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.
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.
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:
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.
The unique dual cavity design gives unsurpassed feel. The smaller cavity reduces the thickness of the main muscle back giving a softer feel. This also moves the CG slightly higher up the blade whilst not reducing the playability.
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.
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.