It’s that time again. The time has come to be an old crotchety, cantankerous old man. This week there have been a few things in the golf world that have really ground my gears. So without further delay it’s time to get it off of my chest.
Phil missing the U.S. Open to see his daughter graduate. Thumbs up to you Phil! (Photo Credit: change.org)
As we approach Father’s Day weekend that means only one thing and one thing only. It’s time for the second Major of the year… The U.S. Open. I wanted to touch on this because there are a few things that are bugging me. The first thing is Phil Mickelson and his electing to not play in the championship this year. The reason? Well, his daughter Amanda is graduating from high school and just happens to be the senior class president. As the story goes a PGA Professional from the Tucson, AZ area petitioned the high school requesting that the school should change the date of commencement so “Lefty” could play in the U.S. Open. Furthermore, he took it upon himself to speak for “millions of golf fans” to write this petition stating that it was taking away from Mickelson’s chance to win the career Grand Slam. Thanks Mr. PGA Professional you don’t need to speak for me. I don’t know anything about you or whether or not you have family. I know one thing for certain. If it were me with the career Grand Slam being a possibility… I would never EVER miss my child’s graduation or be so consumed to take it upon myself to write a high school asking them to alter their plans. Personally, I think you would have had better luck writing the USGA to get them to change their ways and date. I love and am passionate about golf and that’s abundantly clear but golf simply is not bigger than life nor does it circumvent life.
Just get out there and play Adam. (Photo Credit: golfweek.com)
Did I just say something about the USGA changing their ways? This year the U.S. Open is being contested up at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. Thousands of golfers have played in Local Qualifiers and those fortunate to advance have either or will be playing in Sectional Qualifiers. Recently, players to have advanced through Sectional Qualifying to get into the field include Kyle Thompson, Jason Kokrak, Bryson DeChambeau, Keegan Bradley and veteran Steve Stricker. Many congratulations goes out to those players and the rest that have made it through qualifying. Unfortunately with those accolades comes a bit of negativity. This week Adam Scott was quoted as saying hopefully the USGA “gets it right this time” as far as making the venue fair. Scott feels (as do many others) that the USGA is too concerned with protecting a golf course against par. Define “fair”? No rough.. maybe an inch? A course that players see week in and week out on every stop on tour. Fairways and greens so meticulous where nothing is out of place? Only The Masters thanks. I like the USGA for setting up the courses tough. I might be in the minority but I hate when tournaments have winning score of -15 or better. It’s not right. I hope the greens are firm, the rough lush and the fairways tight. In no way am I suggesting the “Carnage at Chambers Bay” or “The Farce at Shinnecock” repeat themselves. But keep the players… “honest”! It’s the same course for the same field. That said, if the USGA gets a couple of things right please let it be no outside interference from viewers, let the players govern themselves and please for the love of all things right if a Rules Official is brought in. Please make the right call and get through a championship minus egg on your collective faces.
Shhhh… enough is enough. Leave him alone. (Photo Credit: businessinsider.com)
Lastly, the handling of Tiger Woods. I won’t shy away from the fact that I wrote about it (This And That) and I stand by everything that I said and I won’t retract anything. I too have had my transgressions although none of those put my family or others at risk or in harm’s way. However, the way the man has been dragged through the mud by the City of Jupiter is appalling. Yes, I posted the mug shot as did many other writers and if he was you or I would there have been a mug shot posted of us? Likely not. But they had a celebrity in a vulnerable place and situation and I wouldn’t be the least surprised if somebody got paid a decent amount for the leaked picture. Instead of leaving it at that one mug shot out comes dash cam footage and even footage from when Tiger was in the holding area. Jupiter, Florida that was bush league. I don’t condone DUI in any way shape or form nor have I operated a vehicle while being on heavy pain killers but before you shared that footage with millions of people think to yourself… would I do that to MY family member? Was it some sort of example setting? Either way… get a grip and grow up. Whatever happened to some semblance of privacy?
Until The Next Tee!
The other day I wrote about some new products being released by Miura Golf. A company that exudes pride, quality and class. Thus far, I have talked about the Hayate (Hi-yah-tay) driver and fairway woods which I first saw at the PGA Show back in January. I’ve also talked about the Passing Point Neo Genesis PP 2005 G irons as well which I have already made swings with. An iron that has the Miura feel yet one that feels “distinctive” at impact.
Mary Beth Lacy of Mary Beth Lacy Inc shared the most recent press release with me from Miura Golf. Following closely on the heels of the Hayate debut is the next part of the “MG Collection”. Miura is very proud to introduce the CB 2008 an iron “for all skill levels”. With the CB 2008 Miura Golf introduces an iron with a mid-sized head that features a soft carbon steel face and neck while the cavity back is constructed from a composite material. Thus allowing a wider sole (which may not appeal to all skill levels) which allows for a larger sweet spot and more forgiveness while keeping the centre of gravity low. Going back to my remarks about the wider sole.. I am in no way insinuating that the soles are shovel like because quite frankly that is not Miura.
While there is more technical information I will let Miura Golf explain the iron more in-depth. Below is the press release.
|Miura Golf Debuts CB 2008 Irons For All Skill Levels
|HIMEJI, JAPAN — Miura Golf has introduced its new CB 2008 irons, which dispel the notion that forged irons are only for better players. “The CB 2008 epitomizes how advancements in technology can be delivered to golfers of all skill levels,” says Bill Holowaty, COO of Miura Golf. “The midsize clubhead combines a soft carbon forged face and neck with a composite, pocket cavityback. This design allows for a wider sole, lower center of gravity, larger sweet spot and more forgiveness. Meaning that regardless of your ability, a Miura forged iron is waiting for you.”
The CB 2008 begins with a single billet of soft carbon steel. The mid-sized head is the first composite body iron produced exclusively at Miura’s Himeji, Japan factory. Technological advancements have enabled the factory to integrate a forged face (just 4mm thick) with a SUS composite pocket cavityback. The result is an iron that delivers a performance previously unseen in any Miura iron.
The evolution of the sweet spot power bridge is integral to this process. In the 5-through-8-iron, this unique design allows the pocket cavity to perform consistently throughout the entire set while delivering the renowned Miura feel. The 9-iron and PW are one-piece forged. The CB 2008 boasts a deeper center of gravity, adding a level of forgiveness that will appeal to all golfers — regardless of playing index or experience. Enhancing the playability is Miura’s widest iron sole ever — it’s 20mm in the 7-iron, for example — allowing for more solid contact on shots from all types of lies and conditions.
“The most important aspect of the design and development process is delivering the feel and performance that have long been the DNA of Miura forged irons,” says Holowaty. “Golfers are going to love the CB 2008.” Each iron carries a $339 MAP price.
Even if the sole is on the wider side the CB 2008 iron looks to have an appealing topline. Miura feel in an easier to swing chassis making for more forgiveness and a larger sweet spot? This one I am excited about. The first chance that I get to swing these irons I will let you (my readers) know how they perform.
Until The Next Tee!
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!