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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day discusses new equipment that has made it into the bags of our members so far in 2019. From new club additions to shaft changes, our members share the tweaks they have made so far this year and divulge what has been successful as well as what has failed to work for them.

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.

  • Jackal66: “Went from 816 DBD Alpha driver to M3. Changed Odyssey Fang putter to Scotty Cameron Newport putter. Bought a 56° wedge and it is competing with my 53° Diadic.”
  • ObiwanForAll: “Gone all in with TaylorMade clubs and UST shafts.”
  • macedan: “Successes- Ping G400 9*, thought the smaller head size may hamper my confidence, but It has performed beautifully. Mizuno ST180 16*, No words, performs as needed and looks absolutely sharp. Middle of the road- Ping G Crossover 21*, unfortunately, I fell into a swing slump across the bag not long after buying it. When my swing is on, it is one of my absolute favorites in the bag. My biggest complaint is just the appearance of the massive amount of offset.”
  • pollock21: “Been quite a year…TS3 knocked out my trusty G400 LST which was quite a feat. Now shafted with 130 Rogue Silver. I500 w/LZ 7.0 125’s experiment is on the way out. They’ve been excellent irons for me, but I just hit them obnoxiously long. Currently looking for my next set. Also dabbling with a hi-toe 60 to replace my trusty 60* Glide 2.0 stealth. So far, I’m loving it. Last change was putting in the copper spider x which knocked out my ketcsh and scotty newport 2.0.  Failed experiment so far with the flash sz fairway. Putting the trusty 16M2 back in the bag. Definitely moving on from the flash, I’m just not as consistent with it.”
  • shanx: “Took a lesson late spring and my ballstriking has improved. I ditched the Callaway X20 Pros, Cally X Forged ’07s, added Mizzy MP15s with C Taper Lites. Not sure if those shafts will work for me in the long run, but I am going to play them for a bit as I am still working on swing changes from the lesson. Rotating three drivers (2 Titleists and a Callaway Epic), thinking about going to get fit for my driver soon.”

Entire Thread: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?” 

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Chez Reavie’s winning WITB: 2019 Travelers Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 M.S.I. 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (4-iron), TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper Tour 120

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50-08F, 54-08 M, 58-08 M)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper (50), KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (54, 58)

Putter: Odyssey Works No. 7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip cord

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From the GolfWRX Vault: Essential tips, tricks, and tools for building clubs at home

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In addition to continuing to look forward to new content that will serve and engage our readership, we also want to showcase standout pieces that remain relevant from years past. In particular, articles with a club building or instruction focus continue to deliver value and convey useful information well after their publish dates.

We want to make sure that once an article falls off the front page as new content is covered it isn’t relegated to the back pages of our website.

We hope that you’ll appreciate and find value in this effort, and the first article from the GolfWRX Vault is a perfect example of a piece that not only remains relevant and engaging, but one that the author still gets questions about and routinely refers readers to.

Ryan Barath, well before his time as a full-time WRX staffer, wrote “Building golf clubs at home: The essential tips, tricks, and tools” back in October of 2016.

In the piece, Barath discusses both the elements of setting up a shop in general and what he has done in his basement workspace in particular.

A taste of the piece.

One of the most important things about building clubs is doing it properly with the right tools, and doing it safely. After setting up up multiple build shops over the years, from small hobby shops to large multi-station build shops, having the opportunity to build my own home shop from the ground up was something I always looked forward to. My shop is in my basement, and because of the limited space, it was imperative to find as many space saving-solutions as possible.

Like many people with a hobby they are passionate about, I look forward to one day having a stand-alone garage for all of my tools (and maybe a hitting net), but for now my basement gets the job done. I’m lucky to have access to a much large machine shop where I do wedge grinding, finishing and sandblasting, which are all jobs that make a lot more noise and create a lot more dust. I can’t get away with doing those things in a confined space, but we’ll touch on that later.

Although not a tool, arguably the most important piece of equipment is the workbench. Having a quality workbench is needed because of the amount of abuse that it will take over its lifespan. Also, just like a great kitchen design, you need counter space and a good workbench provides that. Dropping a clubhead (especially a driver or fairway wood with nice paint job) can be costly. The next extension of the workbench is a good vice that has been properly attached to the bench with bolts. Like I’ve said in previous articles, I believe when you do something you should take the time to do it properly. I once saw a vice screwed into a workbench with 1.25-inch screws, and as soon as someone went to use the vice it ripped out and took a club with it.

Check out the full piece here. 

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