FORT WORTH, Texas — Graphite shafts designed by United Sports Technologies (UST®) delivered consistency, accuracy and a world-class win at the HSBC World Match Play Championship at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. This week’s champion at the HSBC World Match Play Championship played a Nike SasQuatch driver custom-fit with an Accra™ graphite shaft by UST, while the runner-up played UST’s popular Proforce V2 graphite shaft.
“The HSBC World Match Play has provided plenty of action in its 43-year history, and we’re very proud for UST shafts to have dominated the final round of a tournament featuring 16 of the world’s best,” says Gene Simpson, vice president of sales and marketing for UST brands. “Pro players rely on extremely tight tolerances in their graphite shafts for consistent performance, thus helping them achieve success on the world stage.”
UST engineers were challenged with the Accra program to design a graphite shaft with the tightest tolerances in the industry. Achieving this new benchmark in tolerance technology, UST applies strict manufacturing tolerances on all its premium shaft designs, then administers a vigorous mechanical testing process that incorporates computer testing, analytical lab testing and player testing programs. Not only are shaft designs completed using a 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. Finally, UST shaft performance is validated on the fiercely competitive PGA Tour with pros and club professionals assessing the playability of the various shaft models.
Delivering tournament-winning performance and industry-leading innovation year after year have been primary reasons for UST’s growing popularity on pro tours around the world.