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Miura Golf’s buyer revealed

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The official Miura-related announcement you’ve been waiting for: Billionaire investor, banking magnate, and golf enthusiast Howard Milstein has acquired global rights to distribute Miura Golf equipment.

We broke the news of Miura’s sale earlier this month, and new company president Hoyt McGarity told us the company’s trademark quality and pricing will remain consistent under the new ownership.

Milstein and family have acquired a majority interest in distribution rights, according to a press release, which also officially confirms Hoyt McGarity, founder and CEO of TrueSpec will serve as company president.

“We are excited to announce this new partnership and new chapter in Miura Golf’s storied history,” Milstein said. “We believe that Miura, with its decades-old reputation as perhaps the world’s finest designer and manufacturer of forged clubs, represents an ideal partner in the golf equipment category and is a tremendous fit with our company.”

Milstein is Chairman, President and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust — the nation’s largest privately owned, family-run bank — and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank. Also a successful real estate investor, Milstein is perhaps most interesting for our purposes as the business partner of Jack Nicklaus and the Nicklaus family since 2007.

Also interesting: It appears the two golf companies under Milstein’s charge will be working together in some capacity, a story we will continue to follow.

“We focused on strategic opportunities and aligning ourselves with likeminded partners and companies that mirror the high standards long established by Jack and his company,” Milstein said. “Miura Golf is such a company, and we are pleased and proud to announce this partnership.”

Founded in 1957, Katsuhiro Miura’s company has been making handcrafted forged irons of the highest quality for 50 years. According to the company, professional golfers have won several major championships using its clubs, specifically its forged players irons, without endorsement contracts. The company has also produced forged irons for major OEMs.

Once the undisputed leader in the ultra-premium equipment space, billionaire Bob Parsons-owned PXG has fired a shot across the company’s bow, cutting into market share over the past three years. Now, it would seem, Miura is equipped with similar firepower.

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  1. Jim

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    It appears to be merely a distribution deal.

    http://miuragolf.com/Miura-Milstein.pdf

    • Eric

      Jan 25, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      How are they gonna spell Miura incorrectly in its own press release *smh*

  2. Jim

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Must agree with Mark – “Muira Golf’s buyer revealed” and “acquired global rights to distribute Miura Golf equipment” are, to me, not one and the same thing.

    Will the company (Miura) that manufactures the highly sought-after irons change in any way? Or have they (Katsuhiro Miura & sons) merely sold the global distribution rights to Mr. Milstein?

  3. ButchT

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Until you can finance PXG or Miura irons like a home or car, I am out of their market!

  4. Shallowface

    Jan 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Looking forward to seeing a set of Jack Nicklaus Miurafield irons.

  5. Mark

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:49 am

    “Muira Golf’s buyer revealed” and “acquired global rights to distribute Miura Golf equipment” are, to me, not one and the same thing. Please clarify. Has Milstein bought the company or has he just acquired the global distribution rights?

  6. JThunder

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Another smaller company bought by a billionaire. Just what the world needs.

  7. S Hitter

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    That would be 60 years, mate. Can you do maths?

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The most popular golf carry bags on Amazon right now (Winter 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf carry bags on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf carry bags on Amazon as of December 2020.

1. Champkey Professional Golf Sunday Bag

From the listing:Takes up very little space in a trailer, camper, or car trunk; when not in use, the bag can be folded and stored neatly until you’re ready to go again. The bag can carry 3-9 clubs easy , the padded shoulder strap for extra comfort and a convenient handle on the side to quickly pick up and go. Made by 600D nylon fabric material that has great water resistant & durable. 6 pockets can carry everything you need in golf(like: cup,divot tool,towel, gloves ,tees & ball etc.).”

Price: $24.99

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2. Titleist Carry Bag

From the listing:Full length apparel pocket. Ultra-lightweight design. Premium heathered material. Included Components: 4 Pockets.”

Price: $99.95

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3. Craftsman Golf Portable Mini Carry Bag

From the listing: “The material is durable,light weight.And portable. The should strap is adjustable and a convenient handle available. It can hold 5-8 clubs. It can be folded for storageIt or just hook with your golf bag.”

