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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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  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. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Nickc who asks fellow WRXers what they would choose if their next set of irons were the last clubs they could use. Some of our members mention a range of different irons which they would love to splash out on, while others choose between a set of clubs already in their possession.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cfasucks: “If I had only 1 set to play with for the rest of my life it would probably be my 845s. They are great feeling and forgiving when I’m not at the top of my game, and they’re built like tanks.”
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  • bodhi555: “That would be my VR Pros, as they do everything I need an iron to do. Feel awesome, let me get away with not being precisely on the centre of the face, look great and seem to go as far as some distance irons I’ve tried.”
  • Lumberjack627: “Think I’m going to get 790s, and that would be it for me.”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Scotty Cameron’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The vibrant french fries themed covers have been receiving plenty of love from our members in our forums, with one WRXer calling the new additions their “favorite headcover in a long time.”

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the covers at the link below.

  • jschwarb: “Gave up french fries many months ago … this cover makes me happy and sad. I’ll probably grab one for my T22 Fastback.”
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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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