  “Nippon Shaft is proud that players competing in tournaments at the highest level trust our products to help them play their best.”
N.S. PRO MODUS3 PROTO 980ST WINS WEB.COM WITH THREE RUNNER-UP FINISHES FOR NIPPON SHAFT

Nippon Shaft’s tour developed N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shafts were played by the winner of yesterday’s Web.com event and by the runner-up and third-place finishers on the PGA TOUR.

A total of 21 players on the European Tour and PGA TOUR utilized the N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shafts in their irons, making it the hottest steel shaft on the pro circuits.

The winner of the United Leasing Championship shot 9-under 279 on rounds of 73-67-72-67 using the 980ST X flex steel shafts to win by a stroke and take home a winner’s check of $108,000.  It was the first Web.com title for the 43-year-old Englishman, who overcame a seven-shot deficit on the final day at Victoria National in Newburgh, Ind.

At the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National, the runner-up from Baytown, Texas also utilized the 980ST X flex steel shafts in his irons to finish regulation play at 4-under 280 on rounds of 74-68-68-70 at the challenging Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C.  It was a difficult playoff, but he took consolation in the fact he earned a spot in The Open.

The third-place finisher, who ended up one shot out of the playoff, also used the 980ST X flex steel shafts in his irons, and also made it into The Open.

At the BMW Championship in Germany, the 37-year-old Swedish golfer who last year won both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai championships got into a four-way playoff by shooting an impressive 19-under par 269 with rounds of 68-68-66-67 in Cologne.  He used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 S flex steel shafts in his irons.

On the LPGA Tour, it was an American star using the N.S. PRO 950GH – Nippon Shaft’s industry-changing lightweight steel shaft – who finished runner up at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.  She shot 11-under par for the 54-hole event on rounds of 69-66-67—202.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud to be able to provide high quality steel shafts that players from all over the world use to compete on all major professional tours,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese shaft maker.

“We are especially proud of the impact we are having with the MODUS³ PROTO 980ST steel shaft for irons,” Fukuda said.  “The shaft was developed with input from the best players in the world, and we believe we have answered their needs.”

NIPPON SHAFT FINISHES FIRST AND SECOND AT EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT IN SINGAPORE

Highlighted by a 142-yard eagle two on the final hole, Nippon Shaft earned the victory - as well as the runner-up finish - May 4 at the Championship at Laguna National in Singapore.  With irons equipped with the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 S flex steel shafts, the 39-year- old Chilean champion used a pitching wedge to can his final shot to win by a stroke over his 43-year-old Swedish competitor, who used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons. 

It was his second European Tour victory.  The final shot gave the champion a remarkable 28 on the back nine and a 10-under 62 for his final round.  He finished at 22-under par for the tournament.  He also made a birdie 2 on the par 3 17 day four shots back, in seventh place.  Finishing tied for eighth place was the 40-year-old Frenchman, who shot 15-under for the tournament using Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud to have the winner, runner-up and another top-10 finisher utilize our steel shafts in their irons,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese shaft maker.  “The MODUS³ shafts were designed specifically for touring pros and low-handicap amateurs to help them get the most out of their games.”

SteelFiber Delivers Top Three Finishes on LPGA and Web Tours
The No. 1 graphite iron shaft on all top U.S. Tours, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf served up two Top Three finishes this weekend on the LPGA and Web.com Tours.

A young three-year pro played SteelFiber i80 taper tip shafts in her irons and scored third place at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, Calif. Meanwhile on the Web.com Tour, a Swedish-born pro trusted his game to SteelFiber i95S taper tips to tie for second at the WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas.

“SteelFiber shafts are increasingly popular on the pro tours, and the SteelFiber’s unique performance benefits are the real key to the shaft’s growing success,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber composite technology combines the performance characteristics of both graphite shafts and steel shafts for the best of both worlds. These shafts produce greater vibration dampening and lessens player fatigue while also providing more consistency. It’s truly game-changing innovation.”

SteelFiber shafts have already delivered four wins and nearly 20 Top 10 money positions in the 2014 season. In 2013, players with SteelFiber shafts in their irons won five events on the PGA TOUR and two events on the Champions Tour. In addition, players with SteelFiber shafts ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points at the end of the regular season. SteelFiber shafts were also No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and ended 2013 overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes.

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. The shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, while the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.
SteelFiber Delivers Top Money at The Masters
Aerotech Golf is proud to announce that its SteelFiber shafts — the No. 1 graphite iron shafts on all three U.S. tours — delivered Top Five money at the 2014 Masters Tournament.

Playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons, the 2012 Players Tournament champion and two-time winner in 2013 fired off a 73-71-68-74 (286) for a T5 finish at Augusta National. Despite challenging playing conditions, he also tied for first in Greens in Regulation with 69.44 percent. In addition to this year’s Top Five finish, another Masters player won the Par 3 Tournament at this years’s event playing SteelFiber SteelFiber i110 shafts.

“The Masters is one of the most revered tournaments in golf and the field always includes the finest golfers in the world, so it’s extremely rewarding to see more of the tour’s top players trust their game to SteelFiber shafts,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber’s innovative design is well-known for delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel. The shaft reduces the risk of injury and decreases the fatigue associated with swinging heavier, harsher steel shafts, while simultaneously delivering stability and increased distance.”

SteelFiber shafts have already chalked up three wins and more than a dozen Top 10 money positions in the 2014 season. In 2013, players with SteelFiber shafts in their irons won five events on the PGA TOUR and two events on the Champions Tour. In addition, players with SteelFiber shafts ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points at the end of the regular season. SteelFiber shafts were also No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and ended 2013 overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes.
SteelFiber Takes Second at Shell Houston Open
The No. 1 graphite iron shaft on the PGA, Champions and LPGA Tours, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf took second-place at the Shell Houston Open. The game-changing innovation of SteelFiber shafts have accounted for 15 wins and Top 10 finishes already this year.

The Shell Houston Open runner-up and 2012 The Players Championship winner played SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons, and shot a strong 66-67-68-72 (273) which led the rest of the field by two or more strokes. He won solo honors for second-place and was No. 1 in Greens in Regulation, hitting 62 of 72 (86.11%) during the event.

“The performance benefits of SteelFiber shafts continues to set it apart on all the top U.S. tours,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “The innovative, game-changing technology of SteelFiber shafts combines the performance characteristics of graphite shafts which produce greater vibration dampening and less fatigue with those of steel shafts which typically give more consistency. We’re very excited to see more and more golfers, both pro and amateur alike, discover the benefits of playing SteelFiber.”
SteelFiber Scores Top 10s on PGA & Champions Tours
SteelFiber shafts claimed a T8 finish at Arnold Palmer Invitational and a 5th and T6 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

SteelFiber shafts are the No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA, Champions and LPGA Tours.

SteelFiber shafts finished the 2013 season with:
• SteelFiber shafts are the No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA, Champions & LPGA Tours
• No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA TOUR Money List
• No. 8 and No. 9 in official world rankings
• Tied for No. 1 and No. 4 in Top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR
• 5 wins on the PGA Tour; 2 wins on the Champions Tour
KBS Wins 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational
The winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational earned his first PGA Tour win on Sunday after switching into KBS just two weeks ago. This player trusts the KBS TOUR-V 125g shaft in his irons.

"To have this player earn his first PGA Tour win almost immediately after switching into the TOUR-V is phenomenal," said Rob Cheng, CEO of KBS Golf Shafts. "We couldn't be happier and look forward to supporting him throughout the season."

The champion finished at 13-under at Bay Hill, one shot ahead of the runner-up. This player turned to the KBS TOUR-V shaft after the Honda Classic, which is the newest shaft in the KBS product line. The TOUR-V quickly gained traction on Tour since its release in 2013 and is also the winning shaft of the 2013 Open Championship.

The 2013 Masters champion, who has played the KBS TOUR since 2009, finished third in the tournament. 
N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 WINS PGA TOUR'S VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Nippon Shaft earned a one-stroke victory at the Valspar Championship on Sunday at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa.

The 42-year-old native Australian birdied the 16th and 17th holes to shoot a final round 2-under par 70 to win by a stroke. He finished at 7-under par on rounds of 72-71-64-70 on the difficult course, which put a premium on accurate iron play.

It was the second PGA TOUR victory for the champion, who used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 X-flex in his irons and N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour WV 125 in his wedges.  He put the Nippon Shaft products in play for the first time last October 17 at the Shriners tournament in Las Vegas.

“Nippon Shaft is pleased that we were able to play a role in today’s victory by one of the game’s best iron players,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker.

The victory for the native of Brisbane was his first since he won the 2006 John Deere Classic, and it gets him a coveted spot in next month’s Masters.

SteelFiber Shafts Win the Toshiba Classic
SteelFiber shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, delivered another victory this weekend, this time topping the leaderboard at the Toshiba Classic. In addition to the win, the No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours claimed two Top Five money positions, with two other players tying for fifth.

Playing SteelFiber i110cw shafts in his irons, the Toshiba Classic champion fired off birdies in the final two holes to claim a one-stroke victory and his 10th Champions Tour title. Ranking No. 1 in total birdies for the event, he shot a 65-67-66 (198) to finish at 15-under at Newport Beach Country Club. He is currently in second-place in Charles Schwab Cup points.

“We congratulate this weekend’s champion at the Toshiba Classic on a great victory,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “Unlike traditional steel shafts, whose designs have been relatively unchanged for the past 80 years, SteelFiber shafts deliver game-changing innovation by incorporating high-modulus graphite and micro-thin steel fibers. The combination gives the added power of graphite while still maintaining the stability and consistency normally associated with steel shafts. It’s the undeniably the next evolution in iron shafts, and it’s a proven winner on pro tours.”
SteelFiber Wins Honda LPGA Thailand; Tops All U.S. Tours
SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf delivered the power of graphite and the stability of steel to win the Honda LPGA Thailand. With the victory, SteelFiber shafts have won on all three top tours in the United States and are the undisputable No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA, Champions and LPGA Tours.

The 26-year-old Swedish player led the Honda LPGA Thailand wire-to-wire and fended off many big name players on Sunday to earn her third LPGA title. She shot 66-72-67-68 (273) for a 15-under-par and a two-stroke victory, playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in her irons. In addition to the champion, a fifth-place tie finisher played SteelFiber i80 shafts in her 18- and 20-degree hybrid clubs.

“This is the first LPGA win for SteelFiber shafts, so it’s unquestionably a big milestone for Aerotech,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “SteelFiber technology is a game-changer. These shafts incorporate high-modulus graphite and micro-thin steel fibers, an innovative combination that allow players to increase yardage, reduce fatigue, and still maintain the stability and accuracy normally associated with steel shafts. It’s a true innovation that is now a proven winner on all three top U.S. tours.”
SteelFiber Shafts Score Top 10s at Allianz Championship
The No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf chalked up two more Top 10 finishes at the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour. SteelFiber i110 shafts claimed a solo third- and ninth-place.

Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons, the third-place player finished just one stroke off the lead, while he tied for first in number of birdies and fourth in greens-in-regulation (85.19%). The event was his first tournament of the season, and he brought home $115,200. Also playing in his first tournament of 2014, the ninth-place finisher opened the season in strong fashion, landing Top 10 money, with SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons as well.

“SteelFiber shafts are growing in popularity every day on the PGA and Champions Tours, and this weekend’s multiple Top 10 finish at the Allianz was very exciting,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “The SteelFiber i110 shafts are an excellent option for players who want iron shafts that are slightly lighter than typical steel shafts so they can increase their yardage, while still maintaining a low penetrating ball flight and not change the overall feel that they have had playing steel steel shafts.”
Webb Uses Nippon Shaft En-Route to 40th Victory and Her Fifth Australian Open Title
Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb used Nippon Shaft products in both her woods and irons to come from five shots behind and win her fifth Australian Open title at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne over the weekend.

Webb, who used the Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro 1050GH in her irons and graphite Regio shafts in her woods, shot a final-round best 4-under par 68 to finish at 12-under for the tournament to win by one shot.  The victory was her 40th LPGA title and her 52nd as a pro. She last won the Australian Open in 2008.

A longtime ambassador for Nippon Shaft, the 39-year-old native Australian said gusty winds aided her cause by toughening the golf course for the leaders.  “I was thankful for the weather changing,” Webb said.  Webb shot 276 on rounds of 71-69-68-68.

A longtime player of Nippon Shaft products and a supporter, Webb used Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Regio prototype graphite shafts in her driver and fairway woods, and in N.S. PRO 1050GH steel shafts in her irons.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely pleased and excited that Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb used Nippon Shaft products in both her woods and irons in winning the Ladies Australian Open,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company.  “Karrie has played Nippon Shaft products for many years, and we could not be prouder that such a fine player has confidence in our products.”
SteelFiber Shafts Score Top 10s at Allianz Championship
The No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf chalked up two more Top 10 finishes at the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour. SteelFiber i110 shafts claimed a solo third- and ninth-place.

Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons, the third-place player finished just one stroke off the lead, while he tied for first in number of birdies and fourth in greens-in-regulation (85.19%). The event was his first tournament of the season, and he brought home $115,200. Also playing in his first tournament of 2014, the ninth-place finisher opened the season in strong fashion, landing Top 10 money, with SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons as well.

“SteelFiber shafts are growing in popularity every day on the PGA and Champions Tours, and this weekend’s multiple Top 10 finish at the Allianz was very exciting,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “The SteelFiber i110 shafts are an excellent option for players who want iron shafts that are slightly lighter than typical steel shafts so they can increase their yardage, while still maintaining a low penetrating ball flight and not change the overall feel that they have had playing steel steel shafts.”

In 2013, players with SteelFiber shafts ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points at the end of the regular season. SteelFiber shafts were also No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and ended 2013 overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes. In 2013, players with SteelFiber shafts in their irons won five events on the PGA TOUR and two events on the Champions Tour.
NIPPON SHAFT WINS QATAR MASTERS IN A PLAYOFF
A Nippon Shaft player using the company’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts with an X flex in his irons fired a flawless final round and won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters over the weekend on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.

The champion 34-year-old Spaniard fired a spectacular final round 7-under par 65 to finish at 16-under for the tournament then made three straight birdies in the playoff (all on the 18th hole) while his opponent could only manage a par.

His 11th European PGA Tour title moved him into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, where he now sits at No. 9.  His last victory came in December at the Thailand Golf Championship, but his most recent European Tour win was in 2011.

“Nippon Shaft is very proud to be the preferred steel shaft of one of the world’s best players,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker.  “He seems to feel very comfortable with his MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts, and we wish him continued success.”
KBS Wins Farmers Insurance Open
KBS Shafts won its first PGA Tour event of 2014 at The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Trusting the KBS TOUR 130g shaft in his irons and wedges, this professional shot a 4-under 68 to win by one stroke. After switching into KBS shafts in the fall of 2013, he has improved his FedEx Cup standings from 166th to 10th.
 
The KBS TOUR is Kim Braly's signature shaft and is ideal for players desiring shot versatility and mid trajectory. Incorporating unique KBS technology, the KBS TOUR maximizes energy transfer for increased shot control. The KBS TOUR offers a smooth, responsive feel and is the preferred model by several of the best golfers in the world.

"This professional first put the KBS C-TAPER shaft in play in the fall of 2013 and recently switched into the KBS TOUR shaft for better workability and a more preferred feel. The Farmers Insurance Open marks the first win for KBS in 2014 and we are thrilled to have the support of this player," said Kim Braly, Director of Tour Operations and R&D at KBS.
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LPGA Players Reap Rewards with SteelFiber Shafts
As the No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf are well-known for delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel. Now, SteelFiber shafts are also growing in popularity on the LPGA Tours around the world thanks largely to additional performance benefits such as vibration dampening, reduced player fatigue and increase swing speed.

Recently, one of the LPGA’s newest and brightest stars, who plays SteelFiber i80 shafts, won the 2013 Rookie of the Year on the LPGA Tour. This week, a young Thai professional won the Taiwan LPGA Royal Open, also playing SteelFiber i80 shafts.

“We are very pleased to see SteelFiber’s popularity incease on the LPGA Tour as well as on the international tours,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber’s innovative technology provides for a very unique combination of performance benefits that players of all skill and ability levels can appreciate. SteelFiber shafts give the stability and consistency that players often have with steel shafts, but they also provide much more than that. SteelFiber shafts also provide greater vibration dampening that reduces player fatigue and increases playability.”

In 2013, players with SteelFiber shafts ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points at the end of the regular season. SteelFiber shafts were also No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and ended 2013 overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes. In 2013, players with SteelFiber shafts in their irons won five events on the PGA TOUR and two events on the Champions Tour.

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. The shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, while the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.
SeeMore Wins Again!
Congratulations to the winner of this week's season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions from Kapalua. In a dramatic setting and an elite field consisting of PGA Tour winners from the past 12 months, the winner came from 2 shots back in the final round and was victorious for the 2nd tournament in a row, his 3rd win in the last 6 PGA Tour events. The winner used the same model SeeMore FGP milled putter that he has now used for all 11 of his official PGA Tour wins over the last 10 years on tour, making him the 4th winningest player over those 10 years. In fact with 10 of the wins coming since 2007, including the 2007 Masters, only 2 other players in the world have won more during that stretch.

The winner finished the tournament at 19 under par 273, and over the event, played on the PGA Tour's largest and most difficult greens, he one putted an incredible 45% of the time. He won the tournament by playing a tremendous all around game, including a masterful short game and clutch putting when it counted. He has earned over $3.9 million in just his last 6 starts, with 3 winners checks over $1 million each.

One of the top closers in the game, the winner is now 38 under par in his last 10 final rounds of tournaments, including the 3 wins.
NIPPON SHAFT RECORDS WIN AND RUNNER-UP FINISHES AT THAILAND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Two world-class players using Nippon Shaft products in their irons score a victory and a runner-up finish, respectively, over the weekend at the Thailand Golf Championship.

The winning 33-year-old Spaniard used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts with an X flex in his irons in compiling a 22-under par total 266 on rounds of 68-65-65-68.  He won by four shots over the Swede who recently won both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai playoffs on the U.S. and Europeans Tours.

The 37-year-old runner-up used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts with an X flex in his irons en route to a four-day total of 18-under, shooting 70-67-65-68, at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand.

“Nippon Shaft is proud that an increasing number of the world’s best players are using Nippon Shaft products to compete at the highest level,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Nippon Shaft remains committed to designing and manufacturing high performance steel shafts that top players can rely upon under the most high-pressure circumstances.”
SteelFiber Delivers Top Fives 'Down Under'
The No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA and Champion Tours, SteelFiber shafts delivered two Top Five finishes in two weeks 'Down Under' in Australia. SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf took second place at the Australian Masters and a solo fourth at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, played this weekend at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

The United States player used SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons to shoot a 6-under par 278 (71-68-68-71) during the World Cup and a 12-under par at the Australian Masters.

"SteelFiber shafts are demonstrating real game-changing innovation in tournaments around the world, and we're very pleased to showcase the superior performance benefits of playing composite technology in irons," says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. "SteelFiber shafts provide greater vibration dampening and reduce player fatigue, while also giving players the stability and consistency of steel shafts."

SteelFiber has been the No. 1 graphite irons shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. SteelFiber shafts ended the regular 2013 season as No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points; No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and ended 2013 overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes. In 2013, players with SteelFiber shafts in their irons won five events on the PGA TOUR and two events on the Champions Tour.

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. The shaft's graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, while the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.
NIPPON SHAFT PLAYER IS FIRST AMERICAN TO WIN EUROPEAN TOUR ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR HONORS
Another Nippon Shaft player has made news for his outstanding play in 2013, as the 24-year-old out of Oklahoma State recently became the first American to win Rookie-of-the-Year honors on the European Tour.

The 2010 U.S. Amateur champion used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 steel shafts with a TX flex in his irons during his worldwide travels to European Tour-sanctioned events.  After starting the year on the developmental European Challenge Tour, he earned full European Tour status with his victory at the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal, and finished 14th in the Race to Dubai.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the first American player ever to be named Rookie-of-the-Year on the European PGA Tour,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Nippon Shaft is proud that the European Tour’s top rookie utilized the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX flex shafts to take maximum advantage of his talent and hard work.”

The European Rookie-of-the-Year announcement comes on the heels of another Nippon Shaft player winning both the U.S. FedEx Cup Playoffs and the Race to Dubai.

Nippon Shaft has been developing shafts specifically for PGA professional and high-level amateur players since 2010.
NIPPON SHAFT ADDS RACE TO DUBAI TO FEDEX CUP VICTORY
Eight weeks ago, the 37-year-old Swede used Nippon Shaft in his irons en route to becoming the first European to win both the TOUR Championship and the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup.

Now, he has done it again across the pond.

On Sunday, the 6-foot 2-inch native of Gothenburg won the Race to Dubai - the European Tour’s playoff finale - becoming the first player ever to win both the U.S. and European Tour championship playoff series in the same year.

At the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, he used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex shafts in his irons to finish at 25-under par 263 for the tournament on rounds of 68-64-67-64.  Along the way he hit 68 of 72 greens in regulation – 17 of 18 greens in regulation in each of four rounds – the mark of a player hitting his irons solidly. They were the same shafts he used to win the TOUR Championship on Sept. 22 in Atlanta.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the first player ever to win both the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup Playoffs in the same season,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Nippon Shaft is proud that arguably the world’s most accomplished player this season utilized the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex shafts in combination with his tremendous talent and work ethic to achieve such a singular accomplishment.”
SteelFiber Takes Top Money Share at McGladrey
The No. 1 graphite iron shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours, SteelFiber shafts designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf delivered two more Top 10 finishes this weekend on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts claimed second- and seventh-place ties at The McGladrey Classic at the Sea Island Golf Club.

SteelFiber graphite iron shafts have sparked a growing trend on the professional tours. SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 graphite irons shafts on the PGA TOUR for four straight years — 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Plus, during the 2013 season, players with SteelFiber shafts in their irons won five events on the PGA TOUR and two events on the Champions Tour.

“We’re very excited to see the continued success of SteelFiber shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours,” says Chris Hilleary, president of Aerotech Golf. “Every player, regardless of skill level, hopes that technological advances in golf equipment can give them a performance edge, and SteelFiber delivers that edge with game-changing innovation. The SteelFiber technology provides greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue, while also providing a player with the stability and consistency they have previously received with steel shafts.”
KBS Wedge Shaft Wins
The 2013-2014 WGC-HSBC Champions winner trusted KBS shafts in arguably the biggest win of his career at Sheshan International in Shanghai, China, last weekend. After closing with a 6-under 66, the winner captured his first World Golf Championship title.

The champion has compiled eight PGA Tour wins while using the KBS WEDGE, a shaft he has trusted since 2009. This victory marks the second PGA Tour win and the third overall for KBS in a one week span. Last week, KBS took home wins at the AT&T Championship and the CIMB Classic with the KBS TOUR shaft and the KBS HI-REV shaft, respectively.

This player earned his other notable 2013 Tour win at the Hyundai TOC in January. Since turning professional in 2007, the champion has won his first six seasons on Tour, a feat accomplished by only a select few.

“We are thrilled for this player’s accomplishments and his exciting win at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament,” said Kim Braly, director of tour operations and research and development at KBS. “We are proud that he has been committed to KBS since coming to the Tour in 2009.”
KBS Wins Charles Schwab Cup
KBS claimed the yearlong Charles Schwab Cup last weekend with a Top-5 finish at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Cali. This marks the company’s 6th Champions Tour victory in 2013.

The Charles Schwab Cup winner tallied three Champion’s Tour victories in 2013: the Senior Players Championship, the U.S. Senior Open and the AT&T Championship. The Charles Schwab Cup victory adds to an already successful season for KBS. In 2013, KBS won three of the four majors: The Masters, The U.S. Open and The Open Championship

“Winning three times and having multiple top five finishes is extremely exciting,” said Kim Braly, director of tour operations and research and development at KBS. “This player was one of the first players to win on the PGA Tour and has been with KBS since 2008.”
SteelFiber Nails Down Top 10s at Greater Hickory
The No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts added two more Top 10 Finishes to their season total at this week’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic on the Champions Tour. SteelFiber players claimed sixth- and ninth-place ties at the Greater Hickory, plus SteelFiber shafts recorded a season high on the Champions Tour of 16 sets in play.

“Technology, material sciences and engineering methods are constantly advancing in most categories of golf equipment, yet we have rarely seen real game-changing innovations in the iron shaft category. The typical design for steel iron shafts, for example, has basically remained unchanged for more than 80 years. However, SteelFiber composite technology is one of those game-changing innovations,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber shafts feature a high-modulus graphite core laced with micro-thin steel fiber — a unique combination that provides a solid feel at impact while also giving a player the benefits of greater vibration dampening, reduced fatigue and increased clubhead speed. The result is a composite shaft alternative for irons that has proven itself on the pro tours.”

For the fourth consecutive year, SteelFiber was the No. 1 composite iron shaft on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts ended the regular season with five wins; No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points; No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and ended 2013 overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes. SteelFiber shafts were also the No. 1 composite iron on the Champions Tour this year, earning one victory and numerous Top 10 finishes.

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.
SteelFiber Shafts Surge at SAS Championship
The No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts surged on the Champions Tour this weekend. According to the official shaft count, 15 of the 80 professionals competing at the SAS Championship — nearly 20 percent — were playing SteelFiber shafts in their irons.

“Nearly one of every five pros were playing SteelFiber shafts in their irons this weekend, and I think that’s a powerful testament to the performance benefits of these shafts,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber technology provides enhanced vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue, while simultaneously providing the stability that players usually associate with steel shafts, so the benefits are very real. We’re very excited to see so many pros switching to this game-changing innovation.”

