Since I started my foray into golf there have been several golf equipment manufacturers that have caught both my imagination and attention. While there have been some terrific products from golf’s corporate giants (and there always will be) none of these products have the mystique factor for me like Miura Golf.
Miura-san at his chair. (Photo Credit: Miura Golf – Facebook)
Back in January Miura Golf announced that they were going to be making some changes to the way that they do business. Miura was founded by the legendary patriarch Katsuhiro Miura whom can be found sitting at his chair grinding wedges and irons like he has for the last 40 years. Miura-San in a way has “passed the torch” to his two sons Yoshitaka and Shinei. While the company has introduced a slight change in philosophy (rebranding) and a new partnership with the Milstein family the company will retain the same pride and attention to detail that has made Miura Golf what it is today. In my opinion Miura Golf and its products are the epitome of class.
The Passing Point Neo Genesis PP 9005 G irons.
In the past, I have been very fortunate and blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to review Miura Golf products. Back when I was simply alexandertothgolf.com I tested and reviewed the Series 1957 K Grind wedge which is quite simply a work of art. Also, I had the opportunity to test and review their CB3 which to this day is the loveliest hybrid that I have ever made swings with. While accidentally running into their booth at the PGA Merchandise Show I had a gander at their products. They had in attendance their new Passing Point Neo Genesis PP 9005 G irons. As I soaked in the beauty of these irons I was about to walk away when a shimmer of light caught my eye. Sitting in a golf bag against the wall was a driver and fairway wood that I had never seen. As I peered closer I noticed honeycomb-like feature and “MG” logo emblazoned on the sole. This club was their “to be released” Hayate.
The MG Hayate… part of the MG Collection.
The day is fast approaching for the release of the Hayate driver and fairway woods. In North America the “MG Collection” will launch in 18 days on June 2oth. In advance of the launch, Mary Beth Lacy of golf marketing firm Mary Beth Lacy Inc. shared a press release with me for immediate release. Below is the press release as mentioned outlining more of the information on the Hayate driver and fairway wood.
Miura Golf Debuts Hayate Driver and Fairway Woods
HIMEJI, JAPAN — Miura Golf has introduced its new Hayate driver and fairway woods. Pronounced “hi yaw tay”, Hayate directly translates to “the sound of the wind”, says Bill Holowaty, COO of Miura Golf. “The Miura family has worked long and hard to create models that offer forged excellence to golfers who don’t strike the ball consistently. The same can now be said with the Hayate line of woods. The patience and attention to detail of Shinei Miura – son of company founder and legendary clubmaker Katsuhiro Miura — have resulted in a driver and fairway woods that are worthy of the Miura name.”
The Hayate driver is designed to maximize ball speed and optimize launch characteristics for golfers of all skill levels. Its 460cc shallow clubhead has a matte black crown finish, providing a clear contrast to the titanium face. The club features FWS (Floating Weight Structure) Technology. Inside the clubhead is a 35-gram arch that floats above the sole – this technology provides an optimized center of gravity, resulting in maximum ball speed and reduced spin. The clubhead has an adjustable heel weight, which allows for up to 8 grams of adjustability to optimize head weight and promote either a draw or fade bias. Adjustable weights are available in 2-gram increments, and are sold separately. The driver’s honeycomb MG sole enhances structural stability which adds to the superb feel Miura is known for. The Hayate driver is available in lofts of 9.5° and 10.5° (standard clubhead weight is 196g, adjustable weights allow for +/- 4g). Its $639 MAP price varies depending on shaft choice.
The Hayate fairway woods are designed to be versatile and playable, both off the tee and fairway. They feature a one-piece titanium construction, which delivers a strong, stable and consistent clubhead with the industry’s tightest tolerances. The shallow clubface and low center of gravity promotes a high launch and unparalleled forgiveness. A low center of gravity delivers optimum ball flight, while variable toe and heel adjustable weights enable the club to promote either a draw or fade bias. The distinctive sole shape allows for optimized turf interaction, better ball contact, and ultimately more consistent shots. The woods are available in lofts of 15° and 18°, and come with an adjustable 4-gram toe weight and 8-gram heel weight. Additional weights are available in 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 grams and are sold separately. Each fairway wood has a $539 MAP price that varies depending on shaft choice.
About Miura Golf
Miura Golf makes the world’s finest forged golf clubs, which are designed and manufactured by the Miura family in their factory in Himeji, Japan. The entire family works hands-on in the factory and continues to carry on the Miura legacy.
World-renowned craftsman Katsuhiro Miura began hand-crafting and grinding irons in 1957, and has created one of the most-respected brands in the golf industry. Miura’s endless quest for the perfect club has brought to the world over 10 product series, a number that grows as the next generation of the Miura family – led by sons Shinei and Yoshitaka – continue their meticulous refinement and evolution of product lines. Each club is individually hand-crafted and will never be mass-produced, as generations of steel-making skill and passion brings to us the world’s finest golf clubs.
This attention to detail will be demonstrated in the new Miura branding, which now reflects the clean and sleek lines of a Miura club. The rebrand also reflects the new partnership between the Miura and Milstein families, and also reflects a broader reach with their products that display the same exquisite quality but with the ability to serve golfers of all skill levels. With the release of more forgiving clubs, Miura is reaching deeper into the golf community and exposing more golfers to its legendary feel and craftsmanship.
With any luck I’ll be having the opportunity to once again test and review their equipment. In February, I had a sneak peek at the Niagara Golf Show of the Passing Point Neo Genesis PP 9005G irons and I made a few swings. Although I had no chance to see any ball flight (the hitting area was 20′ long) I will say that the feel is a little different from other products of theirs that I have made passes with in the past. In that situation you really can’t judge but I will say that they felt “hot off of the face” and the feel itself was a little “clicky” which is not to be misconstrued as a derogatory adjective. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Hayate to swing but to get a small chance like I did to get in an advanced swing or two with the Genesis irons was a bonus. Stay tuned.
The Hayate… launch date is June 20th.
Until The Next Tee!