Wayne Freedman, a great writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and TV personality on ABC & in the Bay Area, has posted a very nice review of the Miura Golf KM-007 putter:
Feel and Fashion Forward Performance Fabrics
By John Ehle
During a golf season which tested golf courses and players to the breaking point, Antigua’s introduction of their new clothing line qualified as prescient; just in time delivery.
High tech fabric development has been high on Antigua’s priority list and the most recent apparel introductions have emerged as industry paradigm breakers in terms form, feel and fashionable function. Their Desert Dry Extra Lite fabric allowed golf in the most torrid conditions to be carried out comfortably in Thailand, Cambodia and Mexico where temperatures and humidity levels hovered around 100.
These performance fabrics not only move moisture away from one’s body: they provide a sexy, soft feel combined with an esthetically elegant drape which makes a statement about the wearer’s fashion sense.
Then there is the palette. These fashion forward colors have stand-alone autonomy which will disarm even the most unerring eye. Wedgewood/Cobalt and Berry/Bordeaux are beyond the “look at me” intent of some recent introductions by competitors. They are simply gorgeous. Add edgy, tasteful details such as piping and contrast stitching and you have a garment which complements a sport coat on a night out as ably as it does on the 1st tee.
Antigua has made similar efforts with the introduction of their tennis line. Shirts, shorts, outerwear and hats will have you stepping onto the course or court with a renewed spring in your step. Check out Antigua’s new collection at Antigua. You’ll find the value there.
Antigua Tour Staff Player Stacy Lewis Wins Navistar Classic
(PEORIA, ARIZ.) – The Antigua Group, Inc. – one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of genuine sports apparel under its Antigua brand congratulates Stacy Lewis, Antigua Tour Staff Player, on her victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama.
Stacy Lewis finished the final round at 3-under 69, two strokes better than defending champion Lexi Thompson to earn her fourth LPGA title. The win also increased her advantage to 56 points in the race for Rolex player of the year. The Navistar Classic win marks Lewis’s third LPGA Tour victory in 2012.
“We’re very proud of Stacy and her outstanding performance at the Navistar Classic,” says Ron McPherson, President and CEO of Antigua. “Stacy is having an incredible year on the LPGA Tour and having her wear our 2012 Antigua Performance Apparel on the tour is a great honor, as well as showcase for us.”
Antigua Performance Apparel for the 2012 season combines outstanding quality, style and value. The new line once again exemplifies why the Antigua brand is one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of genuine golf and sports apparel.
Press Release: Sunice Delivers Science and Style for Spring/Summer 2013 Outerwear and Silver Polo Collections
Sunice Delivers Science and Style for Spring/Summer 2013 Outerwear and Silver Polo Collections
Montreal, Quebec – Sunice®, Canada’s No. 1 outerwear brand, is pleased to unveil its 2013 Outerwear and Silver Polos collections, and introduces EDGE, a new collection with a trimmer fit.
The Sunice Golf 2013 men’s color palette uses updated blues, sedona and purple to brighten up collections of basic black and navy. Product embossing details allows for a new take on traditional colors like grey and add visual interest to exciting new colors like charcoal and ivy.
The ladies collection highlights the ever-popular pure white and adds to the golf fashion rainbow, a soft purple named vivid violet, a new take on blue with barely blue and a bright reddish tone called Radiant Red. The addition of abstract prints helps to make the ladies outerwear unlike any other outerwear brand in the market.
Sunice offers seven different categories in their Spring 2013 line including the all new Sunice Outerwear collections EDGE, Hurricane, Tornado, Typhoon, Pro Sport and Sport, as well as technical apparel line, Sunice Silver. Each outerwear category provides different levels of protection from an array of weather conditions. A multitude of technical applications and the science of developing performance apparel gives Sunice the cutting edge necessary in providing the ultimate Freedom to play, no matter the weather.
All new EDGE Collection
Featuring GORE-TEX® enable with Paclite® technology and backed by the GORE-TEX® “Guaranteed to keep you dry™” promise, the Edge Collection differentiates itself from the Hurricane Collection with a new trimmer fit and bold colors and logos. This waterproof and high-performance layering collection is inspired by PGA Tour cutting-edge young guns.
The collection contains 3 jackets and 1 pant – all in GORE-TEX® enable with Paclite® technology. Colorway in this collection is very bright with lime/white and black embossed fabrics/trims. The jacket’s added features include larger and trendy branding, bright colors, and the Pro-Trim™ waist cinching system, in-pocket ball cleaner. The Sunice style is represented in detailing such as laser cut designs at back, laser cut and welded pocket frames, and the Sunice patented V collar design.
Featuring GORE-TEX® enable with Paclite® technology and GORE-TEX®, and backed by the GORE-TEX® “Guaranteed to keep you dry™” promise, the Hurricane Collection is the Sunice Gore category.
The ever-popular Ultimate Jacket is back in its fifth version (V5), with a complete re-design. The Sunice science is evident in the V5 jacket’s added features, including the X-Static® stretch lining, Pro-Trim™ waist cinching system, in-pocket ball cleaner, and stretch insert back panel. The Sunice style is represented in detailing such as laser cut designs on the sleeves and body, laser cut and welded pocket frames, and the Sunice patented V collar design.
Breathable, ultra lightweight and ultra quiet products backed by a four-year waterproof guarantee are what define the Tornado Collection.
Sunice FlexVent™ for 2013 introduces new colors of Citadel and Sedona, along with a Charcoal plaid print brightened with shadow and White. Versatile, full stretch, highly breathable, and waterproof, this proprietary fabric technology is perfect for playing golf in heavy rain or varying temperatures with its performance features and extreme comfort. Our FlexVent™ fabric is one of the most waterproof stretch fabrics on the market. With its uniquely soft hand feel and super quiet laminate, we believe this is the future in waterproofs.
The Typhoon category – now a full-stretch, waterproof category with a three-year waterproof guarantee – encompasses all that a well designed, lightweight rainsuit should be. Introduced in 2011, Zephal™ is a quieter-performing lightweight fabric that now has the added benefit of Full Stretch. An assortment of styles provides a great value proposition for a very technical suit, and incorporates many of the golf-enhancing features that Sunice is famous for.
Taking what we do best and applying it outside of the raingear spectrum has resulted in the Sunice ProSport Collection. This category features WINDSTOPPER® by Gore as its high-end performance gear, resulting in lightweight and fashion driven layering pieces.
For those weather conditions that are a little more demanding, your ultimate choice should be a WINDSTOPPER® garment. The most breathable, 100% windproof, highly water repellent styles available from Sunice include the new Triberg as a super lightweight and 4 ways stretch jacket; while the Malaga is the vest version incorporating the same feature. The Dundee, York, and Birmingham all provide new design options in our infamous WINDSTOPPER® lined sweaters.
Sport Layers Collection
Adding properly designed layers into a golf wardrobe can enhance a golfer’s overall physical performance and ultimately improve their golf game. Sunice Performance Layers are designed to create an apparel layering system that allows golfers to play at their very best in all weather conditions. For cool mornings or damp dawns early in the season, when an extra layer is needed without the extra bulk or weight, the Allendale SuperLite FX™ Pullover is the update to the Olie and is definitively the ultimate choice. A chest pocket zipper surrounded by laser cut seal tape, moisture wicking properties, and bright color combinations are just a few of the details that make this piece stand out from the rest.
Sunice is the only golf apparel company to have the silver technology in its garments, featuring the X-Static® fabric.
The Men’s Sunice Silver Spring 2013 Collection offers a wide selection of core basics including a short and long sleeve polo option, lightweight layering, and bottoms in a variety of plaids and solids. Bottoms are available in Black, Midnight and Charcoal. Full stretch fabric, and stain release are a few of the characteristics that make the Peter moisture wicking shorts a very desirable option. Deconstructed argyles, asymmetrical blockings, updated herringbone, and an assortment of stripes are but a few of the design details found throughout the collection.
The Women’s Sunice Silver Collection has basics to merchandise back into the fashion collections and bottoms in solids and plaids. The Utility Chic Collection is made up of classic Black and White; Married to a royal Collection merchandises the Sunice Silver version of purple with vivid violet, charcoal and White; and finally, Blue my Mind leaves one dreaming of luxurious Barely Blue and fresh white. Sunice Silver for women provides clean lines and fashion detailing to a technical shirt collection.
Sunice®, founded in 1976 in Alberta, Canada as a skiwear brand, successfully transcended its technical outerwear capabilities into the golf market in the early 1990s as the golf industry gravitated towards designing sport-specific garments that truly helped enhance the game. Thus, it’s no surprise Sunice® – owned and run by Montreal, Canada-based Fletcher Leisure Group Inc., a company with 42 years of golf industry experience – meets the demands of the most discerning golfer. Sunice® golf rainwear is a chosen favorite by many PGA and LPGA Tour players around the world.
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Martin Golf Sponsors Fry’s & Friends Pro-Am at Frys.com Open
The Frys.com Open announced a new partnership with Martin Golf Apparel. The clothier will present the Fry’s & Friends Pro-Am to start the tournament week. The private Pro-Am event will be held at CordeValle Golf Club, on Monday, October 8, 2012. The exclusive event is an opportunity to play the championship venue with a PGA TOUR professional.
“The Frys.com Open is growing its presence on the PGA TOUR and in the community” said Rick Martin, Founder of Martin Golf Apparel. “Martin Golf is pleased to announce this new partnership as our brand grows its own presence among discerning golfers and high end golf shops.”
Entering its seventh year, the Frys.com Open has generated more than $4 million for charity since its inception. “We are excited about our new relationship with Martin Golf Apparel as we continue our efforts to benefit charity,” said Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez. “We are proud of the positive impact that our tournament has in the community.”
About Martin Golf
Martin Golf Apparel was founded by Rick Martin, an executive in the apparel and golf industry with more than 30 years of experience. Martin Golf Apparel is committed to tradition, all-natural fibers and colors, and selling exclusively in just the finest private golf clubs. This ensures that Martin Golf customers can benefit from the latest results of the company’s ongoing quest for perfection – results that truly live up to the standards of the Martin Golf Apparel product design that being ‘as Timeless As The Game’. www.martingolfapparel.com
About Frys.com Open
Launched in 2006, Frys.com Open is an official PGA TOUR tournament. Proceeds from the Frys.com Open are donated to local and national charities that are working to improve the lives of others. The title sponsor Fry’s Electronics is a privately owned retailer with 34 nationwide locations headquartered in San Jose, California. Information is available on www.frysopengolf.com and find us on Facebook and Twitter. The Frys.com Open will be played the week of October 8-14, 2012 at CordeValle Golf Club.For more information contact: Mary Beth Lacy Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (760) 346-6942 Jeffrey Sanchez, PGA Tournament Director Frys.com Open – PGA TOUR in Silicon Valley Email: jeff.FrysOpen@gmail.com T: 408-487-4653 C: 408-313-4828
MIURA GOLF INTRODUCES ITS NEW WEDGE SERIES
Vancouver, B.C. — It takes the soul of an artist and the mind of an engineer to improve on beautiful, effective golf clubs. That’s the spirit behind Miura’s New Wedge Series.
The New Wedge Series from Miura, the world’s preeminent maker of quality forged golf clubs, preserves the eternal elements of the “old” Series and adds refinements that make the clubs a pleasure to look at and a joy to play. Now in odd-numbered lofts from 51 degrees through 59, the New Series features redesigned bounce angles that work well with the way thinking players like to play golf. Leading edge and bounce angle combine for a quality impact that leads to a crisp, consistent divot. Distance control and feel are available to the player like never before.
“Shinei Miura and his brother Yoshitaka, with help from their father, Mr. Miura, have come up with a truly artistic set of refinements for our wedges,” said Adam Barr, president of Miura. “Significant changes don’t have to be big. After watching and listening to hundreds of players, the Miura family learned a great deal about how golfers like their wedges to get through the turf. So while some of our bounce angles haven’t changed in terms of number of degrees, subtle improvements in the overall sole shape have made more effective bounce angles that the Miuras are very proud of.”
The engineering changes also extend to the amount of offset, which is a bit higher in the 51-degree version, but decreases as loft goes up — that is, where more offset isn’t needed. In the 57- and 59-degree models, there’s even a small amount of onset. The Miuras performance-tested these wedges and found that this offset progression helps many players to make a clean, pure strike at the ball.
As usual, the New Wedge Series are manufactured to very tight tolerances. Miura clubs in any model never vary more than half a gram — that is, 1/56th of an ounce. That’s much more accurate than the industry standard. The New Wedges cover a head weight range from 297 grams in the 51-degree model to 307 grams in the 59. At each loft, the weight combines with the proper length of shaft (as determined by an authorized Miura dealer/fitter) to give players the feel and “heft” they need to create excellent shots around the green, in bunkers, and on tricky approaches.
The suggested retail price per club in the New Wedge Series starts at US$235.00 depending on shaft and grip options.
About Miura Golf
Besides the new PP-9003, Miura Golf’s current product line also includes the CB-501 (Cavity Back Model); Blade (Tournament Blade Model); CB-202 (Cavity Back Model); CB-301 (Cavity Model); Wedges (Wedge Series and Black Wedge Series, each available in six lofts); Series 1957 By Miura Custom Grind Wedges; Small Blade model irons; Blade and Classic putters (two models); Precious Edition Driver, Fairway Wood and Utility Wood.
Miura Golf’s corporate office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and Miura Golf clubs are sold at the finest custom-fitting shops in North America. The Miura brand is marketed exclusively by Miura Golf Inc., in the United States and North America. More information on Miura products can be found at www.miuragolf.com.
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G-Mac by Kartel, Review Written By: Terry McAndrew
ONE HAND HELPING THE OTHER: Its been said that clothes make the man. But it can also be argued that the man makes the clothes. The story of the G-Mac by Kartel collection is a tale of both. Karl Swan, managing director of Kartel Clothing, was interested in building the company’s golf line but was looking for someone to help. Graeme McDowell’s business manager contacted him since G-Mac was wearing some of the company’s products. This was back in mid 2011 and Swan wasn’t sure what he would think of his fellow Irishman. “I had no idea I would like him so much,” Swan confessed. “He is a down to earth, regular guy who has a passion for clothing that includes nitty gritty details such as fabrics and measuring. He is more into detail than I would have thought.”
Kartel is part of John Swan Ltd, a family owned Irish business based in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1947. John Swan, Karl’s grandfather, set up his own modest clothing company in two small rooms above a pub in Dublin’s Hill Street. His grandson, Karl was interested in building out the brand into golf and was looking for a solution. McDowell appears be his answer. The two met at the 2011 Irish Open in Killarney and discussed the idea of launching a clothing line. Swan said McDowell requested Kartel put together three outfits and he would visit the company’s showroom to see whether it was right for him. “I didn’t want just three outfits,” Swan said, “I wanted a brand.” He said the biggest challenge was finding something that really could be marketed. “We looked into Graeme’s genealogy and went back to the 12th Century,” Swan explained. “His ancestors helped to lead Scotland to its independence over the English. There was strong symbolism in his family of a warrior, strength and skill which are all the qualities that Graeme himself shows in his play.”
When it came time for McDowell to see what Kartel came up with, Swan said he knew the company was being auditioned against other more notable competition. “We couldn’t afford to write a check the way the others could,” Swan said in trying to secure McDowell to represent the company. The competition would have to be waged through the product if Kartel was to be successful. “He mainly listened and excused himself and his two business managers to another room to discuss our presentation,” Swan said. “He came back and said we wiped the floor compared to the others. I couldn’t have wished for a better reaction. He turned and asked Conor (Ridge his manager) to work out a deal and said ‘and Conor you better work out a deal.’” Swan recalled. Thus collaboration was born.