For the fourth consecutive year, SteelFiber was the No. 1 composite iron shaft on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts ended the regular season with five wins; No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points; No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and ended 2013 overall as No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes. SteelFiber shafts were also the No. 1 composite iron on the Champions Tour this year, earning one victory and numerous Top 10 finishes.
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SteelFiber Adds Top 10s at Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship
Sun, surf and tropical breezes would normally be excitement enough, but this weekend during the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship, Aerotech SteelFiber i110 shafts won two Top 10 money positions at Kapolei. The fourth- and sixth-place tie finishes delivered more tour-proven success for the No. 1 composite iron shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours.

Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons, the T4 finisher was No. 1 in the number of birdies (19) and chalked up his eighth Top 10 of the year. Meanwhile, a former Masters champion trusted SteelFiber i110 shafts to deliver his eighth Top 10 of the year as well (T6). He scored second in birdies (18) and tied for fifth in Greens-in-Regulation.

"The innovative composite technology of SteelFiber shafts continues to deliver week after week on the PGA and Champions Tours, and it's very satisfying to see players embrace new technology and then reap the rewards of better performance," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "SteelFiber is specifically designed to provide greater vibration dampening and reduce player fatigue, while at the same time delivering stability and increased distance. Today, SteelFiber composite technology is a real game-changer."

On the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts ended the regular season as No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points; No. No. 6 and No. 12 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; and are currently No. 3 and No. 5 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 8 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first and fourth in Top 10 finishes. Also this year, SteelFiber has five wins on the PGA Tour and one win on the Champions Tour.
SteelFiber Drives Away with Top 10 at BMW Championship
The No. 1 composite iron shaft on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts continued to deliver the power of graphite and the stability of steel in the PGA TOUR Playoffs. SteelFiber i95 shafts by Aerotech Golf earned an eighth-place tie at this week’s BMW Championship, making the event the second consecutive PGA Playoff of 2013 that SteelFiber shafts have received one or more Top 10s.

“The growing success of SteelFiber shafts on both the PGA and Champions Tours has been a great testament to the exceptional performance benefits gained when playing composite shafts in your irons,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber’s composite technology gives players greater vibration dampening, reduces their fatigue, and provides the stability they have historically played with with steel shafts. I don’t think there’s any doubt today that SteelFiber shaft technology is game-changing innovation.”

Currently on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Season Points; No. 5 and No. 10 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points; No. 2 and No. 4 on the PGA Money List; No. 7 and No. 8 in official world rankings; and tied for No. 1 and No. 3 in Top 10 finishes. Also this year, SteelFiber has five wins on the PGA Tour and one win on the Champions Tour.

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.
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SteelFiber Cashes In on Top 10's on Two Tours
SteelFiber composite shafts, designed and manufactured by Aerotech Golf, cashed in on more Top 10s this week on the PGA and Champions Tours. SteelFiber i95 and i110 shafts each grabbed a Top 10 finish - 4th and 8th - at the Deutsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour, while i110 shafts collected a solo second-place and a tenth-place tie at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic on the Champions Tour.

"It's very rewarding to see the growing number of players on the PGA and Champions Tours make the switch to the game-changing composite technology of SteelFiber shafts," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "While the SteelFiber line includes several models and weights, the SteelFiber i95 and i110 shafts are currently the most popular on the pro tours. The i95 is a great transition into a lighter weight iron shaft without going too light and substantially changing the feel of the club during the swing. The SteelFiber i110 is the perfect choice for players looking to go a little bit lighter than the typical steel-shafted irons, plus the i110 allows them to pick up some yardage while retaining the overall feel they have when playing steel shafts."
NIPPON SHAFT WINS ON PGA TOUR, LPGA TOUR AND LET

Nippon Shaft players won four professional tournaments on men’s and women’s tours around the world, including the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and the Japan LPGA Tour.  And on the European Tour, Nippon Shaft finished in second place.
 
The winner of the PGA TOUR’s Deutsche Bank Championship used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 X flex in his irons to shoot 22-under par 262 on rounds of 67-63-66-66 to capture the second event in the FedExCup Playoffs and take over the No. 1 position in the FedExCup points race.  It was the 37-year-old Swede’s fifth top three finish in his last six PGA TOUR events.  The victory paid a winner’s check worth $1.44 million.  The champion currently leads in points on both the FedExCup and the Race for Dubai.

On the LPGA Tour, the winner of the Safeway Classic played the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 S flex to shoot a 20-under par total 268, on rounds of 68-63-70-67 at Columbia Edgewater in Portland, Ore. It was the 32-year-old Norwegian Solheim Cup star’s second victory at the Safeway in the last three years and her 12th on the LPGA Tour.  She earned a winner’s check of $195,000.

Meanwhile, the winner of the 54-hole Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open recorded her 11th career victory using the N.S. PRO 950GH Nippon Shaft in her irons.  Scotland’s 44-year-old Solheim Cup star shot an 8-under par total of 208 on rounds of 71-67-70 at Archerfield Links in East Lothian to win the title for the second time in three years.  She earned $42,000, with her husband caddying for her.

At the Japan LPGA Nitori Ladies, the 26-year-old South Korean champion utilized the N.S. PRO 950GH in her irons to help her shoot a final round 65 and win by two shots at Katsura Golf Club.  It was her 13th victory on the Japan LPGA.

And on the European Tour, the second-place finisher used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 TX flex shaft in his irons to finish at 6-under 278 on rounds of 69-70-67-72 at the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor in Wales.  The American earned $307,000 for his runner-up finish.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud to have played a role in the incredible accomplishments of these great players, who utilize our products to help them play their best,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company.  “We send all of them a heartfelt congratulations.”

SteelFiber Flies High, Takes Second- and Third at Boeing Classic
Aerotech Golf continues to fly high on the PGA and Champions Tours as its SteelFiber i110 shafts claimed second- and third-place in the Boeing Classic, held at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge on the Champions Tour. The two top finishes this weekend marked the 10th and 11th Top 10 finishes for SteelFiber shafts on the Champions Tour, a success story which mirrors that of the PGA TOUR where SteelFiber shafts are tied for second and fourth in Top 10 finishes.

Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons, the Boeing Classic runner-up shot 65-69-70 and was No. 1 in Greens-in-Regulation with 81.48%. It was his seventh Top 10 of the year. The third-place finisher also played SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons and earned his seventh Top Finish of the year on the Champions Tour.

"We're very excited with the success that Champions Tour players are having with SteelFiber shafts," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "The innovative composite technology of SteelFiber is unique on the pro tours, and is specifically designed to provide greater vibration dampening and reduce player fatigue, while at the same time delivering stability and increased distance. Composite technology brings game-changing innovation and the performance benefits are helping all players, professional and amateur alike."

On the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts ended the regular season as No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; and are currently No. 3 and No. 4 on the PGA Money List; Nos. 6 and 7 in official world rankings; and tied for second and fourth in Top 10 finishes. Also this year, SteelFiber has five wins on the PGA Tour and one win on the Champions Tour.
KBS Wins The Barclays with a Bogey Free Final Round
KBS Shafts continues its banner year on professional tours by winning The Barclays in come from behind fashion. This victory marks the 19th win on worldwide tours in 2013 for the brand, and now three players in the top five FedEx Cup Playoffs trust KBS shafts.
The Barclays champion played KBS Tour shafts in X flex for his second win in 2013 and seventh win since switching into KBS in 2009. He is now the No. 2 ranked player in the world- his highest ever ranking. The KBS team congratulates this champion for a terrific year that puts him in contention for the player of the year award. 17 players trusted KBS shafts at the tournament.
 
Also this past weekend, KBS shafts clinched an exciting win on the Champions Tour at the 2013 Boeing Classic. The winner is a two-time champion on the Web.com Tour and trusts KBS shafts in his irons and wedges. On the Web.com Tour there were 35 players in the field playing KBS shafts at the Cox Classic. In 2013, KBS has hit record levels of players switching into their shafts based purely on performance and feel.
 
"This is a big weekend for KBS. We now have three players in the Top 5 going into the second week of the FedEx Cup. We congratulate the winner of the Barclays. Winning a FedEx Cup event and The Masters in 2013 is a season most would dream to have," said Kim Braly, Director of R&D and Tour Operations at KBS.
NIPPON SHAFT FINISHES THIRD AT PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
The third-place finisher at the 95th PGA Championship utilized Nippon Shaft products in his irons and produced his second consecutive top-3 finish in a major championship and his fourth straight top-3 in his last four tournaments.

The highly respected veteran Swedish pro used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex shafts in his irons to shoot 68-66-69-70—273, three strokes behind the winner, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY.

Now ranked 10th in the Official World Golf Rankings and No. 8 in FedEx Cup points, the 37-year-old native of Gothenburg finished third last month at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, second at the Open Championship at Muirfield and second earlier this month at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone at Firestone CC.  He utilized Nippon Shaft in all the events, which have exceptionally strong fields. Earlier in the season, he was fifth at The Players, T-18 at The Masters and T-21 at the U.S. Open. He has won more than $3.4 million this season.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the No. 3 finisher in this year’s PGA Championship, who used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in his irons,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “His remarkable consistency and his high finishes this season are a combination of natural talent, hard work and the right equipment.

“Nippon Shaft continues to design and manufacture the highest quality products for world-class players who compete at the highest levels of the game as well as for amateurs who want to get the most out of their games,” Fukuda said.

His next tournament is The Barclays, starting August 27, the first FedExCup Playoff event of 2013.

The N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 went on sale to the public on Feb. 1 after Nippon Shaft experts spent years travelling with the PGA TOUR getting player feedback and input during the shaft’s development phase.  The other shafts mentioned above also were developed during this process.

Nippon Shaft has been developing shafts specifically for professional and high-level amateur players since 2010.
Five Tour Victories for Mitsubishi Rayon and New products available

Through mid-July on tour, our products have scored five Tour victories and captured the driver shaft count 23 times.

*Amateurs are benefiting from MRC shafts, as well. At the PGA Merchandise Show in January, we debuted the new ion-plated Diamana™ B-series, our first shaft to use 3G M.D.I. technology featuring DIALEAD™1 and Tough-Qure™ to deliver tour-proven performance and superior stability to players of all abilities. Then this spring, we introduced to serious golfers the KURO KAGE™ Tour Edition with Titanium Nickel (TiNi) wire that was incredibly popular among Tour pros last year as a prototype. It's for players who benefit from a profile that's soft in the middle and balanced by stiff tip and butt sections. And now we're even more excited: In August, we're unveiling another premium KURO KAGE™ product, the Second-Generation KURO KAGE™ Silver shaft featuring TiNi wire that has a softer butt section, but is stiffer in the tip and mid-sections.

WHAT'S NEW WITH KURO KAGE™

There are two additions to our KURO KAGE™ line this year. The KURO KAGE™ Tour Edition with TiNi wire employs super-premium, highly elastic TiNi wire that stretches and then immediately springs back to its original shape. Placed in the tip section, that "whipping effect" gives the clubhead additional thrust and energy release through impact, creating an explosive kick and a low-spin, penetrating ball flight. It also yields the ideal combination of accuracy and soft feel. This prototype shaft has wowed Tour pros and has been available exclusively through our network of Authorized Dealers since May.

Meanwhile, the Second-Generation KURO KAGE™ Silver Series with TiNi wire will also be released by the end of August. It's ideal for players wanting explosive distance that's reliable and repeatable. The shaft incorporates its predecessor's identical bend profile and the same High Density Prepreg in the lower third of the shaft, to boost consistent performance, stability and feel. This revised version will also incorporate TiNi wire technology into the tip section, much like the KURO KAGE™ Tour Series.

SteelFiber Delivers Back-to-Back Wins on PGA TOUR
One week after winning the Sanderson Farm Championship, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf once again demonstrated the power of graphite and the stability of steel on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber i95 shafts claimed the $1 million-plus victory at the RBC Canadian Open as well as a share of second-place.

Playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his irons, the Canadian Open champion won his second PGA TOUR title of the year, winning with 16-under-par, three-stroke victory. He is now third in the FedExCup standings, and is in good position to be the first reigning FedEx Cup champion to defend his title at the TOUR Championship. Meanwhile, a runner-up at the Canadian Open earned a share of second-place, playing SteelFiber shafts in his Bridgestone irons.

"It's a difficult challenge to win on the PGA TOUR, so receiving back-to-back wins on TOUR is incredible. We're very excited with the results and we offer our sincere congratulations to the new Canadian Open champion and the runner-up who trust their game to SteelFiber shafts," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "The SteelFiber i95 is a great transition into a lighter weight iron shaft without going too light and substantially changing the feel of the club during the swing. The 95-gram weight provides good improvement in distance, while still maintaining accuracy and consistency."

SteelFiber's composite iron shaft technology continues to provide unique performance benefits every week on the PGA TOUR. Currently, SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 3 and No. 4 in the Money List; Nos. 6 and 7 in official world rankings; and tied for first and third in Top 10 finishes.
KBS Shafts Win The Open Championship
KBS shafts have won all three majors thus far in 2013. This past weekend, the winner of the Open Championship trusted the KBS Tour V shaft in his Callaway irons and wedges en route to a come-from-behind three stroke victory. This win marks back to back Open Championship victories for the KBS brand. In 2013, KBS has proven it is the preferred shaft of major champions.

