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This new Miura documentary is must-watch stuff for equipment junkies

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Last week, we told you a Miura documentary was on the horizon. Today, it’s here.

The mysterious Japanese company’s wares have had a cult following in the golf equipment space since company founder, Katsuhiro Miura, began forging and hand-grinding clubs in 1957. The three-chapter documentary short begins by looking into company history, building techniques, and Miura’s reputation globally.

“Within Japan, the name Miura, specifically the name of our founder, Katsuhiro Miura, it is a legend,” says Shinei Miura.

Such is the bold, and entirely appropriate, start to Discovering Perfection: The Miura Story, and it only gets more interesting from there.

Just 10 minutes in length, this short documentary is well worth your time. Check it out!

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  1. Thomas

    Mar 21, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Howard Milstein is a usurous snake. First Nicklaus and now Miura selling out to snakes. Keep your money away.

  2. Mat

    Mar 20, 2018 at 2:26 am

    That is some great marketing material.

    I can speak to the tolerances. That is a real thing; they are dead on. Every. Single. Time.

    Just make sure you understand what you’re getting. Pure strikes do feel great. Like all blades, misses are punished. In the right hands, they really are nice. It’s one set of irons that will cure you of WRXism.

  3. Brett Weir

    Mar 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Where’s the video??!?!

  4. dat

    Mar 19, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    annndddd…it’s gone

  5. Jim Donegan

    Mar 19, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Video is unavailable.

  6. Shepard

    Mar 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I have a set of Miura MC-102 Cavity backs which I got as pulls. I used them consistently for at least five years. They had almost no wear on them after the five years I used them (and still have them). This is amazing. I think the extra stamping does make the metal denser and as a result stronger. They are not soft clubs though. Lets say they are solid without being clicky. The specs are absolutely spot on which is a testament to their quality. They hit solidly, as I said, and I think the better you are the better you play. Not to say they don’t play well period. People in the know always want to hit them and are never disappointed. I put good recoil shafts in them (I am getting older) and can’t wait to play them when we complete our move to Florida in less than a week.

  7. youraway

    Mar 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Liked the story but the “background Music” is really foreground music and excessively loud. One would think today’s audio experts could do better. I want to hear voices, not drowned by music.

    • bogey jones

      Mar 21, 2018 at 4:29 am

      i felt the same way…
      the production value is horrendous, this video could have been so much cooler in the hands of right filmmakers.

  8. stan

    Mar 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Ahhhh…. the Miura mojo built into each iron head…. but not the hosel which is a cheap steel pipe that is spin-welded to the forged clubhead body. Of course additional forge stamping will create a denser metallurgy that will create a superior performing iron… ya think? 😛

  9. rex235

    Mar 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Great story. Great clubs. Exceptional design.

    RH Only.

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GolfWRX members weigh in on the best swings on the PGA Tour

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Who has the best swing on the PGA Tour? On the one hand, the answer is Dustin Johnson, as he’s the No. 1 player in the world, right? Of course, golf fans banter about the “best” swing on the PGA Tour over beers in the grill room, they’re usually talking about technical soundness and aesthetics more than results.

It’s in this vein that GolfWRX members schley started a thread asking the forum faithful for their picks for the three best swings on Tour. For his part, shcley says Ernie Els, Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen.

GatorMD says: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen

SASSpeeder says: Louis Oosthuizen, Luke List, Ernie Els

Bladehunter says: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson

Oz dee cee says: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen

Bye says: Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas

What do you think of these responses, GolfWRX members? Just a sample from the first 20 or so, obviously, and there are plenty more perspectives in the thread.

Who are your top three, GolfWRXers?

 

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Study: Amateur golfers are actually hitting it shorter than they were 3 years ago

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While the USGA’s distance report found a “concerning” increase in driving distances at the professional level, a new report from Arccos Golf — Mike Stachura of Golf Digest got the exclusive on its study —  identifies a very different trend at the amateur level. The golf GPS and statistics-tracking app found that the average golfer’s average drive decreased from 220.6 yards in 2015 to 217.1 yards in 2018.

