UST Mamiya News & Press Releases

Jun 14, 2005

UST Shafts Top Two Tours

FORT WORTH, Texas — Premium graphite shafts designed and manufactured by United Sports Technologies® (UST) won top money positions on two pro tours. Garnering seven Top 10 positions on the weekend, UST graphite shafts won the LaSalle Bank Open on the Nationwide Tour and the all-new Proforce® V2 shaft claimed second-place on the PGA Tour.

The Nationwide Tour’s hottest player continued to outperform the competition, handily winning the LaSalle Bank Open playing with the premium Accra® SE80 graphite shafts in his Nike Ignite driver and T60 three- and five-wood. The 2005 champion was also the only player in the field to shoot four sub-70 rounds. Meanwhile on the PGA Tour, all of UST’s graphite shaft brands — Accra, IROD®, Harmon Tour Design® (HTD) and Proforce — won Top 10 honors at the Booz Allen Classic, and the IROD Hybrid shaft was once again the most widely used hybrid shaft among the PGA pros.

“We congratulate this year’s winner of the LaSalle Bank Open on a terrific victory,” says Shawn Mullin, PGA Tour representative for UST. “But another one of this weekend’s biggest stories is how the new V2 shaft is making waves on the PGA Tour. UST has always produced some of the world’s most technologically advanced graphite shafts, and the V2’s rising popularity among the best players in the world is a solid indication of how well the V2 performs. It’s incredibly stable and consistent and, quite frankly, it’s the hottest graphite shaft on the PGA Tour.”

The V2 features an extremely low-torque design that is optimized for today’s 400cc to 460cc heads. In most of the larger driver and fairway wood heads, the clubhead’s center of gravity is positioned further away from the shaft’s center line and that causes more twisting pressure on the shaft. However, the V2’s low-torque design helps prevent clubheads from twisting open on impact, thus limiting the amount of back spin imparted onto the ball and transferring more energy at impact. The new Proforce V2 also incorporates UST’s revolutionary ‘hoop strength’ technology that uses a material lay up (or 90-degree material design) and helps the shaft recover faster when loaded or flexed.

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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