Best known for its world class steel shafts for irons, Nippon Shaft has announced a new class of graphite driver shafts for 2016.
The new N.S. PRO Regio Formula series, which consists of three different graphite shaft styles, is aimed at improving carry distance through improved initial velocity, decreased spin and optimized launch angle of trajectory by emphasizing player-specific driver performance needs.
N.S. PRO Regio Formula B Series
The N.S. PRO Regio B graphite driver shaft is designed for players who release the club early on the downswing.
The Formula B shafts (blue color) are 46 inches long and weigh between 52.5 to 78.5 grams. They come in four flexes (R2, R, S, and X), and are ideal for players who use the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 120 because of their similar shaft-bend profiles.
N.S. PRO Regio Formula M Series
The N.S. PRO Regio M graphite driver shaft is designed for players who release the club late on the downswing.
The Formula M shafts (red color) are 46 inches in length and weigh between 52 and 80.5 grams. They come in four flexes (R2, R, S, and X), and are ideal for players who use N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 steel shafts in their irons due to similar shaft-bend profiles.
N.S. PRO Regio Formula MB Series
The N.S. PRO Regio MB graphite driver shaft is designed for players with a mid-release of the club on the downswing.
The Formula MB shafts are 46 inches long and weigh between 53.5 and 81 grams. They come in four flexes (R2, R, S, and X), and are ideal for players who use N.S. PRO MODUS3 TOUR 105 and 125 shafts because of similar shaft-bend profiles.
"Although Nippon Shaft is best known for creating the first Tour-quality sub-100 gram steel shafts for irons, we always have been a comprehensive shaft manufacturer, and have designed and produced world-class graphite shafts for drivers for many years," said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the company.
"The new N.S. PRO Regio Formula series will offer golfers long-club graphite shafts designed to promote consistent performance, lower spin, and higher trajectory for three different swing types," Fukuda said.
New N.S. PRO Zelos8 Steel Iron Shaft
Nippon has also announced a new N.S. PRO Zelos8, its latest steel shaft for irons, weighing in at between 84 and 87.5 grams. The N.S. PRO Zelos8 is designed with a low kick point and evenly distributed rigidity, which delivers effective flexibility from the tip of the shaft to butt.
The Zelos8 is easy to handle and helps produce smooth swings along with lower spin and a ball-flight characterized by a high peak trajectory.
"The Zelos8 is a refinement on last year’s revolutionary Zelos7, weighing 10 grams more than the world’s lightest constant-weight steel shaft," Fukuda said. "Both are aimed at golfers looking to combine the lightness, softer feel and flexing advantages of graphite with the performance and consistency of steel."
The popularity of Nippon Shaft on the world’s major golf tours continued to explode in 2015, with 106 players on the PGA TOUR and European Tour combined utilizing steel shafts built by the Japan-based golf shaft manufacturer.
That computes to an increase of over 50 percent compared to the prior year when 70 major Tour pros used Nippon Shaft, and more than double the 48 players who used Nippon Shaft products in 2013. And in the 2015-16 wraparound season Nippon Shaft has already posted three victories.
Nippon Shaft will officially reveal their entire 2016 line-up at the PGA Merchandise Show in January. And I'll have even more information for you during my live coverage from the Show.
In the meantime you can find out about Nippon Shaft's entire 2016 line-up of shafts by checking out Nippon Shaft, and following them on twitter @NipponShaft.
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