FORT WORTH, Texas — While graphite shafts by United Sports Technologies® (UST) were heating up the Gila River Classic on the Nationwide Tour, UST’s high-performance Harmon Tour Design (HTD®) shafts delivered an exciting victory on the Champions Tour. Playing a Titleist driver upgraded with an Harmon Tour Design graphite shaft, this year’s champion shot a bogey-free back nine to score a final-round 7-under 65 and win the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Now a staple on all pro tours, the HTD is offered in most popular original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products either as a stock or custom upgrade option.
“Many of UST’s high-performance shafts are extremely well-suited for senior golfers, so it’s very rewarding to earn such a high-profile win on the Champions Tour,” says Shawn Mullin, PGA Tour representative for UST. “The professionals on the Champions Tour often have 20-plus years of pro golf experience, so their preference of UST’s advanced graphite shafts is high praise. The HTD line is a great example of our engineers’ dedication to superior performance.”
“It’s is no surprise to see the HTD win on the Champions Tour. When fitting golfers at demo days, the HTD fits a lot of different type of swings,” adds Jamie Pipes, product testing and field research manger for UST. “Even at 65 grams, senior players like the draw-bias ball flight produced by the CB-65 model because they do not have to work as hard to turnover the clubhead.”
The high-performance HTD was designed with feedback from world-renown golf instructor Butch Harmon and his brothers — Craig, Billy and Dick — and features an ‘active’ tip section that performs significantly different from the tip section found in most shafts. Mullin explains that the HTD’s tip section is torsionally stable to control the clubhead and offers a higher launch angle for a high, penetrating ball flight down range. The active tip section is the result of extra carbon fiber material used to distribute additional weight in the butt section and to move the shaft’s balance point towards the butt end, thus providing more stability and control in a player’s hands. HTD offers players the ability to swing confidently, increase ball speed and add more distance.
One of the world’s largest and most successful graphite golf shaft manufacturers, UST is well-known for developing innovative golf shafts that have won on every professional tour in the world. In addition to its own award-winning shaft designs, UST’s engineers regularly provide technical expertise on new product development, component compatibility and graphic customization for numerous club manufacturers.