The KBS Team congratulates this champion and is thrilled to be able to support the five-time major winner. With KBS Tour V iron and wedge shafts in the bag, his round of 66 and four birdies in the final six holes ranks as one of the all-time great final rounds in major championship history. As a testament to terrific iron play, he also ranked T3 in one-putts and T2 in total birdies.

The KBS brand was well represented at The Open with 20 professionals putting the Tour and C-Taper shafts in play. In addition to the champion’s KBS setup, the player in T3 place also trusted KBS Tour shafts in irons and wedges. This professional won The Masters earlier in the season.

Through the first three majors this season, the only pieces of equipment in common with the three champions are their KBS shafts.

KBS is the Shaft of Major Champions:
- 2013 Open Championship, KBS Tour V
- 2013 U.S. Open, KBS C-Taper
- 2013 Masters, KBS Tour
- 2012 Open Championship, KBS Tour

Kim Braly, Designer of KBS Golf Shafts, commented on The Open champion, “This is the best he has ever struck his irons and wedges and we are excited to have his trust in our product. Both his longer irons and wedges were integral at The Open. Our testing with the 3i, 4i, and his four wedges helped put him in a scoring position throughout the tournament. We congratulate him and his family on a great victory.”
SteelFiber Scores Victory at Sanderson Farm Championship
Delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf captured the win the Sanderson Farm Championship. Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts (X-flex) in his Cleveland 588 irons (3-PW), the champion picked up his first PGA TOUR title since 2007. He shot a strong 268 (69-65-67-67) and birdied the first playoff hole for the victory.

The Sanderson Farm Championship marks the fourth PGA Tour win of the 2013 season for SteelFiber shafts. In addition to the victory, SteelFiber shafts also picked up an extra Top 10 finish with a T9 money position.

"SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 iron composite shafts on the PGA TOUR going on four straight years, and we congratulate this week's winner on a hard-fought and well-deserved victory," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "His choice of the SteelFiber i110 is perfect for a player looking to go a little bit lighter than the typical steel shafted irons. The SteelFiber i110 allows them to pick up some yardage while maintaining a low penetrating ball flight and avoid changing the overall feel they are accustomed to from playing steel shafts. The player will also benefit from the reduced vibrations of a composite shaft which results in fewer injuries and less fatigue during the round."
SeeMore FGP- USA Tour Special
SeeMore Putters salutes the first round leader of the The Open Championship at Muirfield for his 5 under par opening round.
 
The leader, a Masters winner and 9 time PGA Tour winner, used a combination of great all around play and another amazing putting display with his renowned SeeMore FGP Tour Milled putter. He took just 26 putts in taking the outright after the 1st round. 
 
The leader's 66 also means that he has now fired 3 of his last 5 rounds in the Open Championship, at 66 or better, a feat rarely accomplished in Major Championship golf.  He is also 17 under in the 1st round of his last 3 official starts.
KBS Has Double-Win Weekend on Champions Tour and European Tour
The wins keep coming for the KBS brand in 2013. This past weekend, the winners of the U.S. Senior Open and Aberdeen Scottish Open had KBS Tour shafts in their irons and wedges. These wins mark the 14th and 15th worldwide wins on professional tours for KBS this season.

2013 U.S. Senior Open - KBS Tour shafts in the winner's irons and two wedges. This professional won with a dominating five stroke margin. He has used KBS shafts since 2008 and now has six professional wins, including two majors, with the shafts.

Aberdeen Scottish Open - KBS Tour V prototype shaft in the winner's irons and wedges, this is the second victory for this player in KBS shafts since switching his setup in 2012.

"We have worked closely with both players the past couple years and are thrilled to see their success this season. Both have many wins to their name, and their trust in our shafts is a testament to performance benefit of KBS. We congratulate both players and wish them continued success this season." said Kim Braly, Director of Tour Operations and R&D at KBS.
SteelFiber Lands Top 10 at U.S. Senior Open
For the second consecutive major event on the Champions Tour, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf have delivered top money. Playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his irons, the 53-year-old Tiawanese player with 34 professional wins to his credit shot 4-under-par 276 (68-75-65-68) for a sixth-place tie at the 34th U.S. Senior Open Championship. He also tied for the best finish at the Senior Open among all the international players.

SteelFiber shafts are the No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA and Champions Tours, and have a growing reputation for delivering the power of graphite and stability of steel. Currently on the Champions Tour, SteelFiber players are Nos. 3 and 8 in the Charles Schwab Cup's Top 10 rankings. On the PGA Tour, SteelFiber shafts are currently No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 2 and No. 3 in the Money List; Nos. 6 and 8 in official world rankings; and tied for second and fourth in Top 10 finishes. SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 iron composite shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

"With more and more professionals turning to SteelFiber shafts, composite shaft technology for irons could quite possibly be the fastest growing trend in golf equipment on the PGA and Champions Tours today," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "SteelFiber's composite technology delivers the stability and consistency players typically appreciate with steel shafts while at the same time giving greater vibration dampening and reducing a player's fatigue."
SteelFiber Clinches Second at Senior Players Championship
The No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA TOUR for the past three years, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf delivered Top 10 money positions on both the PGA and Champions Tours this week, including second- and ninth place at the Senior Players Championship, the third Champions Major of the season. SteelFiber shafts deliver the power of graphite and stability of steel and are perhaps the fastest growing, most exciting trend in golf equipment on the Champions Tour today.

Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons, the Senior Players Championship runner-up shot 17-under-par 263 for second-place. He was first in Greens-in-Regulation, shooting 90.28%, and tied for first in birdies (23). He is currently the No. 3 ranked player in the Charles Schwab Cup and the weekend's results puts SteelFiber players at Nos. 3 and 7 in the Charles Schwab Cup's Top 10 rankings.

Meanwhile on the PGA Tour, SteelFiber i95 shafts secured another Top 10 money position with a T8 at the AT&T National. SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 2 and No. 3 in the 2013 PGA TOUR Money List; No. 5 and 7 in official world rankings; and tied for first for Top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 iron composite shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

"It's very exciting to see Steelfiber shafts delivering Top 10 finishes on the PGA and Champions Tour nearly every week," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "More and more players on the PGA and Champions Tours are discovering the unique performance characteristics of SteelFiber shafts. SteelFiber's composite technology is a game-changing innovation that gives greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue, while at the same time provides the stability and shot-making consistency often associated with steel shafts."
Big weekend for Nippon Shaft, the steel shaft of choice for the winners of both the U.S. Women's Open and the Irish Open.

The winner of the U.S. Women’s Open used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons.  The victory was her third LPGA major championship this year.  She is only the fourth LPGA player in history to win three majors in the same season, joining three legends of the women’s game: Babe Zaharias, Mickey Wright and Pat Bradley.

Meanwhile, on the European Tour, the Irish Open winner used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO PROTOTYPE ORA shaft with an X flex in his irons to come from four strokes behind in windy conditions at Carton House outside Dublin.  The oft-injured 35-year-old Englishman started the final round four strokes behind the leader, but closed with a final round 5-under par 67 to win by three.  On the par 5 18th, he hit the green in two despite a poor tee shot and drained a 50-footer for eagle to win in style.

“Nippon Shaft is extremely proud that our high quality steel shafts were able to help both players win the U.S. Women’s Open and the Irish Open, two prestigious national Open titles,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company.  “Nippon Shaft is proud that we carefully design and manufacture a variety of shafts aimed at serving the specific needs of the world’s best players, both women and men, as well as for low-handicap amateurs.”

In 2012, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 50 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.               

SteelFiber Locks In Two Top 3 Finishes
The No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA TOUR for the past three consecutive years, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf claimed two Top 3 money positions this weekend at the Encompass Championship on the Champions Tour.

SteelFiber shafts are well-known for delivering the power of graphite and stability of steel and two players at the Encompass Championship trusted SteelFiber i110 shafts in their irons, and each shot 11-under-par (205), tying for third-place. Both players scored 15 birdies (T5), with one tying for first in eagles and the other tying for second in greens in regulation. Both players also jumped into the Top 10 for Charles Schwab Cup Points.

"The popularity of SteelFiber shafts is really catching on with players on the Champions Tour, and it's very rewarding to see them embrace the performance benefits of composite technology for their irons," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "SteelFiber shafts incorporate composite technology that gives players greater vibration dampening, reduces fatigue, and provides consistency typically associated with steel shafts. This is game-changing innovation that benefits everyone, particularly seniors."

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft's graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.

On the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 2 and No. 3 in the 2013 PGA TOUR Money List; No. 5 and 8 in official world rankings; and tied for second for Top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 iron composite shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Originally developed for irons, the SteelFiber technology now enhances the performance of hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.
Victory Marks KBS's Third Major Championship In Under A Year

KBS C-Taper shafts were trusted by the winner of the 2013 U.S. Open Championship. In a thrilling finish, this professional won his fourth tournament since switching into KBS shafts in 2011. In addition to the victory, KBS had the T2, T4 and T8 place finishes in Tour or C-Taper shafts. Thus far in 2013, KBS is the trusted shaft for both major champions.

The KBS team congratulates this professional for his first major championship victory. This player switched into C-Taper shafts after noticing an improved ball flight, distance gain and smoother feel. In fact, during his first practice round with the KBS C-Taper shaft, he holed out from the fairway for an eagle. Two weeks later, this professional won the 2011 BMW Championship by two strokes.

KBS is on a roll with Major Championships lately. Three of the past four majors trusted KBS shafts in their irons. In 2013, KBS has seen 10 professional wins worldwide.

KBS Top finishes at 2013 U.S. Open
- 1st C-Taper S+
- T2 Tour S+
- T4 Tour X
- T8 C-Taper S+

KBS Major Victories and Shaft Used
- 2012 Open Championship, Tour X
- 2013 Masters, Tour X
- 2013 U.S. Open, C-Taper S+

Kim Braly, Director or Tour Operations and R&D said, “We are very excited for this professional and think this is only the beginning of his future victories at major championships. When he switched into the C-Taper shaft, his iron trajectory flattened out and we immediately noticed a reduced “ballooning” of the ball. A victory at Merion, where iron precision is so important, is a testament to the performance benefit of the KBS brand.”

SteelFiber Takes Top 3 Money on Champions Tour
The No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA TOUR for the past three consecutive years, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf are also delivering the power of graphite and stability of steel on the Champions Tour. Playing SteelFiber i110 shafts in his irons, one of the top players at this weekend's Regions Tradition tournament scored 19 birdies (tied for second most of the event) and finished with a third-place tie. The high money position also landed a third-place ranking in the Charles Schwab Cup.

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft's graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy.

"We've very excited about on continued success on the Champions Tours," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "SteelFiber shafts provide benefits for all players at all skill levels, but there is perhaps no player demographic that can appreciate the unique performance characteristics of SteelFiber shafts more than seniors. SteelFiber's composite technology gives players greater vibration dampening, reduces their fatigue, and provides the stability they have historically played with with steel shafts. Most senior players can simply play better and longer with SteelFiber composite technology."
Launch of C-TAPER LITE Iron Shaft
The C-TAPER LITE iron shaft incorporates proven KBS performance benefits – piercing trajectory and smooth feel – in a lighter weight design. The firm tip and stiff butt sections produce a mid-high trajectory and controlled spin. Featuring a constant taper design and proportionate wall thickness, the C-TAPER LITE maximizes energy transfer for maximum distance. As a result, an average of 5 yards increased distance was seen during robot testing. The C-TAPER LITE come with the signature KBS brushed satin finish.
SteelFiber Shafts Win The Memorial
The No. 1 composite iron shaft on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber delivered the power of graphite and the stability of steel this weekend to win The Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons, the 34-year-old Memorial Tournament champion closed with a 12-under-276 to win the Jack Nicklaus hosted event by a two-stroke margin. He moves to second in FedExCup Points and to No. 4 in the official world golf rankings.

The victory also marked his first multiple-win season of his PGA TOUR career, and he is now one of only two players who have won more than once this year on TOUR. He previously won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February.

"We congratulate the winner of the Memorial Tournament on a great victory," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "As a golf shaft designer and manufacturer, there's no greater reward than to see professional tour players trust your equipment to produce winning results and to create unforgettable memories. SteelFiber shafts have introduced the unique playing benefits of composite iron shaft technology, and we're proud that this game-changing innovation is changing the way golfers think about their irons' performance."
SteelFiber Shafts Capture Second-Place at Colonial
Aerotech Golf announces that its SteelFiber composite iron shafts captured second-place honors at this weekend’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, SteelFiber shafts tied for seventh place, gaining a total of two Top 10 money positions for the Colonial.

Playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his irons, the Crowne Plaza Invitational’s runner-up got off to a fast start on Thursday, hitting 83.33 percent greens in regulation in the first round, and he kept the pressure on for the rest of the tournament. He finished with a strong 13-under par 267 for his fifth Top 10 finish of the 2013 PGA TOUR season. He is currently ranked third in FedExCup Points and No. 9 in the world golf rankings.

