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Renegar RX12 Wedge Review

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by marrigo

Pros:
The super cool looking sole lowers the leading edge while maintaining bounce, making for an exceptionally playable wedge from all sorts of lies. Surprisingly high spin for a cc wedge. The black head with white shaft is a real eye catcher. Reduced offset a nice plus. Opens up nicely for flop shots.

Cons:
The traditional blade may be a bit too unforgiving for higher handicap players in the lower lofts (48*/50*). The logo up shaft may be a distraction for some. High end graphite shaft ups the price beyond most other popular wedges.

Bottom Line:
I’m a believer. I was incredulous when asked to review these and actually almost turned down the opportunity. After playing them I have to say they are a a top notch wedge that offers a solid feel, high spin, exceptional playability from all sorts of lies (but gets better the closer you get to the green), and looks cool doing it.

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Review:
If this wedge looks somewhat familiar it’s because its designer, Bob Renegar, was also responsible for the Solus wedge, which had somewhat of a cult following. The Rx12’s patented sole lowers the leading edge without reducing bounce. What’s also interesting is that all the wedges share the same specifications except for loft: Length= 35.5 inches, Lie Angles = 63.5 degrees, Swing Weights = D-4, Total Static Weight = about 452 grams. The heads are made for 431ss and have “V-43 Double Milled” USGA conforming grooves that are designed to provide the sharpest legal groove edges and a maximum number of edges. Club head lofts available are 48*, 50*, 52*, 54*, 58*, and 60*. All of the wedges also come with a high bend point, very stiff tipped graphite shaft made by Aldila and Lamkin 3-Gen grip that are an inch longer than standard to allow you to choke down without having to grip the shaft. The head is cast from 431ss and can be bent for lie with a bit of effort (I bent mine 4* up- actually bent it 6* up {oops} then back to 4 up).

Looks:
The Rx12 just looks flat out cool. First time I took them to the course my playing partners all complimented the look of the wedges. The black head with white lettering and white shaft certainly gets your attention, not to mention the special milled sole. After 4 rounds there’s no sign of the finish wearing off. They look great at address with none of the white lettering or logo visible (that was a concern when I first saw them). Reduced offset was a pleasant surprise. The CNC Milled Club Face has visible micro mill marks (if you look close) that, along with the “V-43 Double Milled Grooves”, allows for maximum face roughness creating square groove like spin. The white shaft was not at all distracting, nor was the shaft logos that are positioned up on these wedges. Admittedly some could find the logo up distracting but nothing a quick heat, pull, turn, and epoxy wouldn’t cure.

Performance/playability:
I tested the 50*, 54*, and 58*,which are the same lofts as my current set. After several rounds of testing I have to say they’re on to something here. On normal full swing shots I noticed only minor differences from what I’m used to. In general they tend to fly a little higher, longer, and as accurately as my current wedges. This is probably due to a combination of things including the longer and slightly lighter (105g) shafts. Pitch shots also tended to fly just a bit higher but checked nicely when struck crisply from the fairway. Where these wedges really start to excel is close to the green. From fluffy greenside rough and bunkers the effective bounce really helps get the ball upand out, so much so that I needed to dial back after experimenting in a greenside bunker and watching ball after ball effortlessly blast out of the sand. You would expect that with that kind of bounce that tighter lies would be an issue but that’s where the cool looking sole comes into play (apparently it’s there for more than just looks). The lowered leading edge makes crisp contact a cinch and the ball checks nicely. They open up nicely and the leading edge stays low to the ground letting me hit nice gentle flops on command.

Feel:
I normally play forged wedges so was expecting these cast wedges to be “clicky”, instead I was surprised to find that these have more of a soft sounding “thunk”. Isuspect the combination of the 431 stainless head and the shock absorption ofthe graphite shafts is the reason for the nice solid feel. Although the Rx12 Wedges have a nice soft feel there is still enough feedback to let you know where on the face you hit it. The graphite shaft does not feel whippy at all actually it feels pretty darn stout and stable. The D4 swing weight really feels great on delicate shots; you can really tell where the head is at all times. Overall these offera very solid feel especially when considering these are cast heads.

Overall bottom line:
There’s lots and lots of option outthere as far as wedges go without much to differentiate them except for brandnames. The Renegar Golf Rx12 Wedges set themselves apart with their unique soledesign that keeps the leading edge low while maintaining effective bounce. The design works like a charm with these wedges exceling close to the green and from all sorts of lies. The unique sole, black head, and white shaftlooks awesome and really gets the conversation going with your foursome. Looking for a something different, versatile,that isn’t a brand name and looks cool, then these are the ticket.

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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  1. John Kadman

    May 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I would like to purchase a 52 degree wedge with the composite shaft!!

  2. robert evans

    Aug 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    So, if it was a patented design for Solus, how is it a patented design for Reneger? Consider that he sold the design to Solus who are stuck with inventory????????????????

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Review: Miura MC-501

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Pros: The most forgiving blade you’ll ever hit. Miura has made what seems like the hugest oxymoron in golf clubs that we club buyers have been dreaming of!

Cons: The Miura MC 501s are only offered to right-handed golfers. My lefty friends again are going to have to wait and hope that Miura will bring this superior work of golf art to life.

Bottom Line: The Miura MC-501, the newest weapon from Miura golf in their blade line, is the newest weapon for more than just the better golfer. If you’ve been loving the look of Miura blades and have felt that you just weren’t good enough to play them, this might be the model you’ve been waiting to try. All the superior looks Miura has been famous for, the butter-soft feel and a touch of forgiveness in an amazing package!

