UST Mamiya News & Press Releases

Aug 30, 2005

UST Captures Buick Championship

FORT WORTH, Texas — Not only was the IROD® Hybrid graphite shaft by United Sports Technologies® (UST) the No. 1 hybrid shaft at this week’s Buick Championship, but this year’s champion trusted the IROD Hybrid shaft to deliver a winning performance at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. The 44-year-old champion played a Sonartec MD hybrid club upgraded with a IROD hybrid shaft and tied the course record in regulation with a 9-under 61.

“After winning the hybrid shaft count at 24 of 36 PGA events, the IROD is easily the most popular hybrid shaft on the PGA Tour,” says Shawn Mullin, PGA Tour representative for UST. “The IROD Hybrid shafts are specifically designed to maximize the performance of hybrid-designed clubs, such as the Sonartec MD or the TaylorMade Rescue. Plus, the IROD generates a higher trajectory shot from the most difficult lies, a performance characteristic absolutely necessary when playing 2-, 3- and 4-irons which have long been often considered hard-to-hit.”

Combining UST’s advanced shaft tip design with its latest carbon fiber technology, the IROD Hybrid shaft features Interlinked Carbon technology that is clearly visible in each hybrid shaft model. For example, on the butt section of every IROD shaft, golfers can clearly see the custom-engineered carbon fiber material that enhances the feel and stability of the shaft on every shot. Also, as a part of new Interlinked Carbon technology, high modulus graphite fibers are specially woven to provide hoop strength and stiffness. Fibers running vertically provide stiffness while the fibers running at 90 degrees prevent the shaft from deforming or flattening under load.

United Sports Technologies makes graphite golf shafts for golf consumers and many original equipment manufacturers, such as Nike, Tommy Armour, Sonartec, Wilson Sporting Goods, Hogan, Spalding, and many others. UST also produces and distributes such world-renown graphite shaft brands as Proforce, ACCRA, PURE Gold, 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 more than four million graphite shafts a year for original equipment manufacturers and custom club makers. For more information about UST, please visit our website at

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