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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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