Monday, January 28, 2019 8:38:38 AM America/New_York
By Will Peoples
After a week in Florida at the PGA show, The Peoples Club is in overdrive mode preparing to bring exciting new products to our inventory. The PGA show always presents us with the unique opportunity to check out everything new in the golf world and see things first hand. Over the last few days, we have been able to have in-person meetings with numerous suppliers and get a sneak peek into what they have planned for 2019. We also scheduled meetings with potential new suppliers to get a taste of what new products we could bring to the market to best fit our customer base. as well as to meet with new potential suppliers and see what new products would best fit our customer base and as always -- Only The Best will make the cut.
We wanted to give you our take on some of the new irons and wedges at the 2019 PGA show and give you some insight into some exciting new things hitting the golf world.
In 2018 Miura had one of their best years in company history and have already carried that over to the 2019 season. Based on what we saw, Miura should have an ever better year this year and the entire golf industry has taken note which is evident by the fact that everyone is talking about them. Miura has several new products coming out that will bolster their product line and help them soar passed last year’s success. A few highlights to watch for include the release of the CB 301, the Left Hand CB 801, and two incredible new wedges. Miura isn’t only about the new in 2019 – but be ready for them to bring back one of their top sellers, the baby blade.
The CB 301 is already being used by PGA Pro Zak Blair and is making a name for itself with its stunning performance. This head is longer heel to toe when compared to the CB 57. When we got this beauty in our hands the first thing we noticed was the awesome feel and how extremely forgiving it was. In our opinion, these pair better than anything else with their astounding 501 irons. We have the RH CB 301 in stock now and available in full sets, combo sets, and individual irons.
The K Grind 2.0 Wedge has wider knuckles than what you might be used to, but they are not as deep, and have a much cleaner, simplified look. Some of the things to note about this addition is the reduced turf interaction and that it works extremely well around the green, and works exceptionally well out of the rough. We had the opportunity to hit them when we were at the PGA show and we were extremely impressed by them. The bad news is, we don’t have them in stock yet – but keep an eye out because we plan to have them available by mid-February and these will only be available here in the US.
If you are looking for a new wedge with a higher bounce, you should check out the Tour Wedge HB. You’re going to find that it has a higher bounce than the standard tour series but still have a similar shape and will assist in getting out of those pesky sand traps. These will be coming out around Masters.
We officially have the left handed CB 801 in stock. Creating the CB-801 took the design ideas and concepts of the Tournament Blade but expanded the forgiveness and playability. One key feature we just have to note is the distinct Y-Grind – which was perfected by Miura Master Craftsman Yoshitaka Miura. A grind that started out as a concept in wedges has now become a signature feature in the Miura product line. We can also do combo sets in these.
As always they have some other new exciting stuff planned including some different finish options as well as a new and improved Baby Blade iron. Zac Blair, Paul Goydos, Tim Petrovic, Kevin Chappell, and Abraham Ancer are all already using Miura iron sets and several pros are using their wedges. As a result of their improved clubs with a cleaner look, I believe we will continue to see more tour from presence from Miura moving forward from both tour staffers and pros who just love the clubs and brand.
A highlight of the week was having the opportunity to meet with Eric Burch, founder and CEO of New Level Golf. Eric is well known in the golf business and has over 24 years experience. He is the guy who created Club Conex and now New Level Golf. New Level has definitely not only impressed us and our customers, but has built a name for itself across the entire golf industry.
The 902 is a forged game improvement iron, but comes with a compact size, reduced offset, and thin top line – all of the features you love but the best part – it comes without the forged price. This beautiful iron in its first year was just named to the Golf Digest Hot list for 2019 – and after seeing them firsthand, they are definitely living up to the hype. In our testing, we found these to be extremely hot off the face, 2-3 extra MPH ball speed, with 200-300 less spin than a similar iron. These are also now available in a Black PVD.
New Level’s new 623 iron has a tour inspired shape, including minimal offset and a thin topline. Despite the advanced features of the iron, the 623 is still every bit as playable as many players cavity back irons. A wider than average sole -- combined with the gorgeous milled tuning slot -- lowers the overall center of gravity and improves feel.
Last but not least, New Level has the 1126 which features a lower CG and as a result is the most forgiving club in their lineup. The proper amount of offset, a shallower face height, and longer blade length makes the 1126 easy to get in the air and will provide the playability needed by the average golfer.
The M-Type forged wedges offer pinpoint accuracy and unsurpassed playability in a tour inspired shape and size. These do have a little more bounce than most but don’t let that scare you away, we have had great results on these also. They will also now be offered in black pvd finish as well as the Satin bead blast finish. These wedges are very clean with some awesome milling.