“The Texas Swing is always a fun part of the PGA TOUR and Sunday’s finale at Colonial was very exciting. SteelFiber shafts delivered excellent performance throughout the tournament and the strong second-place finish gives another great demonstration of the playing benefits of composite iron shaft technology,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber shafts provide the power of graphite and the stability of steel and we’re proud to see more players on the PGA TOUR switching to this game-changing innovation.”

SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 2 and No. 3 in the 2013 PGA TOUR Money List; No. 5 and 9 in official world rankings; and tied for first for Top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR.
TWO MORE VICTORIES FOR N.S. PRO MODUS3 TOUR 120 AND N.S. PRO 950GH

Nippon Shaft was the steel shaft of choice for the winners of the latest events on the LPGA Tour and the European Challenge Tour.

The winner of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic played the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO 950GH S flex steel shafts in her irons while the champion of the Madeira Islands Open used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons.

The winner at Mobile Bay shot 21-under par on rounds of 67-70-65-65—267 to win by one stroke and earn $180,000. The Arizona State alumna is in her third year on the LPGA Tour.

Meanwhile the former U.S. Amateur winner and All-American won the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal by two shots, firing rounds of 72-64-69-68—273 for a 15-under par total.

The victories come one week after three Nippon Shaft players finished among the top 10 at the Players Championship.

“Once again Nippon Shaft is very proud to have two more young players winning with our equipment,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for the Japan-based company.  “Nippon Shaft sends its heartfelt congratulations to both of them.”

In 2012, Nippon Shaft recorded more than 50 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.                                                                    

SteelFiber Shafts Score Big at THE PLAYERS
Delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel, SteelFiber composite iron shafts chalked up two Top 10s at the THE PLAYERS Championship from TPC Sawgrass. Two players, including the No. 5 ranked player in the world, shot 7-under par playing Aerotech SteelFiber i95 shafts in their irons.

SteelFiber’s composite iron shaft technology continues to provide unique performance benefits every week on the professional tours. SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 5 in the FedEx Cup Standings; No. 2 and No. 5 in the 2013 PGA TOUR Money List; No. 5 and 12 in official world rankings; and No. 1 for Top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR.

“TPC Sawgrass is one the top ranked courses in the United States and it demands accuracy with every shot, so we are very pleased to see more of the world’s top golfers trusting their iron play to SteelFiber shafts,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “The composite technology that has made SteelFiber so popular is truly one-of-a-kind on the PGA Tour. SteelFiber technology brings together the best performance benefits of graphite, such as greater vibration dampening, more power and reduced fatigue, with the consistency and accuracy benefits of steel. There’s no better example of superior performance and game-changing innovation than SteelFiber.”

SteelFiber Shafts Add Two Top 10s at Insperity Championship
Aerotech Golf's SteelFiber shafts, the No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, collected two T8 finishes at the Insperity Championship, held at the The Woodlands, Texas. SteelFiber players currently hold the No. 3 and No. 11 rankings in the current Charles Schwab Cup race.

Playing TaylorMade and Titleist irons, the two Top 10 players trusted SteelFiber i110 composite shafts for ultimate performance and consistency week after week.

"We're very excited about our growing success on both the PGA and Champions Tours" said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "SteelFiber shafts are well-known for combining the power of graphite with the stability of steel. Unlike any other shaft in golf, the unique composite technology provides stability and shot consistency while it simultaneously reduces player fatique and provides for more greater vibration dampening."

For the third consecutive year, SteelFiber shafts were the No. 1 iron composite shaft on the PGA TOUR. In addition to their second-straight Ryder Cup appearance, SteelFiber shafts won the 2012 FedExCup title, the TOUR Championship, The Players Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open and collected 21 Top 10 finishes on the PGA and Champions Tours. In 2011, two of the Top Eight players in the final FedExCup standings played SteelFiber shafts and SteelFiber delivered two Top Three finishes in the PGA TOUR PlayOffs.
N.S. PRO MODUS3 CONTENDS AT THE MASTERS - All Nippon Shaft Players Made Cut; Four of Five Finish Top 20

All five Masters contestants who used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons at the 2013 tournament made the cut, with two finishing in the top 10 and four among the top 20.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the five players in the field who used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons for their outstanding play in the 2013 Masters,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “The fact that these players trusted our products to help them compete at the highest level of the game is extremely gratifying to all of us at Nippon Shaft.”

Finishing in a tie for fourth place was the young Australian, who took a share of the lead on Thursday after shooting a 6-under 66 and hovered around the top of the leaderboard all weekend, finishing at 5-under par on rounds of 66-73-72-72. The 2009 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year utilized the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 S flex steel shafts in his irons.

Finishing T-8 was the Spanish star and Ryder Cup hero, who use the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 X flex steel shafts in his irons.  He, too, was co-leader after round one, opening with a 66.  He finished at 3-under par 285, shooting 66-76-73-70 on the week.

Tied for 18th was the 37-year-old Swede who used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons to shoot 75-71-73-69—288, an even par total.

Tied for 20th was the 37-year-old Richmond, Ind. native who used the N.S. MODUS³ PROTO ST X flex steel shafts in his irons to record a 1-over total on rounds of 71-74-70-74—289.

Former Masters champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons.  He shot 72-74-74-72—292, 4-over par for the week.

The N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 went on sale to the public on Feb. 1 after Nippon Shaft experts spent years traveling with the PGA TOUR getting player feedback and input during the shaft’s development phase.  The other shafts mentioned above also were developed during this process.

Aerotech Golf's SteelFiber Shafts Earn Top Money at Augusta

Aerotech Golf is proud to announce that its SteelFiber composite iron shafts earned two Top 10s and a 11th-place money position at the 2013 Masters Tournament, one of the most historic and revered events in golf. This week at Augusta National, the No. 5 and No. 9 ranked players in the world scored T6 and T8 money positions, respectively, at the Masters playing Aerotech SteelFiber i95 composite shafts in their irons.

SteelFiber shafts are well-known for delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel shafts, and composite iron shaft technology continues to demonstrate superior performance every week. SteelFiber shafts are No. 2 and No. 3 in money earned on the 2013 PGA TOUR, and tied for first in Top 10 finishes.

"This year’s field at Augusta National included 87 of the world’s top professionals and six amateurs, representing a total of 20 countries, and we’re very excited to see SteelFiber shafts becoming more popular in the game’s most prestigious venues," says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. "The SteelFiber composite technology is the only one of its kind on the PGA Tour. Graphite shafts produce greater vibration dampening and less fatigue and steel shafts offer more consistency — SteelFiber shafts bring together these two materials to produce the power of graphite and stability of steel."

KBS Wins 2013 Masters with a Thrilling Playoff Victory
The second major title for KBS in under a year

This past weekend KBS Golf Shafts were trusted in an exciting come-from behind victory at The Masters. The KBS Tour shaft (130g X flex) has been in this professional’s full setup since 2011 when he was ranked 31st in world rankings. Today, this professional is a major winner and the 3rd ranked player in professional golf. This is the second major for the KBS brand in under a year (2012 Open Championship).

KBS shafts were in 16 player’s bags this past week at The Masters, including the reigning US Amateur and British Amateur champions. This marks the first victory for KBS shafts at The Masters after coming in second place the past two seasons (2011 and 2012).

In addition to this tremendous victory at The Masters, KBS also won the Web.com Tour’s WNB Classic. This professional has now won twice on the Web.com tour with the KBS C-Taper shaft (125g S+ flex). The KBS team has seen tremendous growth on the Web.com tour the past two seasons, with players looking for every improvement to make it to the PGA TOUR. 31 players trusted KBS this week at the WNB Classic.

“KBS shafts have been in contention the past four years at The Masters, and we are thrilled this professional won his first major title with our Tour shaft. Already recognized as one of the great ball strikers in professional golf, he has elevated his game since switching into KBS in 2011. We congratulate this player and his team on a terrific performance.” said Kim Braly, Director of KBS Tour Operations.
N.S. PRO MODUS3 VICTORY ON CHAMPIONS TOUR VICTORY AND A SOLO THIRD ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR

Nippon Shaft recorded a victory on the Champions Tour and finished in third place on the European Tour over the weekend.

At the Mississippi Gulf Coast Resort Classic, the 54-year-old champion used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTOTYPE 980ST S flex to shoot an 11-under par total 205 on rounds of 70-68-67.  He was able to win by one stroke despite a bogey on the final hole.  His final round was highlighted by five consecutive birdies on the front nine of Fallen Oak Golf Club in Biloxi, Miss.

At the Maybank Malaysian Open, the 42-year-old native of Denmark played Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons to tie for third place, two strokes behind the champion in the rain-shortened 54-hole event at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.  He finished in the top 10 on the European Tour once before this season, at Abu Dhabi.

“Nippon Shaft is proud that an increasing number of the world’s best players are using Nippon Shaft products to compete at the highest level,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Nippon Shaft remains committed to designing and manufacturing high performance steel shafts that top players can rely upon under the most high-pressure circumstances.”

Nippon Shaft’s newest product is the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130, which went on sale to the public on Feb. 1.  Nippon Shaft experts have spent years traveling with the PGA TOUR getting player feedback and input in order to develop shafts that fit the needs of high-level golfers as well as amateurs.

SteelFiber Shafts Dominate the WGC-Accenture
Well-known for delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf were unaffected by wild weather in the Arizona desert and dominated the field to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The win was the second SteelFiber victory in three weeks on the PGA TOUR.

The 16-year pro and 2012 winner of The PLAYERS Championship, playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons, held off the WGC-Accenture’s defending champion to win his first tournament of 2013. The WGC-Accenture champion is one of only two former U.S. Amateur champions to win the Match Play Championship, and he owns a 15-3 record in Match Play, the best winning percentage of any player.

The No. 1 composite iron shafts on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts are now No. 1 and No. 2 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup.

“From snow in the desert to a dominate performance all weekend, the WGC-Accenture will be talked about for a long time and we’re very excited to see SteelFiber shafts win their third event in four weeks on the PGA and Champions Tours. I offer my personal congratulations to the Accenture champion for an outstanding and very memorable performance,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber is perhaps the biggest success story on the pro tours today. It’s a one-of-a-kind technology that combines the performance characteristics of steel and graphite to provide both power and stability.”

In addition to the win, Aerotech Golf chalked up another Top 10 finish at the WGC-Accenture as well. Another player scored T9 with SteelFiber composite shafts in his irons.
N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 IS RUNNER-UP IN SUDDEN DEATH at Riviera

Nippon Shaft’s new N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts recorded a second-place finish Sunday at the Northern Trust Open near Los Angeles, tying for first after 72 holes and forcing a sudden death playoff.

 

The 28-year-old Arizona native wielded a prototype of the Tour 130 shafts in his irons when he won last year’s Disney event in Orlando. At Riviera Country Club last week, he shot 11-under par on rounds of 67-71-68-67--273 in regulation, but bogeyed the devilish 310-yard par 4 10th to fall on the second playoff hole.

 

“Nippon Shaft is very proud to have played a role in such an outstanding week of golf,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “His performance this week showed that his victory in Orlando late last season is very likely to be replicated soon.”  He earned $712,800 for Sunday’s spectacular play, his biggest check of the year.

 

SteelFiber Shafts Deliver T3 Finish at ACE Group Classic
Just two events after winning the Champions Tour season-opener, Aerotech Golf’s SteelFiber shafts took more top money. The No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf delivered a T3 finish at the ACE Group Classic and secured the No. 2 ranking in the current Charles Schwab Cup race.

The two-year Champions Tour player shot 16 birdies for a solid 9-under (71-68-68=207) on the TwinEagles GC (Talon Course) in Naples, Fla. He plays SteelFiber i110 shafts in his TaylorMade irons.

“Our growing success on the Champions and PGA Tours continues to spotlight the unique performance benefits that players receive with SteelFiber shafts,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “The innovative composite technology of SteelFiber shafts combine the power of graphite with the stability of steel, and the resulting performance reduces fatique for players of all ages and skill levels, as well as provides for more greater vibration dampening.”
SteelFiber Wins the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
The No. 1 composite iron shafts on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This week’s victory marks the second pro tour win and the seventh Top Five finish in the past five weeks for shafts well-known for combining the power of graphite and the stability of steel.

The nine-year pro and reigning FedExCup champion shot 19-under 267 to break the tournament record and capture his first win of 2013, playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons. The victory was the fifth of his career and fourth within the past 22 months. The champion moved to No. 4 in the world, and is now the second-highest American in the world ranking.

“We are very pleased to have such an unprecedented start to the 2013 season. More and more TOUR players are discovering the unique playing benefits of composite iron shafts so we’re looking forward to a very exciting season this year,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “SteelFiber is the only technology of its kind on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber shafts provide the consistency of steel, while at the same time provide the feel and vibration-dampening benefits of graphite. It’s a winning innovation that’s changing the game.”
SteelFiber Locks Up Second- and Fourth-Place at Phoenix Open
The No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf delivered second- and fourth-place money positions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this weekend. During the 2013 PGA TOUR’s first four weeks, SteelFiber shafts have ripped through the top money already collecting six Top Five finishes.

