cntcasey wrote:Mr. Wishon
If FST makes your steel shafts, who makes your graphite shafts?
Our graphite shafts are all made by the U-Known/Yarnway Composite company. Most people are not aware that there are MANY graphite shaft making companies that do not choose to make and market shafts under their own brand name. Most people are only aware of the Aldilas, USTs, Fujikuras and so on - the companies that are heavily involved in marketing their own brand name shafts.
There always have been a large number of graphite shaft makers who choose to simply manufacture shafts for golf companies and not to make and market shafts under their own brand name. The reason is because for one, none of these brand shaft companies ever see more than 15% of their total sales come from their own branded shafts. Yet to make that 15% requires a LOT of expense for marketing and promotion. That's money that the other shaft makers choose to put into their R&D, into their QC and other areas to try to improve their companies, or even to allow them to offer a little more competitive price to their golf company customers.
U-Known/Yarnway is also major shaft maker for Taylor Made and for Callaway. I chose them to make our graphite shafts because of two main reasons; 1) former Grafalloy VP of R&D Robin Arthur designed U-Known/Yarnway's production operation and spent a long time heading up the factory training programs to ensure that they know what they are doing; 2) When he designed their production operation, he set them up with two separate production divisions. One to make high volume lower priced shafts with what is considered normal tolerance quality for such lower priced shafts; the other production division to make shafts to tighter tolerance levels. So in other words, unlike with so many other shaft makers, at U-Known/Yanrway they do not mix low end and high end shaft projects together - they keep them separate.
Hope this helps,