Speak the name Miura, and many are struck by visions of artistically ground billets of mild steel and the buttery soft feeling of a well struck long iron. In addition to their hand finished irons, Miura Golf also crafts fine wedges and putters. Today we will be looking at one of the newest Miura offerings, the Black Wedge: a high spin wedge with a black finish and the touch of master craftsman Katsuhiro Miura’s hands.

Miura Black Wedge

Background

Miura’s forging techniques rearrange the molecular structure of the mild steel in a pattern that is uniform throughout the hitting area of the club in a manner that is unique to his clubs. This tightness in the grain structure of the metal is what gives Miura made clubs the controlled, soft feel that other manufacturers cannot achieve.

Miura also uses a proprietary “spin welding” process to produce the industries’ most consistent hosel. This unique procedure ensures that the bore depths and hosel heights are identical on every Miura made head and the shaft of every club will be perfectly centered.

Look and Feel

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Miura Black Wedge at Address

At first glance…from a distance…the Miura black wedge looks similar to the Cleveland CG12 or perhaps even the Callaway X-Tour wedges. Hold this fine instrument in your hand and you are struck by its simplistic beauty. Soft lines and a silky smooth black finish almost cry out to you. The simple white paint-fill adjacent to the gold filled Miura logo finishes the classy look.

Flip the wedge over and you are greeted with a round toe wedge design with a traditional wedge face, completely shrouded in this smooth black finish. The leading edge of the wedge is slightly rounded, with just a hint of sharpness. The sole, slightly rounded, perfectly ground. The end result, a finely crafted tool that feels and looks solid in your hand.

Feel…wow. Generally, when I first receive clubs I take them out to take some pictures. I want to make sure I get some nice shots of the new, clean club before I get some dirt in the grooves. However, with this club…I was so anxious to get a chance to feel a Miura wedge…well…it took a lot of will power to keep from running out to the back yard with it! I managed to get a few quick shots in for the review, then ran out to the back field with some ProV1s.

Let me preface this by saying that most of the wedges I have played with recently have been cast. The Eidolon wedges I play with regularly are cast soft steel. They perform beautifully for me, but I never have the same sort of feel on pitch/chip shots I had with my old Mizuno MP-33 PW. I have searched, and searched for that kind of feel in a wedge, and finally, I have found it. The feel on a short chip or 40 yard pitch is absolutely sublime. It is difficult to explain, but swing your shoulders back and forth, catch the ball crisply, and you’ll be in heaven.

Performance

The Miura wedge did not disappoint in the performance department either. I played 18 this past weekend for the first time in a while, and took the Miura wedge out without any real practice…other than a few balls hit in the back yard. I had a chance to hit just about every shot I would play in a regular round, sand, chips around the green out of various lies, some 20-30 yard pitches, and a fair number of 3/4 swing 100 yard shots.

Pitches and chips, as I mentioned earlier, felt absolutely amazing. The shot results were also very acceptable. The first thing I noticed was the great spin built into these wedges. It was similar to that of the Eidolon or Callaway X-Tour MD Wedge spin. Perhaps not quite as ball shredding as the X-Tour, but, playing with a TaylorMade TP Red ball, I had no problem hitting little chips and pitches that quickly came to a stop.

Sand shots…I was very reluctant to hit the Miura out of the sand, not wanting to scuff up the black finish or dull up the grooves with some sand. But, I pressed on…committed to my shot, a 20 yard bunker shot out of a green side bunker to a pin on the opposite side of the green…lots of green to work with. I planned on landing the ball about half way, having it roll out to the flag. I clipped the ball, went up nice on a trajectory where I expected a nice roll out…much to my surprise the ball stuck almost immediately. Little too much spin in this case! The club face and sole still looked pretty good after those shots. Though, when I got home later that day, I did wash off the face, and found that some of the finish toward the bottom of the face and on the sole started to look a little more ‘nickel’ and a little less black. This is to be expected, the same sort of thing happened with any black finish wedge I have owned in the past (TM RAC, CG11, X-Tour).

I had several shots from the 100 yard post throughout my round. Each time, I was very excited to pull the 58* black Miura. At first, I was a little concerned that I would spin balls off the green, so I set the ball back in my stance a little and took 3/4 swings at the ball. The result was a nice lower trajectory shot that generally one hopped and stopped. The shots felt buttery soft and were deadly accurate. Some shots were pulled a little or pushed, but distance wise, I was always just about dead on. I quickly could tell that this club would be a very consistent performer.

