FORT WORTH, Texas — One of the world’s largest graphite shaft manufacturers, United Sports Technologies (UST®) won its third tour event in two weeks by providing superior performance down the stretch to win the FBR Open. Playing ACCRA® graphite shafts in his fairway woods, this year’s FBR Open champion — a 25-year-old Australian pro — ruled the final round at the TPC Scottsdale, where he closed with birdies on three of the last four holes.
In addition to the win, the FBR Open demonstrated UST’s continued popularity among successful pro players. Not only did UST graphite shafts capture four of the Top Eight money positions at the FBR Open, but UST was No. 1 in the driver shaft brand count among all graphite shaft manufacturers. (Editor’s Note: Since specific shafts are manufactured exclusively for TaylorMade, Callaway and Ping, UST deems those models as OEM brands, not as shaft company brands.)
“The FBR Open is one of the five oldest events on the PGA Tour and it annually sports one of the largest crowds, so we’re very excited to have a victory in such a celebrated venue,” says Gene Simpson, vice president of sales and marketing of UST brands. “Year after year, UST surpasses other graphite shaft manufacturers in innovative shaft technology that excels in performance and consistency, 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 FBR Open — the Accra SC95 — is a great example of the performance generated through innovative engineering combined with tight tolerance controls.
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.
“There is no better place to validate product performance than the fiercely competitive PGA Tour,” adds Simpson. “UST utilizes PGA pros — such as Davis Love III, Rod Pampling, Cristie Kerr and other highly accomplished players — to thoroughly assess the playability of every shaft.”
For more information on UST or UST products, call 800.277.0534 or visit www.ustgolfshafts.com.