“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.
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.
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).
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.
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.”