UST Mamiya News & Press Releases

Oct 16, 2006

UST’s IROD Hybrid Wins Samsung World Championship

FORT WORTH, Texas — The No. 1 Hybrid graphite shaft on the LPGA Tour, the IROD® Hybrid by United Sports Technologies (UST®) outperformed the competition and delivered the win this weekend at the Samsung World Championship.

Among the world’s Top 20 players which converged at the BIGHORN Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., the winner of the Samsung World Championship played a Sonartec MD hybrid club custom-fit with an IROD® Hybrid shaft and scored a tournament-low seven-under par 65 Sunday to edge the defending champion by two strokes.

“Often called the fifth major of the LPGA Tour, the World Championship has become the definitive championship to decide the world’s best woman golfer, and we’re very pleased to see our IROD Hybrid deliver its second winning performance in back-to-back weeks,” says Gene Simpson, vice president of sales and marketing for UST.

Revolutionizing shaft performance on pro tours, UST’s IROD Hybrid shafts feature ‘Interlinked Carbon’ technology which is specially designed to optimize performance with hybrid clubs and deliver the ultimate stability, consistency and launch performance.

Both the award-wining IROD and UST’s newest hybrid design — Proforce V2 Hybrid — are specifically designed to perform with hybrid clubs, and more players are benefiting from playing shafts featuring true hybrid technology. The Proforce V2 Hybrid, for example, features a unique graphite fiber orientation in the mid- and butt-sections that helps the shaft recover faster than ever when loaded or flexed. Combining the unique fiber configuration with lower torque engineering and enhanced flexibility, the V2 Hybrid provides exceptional stability and consistency, and balances the tip section to launch the ball higher with increased ball speed, while the optimized torque reduces spin for superior control.
United Sports Technologies makes graphite golf shafts for golf consumers and many original equipment manufacturers, including Nike, Taylormade, Sonartec, Wilson Sporting Goods, Callaway, Ping, Hogan, Cleveland, Titleist and many others. UST also produces and distributes such world-renown graphite shaft brands as Proforce, ACCRA, 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 millions of graphite shafts each year for original equipment manufacturers and custom club makers. For more information about UST, please visit our website at

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