UST Mamiya News & Press Releases

Aug 15, 2006


FORT WORTH, Texas — The first hybrid graphite shaft to win on the PGA Tour, the IROD® Hybrid graphite shaft designed by United Sports Technologies (UST®) is still beating the competition with consistency and accuracy. This week’s champion at The INTERNATIONAL played a TaylorMade Rescue club custom-fit with an IROD Hybrid shaft to win his first PGA Tour title of his career.

“UST’s IROD Hybrid remains one of the most successful hybrid shafts on the PGA Tour,” says Gene Simpson, vice president of sales and marketing for UST brands. “Hybrid shaft design options have increased greatly over the last year for both woods and irons, and we’re extremely pleased that more players than ever before — pro and amateur alike — now recognize that true hybrid shafts maximize hybrid club performance.”

The popularity of hybrid clubs is booming on the pro tours, yet not all hybrid clubs are assembled with shafts specially designed for hybrid performance. According to the engineers at UST — one of the world leaders in hybrid shaft technology — true hybrid shafts possess unique physical characteristics which optimize the performance of hybrid clubs.

The IROD and UST’s newest hybrid design — Proforce V2 Hybrid — make great shots easy! The IROD made UST’s revolutionary ‘hoop strength’ technology well-known on Tour, and the new Proforce V2 Hybrid features a unique graphite fiber orientation in the mid- and butt-sections that helps the shaft recover faster than ever when loaded or flexed. Combining the hoop strength design with lower torque engineering and enhanced flexibility, the new V2 Hybrid, like the V2 wood, provides unparalleled stability and consistency, and balances the tip section to launch the ball higher with increased ball speed, while the optimized torque reduces spin for superior control.
United Sports Technologies makes graphite golf shafts for golf consumers and many original equipment manufacturers, including Nike, Taylormade, Sonartec, Wilson Sporting Goods, Callaway, Ping, Hogan, Cleveland, Titleist and many others. UST also produces and distributes such world-renown graphite shaft brands as Proforce, ACCRA, IROD and Harmon Tour Design® which are played in more than 100 tour events on the PGA, SPGA, Nationwide and European tours. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, UST operates four manufacturing facilities throughout the world and produces millions of graphite shafts each year for original equipment manufacturers and custom club makers. For more information about UST, please visit our website at

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