Golf News – May 17, 2019

Miura Golf Launches New Milled Tour Wedge High Bounce

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Today, premium club manufacturer Miura Golf revealed the newest addition to its equipment lineup: the Milled Tour Wedge High Bounce (HB). Delivering the soft feel golfers covet, the new wedge is a striking example of Miura’s dedication to producing the finest equipment in the industry.

The new tour inspired head shape confidently aligns the golfer allowing for pinpoint accuracy. Using premium soft carbon steel, the Tour Wedge HB boasts a wider sole that tapers from toe to heel, allowing for a more effective bounce along the middle of the sole. The added C Grind (heel and toe relief) and camber (front to back relief) increases playability and forgiveness.

Miura’s new PGA Tour Ambassador Abraham Ancer added the new wedge to his bag ahead of its official release, and he will be gaming it at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this weekend.

“We have had high demand for this wedge for a long time,” said Miura Golf CFO Lawrence Place. “The Miura family has produced an exceptional wedge that meets our customers’ expectations.”

Utilizing its renowned forging process in Himeji, Japan, Miura, an 8AM Golf brand, produced a grain structure within the head that is the tightest in the industry. The new high bounce wedge does not pursue distance like other clubs, but rather the precision and control necessary for scoring.

“We’re extremely excited to expand upon the success of our Tour Wedge product line with the introduction of Tour Wedge High Bounce (HB),” said Miura Executive Vice President, Jason Rutkowski. “The new design elements should appeal to more golfers, specifically those that have a steeper angle of attack on wedges.”

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New NextLinks “Smart Green” Brings Scalable Solution to Fun-Based Golf Gaming Platform

SANTA ANA, CA – NextLinks, one of the leaders in technology-driven golf entertainment is proud to introduce the NextLinks Smart Green, a synthetic putting green installation available to golf courses, entertainment complexes, community centers, bars and restaurants that showcases the engaging power of the company’s innovative software-and-laser-light-driven putting games.

The first NextLinks putting-games installation at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., part of the famed resort’s innovative “Shots in the Night” attraction, has been a runaway success, helping drive a nighttime golf program that has already exceeded original revenue projections. Now, NextLinks CEO Dave Shultz is prepared to bring a scalable version of the Indian Wells project to country clubs, golf courses and businesses desiring a “TopGolf-like” experience on their property footprint without undertaking a huge investment in real-estate acreage or construction.

“Indian Wells was amazing in that they had us install our laser-light-driven putting games (like Darts, Shuffleboard, Corn Hole and Around the World) on their entire nine-hole putting course, but the beauty of the Smart Green system is that we can set up the same putting-games system on a green as small as 576 square feet and still have more than 3,000 unique playing points,” says Shultz. “That means a golf course with an unused meeting space or an entertainment venue looking to offer their clientele golf entertainment at an attractive entry point can have that highly-engaging golf attraction for a price that let’s them recoup ROI quickly because it can accommodate six to eight players at a time in half-hour increments. We’ve also created a fast-paced game called ‘Race Around the World’ that is capable including 40 participants per hour.”

NextLinks proprietary software projects colored laser images on to the green to act as teeboxes, targets, gameboards and scoring zones while also acting a traffic control system that enables an optimal number of players to use the green at the same time. Golfers pay by the half hour to play, positioning the host venue to monetize the use of a space that perhaps sat empty or unused. The indoor nature of a NextLinks Smart Green means NextLinks venues can earn golf-related revenue even after the golf course has accepted its last tee time of the day.

“The built-in Management software helps operators monitor multiple zones on the green simultaneously allow for easy check in/check out, time management and even facilitating food and beverage ordering,” says Shultz. “Above all, the Smart Green is a scalable concept and the designs can be customized and sized to fit the needs and goals of any facility operator who knows making golf fun and accessible for all ages and skill levels is a useful way to boost revenues.”

“We’re all about solutions that bring golf to the masses in a non-intimidating, fun environment. Putting is the great equalizer. Small kids and granddads can putt and have the same amount of fun as a scratch golfer on a NextLinks Smart Green. We’re using technology to unite the next generation of serious golfers, and we’re giving them the entry point that gets them hooked and doesn’t have too steep of a skill curve. We believe that’s how you effectively drive REAL participation.”

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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