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UST Golf Shaft’s 2008 Preview

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Based in the heart of the DFW Metroplex, United Sports Technologies has quickly become a force in the golf industry. For 2008, they continue to improve and refine their line of high performance golf shafts.

UST made its first big splash with the original Proforce shaft which became very popular for its combination of control and solid feel. UST built on this legacy with the introduction of the Proforce V2 three years ago, which quickly became one golf’s most popular shafts. The flexible tip section of the V2 combined with low torque gave the shaft the high launch angle many players desired without sacrificing control or feel. It also paired very well with a wide variety of heads and has become a staple offering in woods among most OEMs. For 2008, UST is building on the legacy of the Proforce brand, introducing the new HMOI, and V2 iron shafts, along with not-yet-introduced-tour-only AXIVCore shafts which have just been spotted out on the PGA Tour.

The new trend in golf clubs today is MOI. Heads are being engineered with maximum forgiveness in mind and weight is being pushed further back and to the perimeter of the club head to accomplish this. According to Jamie Pipes UST’s Manager of Field Research and Product Testing, this has began causing unique design challenges for shaft manufacturers, "The CG of the heads are moving further from the shaft’s axis or center line. This can cause the shaft to load, lag and/or droop differently. We strive to make shafts that compliment the heads and perform at the highest levels of consistency."

The Proforce HMOI has been designed to work in concert with the new breed of high MOI heads. As MOI has increased, so has head weight with many drivers tipping the scales at 205 grams or more. The HMOI has a higher balance point helping to produce a more playable swing weight. The increased head weight also causes greater shaft droop at impact. In order to prevent this, the HMOI has been designed with a more stable tip section which prevents droop and allows players to swing aggresively through the ball.

UST has just introduced a new prototype called the Proforce AXIVCore, an extension of the HMOI. The shaft should fit the gap providing a higher launch than the V2 but still lower than the V2 High Launch series. According to Mr. Pipes, "AXIVCore line will be UST’s highest launching, low spinning shaft to date. The AXIV Technology weaves carbon fiber in four critical directions to provide what we call Rapid Shaft Recovery for consistency and feel and the counter-balanced technology provides the flex profile for high launch, low spin."

Although the Proforce AXIVCore is still a prototype, it has already been in play on the PGA Tour. Rod Pampling put it in the bag the first time he tested it at the WGC Match Play event. Although the initial reactions have been very positive, UST plans to bring a tip-stiff version for testing to Tour as well as to suit players who prefer the a tip-balanced shaft over a counter-balanced one.

Photo: Matt York AP

UST has also introduced new Proforce V2 iron shafts. The 95-gram constant weight shafts will provide consistency throughout the set for better ball flight control and feel. The middle weight is a good compromise for players who want to switch from steel but still want some heft in their iron shafts.

However UST is still actively pursuing R&D in the field of graphite iron shafts. "Possibly lighter and heavier models in the V2 irons. Even better, possibly a whole new line of iron shafts? We believe that graphite iron shafts have a huge potential," according to Mr. Pipes.

Last but not least, UST is also introducing a training aid called the Easy Flex Tempo Trainer. Available for both woods and irons, the Easy Flex is a super flexible shaft designed to help golfers maintain a smooth tempo throughout the swing and square the club face without being overly handsy.

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  1. UST V2 HL

    Jun 11, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    I play college golf and i have an english handicap of +1, i recently bought a G10 driver with the UST V2 HL shaft, and i have to say i have gained 40yards carry on this driver over my old one. The feel is unbelieveable from this shaft. Also you get a lot of roll from this shaft which increases the distance even more. Everyone should try one! Awesome!

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Bettinardi unveils limited Wall St. Fat Cat putter and new ‘To the Mooon!’ headcovers

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Bettinardi has unveiled its latest Hive release: its Limited 1/5 QB6 Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat Putter and its ‘To The Mooon!’ Betti Boy headcovers.

The Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat putter features a completely hand stamped checker pattern across the shoulder and bumpers and intricately engraved T-Hive money bags and gold coins across the Micro-honeycomb face milling.

The flat-stick’s sole features a Wall Street Poison Gangster Fat Cat over a stock graph pattern, smoking a cigar, and the flat-stick is completed with a two-tone gold flame and Tour blast finish.

The limited one of five putter comes equipped with a special, rare tonal red Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat headcover made for this putter only and is paired with an exotic leather Gripmaster grip.

The ‘To The Moon’ Betti Boy headcover is the latest over from Bettinardi and features the Betti Boy riding the rocket to the moon stitched stitch across the front. The saying ‘To the Moon’ is on one side of the cover, with the moon stitched in glow-in-the-dark thread with stars across the cover.

The Limited 1/5 QB6 Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat Putter is available in The Hive today at 8 AM CT, while the Betti Boy headcovers drop today at 10 AM CT.

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: FlopShotGang

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of FlopShotGang.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: FlopShotGang

FlopShotGang WITB

Driver: Ping G410 Max (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 70g

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Pro Launch 75 X

Irons: Mizuno MP 20 HMB (3,4), MMC (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 120 stiff, Nippon Modus 120 X-stiff

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50 degrees) and Vokey SM8 (54-S and 62-M @ 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 (36 inches)

Putter: Ping Heppler Ketsch (35.5 inches)

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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Pros are just like us: Putting practice at the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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The great equalizer in the game of golf is putting, and just like every other golfer that plays the game, PGA Tour players are always working to improve their work with the flatstick.

Much like the short game, putting does not require brute strength and generally comes down to simple technique and repeatability. This week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, we spotted a lot of pros on the practice green working hard with all types of training aids trying to improve on just that.

Bryson’s GC Quad meases 400-yard drives and 3-foot putts.

Spieth is always grinding with his favorite Scotty Cameron.

You don’t get to be the 16th ranked player in the world like Matt Fitzpatrick without working hard on your putting.

Kevin Kisner spotted working on core stability

Shane Lowry using the popular “gate” drill

Ian Poulter has been recently searching for a putter—and that pile behind him indicates he’s still looking.

Poulter was even spotted checking in with others around the green

Jason Dufner using the “bellied wedge drill” to help level out his stroke and improve contact.

The Putting Arc is a classic training aid that we continue to see players utilize

The Pelz trainer continues to be one of the most popular tools on tour

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