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May 01, 2006

UST Chalks Up Classic Victory in the Big Easy

FORT WORTH, Texas — A world leader in innovative graphite shafts, United Sports Technologies (UST®) scored another victory on the PGA Tour, winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This week’s champion in the ‘Big Easy’ captured his first PGA win playing UST high-performance graphite shafts in his Nike driver and fairway woods, a combination that delivered accuracy and performance throughout the tournament.

UST has repeatedly surprised the graphite shaft industry with one innovation after another, and the company’s commitment to manufacturing graphite shafts to incredibly tight tolerances has established UST as a world leader in shaft quality and consistency. The winning graphite wood shaft of this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans— the Accra™ SE80 — is a great example of the performance generated through innovative engineering coupled with tight tolerance controls.

“In today’s highly competitive field, PGA players need a winning edge, and for the second time this year, UST graphite shafts have helped a player achieve their first PGA Tour victory,” says Gene Simpson, vice president of sales and marketing for UST brands. “Just as we saw at this year’s Masters, usage of UST graphite shafts at the Zurich Classic was up strongly — 15 percent — from the previous year. More players than ever before are switching to UST shafts and we’re confident that our shafts’ consistent performance in both distance and accuracy and our manufacturing to such tight tolerances are big reasons why.”

Simpson explains that UST maintains a mandate for tight tolerances by administering a vigorous testing process that incorporates computer testing, analytical lab testing and player testing programs. Not only are shaft designs completed using sophisticated proprietary software design, UST shafts undergo laboratory tests, including: Flex testing and methodology, torque testing, durability bending, impact testing, air cannon testing, frequency testing, and paint adhesion and durability testing. Finally, there is no better place to validate product performance than the fiercely competitive PGA Tour, and UST utilizes PGA pros and an advisory staff of club professionals and accomplished players to thoroughly assess the playability of every shaft.
United Sports Technologies makes graphite golf shafts for golf consumers and many original equipment manufacturers, such as Callaway, Cleveland, Nike, Ping, Sonartec, Titleist, Wilson Sporting Goods and many others. UST also produces and distributes such world-renown graphite shaft brands as Proforce, ACCRA, IROD and HTD which are played in more than 100 tour events on the PGA, Champions, LPGA, 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 clubmakers. For more information about UST, please visit our website at www.ustgolfshaft.com.

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