Nippon shaft players win Hero Challenge & Australian Women’s Open

Players used Nippon Shaft products last weekend to win the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero Challenge in the Bahamas and the Australian Women’s Open in Sydney.

The winner of the Hero Challenge at Albany used Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Hybrid Tour X-flex shaft in his utility iron Sunday enroute to a final round 68 to get to 20-under for the week. The strapping 27-year-old Texan recorded rounds of 69-66-65-68—268 for his third victory in the 2023 calendar year. His winner’s check was $1 million.

Meanwhile, in Sydney, the 34-year-old South African won her second consecutive Australian Women’s Open using the N.S. PRO 950GH neo steel shafts in her wedges and N.S. PRO 950GH shafts in her wedges. She shot a total of 9-under par 280 with rounds of 68-70-67-75 at the Australian Golf Club to win A$270,00 ($188,000).

“Nippon Shaft is thrilled to have two winners – one male and one female – on different sides of the world win on the same weekend,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “The N.S.PRO MODUS³ Hybrid Tour X-flex shaft is a breakthrough hybrid technology that combines the best qualities of steel and graphite so that tour-level players and everyday golfers alike can get the best out of their abilities. Meanwhile, our N.S. PRO 950GH neo and N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts provide players with a lightweight feel and effectiveness that have made them extremely popular on tour and off.”

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

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

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