UST Mamiya ATTAS T2 & MP5 Review

When I think of driver shafts, and more specifically, driver shafts on Tour, for some reason I always think of UST Mamiya. The more I think about it the more I realize it’s because it’s the shaft I seem to see the most when watching tournaments. Now, there are a few reasons as to why UST has the presence they do. They have an incredible catalog of driver shafts. In fact, I believe they have a shaft for every type of golfer out there, from your beginner to your Tour Professional. I also think they do a great job of getting their product out there to the masses. If you watch enough golf or the Golf Channel, you will see an advertisement for UST Mamiya shafts. I think this is a good thing and UST Mamiya was kind enough to send two shafts to THP for testing: the Attas T2 and the MP5. Two totally different shafts, aimed at two totally different consumers.

ATTAS T2

About UST Mamiya

Since 1991, UST Mamiya graphite shafts are favored by recreational and competitive golfers worldwide. In 2009, UST (U.S.) and its parent company, Mamiya-OP (Japan), combined operations, including research, development, production and materials-sourcing talents. Distributed in 30-plus countries, UST Mamiya provides shafts to consumers, retailers, club-fitters and original equipment manufacturers Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Nike, PING, Taylor Made, Titleist, Wilson and more. Company R&D and manufacturing facilities are in the U.S., Japan, China and Bangladesh. UST Mamiya advisory staff includes renowned instructors among GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100” and at Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”

TECHNOLOGY

MP5
The MP5 Micro Ply Lite provides extreme power, excellent feel and total control to your game. Using advanced aerospace micro ply technology with 38 Micro-Ply layers for improved feel without sacrificing performance. The low torque to weight ratio – 52 grams at 3.7 degree torque delivers the punch needed for today’s high-tech heads.

ATTAS T2
For the player seeking a mid launch, with tight dispersion and penetrating ball flight.
The ATTAS-T2 is the next generation shaft in the ATTAS product line utilizing UST Mamiya’s Linear EI (LEI) Technology. Taking this technology to the next level, UST Mamiya engineers have designed the ATTAS-T2 with reduced ply inserts and maximized full length layers in order to create a better balance between torque and flex, resulting in more efficient shaft loading and a smoother bend profile (EI Curve). Constant taper design offers players a precise feel of more energy transfer to the ball for instant player feedback with greater distance. The use of Ultra-High modulus, low resin content materials improves feel and allows the shaft to maintain its shape and recover more consistently for tighter shot dispersion. Just like the original ATTAS, tighter tolerances ensure product consistency resulting in the most consistent performing shafts in golf.

What I learned in my research is that UST Mamiya is one of the most premier carbon fiber tubing manufacturers in the world. They produce many other carbon fiber tubes for a plethora of goods but where they really shine is in golf shaft manufacturing. Using carbon fiber to the extent that they do, allows the folks at UST to produce lighter and stronger products than much of their competition.

LOOKS
You really can’t ask for two totally different looking driver shafts. The deep, enriched Navy color of the MP5 is good looking in a simplistic, traditional manner. While the black infused with white and red offering of the T2 definitely draws the eyes in a bit more naturally. The traditionalist in me loves the MP5 shaft. It’s simple, it’s not over done with graphics, and it’s a color that looks good in any driver. The T2 screams technology to me. It’s hip, it’s new age, it’s modern, well, it’s 2011! Visually the T2 lends itself to a consumer that would just be into aftermarket shafts, and I happen to be one of them. I also think the T2 has more grip color options due to its color, and while that might not be a big deal to some, it’s something that I often think about.

Once installed in my R11 driver, the T2 shaft, with the white driver head, and a white GP Tour Wrap grip, looked complete. Almost like all three components were made for one another. Conversely, the MP5, in the same driver head, with the same grip, looked just as good, but almost in a “throwback” kind of way.

On pure aesthetics, I liked the T2 combination the best, it gave me a sense of style, modernity, and a bit of a cockiness that might spill over when standing over the golf ball on the tee box.

