Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - News - by Terry Ross

When tak­ing a cue from the pro­fes­sional tours, more ev­ery­day golfers are find­ing that long irons—es­pe­cially the newer, more tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced spe­cialty irons—are a great al­ter­na­tive for tee shots on holes where ac­cu­racy is more im­por­tant than over­all dis­tance.

With more man­u­fac­tures in­tro­duc­ing longer irons de­signed to use as a driv­ing club th­ese days, the ex­cel­lent choices have be­come more abun­dant. Miura Golf, which has a long and proud his­tory of pro­duc­ing some of the high­est-qual­ity, hand­crafted forged irons in the world, has jumped into this arena in a big way with the re­cent re­lease of its ICL-601 Driv­ing Iron that has been get­ting rave re­views by club afi­ciona­dos and just about any­one who has tried the club.

Miura irons, de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by the Miura fam­ily in their fac­tory in Himeji, Ja­pan since 1957, have tra­di­tion­ally been ranked among the finest on the mar­ket, but with the in­tro­duc­tion of the ICL-601 driv­ing irons se­ries, the com­pany has out­done it­self.

This in­ner cav­ity – long iron is the lat­est in Miura’s MG Col­lec­tion, and blends seam­lessly with a set of any Miura irons. It is be­ing of­fered in a 23 de­gree 4-iron, 18 de­gree 2-iron and 20 de­gree 3-iron.

“The in­ner cav­ity de­sign is not new for Miura,” noted Hoyt McGar­ity, Pres­i­dent of Miura Golf. “It was first in­tro­duced with the hugely pop­u­lar IC-2003. Mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances have al­lowed us to im­prove on the orig­i­nal de­sign. This is ac­com­plished by in­te­grat­ing a 455 Car­pen­ter Steel face (as found in our PP-9005 G) and the use of the vari­able weight­ing sys­tem found in the Hay­ate woods.”

Miura has op­ti­mized the cen­ter of grav­ity by use of the vari­able weight­ing sys­tem, par­tic­u­larly ad­dress­ing the mishits typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with a long iron. A top line which in­stills con­fi­dence is paired with a sole de­sign which de­liv­ers solid turf in­ter­ac­tion, no mat­ter the lie.

With a larger look than a typ­i­cal iron, the com­fort­able off­set has a sharp look to it at ad­dress, and the sole shape lets the club­head sit in a way that gives golfers con­fi­dence not usu­ally found when hit­ting a long iron. The club­head’s in­ner cav­ity al­lows for a wider sole and lower cen­ter of grav­ity. With a larger sweet spot comes more for­give­ness, high launch and con­trolled spin rates that will ben­e­fit golfers of all skill lev­els.

The 23-de­gree ICL-601, for in­stance, in­cludes an 8-gram weight, match­ing its weight to a stan­dard 4-iron’s. This al­lows the club to be as­sem­bled with the same shaft as your iron set or to be fit­ted with an op­ti­mum-per­form­ing shaft. As with other forged irons, the lie and loft an­gles are ad­justable--en­abling golfers to fit the club seam­lessly into their set. Of course, Miura is known for its cus­tom fit­ting net­work, and rec­om­mends th­ese ad­just­ments be done by an au­tho­rized Miura dealer.

Hit­ting the ICL-601 gives one the sense of hit­ting a wood, but with the ac­cu­racy of an iron. The ball ex­plodes off of the head with an ease not usu­ally found with a long iron, and is one of the eas­i­est clubs to hit straight and with con­sis­tency—es­pe­cially with one of the light KBS hy­brid shafts that is of­fered with this iron. The sound of the ball at im­pact with this club in­stills con­fi­dence as well—as does the dis­tance that this iron can pro­duce.

“The ICL gives Miura tra­di­tion­al­ists the op­por­tu­nity to add tech­nol­ogy to their game, while main­tain­ing the qual­ity and feel of a Miura forged club,” said Ja­son Rutkoski, Miura Golf vice pres­i­dent. “The ICL is a re­mark­able new prod­uct that will ben­e­fit golfers from all de­mo­graph­ics, by seam­lessly fit­ting their ex­ist­ing set or adding a club to fit that one shot/hole per round.”

