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 Tour and trusts KBS shafts in his irons and wedges. On the 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.
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.


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.