UST Mamiya News & Press Releases

Jul 12, 2005

UST’s IROD® Wins John Deere Classic

FORT WORTH, Texas — The innovative IROD® Hybrid graphite shaft by United Sports Technologies® (UST) is well-known as the most popular hybrid shaft on the PGA and Nationwide Tours, but it’s known for delivering Tour-winning performance. In only his 18th career start, a 22-year-old rookie entrusted his critical long iron performance to an IROD Hybrid shaft at the John Deere Classic and won his first PGA Tour victory. With his Tour Bazooka JMAX 2-iron upgraded with an IROD Hybrid graphite shaft, he finished with a 6-under 65 on Sunday to claim the lead and the win.

“ The IROD Hybrid continues to be the 2005 season’s No.1 true hybrid shaft on the PGA and Nationwide Tours,” says Shawn Mullin, PGA Tour representative for UST. “So it’s no surprise that other ‘hybrid’ options have appeared on the market in the wake of IROD’s phenomenal success. At UST, we’re extremely pleased that the best players in the world recognize that true hybrid shafts feature very specific design characteristics which maximize hybrid club and long iron performance.”

Recently, the editors of Golf Tips honored the IROD shaft with their prestigious Golf Tips Tech Awards and selected the IROD over all other hybrid design shafts for pushing technology to the limit. ‘Most people still believe graphite shaft upgrades are strictly for drivers,” wrote Golf Tips’ editors, “but UST has proven that graphite shafts can make a significant impact on fairway woods, hybrid clubs and long irons as well. IROD shafts are specially designed to create a higher trajectory, add more distance, enhance stability and lend better shot control than standard steel shaft options.”

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 stiffness. Fibers running vertically provide stiffness while the fibers running at 90 degrees prevent the shaft from deforming or flattening under load.

The IROD Hybrid shafts are available as a driver, fairway wood and long iron designs. The IROD Long-Iron shaft is specifically designed to put the difficult-to-hit 2-, 3- and 4-irons back in the golf bag by producing a high trajectory shot from the most difficult lies. The IROD Hybrid Fairway shaft produces a tight shot dispersion, while the IROD Hybrid Utility shaft technology focuses on both accuracy and maximum distance control.

United Sports Technologies makes graphite golf shafts for golf consumers and many original equipment manufacturers, such as Nike, Tommy Armour, Sonartec, Wilson Sporting Goods, Hogan, Spalding, and many others. UST also produces and distributes such world-renown graphite shaft brands as Proforce, ACCRA, PURE Gold, 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 more than four million graphite shafts a year for original equipment manufacturers and custom club makers. For more information about UST, please visit our website at

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