TESTING
In testing the MP5 and the T2, I used an R11 head at 9*, with the FCT set to “higher” and the ASP set on “neutral”. I did not change or alter the settings at all and both shafts were butt trimmed to 45’’, gripped with Golf Pride’s Tour Wrap (in white), and both shafts are Stiff flex. There were at least 10 range sessions and 6 rounds of golf played to conduct this testing. On course testing took place locally, on a variety of different grasses in a variety of different conditions. The main constants being the driver head, shaft length, shaft flex, grip, and golf ball (Bridgestone Tour B330RX). I am currently playing off a 4.7 hcp and would consider the strength of my game out of the fairway and on/around the greens. My current driver clubhead speed average is around 111 mph.

I mentioned earlier in the review how having a driver/shaft combination that looks good can often inspire a cockiness or confidence and I immediately felt comfortable over the ball with both shafts. There is something psychologically positive about being the guy on the tee box who has aftermarket shafts in his driver. Both shafts didn’t really disappoint either. It became very clear to me early on that the MP5 was going to be a bit of a struggle. Weighing it at 52grams, it felt a bit light for my liking. I have always preferred a heavier shaft in my driver but there was some great feedback from the MP5. Naturally, I was seeing a higher ball flight than I would prefer but the one thing that really stood out about the MP5 was just how consistent it was. It was literally the same flight pattern every single time. I have no doubt that if a golfer was looking for a higher launching, light weight, and extremely affordable shaft, the MP5 could be a real winner.

I was extremely optimistic about the T2. The previous years’ ATTAS shaft from UST Mamiya was phenomenal so for me, the T2 had some big shoes to fill. The T2 was very different though. Right from the get go it just felt “whippier” to me, especially during waggles or pre-shot routines. The T2 felt much smoother and easier to load, yet at impact, it was right there with me, which was a bit of a surprise based on the “whippiness” I was experiencing. The T2 provided me with a fairly new and distinct feeling for such a smooth shaft and the word that kept popping back up for me was “POWER”. Almost as if the T2 stores all that energy on the backswing and then just releases it right at/through the impact zone. My only concern was the ball flight. For me, it was a bit higher than what I would want but so many other variables about this shaft are right.

On the course, I definitely saw a decrease in distance out of the MP5, mostly due to the ball flight but the dispersion was much better than I thought it might be out of a “light weight” shaft. The T2 was good in so many aspects for me, mostly in the feel department, but I just couldn’t get the ball flight down to where I need it to be to be fully effective. Both shafts are incredible, but not perfect for this golfer. They definitely cater to an audience and that’s the most important part.

CONCLUSION
UST Mamiya has an incredible catalog of driver shafts. They have a huge presence on tour and it was a pleasure to test a couple of their products. The MP5 and the T2 were impressive shafts. They perform as advertised and I believe for the right golfer, could be absolute difference makers. Aesthetically, these shafts are pleasing to the eye and I believe that in itself is a great start. They don’t quit there though, and in my opinion, the performance and presentation is blended beautifully.

For more information on UST Mamiya’s shafts visit their website here. They also have a really cool interactive shaft fitting system that can be found here.

Check it out, let me know which shaft is recommended for you!

-TC

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35 Comments

  • Nice write up!!

  • Great review TC, the MP5 looks really interesting. Was curious to see how it would hold up to higher swing speeds, the consistency you saw is suprising at that price point!

  • TC, Great writeup on these new UST shafts. I agree about how a certain shaft combo can add that little bit of confidence to help improve your game. I’m looking forward to seeing how these shafts compare to the Miyazakis on the launch monitor.

  • Nice review TC! I know nearly nothing about shafts but the T2 sounded perfect by the OEM description. Any idea why you could not get the flight down on the T2? Could it have been a setting on the R11 head causing the high flight?

    Thanks again for the review; love reading and learning about this stuff!

  • Great review TC. I have always been interested in UST shaft, but have not ever hit one. I need to make sure that I hit one of these my next fitting. I really like the looks of them and would like to see how they preform in my driver. Thanks.

  • Great review TC. The T2 has been on my radar. I went to the site and they recommended the Attas & the Proforce which is what I figured.

  • Been a fan of the UST shafts for a long time and it’s good to see they have another round of winners on their hands.

  • Nice review TC. the shaft fitting on their website is really helpful and informative. I’m beginning to understand how a properly fit shaft can really help a golfer and these shafts are now on the radar thanks to your review!

  • do they have them in a 48″?

  • Sorry bogey_russ, I don’t think 48” is available!

    Thanks for all the comments everyone!

  • Nice review TC! Having known basically nothing about shafts prior to joining THP, these kind of reviews are always great! Thanks!

