Hand crafted forged irons by Katushiro Miura
His quest for perfection never stops
I’ve been waiting to do a review on Miura irons and I finally have gotten the chance. Miura irons are the Holy Grail in golf yet most golfers have never had a chance to swing one let alone 7 of them (4-PW). But, the excitement would have to wait because I need to get fitted by Club Champion Golf in Santa Monica, California. No problem.
I have already had one experience getting fitted by Club Champion in Chicago and now I get to go through the awesome experience again. My club fitter in Santa Monica is a transplant from Chicago, Matt Knitter. Great guy and extremely talented at what he does. I was very impressed with the professionalism and knowledge that Matt had throughout the fitting. If you’ve never been fitted for clubs, I highly recommend getting in your golf cart and driving as fast as you can to the nearest Club Champion.
As I’ve said in the past, “over the years I realized that big box stores (and everywhere else you buy a set of clubs off the rack) are basically selling the same set of clubs to someone 5’8” and 6’0”. That makes no sense.” Go get fitted for your Miura irons at Club Champion.
People are amazed that master craftsman Katsuhiro Miura, who is often referred to in the Japanese media as having the Hands of Golf, actually works hands-on in his factory every day. He passes down his knowledge and skills to his two sons, and even grinds the club heads himself as well.
His endless quest for the perfect club has brought to the world over 10 series of Miura clubs, a number that continually grows as he continues his meticulous refinement.
When golfers see a Miura club for the first time, and actually hold it in their hands, there is a common shared experience – LOVE at first sight. And like trying to define love, no words can seem to describe the absolute exhilaration one gets from swinging a Miura club, it is something that one needs to feel to discover.
When the CB-501 was in development, our goal was to combine the best features from our favorite Miura irons, both past and present. Mr. Miura was striving for the ideal ball flight; enough offset to promote playability, the perfect head size, and a sole grind that would accommodate a broad range of players … let’s just say … THE PERFECT CLUB.
With a sole grind that appeals to the Tour player, the 501 also possesses a design that will appeal to all levels of golfers. The “sweet spot” muscle back will deliver a ball flight with the trajectory of a blade. This style of iron also offers cavity-back forgiveness, as the contact point moves away from the center of the face.
Miura spent two years integrating these design variables in different ways until they found the blend that worked best for the widest range of golfers.
Oh man, oh man. It is Christmas time (or whichever holiday you celebrate) at More Golf Today. The clubs have arrived! At first glance, the club looks very thin (bladelike) and I am worried I will not be able to control them. I think they were in the office for about 5 minutes upon arrival before they were in the trunk on the way to the range. I feel bad putting them in the trunk. They are too pretty to hide there.
As I’m standing over my first swing, I notice the cavity-back a little bit more. Somewhat hiding the cavity-back by Mr. Miura is once again, great workmanship. I’m a little excited, so the first 5-10 balls don’t really react the way I intended (and to be quite honest, I was a little embarrassed). Then it came … a crushing pitching wedge, if there really is such a thing as a “crushing wedge shot”, but it was. No way it went that far! Then again and again and again. I was consistently hitting my pitching wedge 130-135. That may not sound like much to you, but my normal PW is 120.
I went through the whole set, 4-PW, and was amazed. I was consistently hitting each club further than my current set (which is only 2 years old. Big name with 8 letters to remain nameless). Each shot when hit correctly felt, well, I didn’t feel it. I noticed the ball flight was not the same as I’ve ever hit before. It was a beautiful high arching draw. I didn’t read too much about the irons before, but after reading the thoughts of Mr. Miura, I was hitting the ball exactly the way he imagined. I was also hitting each club further than my previous set. I found myself saying, “no way I hit it that far”. So, I had to take the clubs on the course with a rangefinder and real conditions before I can write this review. So I did.
Hole #1 is a dogleg left with water at 189 yards. Simple … 7 iron and then wedge. I hit my 7 iron 5 yards from the water. NO WAY! I’ll take a few yards off because of the dogleg, but it was a crushing 7 iron like I’ve never hit before.
Hole #3 is a 525 yard, par 5. I went 6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, and was on the green.
I was consistently overshooting the green because I wasn’t prepared for the distance I was getting with these irons.
Throughout the round I was playing irons from everywhere possible. Today wasn’t about score, it was about testing clubs in all situations possible. The funny part is that when it was all said and done, my score was better than normal.
Go buy them now. I’ve been playing golf for almost 30 years and have hit an uncountable amount of golf clubs. These clubs have outperformed them all. I’m hitting the ball farther, straighter, while choking up on the club. The only thing that bothers me is that I haven’t had these for years.
One bit of advice, if you see someone with these irons I would recommend not gambling on the course with them. You’ll thank me later.
Sorry lefties, these clubs only come for right handed golfers now. By the way these perform, if I were a lefty I’d change to righty just to own a set of these.
Club Champion information: www.clubchampiongolf.com for locations near you.
Miura: www.miuragolf.com to find Miura dealers near you.