Price: $14.99

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4. LONGCHAO Golf Stand Bag

From the listing:The stand of the ultralight golf bag can even be unfolded in an uneven place stably, you could easily get out the clubs. The cool golf bag has a generous and stylish appearance,enough room for as many as 6 or 7 clubs comfortably. Backpack-style shoulder strap for extra comfort provides you a convenient handle on the side to quickly carry and go.And the shoulder soft strap adopts detachable design for detaching freely when needs.”

Price: $49.99

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5. Wilson “W” Carry Golf Bag

From the listing:5-way open top with 2 full length dividers and an integrated handle. Plenty of storage with 7 pockets. Lightweight at 4.1 pounds.”

Price: $79.99

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6. Golf Bag Clubs Case Foldable Zippered Carry Bag

From the listing:Waterproof and durable. Holds 7-10 clubs. Padded shoulder strap for extra comfort. A handle on the side for more quickly pick up. Great for traveling: takes up very little space in a plane, trailer, camper, or car trunk.”

Price: $34.99

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7. Champkey Premium Golf Sunday Bag (Carry 3-7 Clubs)

From the listing:Takes up very little space in a trailer, camper, or car trunk. The bag can carry 3-7 clubs easy , the padded shoulder strap for extra comfort and a convenient handle on the side to quickly pick up and go. Made of premium canvas material that’s has great water resistant & durable.”

Price: $22.99

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8. Ranger Sunday Bag

From the listing:Ultra-lightweight stand bag weighs only 2 lbs. Soft grip rubberized top with two compartment dividers. Durable automatic stand legs with slide-resistant traction feet. Convenient carry handle integrated into bag top.”

Price: $63.91

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9. Light Weight Water Resistant Foldable Golf Sunday Bag Golf

From the listing:Light weight,foldable.The material is durable. The shoulder strap with shoulder Pad,avoid metal buckle digging into shoulder. The bag is outfitted with a fully adjustable shoulder handle and padded carry handle, so the bag is very easy & comfortable to carry around. It can hold 5-8 clubs,it is decided by the type of your club.”

Price: $39.99

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10. Wilson W Golf Bag

From the listing: 5-way open top with 2 full length dividers and an integrated handle. Plenty of storage with 7 pockets. Lightweight at 4. 1 pounds.”

Price: $68.39

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Are staff bags becoming obsolete?

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Earlier this year at GolfWRX, we had some very interesting debates about golf bags and the features and styles that you – the golfer prefer. Opinions were strong and few were swayed but nonetheless, some very interesting discussions were had:

Stand-bags on tour?

The one topic that we never quite got into was a discussion on staff bags. Sure, we see pros use them all the time on TV because they are big, bold and are great for promoting sponsors. But what about regular golfers, do we really need them for day to day use? We don’t get paid to use clubs so why carry around a giant billboard?

This brings us to the PGA Tour, where many trends are born, whether it be clubs, balls, or in this case bags, because a few weeks ago at Sea Island and the RSM Classic, we saw an uptick in caddies and players using what are known as “tour” carry bags—larger “staff-like” stand bags with the full branding of a tour bag, except in a smaller stand bag package.

Both Dylan Frittelli (Callaway – title image) and Nick Watney (Mizuno) are using versions of their companies stand bags this week and we have seen other players using them more frequently, like Camilo Villegas, although under a different set of circumstances since he doesn’t have a current bag sponsorship deal in place. Camilo’s situation is interesting because generally, even sponsorless players use a staff bag, even if it just features their name.

Tour stand bags at the consumer level

There must be something about these tour-like bags that golfers love because many golfers can’t get enough. Ping recently released a Tour Staff bag (above) to serious fanfare with it selling out quickly across most channels and actually being resold online for over MSRP—which is a pretty unusual thing to happen in the golf bag market beyond very limited release items. Other companies also offer larger staff like stand bags including Wilson, Titleist, and Srixon, to name a few.

The only drawback to these larger stand bags is their extra size brings with it extra weight, and for golfers who prefer walking over riding, any extra weight is generally avoided at all costs. This makes tour stand bags a great option for occasional walkers, or for those who use a pushcart, or ride but still enjoy the convenience of a stand bag when going to the range or practice area.

What do you think, GolfWRXers? Do you like the convenience of a larger stand bag or would you still rather use what most tour players use? I mean if you don’t have to carry it—why not?

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Should you be using a blade or mallet putter?