The reigning FedExCup champion and current FedExCup leader closed with second-place, playing SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons. He shot a 24-under-260 (64-66-65-65). The fourth-place finisher also trusted SteelFiber i110 shafts to deliver his first Top Five finish of the 2013 season.

“This was a great week for SteelFiber shafts, and a great demonstration of the playing benefits offered by high-performance composite iron shafts,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “While graphite shafts produce greater vibration dampening and less fatigue and steel shafts offer more consistency, the composite technology of our SteelFiber shafts bring together these two materials to produce the power of graphite and stability of steel.”
SteelFiber Takes Second at Torrey Pines
Aerotech Golf announces that its No. 1-selling SteelFiber composite iron shafts delivered a second-place tie at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The high-money finish this week marked the fifth Top 10 finish (four in Top Five) in three weeks for the Tour’s leading composite iron shafts.

The nine-year pro and 2012 Tour Championship winner played SteelFiber i95 shafts in his Bridgestone irons, shooting a 10-under 278.

“Torrey Pines inspires golf enthusiasts all over the world so scoring second-place on such a memorable course is very exciting for us. SteelFiber shafts feature a high-modulus graphite core laced with micro-thin steel fiber — a unique combination that provides a solid feel at impact while also giving a player the benefits of greater vibration dampening, reduced fatigue and increased clubhead speed. The result is a composite shaft alternative for irons that has proven itself on the pro tours,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary.
SteelFiber Wins Champions Tour Season Opener
While Aerotech Golf’s SteelFiber shafts kicked off the PGA Tour on a hot streak, the Champions Tour has been even more exciting. The No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts won the season opener of the Champions Tour, capturing their first Mitsubishi Electric Championship title.

In his first tournament to play SteelFiber shafts in his irons, the Mitsubishi Electric champion shot bogey-free golf and ended on Sunday shooting a 5-under-67 at the Hualalai Golf Club. He forced a playoff in the final round, and clinched the win with a birdie on the second playoff hole. The win marked the champion’s ninth victory on the Champions Tour, adding to his 11 career wins on the PGA TOUR.

“We’re very excited with a victory on the Champions Tour,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “Because SteelFiber technology provides greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue, while at the same time giving the stability normally associated with steel shafts, we expect SteelFiber shafts will have a growing influence on both the Champions and PGA Tours for many years to come.”

In 2012, SteelFiber shafts were the No. 1 iron composite shaft on the PGA TOUR for the third consecutive year. In addition to their second-straight Ryder Cup appearance, SteelFiber shafts won the 2012 FedExCup title, the TOUR Championship, The Players Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open and collected 21 Top 10 finishes on the PGA and Champions Tours. In 2011, two of the Top Eight players in the final FedExCup standings played SteelFiber shafts and SteelFiber delivered two Top Three finishes in the PGA TOUR PlayOffs.
Diamana™ B-series, the third generation Diamana™ in the "Blue Board" series

This new Diamana™ B-series, with its new ion plated cosmetic, features material from Mitsubishi Plastics Inc. (DIALEAD™) and the latest prepreg (Tough-QURE™) advancement from our partners within the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) Group. The new B-series also becomes the first shaft by Mitsubishi Rayon to use 3G M.D.I. technology to deliver the tour-proven performance and superior stability players of all abilities have come to expect from the Diamana™ brand.

In 2009 Mitsubishi Rayon introduced the original Multi-Dimensional Interlay (M.D.I.) Technology featured in the Diamana™ Kai'li™ Series - the second generation Blue Board. This M.D.I. Technology allows Mitsubishi Rayon to layer thin carbon fiber sheets in multiple directions along the entire length of the shaft, providing our engineers precise control over stiffness and stability throughout the shaft. This same M.D.I. technology was used in subsequent years to develop and launch the rest of the Second Generation Diamana™ Series, Diamana™ 'ilima™ in 2009 and Diamana™ 'ahina™ in 2010, and most recently to develop the Diamana +PLUS™ Series.

3G Multi-Dimensional Interlay (M.D.I.) Technology -
Working with our partners in the MCHC Group, Mitsubishi Rayon has now developed the next generation M.D.I. Technology - 3G M.D.I. featuring DIALEAD™. The 3G M.D.I. Technology featuring DIALEAD™ allows our engineers to fine-tune both the E.I. Curve (Bend Profile) and the G.J. Curve (Torsion Profile) for the Diamana™ B-series to increase the overall "controllability" and minimize "ovaling" in this new series of shafts.

The Diamana™ B-series profile represents the next evolution in MRC's signature "smooth" bend profile offering "balanced" stiffness on both ends of the shaft with a slightly "stiffer" mid-section. The profile was first made popular in 2005 with the debut of the initial Diamana™ S-Series (Blue Board).

Diamana™ B-series is available in the following weights and flexes:

50 R,S,X
60 R,S,X
70 S,X
80 S,X

SteelFiber Secures Two Top Fives at Sony Open
The No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts by Aerotech Golf continued to heat up the Aloha State this weekend, winning second-place and a fifth-place tie at the Sony Open. The two Top Five money positions marks four Top 10s (three in Top Five) in two weeks for the innovative composite iron shafts.

Playing SteelFiber shafts in his Titleist irons, the Sony’s runner-up opened his 2013 season with a strong showing and shot a 21-under 259 (64-66-66-63). It was the South African’s second second-place finish in his last six events.

“This is the second straight year we’ve had a second-place finish at the Sony Open, and it’s the strongest two-week start on the PGA TOUR in our company’s history. SteelFiber shafts provide the power of graphite and the stability of steel and we have more players on the PGA Tour using Aerotech shafts than ever before. We’re very excited to see SteelFiber’s high level of performance on TOUR this season,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary.
In April 2013 we will officially launch the NEW VEGA VDC-01 Dual Cavity back irons.
The next generation in Vega irons for those looking for something to take their game to the next level.

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VDC-01 has slightly squarer toe shape that other vega cavity backs.  It is also our lowest offset iron set for a more penetrating flight.

All this gives you the ultimate players set of one piece forged clubs,’

The VDC-01 does not replace any current product and will therefore be an addition to the VEGA line.
SteelFiber Shafts Kick Off 2013 with Two Top 10s
SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, 2011 & 2012.

In addition to their second-straight Ryder Cup appearance, SteelFiber shafts recently won the 2012 FedEx Cup title, the TOUR Championship, The Players Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open and collected 21 Top 10 finishes on the PGA and Champions Tours.
N.S. PRO MODUS3 TOUR 130 WINS JOHOR OPEN IN MALAYSIA
Nippon Shaft added another victory to its 2012 worldwide total at the Johor Open in Malaysia over the weekend.  The Spanish champion used a set of Nippon Shaft steel shafts scheduled to go on sale this coming February: the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130.

The winner – a member of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team - shot an 11-under par 61 in the tournament’s third and final round to finish at 18-under par 198 and defeat his American runner-up by three shots at Horizon Hills golf club.  The final round was washed out by rain.

It was the second tournament victory of the season for the 32-year-old, who has used Nippon Shaft in his irons since May this year.  Earlier in the year, he won the Wyndham Championship, his first PGA TOUR victory since 2008.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates this week’s winner of the Johor Open on his excellent play in difficult conditions,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Nippon Shaft is proud to have been the steel shaft of choice for such a tremendous player.”
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KBS Trusted by First and Second Place Teams at the Franklin Templeton Shootout

The KBS Tour shaft was trusted by players in the top two teams at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. The charity event featured 24 of the world’s top player in a mixed team format. On both the first and second place teams, a teammate trusted KBS Tour shafts in their irons and wedges.

The winning team birdied five of the last six holes to win the event by one shot. For the teammate trusting KBS shafts, this was his third time winning the event, and second time with KBS shafts. Now a regular on the Champions Tour, this professional recorded KBS Golf Shaft’s first career PGA TOUR victory in 2008 at the Buick Open.

KBS Shafts were also trusted by a teammate in the second place team. This team fired a final round of 57 in scramble format. Trusting the KBS Tour shaft in black nickel finish, this teammate is a regular on the PGA TOUR and has been a long time fan of KBS since introduction in 2008.

“Both of these players have trusted KBS for multiple years now and we are excited to see them finish the 2012 season on a high note. We congratulate both players for a strong performance.” said Kim Braly, head of TOUR Operations and Research & Development at KBS.

Today, KBS is the fastest growing steel shaft brand in the industry. Since introduction in 2008, over 120 professionals across the PGA, European, and Web.com Tours trust KBS shafts every week. That number is highlighted by 10 of Top 50 players in Official World Rankings.

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NIPPON SHAFT WINS on EUROPEAN and LPGA TOURS
Nippon Shaft over the weekend recorded two more professional victories, on the European Tour and the LPGA Tour, the company announced today.

On the European Tour, the 36-year-old native Swede used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in his irons to win the South African Open at the Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate near Johannesburg.

The three-stroke victory was his first since he won the 2009 Players Championship and his first win on the European Tour in five years. He birdied two of the last three holes to win and finished at 17-under par for the tournament, shooting rounds of 66-65-69-71—271.

Meanwhile, on the LPGA Tour, the 25-year-old 2012 Women’s U.S. Open champion recorded a two-stroke victory at the CME Titleholders at the Eagle Course at TwinEagles Golf Club in Naples, Fla.   She used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO 850GH steel shafts in her irons and won a first-place check worth $500,000, the LPGA’s largest first-place check of the season.  She finished the tournament at 14-under par with rounds of 67-68-69-70—274.

“Nippon Shaft is very proud to have two of the world’s finest golfers – one male, one female - utilizing our shafts all over the world at the highest level of competition,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Their confidence in our products inspires Nippon Shaft to continue to improves its highly respected products.”
N.S. PRO MODUS3 TOUR 130 PROTOTYPE WINS PGA TOUR FINALE AT DISNEY'S MAGNOLIA COURSE
Nippon Shaft won the final PGA TOUR event of the season Sunday (Nov. 11), recording a final round 3-under par 69 to seal a two-stroke victory at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

 

It was the third PGA TOUR victory of the year for Nippon Shaft in addition to the Sony Open and the Wyndham Championship.  The company also has won this year on the Champions Tour, LPGA Tour, European PGA Tour and others.

              

Sunday’s 28-year-old winner used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 prototype steel shafts in his irons to shoot 16-under on rounds of 68-64-71-69 at the Magnolia GC at the Disney Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

 

Two other Nippon Shaft players finished in the top 20 at Disney.  The Zimbabwe native used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 prototype ORA steel shafts in his irons while the Swede used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120s in his irons.  Both finished at 9-under par for the tournament.

 

“Nippon Shaft is very excited for the winner of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “We also congratulate the other two players who used Nippon Shaft and finished in the top 20 on Sunday.  Both have had excellent seasons.”
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Aerotech's Claymore Shafts Win RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

An industry leader in innovative composite shaft technology, Aerotech Golf reports that its super-light, low-torque Claymore graphite shaft delivered the longest distance and the Super Senior Division title at the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, held in Mesquite, Nev.

Eric Jones of Pleasanton, Calif., launched a winning 369-yard drive swinging a driver which featured an Aerotech Claymore MX60 graphite shaft and Geek No Brainer head. No stranger to long drive competition, Jones previously won the 2003 RE/MAX World Long Drive Senior Champion title and LDA Long Drive Tour Senior Rookie of the Year for 2004.

“The Claymore is a lightweight, filament-wound shaft specifically engineered to provide an extremely stable and uniform flexing golf shaft. The stability and consistency it provides — even during the most powerful golf swings — has made the shaft a favorite for amongst long drive competitors and players with very high clubhead speeds,” says Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary. “The Claymore marks a new generation of very stable, low-torque super-light weight golf shafts. We’ve designed the softer flexes to improve launch conditions for the slower swing speeds, while at the same time the firmer flexes can handle powerful swings so that players can enjoy the benefits of a super light weight golf shaft no matter what their swing speed is.”

KBS Shafts Win 16th Professional Tournament in 2012
At the BMW Masters on the European Tour, KBS Golf Shafts had their 16th professional win for 2012. Trusting the lower trajectory, lower spin rate and smooth feel of the KBS C-Taper shaft, this professional held off the number one ranked player in the world for his second win this year. Going into the final round leading, the Swedish player fired a 67 to seal his victory and move up to 17th in the Official World Rankings. KBS congratulates this professional for his great performance.

KBS also had two impressive finishes on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour. At the PGA TOUR’s CIMB Classic, the KBS Custom shafts in White Pearl were trusted by the player finishing tied for second place. At the Web.com Tour’s season ending Tour Championship event, KBS Tour shafts were used by the player finishing in second place. KBS congratulates this player and the three other Web.com players who earned 2013 PGA TOUR cards trusting KBS shafts.
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Nippon Shaft over the weekend scored two victories and several top-10 finishes
At the European Tour’s ISPA HANDA Perth International in Western Australia, the 14th-ranked American in the world won by two shots, finishing at 16-under par 272 on rounds of 70-67-67-68. He edged his nearest competitor by two shots, using Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 ST prototype steel shafts in his irons.

