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Instagram Investigations: Impact Golf and Kyoei KK wedges #GolfWRX

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Impact Golf posted a shot of a beautiful soon-to-be-released Kyoei KK wedge. Not having a clue what Impact Golf was, I did a little research. It turns out, Impact Golf is a golf facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The lead is kind of buried on this post, because Impact Golf Driving Range is the only aquatic driving range in Malaysia. Really. Check it out.

Members can get 100 range balls for about $3 US. The two-piece balls feature a low density center, so they float. Guess the range must sent out a boat with a cage on it to “pick” the balls?

Retail, club fitting, aquatic driving range, it looks like Impact Golf does it all. We salute you! Anyway, back to the post, here it is.

Kyoei Golf was founded by Tamaki Sakamoto, who got his start hauling trees by horse before hanging a shingle in the clubmaking business. He started Kyoei Golf Equipment Manufacturing with his brother-in-law.

The company describes its manufacturing evolution.

“Initially we used Stainless Steel. We polished stainless steel to finish our heads. Since Stainless Steel does not rust, we did not plate our heads. However, when we first saw a head made in America, we were shocked at how beautiful a finish they had. American made heads were made of Soft Carbon Steel and had plated finish. Since then, Kyoei also started to forge their heads in house and later invested in plating equipment. All of this was because of Tamaki’s goal of “Manufacturing the best head in Japan” He strongly believed that in order to produce good heads they needed to do their own forging and not just grinding. To produce good heads, they needed to do their own plating. Kyoei is still the only company in Japan with full forging to plating process capabilities.”

And how about this hustle?

“Tamaki took a few of his heads wrapped up in a “Furoshiki” wrapper (Traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) and showed them at the PGA show. “What do you think?” Even if he could not speak the language, they can see the quality in his products. This is how he gradually made Kyoei forged irons known in the U.S.”

Details on the upcoming Kyoei KK wedges are scarce, but one thing’s for sure: They’re darn good looking.

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  1. Fake McFake

    Mar 25, 2018 at 2:28 am

    sorry to be THAT guy,

    but “because Impact Golf Driving Range is the only aquatic driving range in Malaysia. Really. Check it out.”

    Is not TRUE. Last golf trip to Kota Kinabalu (in Malaysia) we visited 3 golf courses, and two of them had aquatic driving ranges (Sabah Golf + Country Club and Sutera Harbour Links)

    Im sure there are probably 10s of them. What is interesting is how they create a man made lake and use pumps in the centre to push the golf balls to the edges so they can easily be collected. The balls float and are skimmed off by workers with large nets.

  2. Eric Chong

    Mar 24, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Appreciate the shoutout, kudos to you for digging and giving treu feedback to golfing masses

  3. Jack

    Mar 24, 2018 at 8:14 am

    They look like the Zodia wedges that were made about a decade ago.

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Report: Major sponsor becomes first to urge PGA Tour to hold peace talks with LIV

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According to The Telegraph, a major investor is urging both the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour to have “peace talks” with LIV Golf.

Johann Rupert, who is the chairman of Richemont, a Swiss luxury-goods maker, has invested over $100 million into the sport of golf.

South Africa’s richest man issued a statement to tournament spokespeople at St. Andrews for this weeks Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“This is the Home of Golf and we are all here to celebrate golf,” the spokesperson said from St. Andrews. “There needs to be a cessation of hostilities which are threatening the future of the game we all love. People need to talk to each other to find a solution.”

There doesn’t seem to be any type of negotiation imminent between the rival tours. According to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, Jay Monahan hasn’t returned any of his phone calls since the inception of LIV Golf. Commissioner of the DP World Tour Keith Pelley has also expressed he doesn’t have much desire to work with Norman.

Patrick Reed and Peter Uihlein got a sponsors invite from Rupert. Although Reed withdrew with a back injury, many believe that Rupert was sending a message with how he used his sponsors invite.

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Report: LIV Golf closing in on deal to PURCHASE airtime with major network

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According to Golfweek, LIV Golf are closing in on a deal that will see the breakaway tour televised on Fox Sports 1.

The report indicates that LIV Golf will be paying Fox to air their product, which is unusual of television deals. Typically, the media company will pay a rights fee to the sports league to air the tournament.

Golfweek speculates that this move “will be widely interpreted as a failure to attract serious commercial interest in what it is offering.”

LIV Golf CEO had reportedly been shopping his product around to multiple media companies just as recently as a few weeks ago.

“We’re talking to four different networks, and live conversations where offers are being put on the table,” Norman told ESPN. “They can see what we’re delivering.”

LIV was still angling to receive a rights fee in the second year of the deal, but Fox reportedly declined to accept their proposal. Fox will be willing to renegotiate a rights fee at a later date.

The final two LIV events of the season, including a match play event at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida are planned to be shown on Fox once the deal is completed.

The arrangement is not yet finalized.

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Couple pull off insanely cool Masters-themed wedding

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There are golf fans, and then there are golf super-fans.

Matt Ziance, a former marketer for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel, proved that he and his wife Kate were simply obsessed by the sport, by making their nuptials an homage to the greatest of the traditional tournaments – the Masters.

 

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The wedding, on July 3rd this year, involved not just a nod to Augusta, and a Masters-themed cake, but an entire exhibition!

Included in the day were:

  • The couple’s nephews dressed head-to-toe as ‘ring caddies,’ dressed in white Master’s overalls and carrying the rings in golf-ball shaped cases.
  • Kate’s flower girl carrying a bucket of tees, balls and rose petals.
  • Personalized signs at the First Presbyterian Church featuring the Masters logo, with tables carrying the traditional Masters flag.
  • The duo’s entrance involving an attempt at a long-range putt
  • 5000 cookies, baked by Kate’s mom and referencing golf themes
  • Matt wearing an Augusta green jacket for the service, and golf socks, tie and custom Nike clothing for the reception party

The couple started playing golf together since their first date in 2020, and estimate they played over 60 rounds together last year.

No matter how many times they may have played, or the dedication shown to the sport, neither Matt and Kate have ever been to Augusta, though continue their bid at each lottery raffle.

Oh, and Matt also managed to arrange former associate Jim Nantz to present a short introduction and welcome to the guests – using his famous phrase – “Hello friends!”

As Matt says, “It was a wedding unlike any other.”

 

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The challenge is set.

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