UST Proforce V5 Golf Shaft Review

Driver Golf Shaft – UST Proforce V5

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

USTProforceV5_ImageThe UST Mamiya Proforce V5 is a 2014 update of the ever popular Proforce V2. I have never had much experience with this shaft so my comments will be limited to observations of the numbers. Comparing it to the single Proforce V2 that was in the shop, the Proforce V5 torque is about a half degree lower. That creates a more stable tip for the larger heavier driver heads that we now see loaded with bling.


Radial consistency is excellent, the average was 99.8 with a standard deviation of 0.3%. None of the review sample exceeded my 2 cpm threshold, all were excellent. At this price point, that is notable. It reflects a trend in the shaft business to produce quality shafts that work consistently in any orientation in rotating hosels. The graphics of the Proforce V5 reflect that, wrapping uniformly around the shaft.

If you were familiar with the UST AXIVCORE Tour Green you will find the Proforce V5 to be quite similar. Compared to the AXIVCORE which integrates 4 axis material int he tip, the Proforce V5 has about a half degree more torque. You can expect a mid launch ball flight



UST Mamiya ATTAS 5 GoGo Driver Shaft Review

UST Mamiya ATTAS5 GoGo Driver Shaft

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

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TourSPXTransparetLogo.fwThe UST ATTAS5 is the late 2013 addition the the ATTAS family of shafts. It compliment the ATTAS3 and ATTAS4u reviewed earlier. The ATTAS shafts are ultra premium models made from ultra-high modulus, low resin content materials. They are available from UST Mamiya Tour SPX certified fitters only.

USTMamiya Attas3vs5I see in the ATTAS 5 a design that keeps showing up in new shaft releases. A steeply descending profile showing a rapid loss of stiffness from butt to tip, with a long stiff tip. The difference between one brand and the next is the rate of stiffness lost and the length of the tip section of the driver shaft. The new ATTAS 5 and the ATTAS 3 released a few years ago are a good high launch vs low launch pair. The 6 Stiff profiles are compared in this illustration. The ATTAS 5 is softer in the mid section. It will create good launch and spin for a golfer with a flat to negative angle of attack. The stiff mid ATTAS 3, fitting the player with a positive angle of attack, looking to create a lower spin penetrating ball flight. The ATTAS 5 design is a good compliment to the low launch, low spin heads and balls that are common in the 2013-2014 marketplace.

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USTMamiya ATTAS5RadialWhat struck me as I measured the ATTAS 5 GoGo review samples was the radial quality. Several of the shafts had perfect radial quality measurements. So perfect in fact that they showed very little change in oscillation patterns in any orientation. That prompted me to take a hard look at the 8 stiff shaft. The red lines in this illustration show the Flat Line Oscillation (FLO) planes. These indicate the high and low points of stiffness around the shaft. On a perfect shaft such as this, they did not fall 90 degrees apart as is typical. The Bow plane of the shaft was not a point as shown on the graphic, but rather a 50 degree range, centered at the spot shown, that indicates a shaft which is not only perfectly round, but also perfectly straight. Shafts such as this show us what is possible with current production technology if you are willing to spend $605. If you have a rotating hosel the ATTAS 5 GoGo shafts can be orientated in any direction with no regard whatsoever for alignment.

USTMamiya ATTAS5 FLOIf you are not a club builder you may not be familiar with the term FLO. It is located by clamping the butt of the shaft and attaching a weighted laser pointer to the tip. These images are a 5 second time delay photo of the laser tip oscillating. As you can see, the oscillation follows the stripe on the board perfectly in both planes. This simple technique quickly finds the hard and soft planes of a golf shaft.

The clamping device is a laser detection instrument that measures the oscillation rate of the shaft. This is called the frequency of the shaft. It is a method of measuring stiffness. FLO DisplayFrequency matched shaft sets are made using this equipment. By comparing the frequency of the two FLO planes, the radial consistency of the shaft is quickly determined. If the frequency on the two FLO planes are the same, or nearly the same, the shaft is perfectly round. The UST Mamiya ATTAS 5 shafts are perfectly round.