 
In the same Australian event, a young English veteran of the European and PGA Tours finished in a tie for fifth, using the N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype steel shafts in his irons.

 
Meanwhile, on the LPGA, the winner was a 31-year-old Norwegian who used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 steel shafts in her irons while the second and third place finishers used N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in theirs.

 
On the PGA Tour, Nippon Shaft had two players in the top 10 at the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in southern Georgia. The native of Zimbabwe who finished tied for fourth used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 ORA prototype while the Englishman who tied for seventh used the N.S. PRO MODUS3 ST prototypes.

 
“Nippon Shaft is very proud to have some of the world’s greatest players utilizing our shafts at the highest level of competition all over the world,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “We are especially proud that these players are using four different shafts that we have developed for tour-level and better players over the last few years.”
KBS Shafts Win the Portugal Masters
At the Portugal Masters on the European Tour, KBS Golf Shafts had their 14th professional win for 2012. Trusting the piercing trajectory and smooth feel of the Tour shaft, this professional won in dramatic fashion by leading the field in putting and shooting a final round 66. The 25 year old Irishman achieved his first professional victory and moves up by 54 positions in the Official World Rankings to 74th. KBS congratulates this professional for his terrific performance.

Also this past week, the KBS C-Taper shaft was used by the winner of the World Golf Final exhibition event in Belek, Turkey. This professional has used the C-Taper S+ shaft throughout his irons and wedges for over a year, and recently won the 2012 WGC Cadillac Championship and 2011 BMW Championship. The C-Taper shaft is designed to produce a lower trajectory and less spin while maintaining a smooth all around feel.
SteelFiber Shafts Place on PGA and Champions Tours
Aerotech Golf announces that its SteelFiber composite iron shafts won T4 and T8 money positions on the Champions and PGA Tours this weekend. SteelFiber i110 shafts collected a T4 finish at the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour and SteelFiber i95 shafts claimed T8 money at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the PGA Tour.

Delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel on pro tours, SteelFiber shafts have been the No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA TOUR for the past three consecutive years. Most recently, SteelFiber shafts won the TOUR Championship and the 2012 FedEx Cup title.

"With two Top 10 finishes on two tours in one weekend, it’s easy to see that the news about the unique playing benefits of composite shafts is spreading on the pro tours. Our SteelFiber composite technology combines the performance characteristics of graphite shafts which produce greater vibration dampening and less fatigue with those of steel shafts which provide more consistency." said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary.

SteelFiber shafts provide superior performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy. Originally developed for irons the SteelFiber technology now enhances the performance of hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.

SteelFiber shafts set new company records during this 2012 PGA TOUR season. In addition to their second-straight Ryder Cup appearance, SteelFiber shafts won the 2012 FedEx Cup title, the TOUR Championship, The Players Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open and collected 21 Top 10 finishes on the PGA and Champions Tours.
MRC GOLF, INC. Introduces the Diamana B-series, the next generation Diamana in the "Blue Board" series

This new Diamana™ features material from Mitsubishi Plastic Co. (DIALEAD™) and the latest curing (Tough-QURE™) advancements from Mitsubishi Rayon and our partners within the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) Group. The new series of shafts utilizes Mitsubishi Rayon's new 3G M.D.I. technology to deliver the tour-proven performance and superior stability players of all abilities have come to expect from the Diamana™ brand.

In 2009 Mitsubishi Rayon introduced the original Multi-Dimensional Interlay (M.D.I.) Technology featured in the Diamana™ Kai'li™ Series - the second generation Blue Board. This M.D.I. Technology allows Mitsubishi Rayon to layer thin carbon fiber sheets in multiple directions along the entire length of the shaft, providing our engineers precise control over stiffness and stability throughout the shaft. This same M.D.I. technology was used in subsequent years to develop and launch the rest of the Second Generation Diamana™ Series, Diamana™ 'ilima™ in 2009 and Diamana™ 'ahina™ in 2010, and most recently to develop the Diamana +PLUS™ Series.

Lamkin Captures Big Win at TOUR Championship
Congratulations to the top two finishers at this weekend's TOUR Championship. Both players used Lamkin golf grips during their exceptional performances throughout the tournament, and will certainly carry that momentum into their Ryder Cup match-ups.

 

Equipped with Lamkin's TOUR Black Full-Cord grips, the winner also claimed the FedExCup top spot earning an incredible $10 million bonus. 

The TOUR Black Full-Cord grip is a favorite among top Tour players.  With a unique buffing process, the grip combines a softer feel with exceptional traction and wet-weather performance.

 

Using Lamkin's Performance Plus 3GEN grip, the second place finisher played solid and steady golf throughout the Tour Championship.  The Performance Plus is designed with a larger profile to help golfers control hand motion for more consistent, precise shots.
SteelFiber Shafts Win FedEx Cup Title and TOUR Championship
The No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA Tour in 2010 and 2011 can now officially add 2012. In the most anticipated tournament of the year and with the Tour's biggest purse on the line, SteelFiber composite shafts by Aerotech Golf won the TOUR Championship and the 2012 FedEx Cup title. It was the richest payoff in golf history.

The only player in the last five groups to break par, the champion fired off three big birdies on the back nine and shot 68-70-64-68 (270) for a three-stroke victory in the TOUR Championship. The win also netted the 2012 FedEx Cup title and a $10 million bonus. In addition to the win, SteelFiber shafts also scored another Top 10 money position at the TOUR Championship.

"We congratulate this year's FedEx Cup champion on a terrific victory. He's a Top 10 player in golf, and we're very proud that he chooses to play SteelFiber shafts. By combining micro-thin steel fibers and high-modulus graphite, we have created iron shafts that significantly increase clubhead speed, reduce fatigue and provide greater vibration dampening, while also providing steel-like accuracy and stability. It's a winning combination that's a proven winner on Tour," said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary.

Delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel, SteelFiber shafts have won the TOUR Championship, The Players Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open, as well as scored 19 Top 10 finishes so far this year on the PGA TOUR. Last year, two of the Top Eight players in the final FedExCup standings played SteelFiber shafts and SteelFiber delivered two Top Three finishes in the PGA TOUR PlayOffs.
SteelFiber Shafts Make Run at FedEx Cup Title
The No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA Tour in 2010 and 2011 are in the hunt for the 2012 FedEx Cup title at this week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Aerotech Golf announces that its SteelFiber iron shafts are among the Top Five ranked players vying for the win at the TOUR Championship and the FedEx Cup.

SteelFiber is well-known for delivering the power of graphite and the stability of steel, and the innovative composite shafts have scored 17 Top 10 finishes this year on the PGA TOUR, as well as wins at the Farmers Insurance Open and The Players Championship.

"Last year, two of the Top Eight players in the final FedExCup standings played SteelFiber shafts and we delivered two Top Three finishes in the PGA TOUR PlayOffs so we're very excited to be in the hunt again this year for both the TOUR Championship and the FedEx Cup. SteelFiber shafts have proven themselves on professional tours around the world to provide unique performance advantages unlike any other shafts on the market today," said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary.

SteelFiber shafts deliver extreme performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft's graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy. Originally developed for irons the SteelFiber technology now enhances the performance of hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.
KBS Shafts Win KLM Open and 5 Players Finish Top 10 at BMW Championship
At the KLM Open on the European Tour, KBS Golf Shafts had their 13th professional win for 2012. Trusting the low trajectory, low spin and smooth feel of the C-Taper shafts in his irons, this professional won in dramatic fashion with an eagle on the final hole to win by two strokes. This marks his first victory since 2010 and since switching into KBS shafts in 2011. Already a member of the European Ryder Cup Team, his Official World Ranking improved to 23rd.

Also this past weekend, KBS saw a terrific finish at the BMW Championship. Five players finishing in the Top 10 trusted shafts from the KBS TOUR Series line. One professional in KBS Tour shafts finished T2 and improved to 4th in the FedEx Cup race. The Tour, C-Taper and Wedge shafts are known for smooth feel, piercing trajectory and tight control. These shafts have seen rapid growth and popularity among top touring professionals in the world. Eight players in KBS shafts will play in the FedEx Cup Championship by Coca-Cola for $10 million.

Known for generating better performance and a smooth feel, KBS Golf Shafts are designed by industry veteran Kim Braly. Mr. Braly is recognized as a pioneer in golf industry having designed several popular shaft models and new technologies while at Royal Precision. Today, KBS Golf Shafts is the fastest growing steel shaft brand in the industry. Since introduction in 2008, over 120 professionals across the PGA, European, and Web.com Tours trust KBS shafts every week. That number is highlighted by 10 of Top 50 players in Official World Rankings.

KBS Golf Shafts incorporate a new and advanced mix of shaft technologies that improve performance by maximizing energy transfer to the club head while maintaining a firm shaft flex. This unique combination ensures players achieve better feel and shot control while maximizing total distance.
SteelFiber Shafts Draw Top 10 at Deutsche Bank
Aerotech Golf announces that its SteelFiber iron shafts grabbed sixth-place at the Deutsche Bank Championship this week on the PGA TOUR. The top money position is the 17th Top 10 finish for Aerotech shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2012, and the third Top 10 in the past four weeks.

The three-time PGA TOUR winner played SteelFiber shafts — the No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA Tour in 2010 and 2011 — in his Bridgestone irons. His sixth-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship also dialed him in for fourth-place in the FedExCup standings.

"The on-going success for SteelFiber shafts on the PGA TOUR is very exciting. SteelFiber shafts have proven themselves on professional tours around the world to provide unique performance advantages on the PGA TOUR. SteelFiber's composite technology gives players greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue similar to graphite shafts, while also providing the same stability as steel shafts," said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary.

SteelFiber shafts provide the power of graphite and the stability of steel. The shafts deliver extreme performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft's graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy. Originally developed for irons the SteelFiber technology now enhances the performance of hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.

SteelFiber shafts received industry-wide acclaim last year with two Top Three finishes in the PGA TOUR PlayOffs and with two of the Top Eight players in the final FedExCup standings.
SteelFiber Shafts Lock Up Second-Place at The Barclays
The No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, SteelFiber shafts are no stranger to Top Money on the PGA TOUR. Aerotech Golf announces that its SteelFiber iron shafts locked up second-place at The Barclays this week in Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. The Barclays is the 16th Top 10 for Aerotech shafts on the PGA TOUR in 2012.

Playing SteelFiber shafts in his Bridgestone irons, the Nashville native shot a 70-69-68-70 (6-under 277) that included 14 birdies and one eagle. His second-place finish at The Barclays also secured a current second-place in the FedExCup standings.

“We’re very excited to have another Top 10 finish this week. SteelFiber shafts continue to provide performance benefits on the PGA TOUR that are unlike any other shafts. The composite SteelFiber technology provides greater vibration dampening and reduces player fatigue similar to graphite shafts, while simultaneously giving the greater stability and consistency that is normally associated with steel shafts,” said Aerotech Golf President Chris Hilleary.
THREE TOUR EVENTS, THREE VICTORIES FOR NIPPON SHAFT

Nippon Shaft recorded three victories on three different world golf tours over the weekend, the biggest coming in a Monday morning finish at the Wyndham Championship at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC.

There, the 32-year-old Spaniard, who wielded Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO prototype 2G18 steel shafts in his irons, won by two strokes after shooting an18-under par total 262 on rounds of 67-63-66-66.  

The victory was his first on the PGA TOUR since 2008 when he won The Players.  It also went a long way toward helping secure a spot on this year’s European Ryder Cup team, which will take on the Americans next month at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

Meanwhile on the LPGA Tour, the 22-year-old from Japan used Nippon Shaft’s classic N.S. PRO 850GH steel shafts in her irons en route to victory at the Safeway Classic outside Portland, her first on the LPGA.  The fourth-year LPGA Tour member finished at 13-under par 203 for her 54-hole wire-to-wire win on the Ghost Creek Course at Pumpkin’s Ridge. She won $225,000 for her efforts.

Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 also claimed victory at the ECCO Tour Championship in Denmark.  The 38-year-old Italian earned his fourth career win with a par on the third hole of a two-man sudden death playoff at Stensballegaard Golf in Horsens, Denmark.  The two players finished at 12-under par in regulation.

“Nippon Shaft congratulates this week’s winners on the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, and European Challenge Tour – all of whom used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons - on their exciting victories,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “Nippon Shaft is proud to have been the steel shaft of choice for each of these outstanding players.”

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 popular with tour pros because they offer optimal performance in the three key areas:

1.    Desired trajectory, which comes as a result of the unique shaft structure;
2.    Accurate distances, thanks to the shaft’s unique raw steel material and accompanying heat treatment;
3.    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.

KBS Shafts Win First U.S. Amateur Championship
The champion of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship trusted KBS C-Taper Shafts for his come from behind victory Sunday. Just miles from KBS headquarters, top amateur players in the world came to Cherry Hills Country Club for the annual stroke and match play tournament. In total, 44 players at the event used KBS shafts in their irons and wedges; highlighting the brand’s fast growth since KBS was introduced 4 years ago.

