Shimada Golf KK is one of only two companies in Japan which manufactures steel shafts. Its rival, Nippon, is a subsidiary of a large company, while Shimada is a dedicated family business, passionate about golf and the pursuit of the perfect golf shaft. In 1951 Shimada Products KK was established as a shaft factory, also producing parts for skis. The company grew and the present factory was built in 1967, opened by Mr Hayashi, now executive of Mizuno, who crossed the river barefoot with his celebratory bottle of Saké. Mizuno were keen for Shimada to continue to produce shafts for them, and they in turn dealt only with Mizuno.
Shimada could barely keep up with the demand for golf shafts. Despite being a successful business, Shimada is also committed to the welfare of its employees and their families. The company’s philosophy is not to “get rich quick” but to look at the long term, be consistent, and yet strive to continually improve. Shimada now only makes Steel shafts and with good reason.
To maximize its properties, each shaft is heated to 880°C and then reheated to 470°C. Other factors are trade secrets but result in Shimada shafts returning to their natural state quicker than its competitors. The end result is a shaft that feels strong but with a soft feel. There is a Shimada shaft for every golfer from the slow swing speed and high launch shafts right through to the heavier shafts demanded by many of the worlds leading players.
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