The ICL-601 is one of the first in­no­va­tions for the Miura fam­ily in its new part­ner­ship with Howard Mil­stein and the Nick­laus Com­pa­nies,

broad­en­ing Miura’s in­ter­na­tional reach. This re­brand was ap­proached with the de­sire for a look and feel that ex­pertly mim­ics the clean and sleek lines for ev­ery Miura club. With the re­lease of more for­giv­ing clubs, Miura is reach­ing deeper into the golf com­mu­nity and ex­pos­ing more golfers to its leg­endary feel and hand crafts­man­ship, but with the abil­ity to serve golfers of all skill lev­els.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Miura web­site for a list of lo­cal deal­ers at: www. mi­uragolf.com

Blade Qu­at­tro Cart

The health ad­van­tages of walk­ing the golf course as op­posed to rid­ing in a power cart have prob­a­bly never been more ob­vi­ous due to the many smart phone apps and wear­able tech­nol­ogy that tracks steps and calo­ries for ev­ery­thing we do in to­day’s world.

Be­cause many play­ers want to take ad­van­tage of th­ese health ben­e­fits of walk­ing dur­ing a round of golf, but can’t or don’t like the idea of car­ry­ing a bag, push/pull carts are the an­swer most of the time.

For any­one look­ing to pull their clubs around the course with a hand cart, one of the most in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions on the mar­ket right now is the Blade Qu­at­tro by Big Max, an Aus­trian com­pany with a 20-plus-year his­tory that just en­tered the US mar­ket in 2014.

The Blade Qu­at­tro is a four-wheeled cart that is just jam-packed with ex­tra fea­tures to go along with its sub­stan­tial sta­bil­ity and trac­tion de­sign that can nav­i­gate some of the most hilly and chal­leng­ing cour­ses in the world. Its ex­tra wheel brings the ro­bust sta­bil­ity needed to keep the cart on track in all kinds of ter­rain.

In ad­di­tion to its su­perb sta­bil­ity, the Blade Qu­at­tro in­cor­po­rates Big Max’s unique fold flat and quick re­lease tech­nol­ogy. Used in their award-win­ning Blade+ and Aut­o­fold FF carts, Big Max fold flat tech­nol­ogy is the ideal part­ner for the Blade Qu­at­tro. The ex­tra wheel poses no prob­lems for Big Max’s unique tech­nol­ogy, as all four wheels flip neatly un­der the cart in one swift move­ment for com­pact stor­age. Con­sid­er­ing its ro­bust and sta­ble frame, the sim­plic­ity with which the Blade Qu­at­tro folds, trans­ports and stores is both ef­fi­cient and easy to travel with.

On the course is where this cart re­ally shines. Its four wheels glide across the ter­rain eas­ily, even with the largest TOUR bag on board. It of­fers com­plete sta­bil­ity even when travers­ing a hill­side and keeps you on course what­ever the con­di­tions un­der­foot. A foot­brake keeps the trol­ley in place when sta­tion­ary and a host of fea­tures such as the or­ga­nizer panel with stor­age com­part­ment, range finder holder, smart phone holder and even a sand bot­tle holder. This light­weight cart also fea­tures a height ad­justable han­dle and only two hinges are re­quired to un­hook it to fold it down. For any course it of­fers ev­ery prac­ti­cal­ity that a golfer who loves to push could want.

The Blade Qu­at­tro fea­tures th­ese col­ors: Phan­tom, Phan­tom/Lime, White, White/Red, and is avail­able in stores and on­line.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at: https://us.big­max­golf.com

TPT Shaft

Most golf club fitters will tell you that the shaft is the en­gine of the club, and new tech­nol­ogy from Switzer­land has found its way into some of the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced graphite shafts avail­able to­day.

Us­ing ‘Thin Ply Tech­nol­ogy’ (TPT) car­bon fiber ma­te­ri­als and a patented manufacturing process de­vel­oped by its par­ent com­pany, North Thin Ply Tech­nol­ogy SARL, TPT Golf™ is mak­ing waves on the pro tours with sev­eral of vic­to­ries around the world as this high-end shaft com­pany is mak­ing a name for it­self in the golf com­mu­nity.

