Golf News – August 7, 2015

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Miura Golf Debuts The KM 008 Small Blade Putter

HIMEJI, JAPAN – Miura Golf has debuted the KM 008 putter that signifies a new chapter for the next generation of “the very best blade putter” made of a forged, milled mild steel.

In 2014, Miura retired one of its most popular putters ever, the KM 350 (Small Blade Putter). Since that time, master clubmaker Katsuhiro Miura has been busy designing the next generation of this classic. Like all Miura products, there had to be an improvement on the original design or it wouldn’t make it to the production stage.

Enter the KM 008, which has a suggested retail price of $450. Like its predecessor, the KM 008 is forged from a single billet of soft carbon steel. The Miura forging process creates the industry’s tightest grain structure, with similarly tight manufacturing tolerances.

“Miura san stands by his statement that the putter has been designed for players who are seeking the very best,” says Bill Holowaty, Miura’s Executive Vice President of Product Strategies. “This toe-weighted beauty confirms that it’s possible to match looks with performance. The milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike that transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. We invite you to discover what we deem to be perfection on the green.”

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Golf Datatech Releases 6th Edition Of The Popular Custom Fitting Study

Started In 2001, the study analyzes the evolution of custom fitting for golf clubs and golf balls

ORLANDO, Fla., August 4, 2015 … Golf Datatech, LLC (golfdatatech.com), the golf industry’s leader in independent insights and strategy, has released the results of the 6th wave of the company’s popular Custom Fitting Study. Started in 2001, the study encapsulates the evolution of custom fit golf clubs and golf balls, identifying and analyzing the current trends in fitting in the golf marketplace.

Highlighting the study, which surveyed 3,000 golfers from Golf Datatech’s exclusive Serious Golfer database, the findings revealed the following:
• 65 percent of all respondents have been custom fit at least once; a number that has continued to slowly grow since the initial 2001 study;
• 60 percent of those who have been custom fit have been fitted for irons;
• 42 percent of all respondents have been fit for a new driver;
• Off-course retailers continue to be the most popular location for custom fitting;
• Online fitting remains a small part of the mix for golf clubs;

Additionally, the study identifies substantial upside for the custom fitting of scoring clubs (putters and wedges). Further, while over 80 percent of serious golfers are aware of custom fitting for golf balls, and a large percentage believe their game could improve with balls which match their playing needs.

“We are very proud of the comprehensive nature of the Custom Fitting Report, and its historical significance tracking golf equipment custom fitting for the past 14 years,” said Golf Datatech Partner, John Krzynowek. “Serious golfers not only understand the concept of custom fitting, they very much believe in the technology, which has a direct impact on the clubs they purchase, and how often they make a purchase. However, many golfers today still purchase clubs without getting properly fit.”

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PGA TOUR releases schedule for 2015-16 season

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR announced on Wednesday the 2015-16 season schedule of 47 FedExCup tournaments, which includes two new title sponsors and several notable date and golf course changes.

The PGA TOUR welcomes Dell as the new title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, and CareerBuilder as the title sponsor of the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Held this past May in San Francisco, the WGC-Dell Match Play shifts to March 21-27 at Austin Country Club in Dell’s hometown of Austin, Texas. (The Puerto Rico Open also moves to that same week after being held concurrently to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship since 2008.) The CareerBuilder Challenge, meanwhile, is adding PGA WEST’s Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course to its three-course rotation, joining La Quinta Country Club.

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Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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