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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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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