Miura New Wedge Series Review
By mustang6560 on 2/20/13
By Nathan Trifone, Handicap Index 9.3
Introduction

I'm a believer in forged clubs (and I have The Wedge Guy, among others, to thank for that). I grew up using game improvement clubs, which are almost exclusively cast, because I bought into the idea that I wasn't good enough to play blades, or forged clubs.

Before I purchased my first set of forged irons (still haven't made it to straight blades yet), I spent countless hours reading about forged irons and its advantages and disadvantages over cast irons. It was during my research I first discovered Miura and the "Hands of God".

Based in Himeji, Japan, which was once considered the artistic home of samurai sword making, Miura is a relatively small, family owned and operated golf company. It's known for making some of the finest forged golf clubs in the world. Master craftsman Katsuhiro Miura, who some refer to as having the "Hands of God", and his two sons design and manufacturer the golf clubs. Each Miura golf club is handcrafted, one by one to ensure Mr. Miura's special forging techniques are applied, which creates Miura's famous "purity of strike".

Unlike the vast majority of equipment manufacturers, Miura doesn't pay players to play its clubs. If a professional golfer plays Miura, it's because they want to, not because they receive a fat check to do so. It's a pretty cool principle to hold, however, it definitely limits Miura's exposure on tour. There is just too much money on the proverbial table in professional golf these days (only a select few pros could afford to turn down an endorsement deal).

Since Miura follows a strict forging process (its clubs never vary more than half a gram in weight), it cannot mass produce its clubs, which means they're not in your regular golf retailer. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the Miura New Wedge Series, I jumped. I wanted to experience the "Hands of God" firsthand!





From Miura:
The New Wedge Series from Miura, the world's preeminent maker of quality forged golf clubs, preserves the eternal elements of the "old" Series and adds refinements that make the clubs a pleasure to look at and a joy to play. Now in odd-numbered lofts from 51 degrees through 59, the New Series features redesigned bounce angles that work well with the way thinking players like to play golf. Leading edge and bounce angle combine for a quality impact that leads to a crisp, consistent divot. Distance control and feel are available to the player like never before.
Miura sent us a 51* New Wedge Series wedge with an ACCRA SP graphite shaft to review.

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Look

I'm a man of distinguishing tastes. To me, less is more. So I really like the teardrop shape of the New Wedge Series. It's classic, it's iconic, it's beautiful. Combined with a chrome finish, the New Wedge Series is one of the best looking wedges on the market.

There are two aesthetic things worth mentioning about the New Wedge Series. First, the loft is stamped on the back of the club, not the sole. It's a subtle change but it gives the sole a nice, clean look. Second, there is a Japanese character stamped on the back of the club. In case you haven't brushed up on your Japanese lately, the symbol translates to "striving" or "noble effort". It's fitting because as golfers, we're always striving to get better.





Experience

The main difference between the New Series and the Old Series is two-fold: 1) an improved sole shape and 2) a progressive offset. For the most part, the Miura's didn't change the bounce angles but the new sole is designed to get through the turf easier from any lie. The offset is higher in the longer wedges (51*) and progressively decreases as you increase loft (59*). The reason behind the progressive offset is, according to the Miura's, it helps make a clean, pure strike at the ball.

As I mentioned above, I was really excited about hitting the New Wedge Series because hitting a forged club on the sweet spot is a life golf changing experience. I was also a little curious about the graphite shaft. It's not very often you see wedges with graphite shafts. I won't go into too much detail about the Accru Shaft because Miura is all about customizing so you can install almost any shaft you want, but I will discuss it in a little more detail in a minute.

If the old adage is true that you only get one chance to make a first impression, then the New Series Wedge understands this concept as it made a great first impression. It's hard to describe the buttery-smooth feel of the New Wedge Series but I'll try. I knew within what felt like a millisecond after impact when I hit the ball on the sweet spot. And the feeling was incredible — it felt like I wasn't hitting anything. The ball jumped off of the club face with ease and there were no unflattering vibrations shimmying up the shaft.

Now, the interesting thing about the Accru Shaft is it's designed to increase spin for higher club head speeds. If I hit a full shot, I could see the extra spin — my ball hit the green and stopped. But, 1/2- and 3/4-shots didn't feel nearly as good. It felt like the club face was lagging behind at impact and it produced a very unsatisfactory feel. If I was to custom order one, I'd have to get a different shaft.

Overall

On the patented oobgolf Rating Key, I'd give the Miura New Wedge Series a 9.0 — it's awesome!

The only reason more amateur players don't play Miura, in my opinion, is cost. The New Wedge Series has a suggested retail price of $235 (depending on shaft and grip options). The average golfer simply can't afford to spend $200+ on a wedge. But, for the players who can, the Miura New Wedge Series is a great option. Its classic teardrop shape and chrome finish give it a great look and the Company's handcrafted forging process gives it a great feel. If you're in the market for a forged wedge, then you should check your local pro shop to see if they carry the Miura New Wedge Series and give it a swing or two.


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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
I'm curious what the Wedge Guy thinks of them. Did you let him try them?
2/21/13
 
DougE says:
I have only heard great things about Miura. However, at $235 for a wedge, when the top wedge in the world is $130, well, that's just a bit hard to swallow. If they were THAT much better than Vokey wedges I am sure a lot more players on Tour would be gaming them, regardless of their sponsors. (KJ Choy uses them I think.) I'm sure they are very nice wedges with a really sweet feel. I would expect nothing less from Miura. But, at over 700 bucks for 3 wedges, that's just crazy. I'll stick with my 3 Vokeys which do everything I (and a large % of Tour pros) ask them to do for about $390.

I'm sure they will have a market though. There are plenty of rich guys out there who will throw as much money as it takes to have what they perceive to be the best of the best.

As an aside, I was impressed with Miura's customer service when Adam Barr, the president of the company (and Golf Channel analyst), actually called me back personally, when I had an inquiry about their hybrids a year or so ago. Nice touch.
2/21/13
 
GolferAnt says:
are they same price if you buy them in japan i wonder
2/21/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Beautiful looking club for sure. I don't think I could ever play one though. A golf club's a tool and out of the whole set the wedges do the most dirty work. A forged, platinum finished crescent wrench might look really cool in your hand, but how are you going to get any good wrenching done if you are always worrying about messing up the wrench? My friend plays Miura irons and a few weeks in gouged one of them pretty good on a pebble. It has scarred him mentally.
2/21/13
 
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