  • Thanks for the great info, Lucas. I wanted to like the T2, but didn’t like it for my swing as much as the original Attas. The MP5 has me interested.

  • It’s nice to know UST makes left handed shafts. I’ve considered the MP5 for my daughter because of its weight and launch. Thanks for the nice write up, big boy.

  • Great review TC, I’ve recently started playing a UST Mamiya shaft and they definitely perform.

  • Nice writeup bro…very imformative piece there.

  • TC nice review man. I have a T2 in my Razr Hawk and absolutely love it. The mid launch type ballflight just works for me. What differences did you recall from the original and the T2?

    The MP5 seems like a great bargin and I’m glad you were able to test it out and give some feedback. I have been looking at the shaft because of the price.

  • Great review TC. I have had Attas on my radar for a while now.

  • Great review TC. I checked out there website too, and it was really cool

  • Great write-up TC as always. The MP5 does appeal to me visually as well. I liked their shaft-fit program as well, got me in ATTAS and Avix Green.

  • I’ve been waiting a long time for this review and it did not disappoint! Well done TC! I’ve been playing the first gen Attas Int. Series all season and it has not let me down yet. They are pheonominal shafts. The down side is their price. Last I checked, the T2 is over $400. The MP5 seems like a great contender with a really actractive price point. It would probably be too high launching for me seeing as I hit my Attas fairly high as it is right now. The shaft fitting tool is great, simple, yet effective.

  • Great info! These are some beautiful looking shafts. It is interesting that you spoke about the T2 being more “whippy”, but that it was right there with you throughout the swing. This could be a great shaft for someone who is looking for a little higher launch angle, but yet desires the consistency of a premium shaft. Well done!

  • TC,

    Thanks for the write up. I seriously need to start looking into shafts. I always knew the shafts were important but ever since joining THP I never understood how much.

  • Great review TC, everywhere you look on TV while watching a PGA event is UST Mamiya shafts, I have heard allot of great things about them.

  • Great write up there TC!! I’m not really looking for a driver shaft but a hybrid shaft is in the works so I will have to check out what they are offering.

  • Nice review TC!

  • Excellent review TC! Enjoyed this one, and the MP5 has me pondering at that price!

  • nice writeups TC – i love the original ATTAS – someday ill get to hit the T2

  • Very nice write up TC, I can appreciate that you were honest about how the ball flight you had with these shafts were not what you particularly prefer, but for someone who struggles to get he ball up high they should work out great. I always enjoy reading and talking to you about shafts, you have a ton of knowledge on the subject. Thanks buddy!

  • Great review TC! In light of your swingspeed and a ball flight that was too high for your liking, do you think the T2 in X flex might be more suitable to you?

  • Great review!!! I love the UST shact in my Nike Dymo driver and I will always lobe their offerings.

  • Very nice review TC. I will have to consider UST shafts for my trusty TM R580, as I need a little higher ball fligth…!!

  • Nice feed back, Just got the new Ping G20 and I am putting the Attas T2 70-80 grams R shaft in. Cutting it down to 44 1/2 inches long, as Tiger hit the ball well when he had his old shaft at 43 1/2 inches. But he is all over the place with the 46 inches shaft, will let you know the after a few rounds

  • Nice review TC. Very hard to keep up with all the shafts out there and it’s nice to see a review like this help sort through everything.

  • TC
    Great recap.
    Will let you kow what I think of the MP5 — had it put in my R11 today — I only have a 88 – 90 swing speed and thought the light weight would help — Plus the shaft that comes with the R11 just does not give me the feel i want out of a shaft.

  • TC, absolutely adore your reviews. I am currently tossing up between the ATTAS, ATTAS T2 and the new ATTAS3 to put with my G15 – the best driver on the market in my opinion – and your reviews have given great clarity between the ATTAS and T2.

    Would it be at all possible to test the new ATTAS3 and write up a review for it? I would be most intrigued to hear, as living in Australia has its limitations when it comes to testing non-stock shafts.

    Moreover, you didn’t say in this review, but you spoke so highly of the ATTAS, and even higher of the T2 as well. Did you end up replacing the ATTAS with the T2, or have you retained your ATTAS?

    If this could be done, it would be most appreciated by myself and thousands of others who come to read these pages.

    Cheers mate.

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