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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.

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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

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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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Comparing the overall stiffness of the heavier versions of the UST Mamiya Recoil to steel, the stiffness is about the same. But, looking at the lighter weights, the stiffness is very close to the stiffness of heavy metal. This is the advantage of composite product, light yet stiff. 

Looking at the EI profile, I see a shaft that will launch high. A set of 110S Recoils are in my bag, and the ball flight appeared to be a little higher than my past set. I wanted to verify that it was the shaft, not the new heads. I range testing with a FlightScope, comparing the Recoil to a similar weight and flex steel shaft on the same head. The flight was 1 degree higher and the spin was 1000 rpm lower. Hum! Dispersion identical. Distance with the Recoil just slightly longer. Do not draw any conclusions from this, every golfer has a different swing/loading/release pattern. What happens with one player can be completely different with another. The point to be taken from this comparison is that the design of the UST Recoil will create a different flighting that may or may not be suitable for your style. Composite iron golf shafts open up an new range of fitting options. Thay can be structured in ways that are difficult if not impossible to recreate in steel.

Radial quality of the Recoil is excellent, these shafts will exhibit little if any benefit from alignment. They are for practical purposes, spineless.  Tip and butt torques and just slightly higher than steel, but I did not see any increase in dispersion due to the .5 degree difference between the Recoil and the steel shaft I compared it to. Feel is just slightly muted as it is in all composite shafts. For many, this is a benefit. The feel from the Recoil is more akin to a thump than a crack. For those that live in the north and play in the cold, this is a good feel on those cold days when you hit a little thin.

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

Recoil_Set_CertificationI have looked at several sets of UST Mamiya Recoils. This chart is from a full set of 95 gram S flex taper shafts. I did not say constant weight, because they are not, they are ascending weights. The UST Recoil gets heavier as it gets shorter. To a club builder, that is a huge benefit. Swingweight matched sets with ascending weight shafts will come very close to being MOI matched. Ping uses AWT shafts in many of their models.  A close inspection of these profiles also indicates the Recoil set is flighted.  Higher launch in the lower irons, lower launch in the higher irons. The bend profile consistency of this set is very good, as it has been on all other sets I have checked.

While walking through the UST Mamiya USA headquarters when the first prototypes of this shaft were introduced, Jamie Pipes, Director of TourSPX Operations at UST Mamiya said, ‘This is the best iron shaft we have ever made.’ Now, two years later, having tested, played and fit the shaft, I have to agree.

UST Mamiya ATTAS3 and ATTAS4u Golf Driver Shaft Review

UST Mamiya ATTAS3 & ATTAS4u

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.

UST Mamiya ATTAS4U

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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’.

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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

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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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UST Mamiya VTS Golf Shaft Review

UST Mamiya VTS Golf Shaft

VTS Red – High Torque
VTS Silver – Mid Torque
VTS Black – Low Torque

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

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The UST VTS shaft is available in three torque versions in each weight and flex. An enormous number of options for a fitter. Several years of research at UST found the order of importance in shaft fitting to be tip stiffness, mid stiffness, torque and lastly butt stiffness. The VTS shafts allow the fitter to test three levels of torque in shafts with identical profiles. Traditional designs have higher torque in lighter, softer shafts and lower torque in heavy, stiff shafts.

The UST VTS technology is available in two versions The silver gray tour version, available only through UST TourSPX fitters is certified in the UST Fort Worth US headquarters. The parameters are recorded, a serial number is etched on the shaft and the parameters are kept on file at UST.

This is a mid launching shaft design. Some players with smooth release swing dynamics have found the higher torque VTS Red model generates higher head speeds. The more popular mid and low torque VTS Silver and VTS Black models introduce torque related feel as a fitting option.
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The VTS Black with tip torques of around 1.6 in the 70 and 80 gram models is a great fairway shaft.   The gradual loss of stiffness near the tip is good for tipping to control ball flight.

UST Mamiya Elements Hybrid Golf Shaft Review

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

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

RollingElementsEWFThe USTMamiya Elements Golf Shafts have three different launch designs; Earth=low, Fire=mid and Wind=high. In the hybrid models, the difference between the Wind and Fire is weight and stiffness, The lower launch Fire is a 100g shaft while the higher launch Wind is a 90 gram golf shaft. The 80g Earth is a different design. The Earth profile is very similar the the UST Mamiya VTS Silver and Black design.
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The Wind and Fire designs are almost identical to the UST AXIVCore Black, one of my favorites for stable tip, mid-high launch hybrid shafts. Radial quality is excellent, several of the 9 shafts I measured were perfect, the worst of them was 99.3%.  This is as good as it gets.  Tip torques were around 1.9, butt torques 2.5.  This is a low dispersion design that offers the USTMamiya TourSPX dealer a wide range of fitting options. The graphics of the USTMamiya Elements is an interesting update of the UST Mustard and Black color scheme.

UST Mamiya VTS Tour SPX Hybrid Golf Shaft Review

UST Mamiya VTS Hybrid Tour SPX

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

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TourSPXTransparetLogo.fwThe ATTAS VTS hybrid is available in low, medium and high torque models in different weighs and flexes. It lets the fitter explore your sensitivity to torque. This is not a shaft you buy off the shelf, it is designed for custom fitting by a UST certified Tour SPX fitter.

VTS Hybrid EiGjVTS Hybrid TorqueAs you can see from the profiles, each of the torque designs has a slightly different EI profile, resulting in slightly different launch tendencies. The Red is a Mid-High launch while the Silver and Black are Low-Mid designs.

These are tour grade shafts, the radial quality and shaft to shaft consistency is excellent. Each shaft is certified by UST with 20 measurements and laser etched with a serial number before it ships. Should you ever need a replacement, the certification document can be used to find a match.

UST Mamiya ATTAS Hybrid Golf Shaft Review

UST Mamiya ATTAS Hybrid

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

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The ATTAS Hybrid is a premium shaft from UST Mamiya. It uses the same AXIV weave material in the butt section as the AXIVCore products. The mid and tip are made of ultra thin carbon graphite, allowing for more piles of material. This results in lower torque, smoother profiles and a long stiff tip.

The shaft to shaft consistency is excellent. Radial quality is excellent, torque ranges from 2.5 in the 85R to 2.3 in the 100 X.

It is a unique hybrid profile, modeled on the ATTAS driver shaft. A soft butt allows early loading in the downswing with a smooth, controlled swing. The quick loss of stiffness in the mid is complimented with a long uniformly stiff tip. It is a mid high launching shaft with low torque numbers that delivers tight dispersion. The profile is similar to the Nippon Modus3 irons shaft. This is has long been one of my favorite hybrid shafts.
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UST Mamiya AXIV Core Hybrid Black Golf Shaft Review

UST Mamiya AXIVCORE Hybrid Black

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

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The UST AXIV Core Tour Black Hybrid like the Tour Black Driver/Fairway shaft is a mid-high launch design. the aftermarket shaft is 100 grams. An 85 gram version with the same profile was offered in some stock hybrids. The 85 gram shaft has about 1/2 degree more torque than the after market version which ranges from 2.3 in the R flex to 2.2 in the X flex. The profile is found in a number of hybrid shafts, including some of the Mitsubishi models.

Tip torque at 17″ is 1.85, Butt torque at 37″ is 2.5.  Good numbers for a high launch design.  If your hybrids have a tendency to hook, a shaft with low tip torque may be the cure.  This profile is a classic, you will see it again and again in quality hybrid shaft designs.
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