This photo shows the clamp with a radial protractor attached to the shaft. The tip points to a board with a vertical line, That line guides the deflection perpendicular to the clamp. Suspended above the shaft is the camera used to take the photos and video for this short demonstration of shaft oscilliation

UST Mamiya Recoil Iron Shaft

UST Mamiya Recoil Iron Shafts – Ascending Weight Taper

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas



In the recent past, composite iron shafts were not looked on as something suitable for strong, low handicap, competitive golfers. The idea that composite, aka graphite, iron shafts belonged in the bag of a tour pro is still hard for many traditional minded golf professionals to accept.  Then, Brandt Snedeker comes along and wins the 2012 FedEx Cup with composite iron shafts in his bag. Composite has arrived and the composite shaft companies are delivering tour quality shafts.

The UST Mamiya Recoil ascending weight iron shaft is one such golf shaft. It released in 2013 through the UST Mamiya TourSPX dealers. I first saw this shaft in its prototype version two years ago. This review is about the ascending weight taper shafts. It does not apply to the parallel shafts available to the general public. I have not yet looked at those shafts. 

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Michael Guerrette, Senior Director of R&D discussed the Recoil with me at the PGA 2013 merchandise show.


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UST Mamiya ATTAS3 and ATTAS4u Golf Driver Shaft Review


By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

TourSPXTransparetLogo.fwThe UST ATTAS3 and ATTAS4u driver shafts are ultra premium models made from ultra-high modulus, low resin content materials. This is the trend in professional quality driver shafts. The material cost and the price of this class of golf shafts is well beyond the retail price of stock drivers.  The MSRP on these shafts is $560, they are only available from UST TourSPX dealers. At this price, you would not want to invest in a shaft that had not been tested with your swing by a professional, launch monitor equipped fitter.


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The model number, 5, 6, 7 & 8 accurately represent the weight of the shafts when cut to installed lengths. The balance points ranged from 24″ to 25″ not putting these into the category of counterweighted designs. Torques measured in the same range as the UST VTS Silver, marking this as a mid torque design. When I use that term, I am discussing torque in the range found in ultra premium golf shafts. That range is entirely different from what is typically found in off the rack golf clubs. Off the rack driver shafts start beyond what is found at the high end of the range of tour quality driver golf shafts.

The measurements of the ATTAS4u revealed two distinct profile patterns. The ultra-lite 5 is a different design than the rest of the models.  This is not an uncommon practice.  Ultra-lite shafts are used by a different swing speeds and styles. They should fit that style and the manufacturers are wise enough to model the designs to the player most likely to use them.  This shaft features a stiff mid, found by UST research to control dispersion.  Our testing found it to me a mid launching design with slightly lower spin than the companion ATTAS3.


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The UST Mamiya ATTAS3 looks like a sibling of the ATTAS4u, the graphics are identical, only the color changed. Torque values are about one half a degree higher through the model when compared to the ATTAS4u.  We see multiple designs in the different weights. The ATTAS3 4 model is the first from UST in a premium ultra-lite driver shaft. The raw shafts weighted 48 grams, putting them around 45 grams installed. In this weight range, tip and butt torques of 3.1 and 5.1 set a new standard. This can only be accomplished with high modulus graphite fiber.

Balance points are the same as the ATTAS4u. It should be noted that the radial quality of these shafts is outstanding. Several of the review samples showed NO difference between hard and soft plane stiffness. At this price, one would expect no less. These shafts ooze quality.

USTMamiya ATTAS 34u7X.fwWe took the 7X versions to the range for testing by Mark Maness, Mark will be one of our shaft testers in future reviews. Mark was a PGA Tour member in 1988 competing in 28 events including the US Open. He is the Director of Golf Instruction at the Golden Bear Golf Center in Carrollton, Texas. Mark is a PGA Class A instructor and active in the North Texas PGA chapter.

