The Japanese golfer just as much as any other enthusiast loves to emulate their favorite pro and play what he or she plays. Ryuji Imada is a mainstay overseas on the PGA tour but that doesn’t stop the Japanese media from watching his every move. What he eats, drinks, wears and of course what he putts with. Titleist and Scotty Cameron have taken advantage of the Japanese market “limited edition” craze and released this month a new Scotty Cameron Inspired by Ryuji Imada Putter.
Limited to 500 pieces this putter is pretty much sold out or called for already within a week of its release. A prototype Del Mar which Ryuji requested a center shaft for, the Inspired By features his initals in the cavity along with Titleist and 2 weights on the heel and toe side of the face. INSPIRED BY RYUJI IMADA and Scotty Cameron DESIGN on the sole. The grip is a Black Baby-T and the head cover is an Inspired by Ryuji Imada Special.
We may try and get our hands on a few of these through our Titleist Japan connections because we are suckers for limited editions just like anyone else. (^_^)
Mizuno JPX, Black Limited MP Craft, E600 Forged Irons and more…
This year Mizuno highlighted the completion of the New 2009 JPX line featuring all new Japan only Mizuno products like the JPX E600 Driver, Fairways, Utility, Irons, and Putters. GTI is most excited about the E600 Forged Irons which are rumored to be produced at Endo Japan the worlds premier Japanese Foundry.
In the video if you take a look between 0:33 – 1:25 you can get a good look at examples of Mizuno’s Custom Program stamping, model and paint fill options.
Other special products worth noting are the already sold out Limited Edition MP Craft BLACK driver and the Mizuno Quad Series shafts that have struggled to gain popularity although TSG testers who desire a more penetrating ball flight rave about the butt stiff models fitting the bill.
Known for top quality Japanese golf equipment Fourteen Golf once again appeared strong with many new releases at the big show this year. In 2008 Fourteen Golf Inc. was acquired by Daiwa Seiko which is the parent company of the popular equipment brand ONOFF Golf. In 2009 Fourteen Golf brings a variety of exciting new products to both the US and Japanese Golf markets.