Golf News – February 27, 2014
Miura Golf Reacts To High Demand For Passing Point 9003 Straight Neck Irons
In response to golfer demand, Miura Golf has increased production of its special Passing Point 9003 Straight Neck iron. New sets are now in stock and on their way to Miura dealers worldwide.
The Passing Point 9003 Straight Neck, like its sister model, the “regular” Passing Point 9003, offers golfers forged feel – the famous Miura Purity of the Strike – plus the benefits of perimeter weighting and a slightly wider sole. The SN model has less offset, so the players who prefer that look, or who don’t need substantial offset to get the flight they want, will have just enough and not too much.
“Initially, we weren’t intending to make a straight-neck model,” said Adam Barr, president of Miura. “But the 9003 was so popular with so many players because it’s very easy to hit and has a great flight. When some of those new 9003 players talked with us about their flight preferences, we knew there was a class of 9003 lovers who didn’t want or need all the offset of the original. So we began to make a less-offset version, and that became the Passing Point 9003 Straight Neck.
“We sold out the initial run so quickly that we thought we’d better make more,” Barr said.
Both models of Passing Point 9003s provide marvelous forged feel, thanks to Miura’s insistence on fine-grain, void-free steel in its clubheads. The cavity in all 9003s is carefully engineered to put the mass in the right places so golfers can get the optimum contact – and forgiveness – from the club’s perimeter weighting. And the sole of the 9003s, while never out of proportion, is somewhat larger than in more blade-like models, allowing for easier turf travel through impact and overall more consistent flight.
The difference comes with the offset. In the regular model, offset ranges between 5.6 mm in the 4-iron and 3.5 mm in the gap wedge. But in the Straight Neck model, the range is from just 3.8 mm in the 4-iron to 1.8 mm in the gap wedge – depending on the club, offset can be 50 percent to 70 percent less than in the regular 9003.
Both models of Passing Point 9003 are available in 4-PW plus gap wedge. The clubs can be tested by visiting www.MiuraGolf.com to locate an authorized Miura dealer/fitter. Price per club begins at $225; this can be higher depending on fitting options chosen, especially the shaft.
Keiser University College Of Golf Students Get Hands-On At Honda Classic
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.. – Students from the Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management enjoyed what many avid golfers would consider a once-in-a-lifetime, hands-on experience on the PGA TOUR. During The Honda Classic Pro-Am event at the PGA National Resort & Spa, Champion Course, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., more than 50 students caddied for amateur players and assisted with tournament operations.
“Golf is a game that embraces tradition, and there are few traditions more time-honored and more endearing than serving as a caddy. We’re very pleased to provide our students with such an incredible, hands-on experience on the PGA TOUR,” says John McMurray, vice president of Keiser University College of Golf. “At Keiser University COGSM, we are dedicated to providing hands-on learning situations that reinforce our students’ academic foundation and provide real-life scenarios which enhance creativity and problem-solving. There’s no better learning situation than the PGA TOUR, and we’re honored and grateful to collaborate with The Honda Classic and the PGA TOUR.”
The Keiser University COGSM campus features a 20,000-square-foot facility which includes a 1,500-square-foot indoor putting green, advanced launch monitor technology, an interactive golf simulator powered by Sports Coach Systems, TaylorMade MAT-T swing analysis system, and a golf club repair lab equipped by Mitchell Golf Equipment. Students also receive access to the highly acclaimed PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance where they can practice on a 35-acre lighted practice range, short game areas, bunker facility and extensive putting greens. In addition, Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management gives students access to several PGA Master Professionals, such as Brian Hughes and Dr. Eric Wilson, as well as Golf Magazine top 100 teacher Dr. T.J. Tomasi.
Keiser University COGSM degree in Golf Management prepares students for a variety of positions in the golf industry. In this program, students are prepared to provide golf instruction, manage golf course operations, ensure appropriate maintenance of golf facilities and equipment, as well as integrate the play of golf into the broader hospitality and recreation domain. Keiser University COGSM’s Bachelor of Science in Sport Management degree (with a concentration in golf management) focuses on the managerial and business aspects of a career in golf. The curriculum supports an expanded professional role of sports managers and graduates of associate degree programs in golf, hospitality, fitness, sports, recreation and other related fields.
Remembering the Rory-Tiger show from 2012 Honda
Tiger Woods stood on the 13th tee at PGA National, an unforgiving labyrinth of deep bunkers and murky water, and unleashed a bullet draw into the horizon. He turned away from the shot, not even bothering to watch its descent.
“Fairway,” Woods said to his caddie, Joe LaCava, and they walked off the tee.
Woods had begun the final round of the 2012 Honda Classic nine shots behind Rory McIlroy, but now he was making his move. Winless on the PGA Tour since 2009, saddled with questions about his play following scandal and injury, Woods was trying to change the conversation in one afternoon.
McIlroy had his own burden. A win would vault him atop the world golf rankings for the first time in his career. In 2009, also during the Honda Classic, McIlroy and his father, Gerry, had bumped into Jack Nicklaus at a mall in Palm Beach Gardens. The older champion would become a mentor.
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