Known for generating better performance and a smooth feel, KBS Golf Shafts are designed by industry veteran Kim Braly. Mr. Braly is recognized as a pioneer in golf industry having designed several popular shaft models and new technologies while at Royal Precision. Today, KBS Golf Shafts is the fastest growing steel shaft brand. Since introduction in 2008, over 120 professionals across the PGA, European, and Web.com Tours trust KBS shafts every week. That number is highlighted by 10 of Top 50 players in Official World Rankings.
SteelFiber Nets Top 10 at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
The No. 1 composite iron shafts on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber had a strong finish in 2011, delivering three Top Three finishes in the 2011 PGA TOUR PlayOffs and being featured by two of the Top Eight pros in the final FedExCup standings. SteelFiber composite shafts combine a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface and are world-renowned for providing players with the stability of steel and the power of graphite.
New Vega Driver

The Vega RAD-03 driver is the most advanced driver Vega has produced. A new lower profile body, with its traditional aerodynamic flat sole maintaining stability by feeding the air into the Airflow stabilizer. The 2012/3 Airflow Stabilizer has been developed to incorporate the new weight port. 

SteelFiber Sizzles with Summer Hot Streak - Aerotech
The No. 1 composite iron shafts on the PGA TOUR, SteelFiber had a strong finish in 2011, delivering three Top Three finishes in the 2011 PGA TOUR PlayOffs and being featured by two of the Top Eight pros in the final FedExCup standings. SteelFiber composite shafts combine a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface and are world-renowned for providing players with the stability of steel and the power of graphite.
Getting more distance off the tee is easy right?

(Written By: GolfSpy T) If you’ve ever read anything Tom Wishon has written about driver length, or spoken to your local fitter about the topic, there’s a curious statistic that you’ve probably encountered.

Since the mid 2000′s, the average driver length on the PGA Tour has held steady at 44½”.

Think about that for a second. The very best players in the world, guys who hit the sweet spot on their driver as easily as most of us would hit water after falling from a cruise ship, guys who routinely drive the ball to distances that some reading this would need two swings to achieve are playing drivers upwards of 1.5″ shorter than what most of the rest of us have in our bags right now.  Read the whole article at:

http://www.mygolfspy.com/mgs-labs-is-longer-really-longer/

KBS Shafts Win the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship

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BS C-TAPER shafts were used by the champion of the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship. In a record setting performance, this professional trusted the KBS C-Taper shaft en route to his victory 8 strokes past the second place finisher. With a field of 312 golfers, 66 players trusted the Tour or C-Taper shafts from the brand's signature KBS TOUR Series line. In addition, last year's champion at the 2011 PGA PNC trusted KBS Tour shafts. Consecutive wins at this prestigious event highlights fast-paced adoption for KBS shafts among PGA Professionals across the golf industry.

First introduced in 2008, the KBS brand continues to surge as the fastest-growing shaft brand on Tour evidenced by over 110 players across the PGA, European, and Nationwide Tours trusting the company's signature product line. Recent highlights include players in KBS leading the European Tour's Race to Dubai rankings and 10 top 50 players in the World Rankings using KBS shafts.

According to Kim Braly, Director of Tour Operations, "This year's win at the PGA National Championship is historic news for the KBS brand. In only our fifth PNC tournament, KBS shafts have already been used twice winning consecutively in 2011 and now 2012. As a relatively young brand, our team works hard to spread awareness for KBS shafts and educate PGA Professionals across the industry regarding the advanced performance and fitting solution. Given this year's PNC numbers, our efforts are working. From all of us at KBS, we warmly congratulate this year's champion."

MRC GOLF, INC. Introduces the Diamana +PLUS Series

This new series of shafts combines the premium materials of the Original Diamana™ Series with the M.D.I. (Multi-Dimensional Interlay) Technology developed for the Second Generation Diamana™ Series. The Diamana +PLUS™ Series delivers bend profiles similar to the Second Generation Diamana™, while! retaining the feedback and feel of the Original Series.

This new Diamana +PLUS™ Series will also incorporate a "progressive torque" system that optimizes performance by matching a shaft's torque and shaft frequency to deliver optimal performance for players of all abilities.

SeeMore Congratulates Zach Johnson
SeeMore Putter Company congratulates Zach Johnson and his FGP black blade putter for being in the top 5 in the 4 main putting statistical categories year to date for 2012. This is a rare statistical accomplishment.

* #1 in Putting Average 1.717 putts per green in regulation
* #3 in One Putt Percentage 44.6%
* #4 in Putts per Round 28.03
* #5 in Strokes Gained Putting .709 per round

In 2003, when he was player of the year on the Nationwide Tour, he set the all time Tour season record for fewest average putts per green in regulation, an incredible 1.699, using his SeeMore putter. The SeeMore putter has been with him ever since, helping him to nearly $25 million in career earnings and 8 PGA Tour victories, the second most on the PGA Tour for any player currently under the age of 40.
Proof That The SeeMore Putting System Works
Martin Jones and Ed Robertson have been SPi Bronze Certified Instructors since March of 2012. AGT has a state of the art facility for getting custom fitted equipment in the hands of tour professionals and amateurs. 
 
Take a look at an excerpt from the SPi forum post below.  Join in on the conversation by clicking on the link and leaving your comments for myself, Ed and Martin to answer.  We appreciate your input.
 
Now that AGT is an authorised SeeMore putter fitting centre and both Ed and Martin have passed the SeeMore Bronze Instructor / Fitter test, we wanted some proof that the SeeMore system definitely has the potential to improve a player’s putting stroke.  At St. Andrews Links Golf Academy, we have a SAM Puttlab analyser which measures 28 parameters of the putting stroke. We decided to put the SeeMore system of putting to the test, using SAM Puttlab. The results blew us away.

First we had to find a volunteer who was unhappy with their putting. We soon found an ideal candidate and will tell you who it is at the end of this report.  The plan was to use SAM to analyse the player’s current putting stroke then to compare this with the SeeMore system of putting using a fitted SeeMore putter.
 
The player chosen generally sets up with his putter in the middle of his stance and his eye line directly over the ball.  His current putting stroke is driven by arms and hands rather than by simply rocking the shoulders with firm wrists. He complained that his putter always seemed to move outside the line on his backstroke and that the putts never felt solid. As a result, distance control was not good and his confidence was not great.

Forum Link - HERE - Join in on the Conversation - Proof That The SeeMore Putting System Works
How do I Care for my Custom Built Clubs?

To ensure your clubs maintain good condition it is important that you follow a few basic rules:

Cleaning Brush
DO NOT use brushes with wire/brass bristles as this will damage the coating particularly on forged clubs which are carbon steel not stainless steel.
Head Covers
If you use iron head covers and play in the wet/damp conditions, ensure you dry the clubs after playing and leave the covers off to enable them to dry fully.  Dampness will cause rust.
Forged Club Heads
These will mark very easily due to the softness and are particularly susceptible to stones in bunkers – BEWARE.  Small nicks can be ground out.
Grips
Grips will last longer if washed regularly and performance will be maintained in poor conditions.
Graphite Shafts
A good graphite friendly bag is essential.  Shafts will mark very easily and will wear if rubbing against hard surfaces.

KBS WINS NATIONWIDE AND CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENTS
KBS Shafts enjoyed an exciting weekend as players emerged victorious at the Nationwide and Champions Tour events trusting steel shafts from the brand's signature KBS TOUR Series line. First introduced in 2008, KBS Shafts continue to surge as the fastest-growing steel shaft brand on Tour recently surpassing 100 total players on the PGA, European, and Nationwide Tours trusting their products. Continued adoption for KBS Shafts is highlighted by 10 top 50 players in the World Rankings trusting shafts from the TOUR Series line.

At the Rex Hospital Open on the Nationwide Tour, KBS TOUR® X (130g) shafts were used by the top finisher highlighting 30 total players at the event trusting shafts from the KBS TOUR Series. This week's player count highlights rapid growth on the Nationwide Tour where 13 players arrived at the year's first event trusting KBS. Recent tournaments show KBS now averaging 25+ players per event in addition to 3 victories already this year.

On the Champions Tour, KBS TOUR® X (130g) shafts were trusted by the top finisher at the Principal Charity Classic marking the KBS brand's fourth win this year on this tour alone. This week's event is the 10th of the season giving KBS 40% of the victories in 2012.

According to Director of Tour Operations, Kim Braly, "The player growth we're seeing on Tour this year is simply phenomenal. On the PGA TOUR, we continue to attract more of the game's best and most visible players. On the Nationwide, with the addition of KBS Representative, Jason Hause, we're finally working with players at the game's top proving ground. Our rapid success across every tour and the performance of players using KBS speaks directly to the product's performance and I personally couldn't be more excited."
SeeMore Salutes Red Hot Zach Johnson Wins Colonial For 2nd Time In 3 Years
(Franklin, TN - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) SeeMore recognizes another great victory for the winner of this week's prestigious 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Zach Johnson, who has now won at this famous track twice in 3 years for his 8th PGA Tour Victory. The win moves Johnson even higher into the ranks of the All Time great players with his 8th career victory, including a Major Championship.  Johnson's 8 career PGA Tour victories place him 3d on the All Time victory list among players currently under 40, and his career earnings of $24.8 million place him 8th on the All Time PGA Tour money list among players currently under the age of 40. Clearly Johnson has become one of the greatest winners of his generation.
 
Johnson is red hot right now, with a Victory (Colonial) and 2 second place finishes (RBC Heritage, The Players) in his last 4 starts, and over $2.4 million in winnings in those 4 events.

Every one of Johnson's victories have taken place using his trusted SeeMore FGP blade style putter, with SeeMore's patented and proven RST (RifleScope Technology) alignment system. By "hiding the red dot" Johnson uses the same putting system that was originally introduced to him by SeeMore teaching ambassador Pat O'Brien and that is now being taught to golfers all over the world through the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi).

Johnson led the field at Colonial in putting, taking only 101 putts over the course of 4 rounds. His putting average and strokes gained putting also put him at or near the top of the field and helped him to hold off the other hottest player on tour for the victory. Year to date Johnson is 1st overall in one putt percentage on tour, 1st on tour in par 5 performance, 1st in scrambling from over 30 yards, 3d in Putting Average, and 3d in fewest putts per round.
SeeMore Launches SPi
The reason why this week's winner, or any TOUR player, mini-tour, college player or top amateur uses a SeeMore Putter, is because of the results that they see on a daily basis using the "SeeMore System." The instant feedback is given as soon as the putt is hit. This is what our SPi Instructors teach on a daily to their students.

Not only do these players use the benefits of the SeeMore system, but also our 140 worldwide SPi Instructors. Both TOUR players and SPi Instructors see how a consistent set-up, consistent ball position will lead to a more consistent stroke. Therefore being able to learn your good putting stroke from your bad putting stroke.

SPi brings our passion and teaching platform to the teaching professionals in a way that is helping them grow their competence, confidence, and teaching breadth in all things putting. SPi trains and certifies golf instructors, and then helps them find students, juniors, and mini-tour players to bring into a putting training program. It creates a huge win-win, and is one of the freshest ideas in the golf industry in a long time. SPi already has nearly 20 teachers who have rapidly advanced through this training to where they are becoming regional leaders in putting instruction. If you are a golf instructor and would like to become a SPi Certified Instructor, please contact Ted Gallina at ted@seemore.com for more information. We will teach you to learn to enjoy putting instruction.
NIPPON SHAFT WINS THE 2012 SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
The winner of the 2012 Senior PGA Championship used Nippon Shaft MODUS3 Tour 120 X-flex steel shafts in his irons en route to a two-stroke wire-to-wire victory at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.

The 53-year-old Englishman shot 68-67-64-72 for a 17-under par total of 271 at the first championship ever staged at the challenging Jack Nicklaus-designed course in southwestern Michigan.

He led by as many as nine strokes on the front nine Sunday, but made a few bogeys coming in to win by two shots in a tournament he dominated over the last 36 holes.

“It’s the greatest day of my professional career, no question about that,” said the resident of Ascot, England, who in had never before won a Champions Tour event “It was hard work in the end.  I think I had a nine-shot lead and your mind starts to wander a bit.”

Through 54 holes the champion hit 16 of 18 greens each day.  He hit 14 of 18 in the final round.

“Nippon Shaft is very proud that its products contributed to a victory at one of the more prestigious championships in senior golf,” said Hiroyuki Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “We congratulate the champion.”

On the Ladies European Tour, the winner of the Unicredit Women’s German Open used the Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro 950GH steel shafts in her irons.  The Frenchwoman earned her victory by making a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff at Golfpark Gut Hausern outside Munich.

“The N.S. Pro 950GH has been a fixture on the women’s professional tours worldwide for many years,” Fukuda said.  “We congratulate this week’s champion and wish her the best in the future.”

A number of 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
Acurate 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 lightweight.  Soon, Nippon Shaft grew to be the No. 1-selling shaft in Asia, controlling 80 percent of the market.

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 200 professional tour victories on 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.