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We use Markit spray on the golf club face to document the impact pattern. High and low strikes will influence the launch and loft of the ball flight. A driver face rolls from top to bottom, changing loft as it does so. Most testing is done with a robot to get consistent ball strikes on the center of the club face. Mark Maness is every bit as good as a golf robot.  He has the additional advantage of being able to describe the feel, balance and responsiveness of the golf shaft he is testing.  The image shown above documents his 7 strikes with the UST Mamiya ATTAS3 7x.  As you can see, one was a little high, one was a little low, but the other 5 were dead center. Mark Maness, our own living and breathing ‘iron byron’.

FlightScope Reports

USTMamiya ATTAS4u TRA review of the best 5 of 7 strikes using range balls with a 45 degree left to right cross wind, coming  into Mark’s face shows a slightly lower launch lower spin from the ATTAS4u compared to the ATTAS3. This is consistent with what I was told to expect from the UST Mamiya fitter/tester at their Fort Worth US Headquarters.  Mark’s comments:
ATTAS4u “I feel a soft tip, my rhythm is too quick for this shaft, it would be a great shaft for a slower tempo swing”
ATTAS3 “I like the feeling I am getting from the tip. The weight of the club feels centered, that is how I sense the shaft loading.  I can feel it load from the center”

Remember when looking at these results, this is one golfers fit. Everyone interacts differently to these profiles and the only way to find the right shaft for your swing is with a professional fitter that understands golf shafts and is equipped with a wide range of shaft fitting options.

UST Mamiya Elements Driver Shaft Review

UST Mamiya Elements – Earth – Fire – Wind Driver Golf Shafts

By Russ Ryden, A Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitter
Fit2Score, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

The UST ATTAS elements released in 2012.  It is available in three versions, MK, DK and RK in the original green Asian version and Earth, Wind and Fire in the 2013 American graphics.  Offering different launch options in a single model is quickly becoming an industry standard.

The elements is the latest generation design based on the UST research that ranked shaft performance order of importance as tip stiffness, mid stiffness, torque and butt stiffness.  Their field testing is reflected in the higher torque design of the Earth, the lower launching version. The low launch version, the elements Earth has slightly higher torque than the mid and high launch elements Fire and Wind.The UST Mamiya elements profiles are consistent from weight to weight and flex to flex.  The radial profiles are exceptional, every shaft measured less that 0.5% difference in flex from stiff to soft side.  This means the shaft can be installed in any orientation in a rotating hosel driver.  The FLO was oriented to the label on every shaft I measured.

I personally like the return to the familiar mustard and black color scheme that has long been a hallmark of UST Mamiya on the PGA Tour.  The finish is multilayer spray paint I saw during a visit to the Fort Worth Texas US headquarters.  It took several passes/days through the finishing operation to apply the colors, silk screen graphics and clear finish coat.  You do not truly understand what is involved in making a golf shaft until you get to see it happen. When you realize how much of the operation is done by hand, you have respect for a product like the UST Mamiya elements that is so very consistent from shaft to shaft.

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The numbers:
Earth:  Tip torque, 60g = 3.0, 70g = 2.6  –  Butt torque, 60g = 4.3, 70g = 3.7
Wind:  Tip torque, 60g = 2.4, 70g = 2.0  –  Butt torque, 60g = 3.3, 70g = 2.9
Fire:  Tip torque, 60g = 2.3, 70g = 2.0  –  Butt torque, 60g = 3.4, 70g = 3.0
Balance points were 25 to 25.5 inches from the tip putting this in the category one might refer to as counter weighted. Raw shaft weight was generally indicated by the shaft number, 6=68g, 7=77g

When the UST Mamiya first appeared last year on Tour, I spent some time with Michael Guerrette, VP, Product Research & Tour Development, discussing the element, here is what he had to say.

During a recent visit to the UST facility in Fort Worth, Michael made an interesting point.  He said most everything we know about shaft design and shaft performance comes from observation.  “We have yet to develop the technology to get inside the tornado and truly understand what is happening.  But were working on developing the technologies that will get us there.”  UST Mamiya has taken some bold steps in the shaft business lately, first with the VTS line of shafts that gave their TourSPX certified fitters torque options and now with the elements offering flighting options.

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