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‘Should I use a blade or mallet putter?’ It’s a frequent question, and here we will provide you with our essential guide to help you decide.

Blade vs Mallet: Which style suits you?

As far as golf equipment goes, your putter may be the most critical item in your bag. That’s why it’s crucial to know the key features of both blade and mallet putters and what they are designed to provide so that you can closely identify which style of putter your stroke and game require to help you lower your scores.

Blade Putter

Scotty Cameron Blade Putter

The traditional blade putter features a sweet spot positioned closer to the heel and designed to offer maximum feel to golfers on the greens

A blade putter contains a traditional head shape and is a favorite amongst golf ‘purists’. Blade putters are heavily toe-weighted with a sweet spot positioned closer toward the heel. This sweet spot position is because the shaft connects to the club head of the blade at the heel or sometimes center of the blade. This heavy toe-weighting and heel sweet spot means that blade putters will typically suit players who have an arc in their putting stroke.

Mallet Putter

TaylorMade mallet putter

A mallet style putter gives players stability and balance in their stroke.

The more modern style mallet putter is a flat-stick with a larger head. The heads come in various shapes and sizes, and because of the size, a lot of the weight is often distributed away from the clubface so that players find plenty of stability and balance in their stroke. 

The ‘game improvement’ style of the mallet putter means that the larger sweet spot will help players who struggle to strike the ball directly in the center of the face, and the added weight in the clubhead is designed to prevent the putter twisting during the stroke.

Mallet putters also offer additional aid when it comes to alignment, offering more prominent features than a blade such as longer or added lines and can also benefit golfers who struggle to hit putts hard enough due to its heavier weight.

Do pros prefer blade or mallet style putters?

With the 2020 season in the books, we can take a look at who were the top-10 performers in the Strokes Gained: Putting department for 2020 and see what style of putter they used:

  1. Denny McCarthy: Scotty Cameron Tour-Only FastbackMallet
  2. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Yes C-Groove Tracy IIBlade
  3. Andrew Putnam: Odyssey White Hot RX No. 5Mallet
  4. Kristoffer Ventura: Scotty Cameron NewportBlade
  5. Kevin Na: Odyssey Toulon MadisonBlade
  6. Matt Kuchar: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1Blade (Wide)
  7. Ian Poulter: Odyssey Stroke Lab SevenMallet
  8. Mackenzie Hughes: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C Mallet
  9. Maverick McNealy: Odyssey ToulonBlade
  10. Bryson DeChambeau: SIK Tour prototypeBlade

Blade style 60% vs Mallet style 40%

Should I use a blade or mallet putter?

Typically, this choice comes down to feel and stroke. Your stroke, just like the stroke of a professional, is unique, and your stroke will determine which style of putter will help you perform best on the greens. Like any other club in your bag, fitting and testing is a key element that shouldn’t be overlooked.

That being said, there are two prominent strokes and identifying which category you fall into can help identify where you fall in the Blade vs Mallet putter debate..

Square-to-square stroke vs Arced stroke

Square-to-square stroke

A square-to square stroke is when the putter face is lined up square to the target, and the stroke is straight back and through. If you possess a natural square-to-square stroke, you may be more suited to a mallet putter. The reason for this is that a mallet putter is face-balanced with the center of gravity positioned toward the back of the club meaning the club is designed to stay square to the putter path all the way through the stroke.

Arced stroke

An arced stroke is when the putter face will open and close relative to the target, and the stroke travels on a slight curve. Should you possess an arced stroke, then a blade putter may be more suited for you because of the natural toe-weighting of the blade-style putter.

Other factors to consider

Feel players will also usually opt for a blade-style putter, due to the desire to feel the way the ball reacts off the putter face which allows them to have more control over their putting and to gain confidence. Mallet putters make ‘feel’ less easy to attain due to the softer inserts on the clubface.

Don’t put aside the issue of aesthetics when considering the issue too. The look of a putter can inspire confidence, and each individual will feel different when placing either a blade or mallet-style putter behind the ball at address, so choosing a style which makes you feel comfortable is an important aspect to consider.

Hopefully, you’ve now got more knowledge as to how you can find the right putter shape for you and your stroke. At the end of the day, the right putter for you, whether it’s a blade or mallet, will be the one which helps and inspires you to make more putts.

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