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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.”