I have to admit I don't pay that much attention to MacGregor Golf and I was not a fan really of the look of their main NV line here in Japan last year. However, when I showed up at this years show, they had one of the classier looking booths with an emphasis on going back to basics and a look at the evolution of golf clubs and their own history, by displaying old persimmon drivers and old style golf balls. Hidden away in their booth was also a complete overhaul of their clubs featuring their 2012 lineup.
MacGregor is one of those companies that houses a complete different lineup in Japan versus what they do overeseas. Their NV line has been very popular in Japan over the last few years with the NV Blue for the average golfer and the NV Red for the better and faster swinging player. This year however instead of two NV lines, its just simply the MacTec NV line which is kinda blue in color and an all new Red Tourney line.
I have to admit the clubs look much better than last years MacTec 101 line which looked more like weapons out of some video game or Japanese anime. The new MacTec NV is cleaner without losing its high tech look and will again draw the average golfer into its distance performance and ease of use appeal. For the driver, they have split the models into two by offerinf a Long NV at 45.75" and a Short NV at 44.75". The longer model is weighted more for a draw and distance while the shorter model is weighted for a straighter ball and offers more control with the shorter length.
There are also handsome looking fairway woods and utilities along with a new MacTec NV201 iron. All the clubs in the new NV lineup have removeable/exchangeable weights to adjust bias and trajectory, yes even on the irons.
The MacGregor reps were very hyped about the revival of their Tourney lineup in Japan which explains why the NV is now only a "blue" line. The new Tourney models which look great are called Red Tourney. The Red Tourney iron you see above is FORGED and made for the mid capper to better player who wants a mix of great feel and overall performance.
The Red Tourney lines also feature very nice drivers and fairway woods, all with higher backs and more traditional and pear shaped heads (see the Red Tourney driver at address below).
MacGregor also added two other irons, a premium line Gold Tourney iron as well as a MacTec Dome hybrid style iron.
It seems MacGregor Golf Japan has really thought out their lineup this year and offer something for everyone whether an average golfer, to a better player, or from a beginner to a golfer playing for over 40 years. Looks like MacGregor will be back in the shop again this year!