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Miura Launches MG Collection Irons: CB-2008, CB-1008 and MB-5005

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Miura Golf has launched three new iron models in North America: its CB-2008, the CB-1008 and the MB-5005.

The three irons are part of Miura’s MG, or “Miura-Giken” Collection, which like the company’s recently announced Hayate drivers and fairway woods were previously only available in Asia. The new launch unifies the Miura product line internationally, a key aspect of the company’s recent re-branding efforts. It also sets the stage for a worldwide launch of entirely new Miura product, which is expected in 2018.

In North America, Miura is known primarily for its one-piece forged irons, specifically its blade and blade-like models that target better players. The expansion of the MG Collection gives North American golfers access to two additional better-player irons, as well a mid-sized, multi-material forged iron that can offer golfers additional distance and forgiveness. Learn more about each of the irons below.

Miura MG Collection: CB-2008

The CB-2008 irons have the widest sole of the company’s MG Collection irons (its 20-millimeters wide on the 7 iron), as well as a multi-material construction. Together, the design offers golfers more distance, more forgiveness and more confidence in their game. Compared to Miura’s Passing Point Neo Genesis PP-9005 irons, the CB-2008 irons will offer golfers a more compact size and appearance, as well as a softer feel.

The CB-2008 long irons (5-8) start as a single billet of carbon steel, which is forged into a shape that becomes the body of the club heads. A 4-millimeter forged club face is then welded to the front of the irons to boost performance (see the photos in the gallery above). The short irons (9, PW) use a one-piece, forged construction.

“The CB 2008 epitomizes how advancements in technology can be delivered to golfers of all skill levels,” says Bill Holowaty, COO of Miura Golf. “The midsize clubhead combines a soft carbon forged face and neck with a composite, pocket cavity back. This design allows for a wider sole, lower center of gravity, larger sweet spot and more forgiveness.”

The CB-2008 irons are available in 5-PW and sell for $339 per club.

Miura MG Collection: CB-1008

Like the CB-2008 irons, the CB-1008 irons offer golfers a wide sole (it’s 19 millimeters in the 7 iron). The difference is that unlike the hollow-cavity CB-2008 irons, CB-1008 irons use a one-piece, forged construction that positions mass directly behind the sweet spot of the irons.

The one-piece design of the CB-2008 irons is intended to mimic the feel of the company’s blade irons, while delivering the higher flight and additional forgiveness of Miura’s more forgiving models like the CB-2008 and PP-9005.

The CB-2008 irons are available in 3-PW and sell for $279 per iron.

Miura MG Collection: MB-5005

Miura’s MG Collection MB-5005 irons look and feel much like the company’s traditional blade irons, the company says, but a unique cavity-back structure allows the irons to offer more forgiveness.

Compared to its traditional blade irons, the cuts and channels on the back of the MB-5005 irons trim approximately 15 grams of weight from design, Miura says. The discretionary mass allowed the company to increase the size as the irons, as well as lower the center of gravity, both of which served to expand the sweet spot of the clubs.

The MB-5005 irons are available in 3-PW and sell for $329 per iron.

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  1. rex235

    Jun 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Pretty much like most new Miura CNC Milled irons… RH Only.

  2. The dude

    Jun 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Those Pics tell me nothing!!…why no set up pics???….that’s all most good players care about…(how they appear when you set them down). And how are they “softer”???

    • Skip

      Jun 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Check out mcmahongolf on Instagram. They’ve got the 5005 and 1008 from all angles. I found the s25c used in these heads to be softer than the steel used in the North American lines.

  3. Matt

    Jun 21, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Looking a bit like Srixon’s Z iron range.

  4. Max

    Jun 21, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Why wouldn’t I just buy the Japanese version from Tour Spec for over half off these listed prices?

  5. Guia

    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    They look nice, cost too much.

  6. chinchbugs

    Jun 20, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    When did irons start costing more than woods? Oh yeah, 2017. That’s when.

  7. Ude

    Jun 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    wicked >>> tora tora tora

  8. IowaHacker

    Jun 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    They could do without the ugly MG logo on there and just kept the script-ish Miura. This new logo looks just like the cheap MG Golf products, not something as high quality like these are intended.

    • