Tommy Hilfiger Golf, Miura Golf, and Martin Golf – Golf Gift Ideas on MyGolfConcierge.com – Holidays 2012
Ryan David, a golf writer for a popular website, published some nice holiday coverage on Tommy Hilfiger Golf, Miura Golf, in his annual gift guide. This website is viewed throughout the U.S. and the link to the coverage is below.
By: Morten Buckhoj, editor of Golfbladet
Ben Carey, the editor for a very nice golf website – Freshgolfreviews.com – reviewed the CB-501 irons that he was recently fitted for. Ben’s review is favorable and includes some very good photography. Ben also describes the fitting process with Joel Acovelli in Cary, NC. in detail. This is a very good review that I think everyone will enjoy. See the link below to the review:
Kiel Christianson, a senior writer for the World Golf Wire, posted his review of the SIT-460 Miura driver:
Tony Dear, a golf writer in the Northwest U.S. for a number of golf publications and websites, has highlighted Miura Golf’s New Wedge Series and Sunice Golf in his annual holiday gift guide for 2012.
By Rick Young, senior writer for Score Golf Magazine
For 55 years Katsuhiro Miura has been forging some of the world’s most beautiful irons with an uncompromising blend of quality, detail and craftsmanship.
Don’t expect that to change.
The Vancouver-based company still produces its exceptional wares in the traditional samurai sword-making capital of Himeji, Japan; still does so in one factory with one forge under the watchful eye of the company’s skilled master craftsman and founder.
What has changed for Miura in recent times is product expansion. Though irons, then wedges, provided the upscale golf brand its foundation, gaining traction in the retail marketplace requires a much more assertive business plan often involving multiple equipment categories. That means rolling out drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters.
Last month Miura Golf showed again its capabilities as a producer of high-end golf equipment is not limited even when it comes to non-forged golf clubs. President Adam Barr sent along test samples of the company’s two most recent products, the new SIT-460 driver and KM-007 putter. Both are a showcase for the Miura philosophy of handmade over mass production.
Admittedly the new driver at first glance was not an immediate slam dunk for me. In a crammed market of adjustability function, sightline alignment aids and bold new finishes, the SIT-460 — Miura’s second driver offering — seemed a bit staid out of the box. Further visual analysis shows there is more going on here.
Short for Strong & Ideal Trajectory (SIT), the titanium driver head in the hitting position looks anything but 460-cubic centimetres (cc). Much smaller in appearance, some golfers might even construe it as just slightly bigger than one of the larger model three-woods found in the industry now. This however is every cubic centimetre a driver.
Use of a flat-black matte finish and a deeper, tall face behind the golf ball streamlines the head size while a softer ‘gear effect’ visual on top of the club behind the face provides not only a sightline for square alignment but also creates a sense of workability. Barr told me earlier this year in a brief discussion about the SIT-460 driver that the design, overseen by Katsuhiro’s son Shinei, is an extension of Miura’s success with last year’s MG hybrids. Those clubs faces were exactly as tall as a golf ball providing what the company calls “ball coverage” at impact. There is also plenty going on in the sole. Highlighted by two distinct tiers each one contributes weighting functionality to the lighter-weight 196-gram head design while also assisting the end user to sit the club square at address. By the way that lighter-weight head provides Miura fitters with the opportunity for more shaft options. The one sent to me came with one of Aerotech’s Claymore MX-60 shafts.
As for performance the club is admirable. What I most liked on the range and on the golf course was the consistent trajectory of the SIT-460. Even when I teed it lower or higher or when I tried to work the ball either way the ball flight was remarkably similar. In a retail driver market dominated by top names and advanced technology this club might easily be passed over. Golfing traditionalists and players seeking something simple but unique should give this club some attention. It’s a sleeper.
Miura’s new KM-007 putter extends the brand’s blade putter capabilities to the mid-mallet category. Similar to Scotty Cameron design beliefs for the vast majority of his products, Miura is not about face inserts with its putters.
Made of softer, mild steel, forged and CNC (computer-numeric controlled) milled, the KM-007 provides exceptional feel at impact with a shape and design that harkens a golfer to Cameron’s current Del Mar line or Odyssey’s Rossi product.
You won’t find bells and whistles here either. About the most distinctive individual aspect of this putter is the black/red Lamkin-produced Miura-inscribed putter grip. The 360-gram KM-007 comes in a nickel (satin) and chrome non-glare finish to keep a golfer’s eyes focused on the single, white top sightline.
What I like most about this club is how it comes off the face. That feel equates to great responsiveness which I found no different on a 40-foot putt or a four-foot putt. To me that’s a sign of a great putter product.
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:
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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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.