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2012 UST MAMIYA ATTAS 3 – IS990 Iron Shafts & Grips

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by Spy Zinger

Iron Shafts and grips from UST

For the past two years, I have played that ATTAS T2 in my driver, and have found it to be the most consistent shaft for my game, round after round. As I have said in the past, it really is the perfect combination of launch and spin. Additionally, the T2 is the longest shaft I have played to date. It’s not coming out of the bag anytime soon.


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Last year, when I saw spy photo’s of the ATTAS 3, I was naturally curious and eager to put it to the test. The ATTAS 3 is said to be longest and straightest shaft ever developed by UST Mamiya. The shaft series continues with the use of ultra-high modulus, low resin content to create the signature ATTAS feel player have come to expect in this third offering. It also incorporates the constant taper design to promote better energy transfer from the shaft to the ball for distance. The ATTAS 3 differs from it’s predecessors. On the ATTAS 3, they have made the flex softer and tightened up the tip end torque wise. Which should launch higher and spin less than previous ATTAS offerings.

Although this shaft will primarily be marketed in Asia, I believed the provided specs would produce the ultimate three wood shaft. A club that has been absent from my bag for quite some time, replaced by a lone 17* fairway wood set-up. Added to this, it seems as though the focus of equipment OEM’s in 2012 seems to be on the three woods producing the same or similar distances to drivers. With a tighter tip section and decreased spin, I feel this would pair well with a distance oriented three wood that flies high off the deck while remaining on my intended line. I am really looking forward to having this installed. Now, to find just the right three wood head to pair it with…there are a lot to choose from this year.

SPECS: Model 5270, Stiff Flex, 75g, 2.5 Torque, High Launch, .335”


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I first saw the UST Mamiya IS900 series shafts when easyyy (Richard) posted them last year. He said, “There is talk about UST working to solve an old problem with graphite shafts in irons. Heavy, thick walled graphite shafts deform differently than thin walled steel shafts. This provide a dull, dampened feel and inconsistent energy loading and release during the swing. UST is working to develop new iron shaft designs with lower hoop stiffness similar to steel shaft deformation. The result is said to have improved accuracy through consistent transfer of energy and enhanced feel and workability.” UST reports “Low Hoop” technology brings the feel back into heavy graphite irons shafts. They position 19 different layers within the shaft to create a shaft they say outperforms the best steel shafts on the market. These are constant weight designs, with balance points adjusted so there will be no drop off in swingweight when replacing existing iron shafts.

I learned about these at just about the same time I was thinking about something I have no business thinking about. Playing blades. I really like the look of most of the offerings today, but as an 11 handicap, I would be better suited sticking with game improvement varieties. Curiosity got the better of me, and by 2012, I had a brand new set of PGA Tour Issue Callaway 2009 X-Forged irons. I felt as though having these shafted in the IS 990 Prototypes from UST, would assist in producing shots that resembled those struck with my old heads. The silver iridium plated finish on these shafts look really nice, and are indistinguishable from steel by appearance. Really excited to see these shafts perform in my new heads.

SPECS: Model: 990T, Stiff Flex, 122g, .355”


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Finally, no UST shaft would be complete without UST grips! I went with the Pro DV2 Torsion grips this season. The grips feature dual compound technology with cord. With the cost of dual compound grips from other manufactures going through the roof, I felt these were at a better price point, and they felt well in the hands. Looking forward to putting these through the paces this spring as well.

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  2. Andrew

    Jun 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I just put most of the same shafts in my clubs and they are amazing

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

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For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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