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Miura Irons

As if the wedge isn’t enough, I wanted to share some information about the Miura line of irons as well. If you are familiar with their clubs, feel free to scroll down to the Conclusion. Otherwise, have a read through here and dream about owning your own set of buttery soft Miura irons.

Miura MC-102 Iron

MC-102

Material: Mild Steel
Process: Precision Forging
Finish: Nickel

Features

Most of Mr. Miura’s creations have lower handicapped golfers in mind. The MC-102 opens the door to golfers who need a bit more help.

This model is a marriage of tour issue performance and game improvement features. It has a generous offset in the long irons and progressively less offset through the mid and short irons. A great deal of thought was also given to shaping the sole in a way that makes it less demanding to play. The sole of each irons is personally ground by Mr. Miura or one of the Miura family to ensure consistency through out the set.. Now everyone can experience the feel and performance enjoyed by the best golfers in the world.

  • Expanded sweet spot and increased forgiveness of a cavity back.
  • Blade-like appearance w/sleek top-line, minimal offset, middle head size.
  • Middle-high, stable trajectory.
  • Feel, feedback and workability of a forged iron.
  • Precision & advantage of adjustability of the lie and loft.

Miura’s forging techniques rearrange the molecular structure of the mild steel in a pattern that is uniform throughout the hitting area of the club in a manner that is unique to his clubs.

This tightness in the grain structure of the metal is what gives Miura made clubs the controlled, soft feel that other manufacturers cannot achieve. Miura also uses a proprietary “spin welding” process to produce the industries’ most consistent hosel. This unique procedure ensures that the bore depths and hosel heights are identical on every Miura made head and the shaft of every club will be perfectly centered.

The unique precision of Miura’s forging process provides a weight error of ±0.5g after polishing, a standard for quality that cannot be matched by any other golf club manufacturer. In addition to the playing characteristics of the forged mild steel golf club, it also has the added advantage of adjustability allowing a golfer to be able to have the lie and loft of his Miura clubs adjusted to fit his or her swing perfectly.

Miura CB-202 Iron

CB-202

Material: Mild Steel
Process: Precision Forging
Finish: Nickel or Chrome
Neck type: Straight Neck

Features

The evolution of the CB-202 began with the legendary CB-1005, our Japanese model with an international following.

This model evolved into the CB-201, which added a modified toe and a sole grind designed for North America. The CB-202 is the next generation and is a perfectly executed act of subtle refinement.

CB-202 has a thinner topline with a slightly rounder toe to give it a sleeker look. Also new are some minor adjustments to the sole and leading edge to improve playability. The result: A beautiful cavity-back with a blade like ball flight and better playability. Who says you can’t improve on perfection.

Miura’s forging techniques rearrange the molecular structure of the mild steel in a pattern that is uniform throughout the club head. This eliminates void spots in the club face. This process assures that every Miura club in your bag has the distance control, ball flight, spin, and feel that any golfer should demand.

This tightness in the grain structure of the metal is what gives Miura made clubs the controlled, soft feel that other manufacturers cannot achieve. Miura also uses a proprietary “spin welding” process to produce the industries’ most consistent hosel. This unique procedure ensures that the bore depths and hosel heights are identical on every Miura made head and the shaft of every club will be perfectly centered.

Conclusion

There are only a couple negatives I can see with this club. One is the limited options in terms of bounce angles. The 58* wedge I reviewed is available in 8* of bounce. This works great out of harder packed sand (like the bunkers are here at the moment) and tighter lies, but for someone playing with fluffy bunkers or thick rough around the greens you may be looking for more bounce. So that may be a problem for you.

The other negative I can see is the price of the club. Starting at around $170, this is not an inexpensive club. Given that some people seem to advocate replacing wedges every season, if not every 6 months…this can be an expensive proposition. Is it worth $170? No question. Does everyone have pockets deep enough to afford it? Probably not.

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Those negatives aside, I cannot see ever wanting to let this club out of my hands. I have been searching for a soft feeling wedge to use on chips/short pitches and am thrilled to have finally found it again. My Eidolon wedge will continue to hold down the fort at the 56* slot, to be used in fluffy bunker lies and in other situations where I need some versatility in terms of bounce, but I have a feeling the Miura may become the workhorse in the chipping area.

If $170 is too rich for your blood, keep an eye out on eBay, perhaps you’ll be able to find one of these wedges…though I cannot imagine too many people will want to part with such a beautiful instrument. Otherwise talk to your local club fitter or pro shop to have them order Miura Black Wedge for you.

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