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Hayate: Miura’s new Driver and Fairway Woods

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“Hi-yaw-tay.” That’s how you pronounce Miura’s new Hayate drivers and fairway woods, the first launch by the company since it took on new ownership in January.

Miura Golf is an ultra-premium golf equipment company that’s based in Japan. It’s best known for its forged irons and wedges, which have achieved a cult following among purists and low-handicap golfers. With the Hayate metal wood line, the company brings its MG Collection metal woods line to North America (they were previously only available in Asia), where it hopes to broaden its appeal to a golfer’s full bag and players of all skill levels.

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The Hayate driver, for example, is designed to “maximize ball speed” and “optimize launch conditions.” It does so through a shallow, 460-cubic-centimeter club head that has a 35-gram arch “floating” above its sole. According the company, the new technology optimizes center of gravity (CG) to add ball speed and reduce spin for more distance. The CG is also alterable through an adjustable heel weight, which can accomodate up to an 8-gram weight to tweak draw or fade bias.

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Visually, the first thing most golfers will notice about the driver is its sole, which has a honeycomb structure and a large MG logo. According to the company, its purpose is both functional and aesthetic. The honeycomb construction is said to add to the driver’s structural stability and therefore improve feel.

The Hayate driver ($639) will be available in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees with a standard head weight of 196 grams (adjustable by +/- 4 grams).

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The Hayate fairway woods are designed to improve playability and consistency, using a one-piece titanium construction that the company says offers “the industry’s tightest tolerances.” The shallow club faces are paired with a low CG to help golfers hit the ball higher and make it easier for them to elevate shots from the turf. Making shots from the ground even easier is a sole shape that’s said to optimize turf interaction for improved ball contact.

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The fairway woods offer two adjustable weights — one on the toe (4 grams) and one on the heel (8 grams) — to help golfers fine tune their trajectory. Weights of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 grams are sold separately. The fairway woods are available in lofts of 15 and 18 degrees, and will sell for $539.

The driver and fairway woods will be available for purchase June 20. And for those wondering, the word Hayate directly translates to “the sound of the wind.”

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Orvill

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I love it!
    I wish I could afford it!
    I wanna be the first to own it!
    I need to maximize my ball speed!
    I wanna optimize my launch conditions!
    Hayate! Hayate! Hayate! Tora! Tora! Tora!!!

  2. Matt

    Jun 2, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Nice gear. At least they’re not (yet) a mass market company charging those prices.

  3. Matt

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    The Miura logo always looks like the Yankees’ when I catch it out of the corner of my eye.

  4. DP30

    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Looked at one of these two days ago. Really clean looking FWs Nice straight top line, easy to line up. I might have to go back and hit it.

  5. Eric

    Jun 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    The pricing is ridiculous. It’s weird that the driver is $649 (not unreasonable) but the woods are $539. When’s the last time you saw a driver from Titleist on sale for $499 and see the fairway woods on sale for $399??? I don’t understand the logic here

    • Skip

      Jun 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Well, the Titleist Fairways aren’t made of Titanium.

  6. Desmond

    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Doubt if Miura-san designed these clubs.

    • O

      Jun 1, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Yeah. This smells of McGarity and True Spec, and not really Mr Miura’s & Son’s own independent design

      • Skip

        Jun 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        FYI this stuff was out way before the McGarity/True Spec deal.

  7. Bob

    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Actually they came out well before the True Spec infusion of money…I had my first one in July 2016 and now have a different one as well as the 3 & 5 woods. The drivers do not come marked with degrees of loft….they have subtle marking with “Dots” under the “M” on the sole… High,medium or low launch…started with a High…now have a Low….all 3 are awesome clubs and as much as any of the new clubs are worth the current prices….these definitely are !!!

    • Vers

      Jun 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      I just picked up a head with 1 dot under the M. What does that mean?

      Thanks

  8. Blayda

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:29 am

    That’s not how you pronounce it. Why would you put the “Hi” at the beginning? There is no “Hi.” It’s just Ha-ya-tay. Simples!

  9. Peter

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I wish I have more $$$ to throw away at clubs at this price level…..

    • JThunder

      Jun 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      I’m sure a lot of people will say the same. And many of those will have purchased 3, 4, 5, 6 drivers by the end of the year. I suppose a false economy is still better than the US economy – or the media hype of both.

  10. Boobsy McKiss

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Laughable prices and design. And isn’t every pro driver designed to “maximize ball speed” and “optimize launch conditions” ? Lol.

    • McPickens

      Jun 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      nailed it

    • JThunder

      Jun 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      If it’s a “laughable design”, then clearly you’ve played it, or it would be an ignorant comment. A more thorough description of its failings from a user’s perspective would be helpful. Also wondering what a “pro” driver is. Are there semi-pro and amateur drivers?

  11. Phil

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I’d play this over PXG any day!

    • Benny

      Jun 4, 2017 at 5:30 am

      Agreed. At least Miura has a reason to be at a premium price. Along with a great track record (supposidly) for the best players in the world I understand their price logic. But like the rest of my bag I will wait for the prices to fall in 1-3 years, see what all the critics and reviews say and if it’s still all the shits will buy one at 1/4 the price. Like all Miura its dsign and name is certainly Japan’sh!

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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