FORT WORTH, Texas — One of the world’s largest graphite shaft manufacturers, United Sports Technologies (UST®) has become a growing force on the PGA TOUR, and the recent player usage of UST shafts at the 2006 Masters may indicate a strong shift in equipment preferences among the world’s best golfers.
Not only were five of the Top 10 players this weekend at Augusta playing UST graphite shafts, but the player usage of UST shafts at the Masters skyrocketed more than 51 percent over the number of UST shafts in play at last year’s Masters.
“The number of Top 25 PGA TOUR pros playing UST graphite shafts has grown significantly this year, and we’re very excited over the enthusiasm that UST shafts are generating week after week,” says Gene Simpson, vice president of sales and marketing for UST. “High-performance graphite shafts by UST consistently deliver, and the distance and accuracy these shafts are producing speak volumes. From what I’m seeing each week on Tour, the PGA players are very anxious to listen.”
One of more notable reasons for UST’s heightened popularity has been the performance-enhancing, low-torque characteristics of the Proforce V2 which is optimized to work with today’s 400cc to 460cc driver heads. The trend in larger driver and fairway wood heads has increased hit-ability for many golfers, but in most of these larger heads, the head’s center of gravity (CG) has been moved further away from the center line of the shaft, a design factor which places more stress and causes more twisting on the shaft. The V2’s low torque design provides the power and control needed for today's 400cc to 460cc heads. Also, because the low-torque V2 prevents clubheads from twisting open on impact, the V2 reduces spin for increased distance and control.