Overview

Miura has famously made some of the most gorgeous irons ever produced in the world. Their muscle back blades have garnered cult status and many of the better players have always gravitated towards their designs. They have made cavity back irons but the models that have drawn the most attention from all skill levels are the muscle backs. Unfortunately those muscle backs weren’t for everyone but the very low handicaps.

The MC-501 is the muscle back model that was made to change that. It is the longest heel to toe blade model they’ve ever made. Through engineering they’ve repositioned 20 grams of weight to the sole, which not only made the sole wider but moved the center of gravity to allow ease in getting a higher trajectory. The MC-501 also incorporates Yoshitaka Miura’s iconic Y-grind sole that blunts and softens the club head’s leading edge and improves turf interaction.

Precision forged from S25C carbon steel in Miura’s factory in Himeji, these clubs were developed under the most stringent and fastidious craftsmen that you could only wish were making your set.

The MC-501 is are available from authorized Miura dealers/fitters worldwide. They carry a suggested retail price of $260 a club, though the prices may vary with different shaft options.

Clubs tested

  • Miura MC-501 iron set
  • 4-iron through pitching wedge
  • KBS CT95 shafts/Japan Exclusive Model, Black Finish
  • Elite Y360SV grips from Japan

Entire set custom fit and built at Miura Authorized Fitting Center, Aloha Golf Center Las Vegas.

Performance

My initial test with the MC-501s put an immediate smile on my face. My favorite muscle back and club line from Miura has always been the MB-001. There were a few shortcomings in the MB-001, but the looks and feel always made me forget them. The MC-501 seemed to address the shortcomings of the MB-001 perfectly — particularly in the missed shots. Users whose misses tend to be thin will find the movement of weight toward the sole generously allows them a bit of forgiveness and help in trajectory usually lost than other traditionally shaped muscle backs.

Users who want to work the ball will also find the MC-501s play similarly to the MB-001s despite that added forgiveness. I had to work them a little harder but I was able to move the ball either left or right with no issues. They were a little more similar in playability to the CB-57 line than the MB-001.

The Yoshitaka Miura Y Grind sole allows the usual clean strike at impact and great interaction with the turf. There is no digging and it gives a very positive thump sound to your shots. This sole grind also helps to thin the look of the wider sole. Probably the widest sole offered on any Miura muscle back. Although wide, the MC-501 never played clunky, as you might expect upon an initial look, they instead played just like all the other pure Miura blades.

The long irons were where the MC-501s particularly shined. I have never hit a Miura muscle back 4-iron with such ease. Naturally, the design of the head afforded much more forgiveness in launch, yet I was still able to knock down shots when I needed to. The MC-501, being longer heel-to-toe than any other Miura muscle back, also assist it in having much greater forgiveness in the long irons.

The short irons were definitely precision tools. From PW to 7-iron, the distance with them were consistent and playability perfect. There were no hot spots on the face and Miura’s pure forging made solid shots particularly delightful. I marveled at how accurately these clubs hit their distances once you dialed them in. This is a feature I have not been able to replicate in the filled hollow head irons from many other brands.

Forgiveness was much greater in the MC-501 versus other muscle backs from Miura like the Tournament Blade, MB-001 or Baby Blades. This was immediately obvious upon using them. The loss in yardage with thin shots was lessened, and the trajectory was much more consistent due to the design of the head.

Looks and Feel

The MC-501s have a look all of their own in the Miura lineup. The X-like design on the back almost makes you feel like they have superhero qualities! They will definitely take some getting used to if you’re a long-time user of Miura blades, but for those who aren’t as familiar, the look may appear as an exciting change to the standard muscle back.

The beautiful satin finish, which Miura has come to be the standard bearer of, appeals so much to my senses. Miura clubs are one of the few lines that I can sit and just stare at the head, marveling at the beauty that was once just a raw piece of steel. Miura’s ability to produce golf art is something many club companies strive to meet, but some miserably fail at.

The black Miura logo and name prominently in the main middle muscle of the head and a simple MC-501 stamped towards a toe just continues the classy look of Miura. There’s no need for screw heads, fancy colored paint fill, decals, and other fluff. This is just a pure Japanese forged golf club at its highest level.

For what Miura has touted as its most forgiving iron, the top line at address does not make you feel like you’re playing some huge cavity back. It’s as thin as you would expect a Miura muscle back to be. For blade lovers, and past Miura blade users, the top line will not disappoint you. The toe on the MC-501 appears more square than past muscle backs. I personally like a rounder toe, but the squareness does give a look of a bigger face — something that might please those who want a bit of a more forgiving look. The squared toe and shape of the head frames the ball well, and its easy to align the clubs.

The MC-501 design transitions very well through the set. When you line them up on a wall and look at the heads as they transition from the short to the long irons, the shapes blend perfectly. I think Miura is one of the finest makers when it comes to the transitioning of irons in their sets.

The MC-501 is a joyful feeling in your hands. Once you hit a pure strike with them, that clean, pure feeling of the ball striking the face will take your breath away. I don’t know what they put in the steel in Himeji, Japan, but I’ve yet to feel any other brand of club that makes me smile so much after hitting its clubs. The MC-501 in my humble opinion is one extremely fine feeling line of clubs.

The Takeaway

Katsuhiro Miura’s philosophy is one of not just making a new club to come out with something new, but to improve on what the company already offers. The MC-501 is the amalgamation of all his past irons and the top of their club evolutionary chain. With its eye-catching looks, superior feel, and added forgiveness, the MC-501 is a great gateway club for people wanting to try their first Miura club.

The MC-501 is also the club for current Miura muscle back users who would appreciate more forgiveness in their current set and are just not ready to move to full on cavity back irons. I, for one, am getting older and it has occurred to me to switch over to more forgiving shapes and jacked up lofts. The MC-501 is the club that will keep me playing a few more years in the designs I love to look at!

 

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