The G-Mac by Kartel collection has been designed specifically to have a stylish, sophisticated, luxury upmarket feel. The logo incorporates the McDowell family crest and their motto ‘Vincere Vel Mori’ – Win or Die. It conveys their life and death struggle to be free and true to their beliefs. The spirit of these words are what Graeme lives by; he believes that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing to the best of your ability, and it is that project, practice session or tournament is entered with commitment, determination and belief! The lions paw holding a short dagger, relates to the McDowell skillful, powerful warrior. The McDowell clan fought on foot and with short swords, despite the fact that their adversaries rode on horseback with long swords. They believed that the strength was in the warrior, not the weapon. An acorn within the logo conveys strength (from the mighty oak tree) and the bell heather motif is a reference to the flower that was worn by the clansmen. All of these symbols point toward the skill, strength, will and determination possessed by the McDowell clan, as well as centuries later, the same traits that were required by G-Mac with his US Open win, as well as the Ryder Cup with Europe. McDowell explains his past in a video, http://vimeo.com/37912997 that he proudly wears today.
“We are a family operated business,” Swan explained, “and we take a long term view. We don’t have to answer to a board of directors or shareholders looking at it strictly for a return on investment or dividend check. Our relationship with Graeme is a big branding exercise.” McDowell helps to accelerate the introduction of Kartel to golf fans and Kartel has a role in brand G-Mac. “I take a firm view that we present him in a good light. All of these guys on TOUR are brands. Our investment is front loaded and our early return is awareness.”
G-Mac is a true believer when you look and feel your best that you will perform to your best. In other words the clothes help to make the man. With the help from Kartel some of the finest Italian, Spanish and Scottish wools, merged with the best of Asian technology, have together created a full collection of the luxurious and stylish performance based apparel. The collection is authentic to McDowell and to the mostly warmer climates where he plays his golf and so it has been designed predominantly with the lightest, most performance enhancing yarns and fabrics available. There is an inclusion of the outer layers for those occasions when the cooler weather requires Pima or Cashmere knits.
The G-Mac by Kartel brand is in upscale shops and perhaps eventually, Swan said, “In better end department stores. If we do our job right it will be a stock brand.” In that respect the man helps to make the clothes.
Miura Launches 007 Putter
By John Ehle
Adam Barr has been the president of Miura golf for nearly two years. During that time Miura has introduced a number of golf clubs to the Japanese-based Miura product line, including putters, wedges, drivers, hybrids and several additions/revisions to their line of world-famous forged irons.
Mr. Barr is reluctant to claim credit for these new products and, rather, suggests that new products come from Katsuhiro Miura (Miura-san) the patriarch of the Miura family or from one of his sons. Himeji, Japan is the steel-producing area of that country and it is said to have been the source of the craftsmen who were responsible for producing the swords of the samurai. Miura-san is a literally hands-on owner and observers in the industry say that his are “the hands of God”.
Mr. Miura was with Mr. Barron a five day visit to the U.S. and was asked if he missed doing the final grinding during the production of their clubs. His response was, “Yes, very much. In fact it takes me a few days to re-establish my comfort with the process when I get back”.
Miura forged golf clubs are crafted from high quality, low carbon steel. Billets are cut and heated to a very high temperature then hammered into the shape of the club by a machine which is the size of a Volkswagen stood on end. If you go to the Miura website you can witness this process. The massive force of the hammer pushes the grain of the steel close together, making it very dense and, of course, heavier. The process and product can be visualized by imaging two identical glass jars, one filled with marbles and one with sand.
Miura’s goal is to create golf clubs which result in the “purity of the strike” which when experienced travels from the clubhead and through the shaft into the hands and arms of the person wielding the golf club. This is when the buttery feel of quality forged clubs is created.
Miura’s most recent project was to create the world’s finest forged and milled mallet putter. The KM-007 is the result. Made from the same low carbon steel, the 007 weighs in at 360 grams. With a 72 degree lie and a 4 degree loft, this putter is an inspiration when you stand over it. Not only is it an aesthetically pleasing work of art, the artisanal workmanship and engineering which has gone into its production affords the golfer the opportunity to experience the aforementioned “purity of the strike” with each stroke.
It resists twisting and builds confidence as the ball seems to glide away from the exquisitely milled clubface. The quality of this putter is difficult to describe other than to say that it is a matter of aesthetics lending form to function. Whether lagging a 40′ putt or knocking in a pesky 4 footer, the KM-007 will inspire confidence and fire your passion to use this extraordinary putter again and again.