Before we go crazy, however, it’s worth pointing out that we’re only four months into 2018 and the golf season hasn’t even started in much of the country. Thus, it probably makes more sense to look at the average golfers’ average drives from 2017, which measured 220.0 yards — a difference of a little more than half of a yard since 2015, rather than more than three yards, as the 2018 number suggests.

Again, maybe the trend for 2018 will continue, but it seems inappropriate to draw far reaching conclusions based on the “220.6” number.

Nevertheless, if we assume Arccos’ data is representative and statistically significant, then it would be, at the very least, a bold check in the “yes” column for bifurcation/not limiting the golf ball at the amateur level.

However (again, assuming data derived from Arccos users is representative of all golfers), the findings beget another question: Why are amateurs, equipped with the latest and greatest technologies that Iron Byron and his robotic colleagues are crushing past previous years’ models, stagnant in the distance department?

Stachura points to a Club Champion study showing that an average increase of 11 yards after fitting, that the drivers of 2018 go an average of six yards farther than the drivers of 2012.

Nick Clearwater, Director of Instruction for Golftec, strikes a similar tone

“It’s likely that many golfers used in the data are still using five-plus-year-old drivers as well and most don’t get fit for their equipment to benefit from the advancements. The average golfer uses too much spin loft with all of their clubs, so increases in tech still show minimal improvement in the quality of the shot. The shots still start to the right, spin too much and are mishit.”

This may be true, but for distances to decrease, golfers would have to be hitting new equipment that’s ill-suited for them, not merely sticking with the same drivers they were hitting in 2015.

Those with skeptical inclinations toward the benefits of new equipment, particularly $400 drivers, will assuredly have a field day with this data, and OEMs will be keen to emphasize the importance of fitting. They’ll also be quick to point out we have no idea what drivers the Arccos sample set is/was playing.

If, again, we assume the data to be accurate and representative, the USGA would look foolish if they advise a rollback of the golf ball for amateurs.

The amateur golfers in question will want to visit a qualified fitter or take part in a demo day with a buffet of options before shelling out for a new big stick, which is the advice we give in conjunction with Gear Trials (and the same reccomendation we’ve offered for years).

What do you think about this data, GolfWRX members?

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Meet Faaaabel the goat: unofficial mascot of the Valero Texas Open

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The Valero Texas Open this week has a new unofficial mascot. And really, let’s just make this official. Two ½-month-old pygmy goat mix  named Faaaabel is the official mascot of the Valero Texas Open. You heard it here first.

While there’s nothing funny about Faaaabel’s range of very important duties, she arrived at the VTO as part of a practical joke. Per Roxanna Scott of USA Today, Ted Kneale, the senior manager of operations for the Valero Texas Open, and Mark Mellgren, a tournament volunteer, wanted to wind PGA Tour rules official Brad Fabel up.

Naturally, they bought a goat on Craigslist, named it after him, and brought it to the tournament. Yes, this is a real thing that actually happened.

No word on how Fabel feels about Faaaabel, but everyone else rightly loves this miniature domestic goat.

“I’m kind of surprised at how fast this took off,” Kneale said. “We had her for about a week out here leading up to the event. Some of our staff knew about her and she was friendly with the staff. Before we knew it, people just started asking about the goat. We heard you had a goat, and it snowballed. I think she enjoys all the attention.”

This good girl does some very important jobs and has quickly become a vital part of the tournament operation. Obviously, she has a Twitter account as well.

Reportedly, Faaaabel is considering branching out into acting. As you can see from this PGA Tour video, she’s a natural on screen.

How do you feel about animals as tournament mascots, GolfWRX members? Should, say, Tripod formally be awarded Zurich Classic mascot duties?

 

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