The patent-pend­ing manufacturing process that is used by TPT Golf™ en­ables golf shafts to be made with ex­cep­tion­ally ac­cu­rate fiber place­ment in a highly uni­form way around the shaft. This method cre­ates a spine­less shaft and over­comes the in­con­sis­ten­cies some­times seen in shafts pro­duced by the more-tra­di­tional ta­ble rolling meth­ods. TPT shafts pro­vide ex­cep­tional feel, lead­ing to tighter shot

dis­per­sion, low spin and in­creased dis­tance.

The smooth feel and con­sis­tency is read­ily ap­par­ent with th­ese shafts, which are known for help­ing with bet­ter con­trol— and hit­ting more fair­ways while pro­duc­ing ex­cep­tional dis­tance.

Biome­chan­i­cal spe­cial­ist Jean-Jacques Rivet has been in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing this new range of graphite shaft and val­i­dat­ing per­for­mance. He’s also been a huge in­flu­ence in de­vel­op­ing a cus­tom shaft-fit­ting process that al­lows the com­pany to of­fer fully cus­tom­ized shafts.

Lead­ing golf coach David Lead­bet­ter has also pro­vided strong tech­ni­cal sup­port dur­ing the range de­vel­op­ment, and has en­tered into a part­ner­ship with TPT Golf™ to es­tab­lish a shaft-fit­ting net­work linked to the David Lead­bet­ter Acad­e­mies around the world. “In a sport where feel is ev­ery­thing, TPT shafts of­fer a unique level of feel to golfers,” said Lead­bet­ter. “This is the most tech­ni­cally ad­vanced shaft for dis­tance and di­rec­tion, and even makes your bad shots bet­ter.”

Com­bin­ing TPT Golf™, JJ Rivet and David Lead­bet­ter--all ex­perts in their own field--means that shafts are be­ing looked at in a whole new way. For the first time ever, a shaft can be de­signed that starts with the phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the hu­man body and goes on to re­flect the coach­ing be­ing re­ceived in prac­tice.

TPT can now pro­vide the best­per­form­ing prod­ucts for Tour pros and am­a­teurs alike, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, bring­ing a con­sis­tent and pre­cise prod­uct into the shaft mar­ket­place. The range of TPT Golf™ shafts has been de­signed to make the fit­ting process as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. There are mod­els to suit play­ers with any swing speed.

TPT Golf re­cently an­nounced the of­fi­cial launch of its 15-LKP-LT-LW, the shaft that was used to claim three pro­fes­sional vic­to­ries last fall: the WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons in China, the Turk­ish Air­lines Open (Euro­pean Tour) and the In­done­sian Masters (Asian Tour). A new pro­to­type was used in Jan­uary by the win­ner of the Farm­ers In­surance Open for the com­pany’s first win on the PGA Tour.

The 15-LKP-LT-LW joins TPT Golf’s 15 Se­ries, shafts that are de­signed to meet the needs of high-speed golfers. Within the 15 Se­ries, the 15-LKP-LT-LW of­fers the light­est weight (63 grams). It is also the low­est­torque shaft in the en­tire TPT Golf lineup.

“Ev­ery prod­uct we cre­ate at TPT Golf is on the cut­ting edge,” said TPT Golf Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor Jeff Meyer. “Our de­sign and manufacturing pro­cesses give us a huge ad­van­tage over stan­dard in­dus­try method­olo­gies. The 15-LKP-LT-LW is a prod­uct that was de­vel­oped to meet the needs of the best golfers in the world.”

The par­ent com­pany of TPT--North Thin Ply Tech­nol­ogy ( NTPT)--is a se­rial in­no­va­tor with a track record of pro­duc­ing per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing so­lu­tions in the high-per­for­mance sports arena. The Swiss­based com­pany be­gan by de­vel­op­ing a process for pro­duc­ing Amer­ica’s Cup yacht sails, ex­tended its port­fo­lio to prod­ucts used in the light­weight body­work of F1 race cars, skis and snow­boards and then moved into ma­te­ri­als tech­nol­ogy found in satel­lites and lux­ury com­pos­ite watches.

For more in­for­ma­tion on TPT Golf™, visit tpt­golf.com

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