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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf

NGF TOP 100 BUSINESSES IN GOLF

UST Mamiya

Category

Corporate Headquarters

Fort Worth, Texas

Website

Key Employees

Robb Schikner – Chief Executive Officer

Andy Kerr – Vice President Sales

Don Rahrig –  Vice President Engineering

Danny Le –  Director of Marketing

Miki Cornett –  Director of Finance

Profile

UST Mamiya is a leading manufacturer of innovative, high performance golf shafts. Founded in 1991 in Fort Worth, Texas, UST Mamiya provides golf shafts for players of all abilities – tour professional to recreational enthusiast.

A subsidiary of Mamiya-OP (Tokyo, Japan), the company was known as United Sports Technologies, Inc. until 2009, when it changed its name to UST Mamiya.

UST Mamiya produces high-performance shafts for golf customers. (Photo credit: UST Mamiya)

 

Distributed in 30-plus countries, UST Mamiya provides shafts to consumers, retailers, club-fitters and original equipment manufacturers including Callaway, Taylormade, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, PING, Titleist, Wilson, PXG, and others.

UST Mamiya maintains offices in California, Texas and Japan, with manufacturing facilities in the United States and Bangladesh. The company produces shafts for woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters, with a lineup of brands such as LIN-Q, Helium, Recoil, Proforce, ATTAS, and Frequency Filtered™ Putter Shafts, which together are in play every week in tour events on the PGA, LPGA, Korn Ferry, Asian, and European tours.

The company also offers consumers the Swing-Fit Interactive Shaft Fitting System, which is designed to guide prospective shaft buyers step-by-step through the process of choosing the right shaft for their swings and ball flight expectations.

NGF Takeaways

UST Mamiya’s shafts, bolstered by the Recoil shaft in the iron market, have been the top-selling aftermarket shaft in the United States for much of the past decade. Thus, the company’s emphasis on making fitting resources available outside of a brick-and-mortar location isn’t surprising, as the popularity of the company’s wares lead them to believe with appropriate information, many roads will lead to UST.

An interesting point of differentiation between UST Mamiya and its competitors: The company also produces pole vaulting poles using the company’s Recoil technology.

By developing graphite iron shaft technologies, rather than focusing a diversification into steel, UST Mamiya has placed itself ahead of the pack in the growing market segment of better players switching to graphite shafts in their irons.

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