UST Mamiya News & Press Releases

May 22, 2007

UST’s IROD Shaft Delivers Wins PGA & LPGA Tours

FORT WORTH, Texas — Graphite hybrid shaft designs have forever changed the way golfers approach set make-up, and the shaft that started the revolution — the UST IROD Hybrid — continues to win on pro tours around the world. Delivering consistency and a high-performance feel, the IROD Hybrid graphite shaft designed by UST® (United Sports Technologies) won this week on the PGA and LPGA Tours.

The champion of this week’s AT&T Classic dialed up another win on the PGA TOUR, playing an IROD in his Titliest utility iron, while the winner of the Sybase Classic on the LPGA Tour trusted an IROD to deliver her second win of the 2007 season. In addition to the PGA victory, the IROD Hybrid shaft was the single-most popular graphite shaft among utility clubs at the event.

“PGA Tour players rely on graphite shafts in their woods and utility irons to deliver distance and accuracy, and UST shafts were clearly the preferred choice in those categories for the top five finishers at the Honda Classic,” “The Proforce V2 and IROD both excel in performance and consistency.”

“Largely due to the great success of the IROD Hybrid, most everyone now knows that graphite shafts specifically designed for hybrid clubs deliver greater performance,” says Jim McIntosh, tour representative for UST. “UST continues to lead the graphite shaft industry in developing new technologies and designs which expand a club’s playability, and the IROD is a perfect example of how superior engineering direct translates to better playability and lower scores.”

The IROD Hybrid graphite shaft features Interlinked Carbon™, an innovative carbon fiber technology that has been combined with UST’s touted advancements in shaft tip design. Unlike the ‘invisible technologies’ of many graphite shafts, IROD’s custom-engineered carbon fiber material is clearly visible on the butt section of every shaft. As a part of new Interlinked Carbon technology, high modulus graphite fibers are specially woven to provide hoop strength and a firmer, more solid feel in the hands. Fibers running vertically provide stiffness while the fibers running at 90 degrees prevent the shaft from deforming or flattening under load.

“With 75 wood shafts in play at the AT&T Classic this weekend, UST graphite shafts are extremely popular on the pro tours, so it’s no surprise that pros such as Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Rod Pampling and many others trust our products,” adds McIntosh.“
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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