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One of UST’s smoothest feeling shafts. Stable tip section. Balanced to give you more feel for the club head.
Last year, UST released the Elements family of shafts with three different models: Earth, Fire, and Wind. This year, the Elements family expands by one with the addition of Chrome. UST claims that this is their most technologically advanced shaft ever, utilizing Recoil technology and variable wall thickness to create maximum energy and minimize dispersion.
The UST Elements Chrome is one of the smoothest UST Mamiya shafts that I’ve every played. Most of the “action” feels like it’s happening in the mid-butt section, and the tip is quite stable. There is just enough torque to keep the shaft feeling smooth, but not so much that it feels like you have to rein in your swing.
One other stand out characteristic is the balance. While many shaft companies are pushing counter-balanced shafts, the UST Elements Chrome feels heavier towards the head. For players who like a heavier swing weight or want more feel of the club head, Elements Chrome is a great choice.
The Elements Chrome is a good looking shaft that is a major upgrade from the past members of the Elements family. It’s primarily white and silver with some modest graphical nods to the Elements concept. Should you choose to go “logo down” with your installation, you get a very clean look at address.
*The UST Elements was paired with a TaylorMade SLDR for this test unlike past shaft reviews which used the Callaway RAZR Fit Extreme. As such, the numbers from this review are not apples-to-apples comparison with past shaft reviews.
Where last year’s Elements shafts offered three different designs to appeal to players who wanted a specific kind of ball flight (high, medium, and low), the Chrome simply takes aim at the middle of the bell curve. My testing showed that the Elements Chrome delivers a mid launch and mid-low spin that will fit a large percentage of golfers.
The most prominent feature of this shaft, for me, was that is really promoted a right-to-left ball flight. This wasn’t due to a weak tip section or too much torque, but rather a result of the very head-heavy feel. As a player whose “neutral” shot is a bit of a draw, I had to work a little to hit dead straight shots, and I had to work a lot to hit cuts or fades. For players who naturally move the ball to the right, this shaft might be a perfect balance against those tendencies.
The UST Elements Chrome is one of the smoothest feeling shafts I’ve ever tested from UST, and it creates a strong, mid-launch ball flight that will appeal to a lot of players. UST has chosen to offer the Elements Chrome only through their UST TSPX fitters, so head to your nearest club fitter to see if this shaft is for you.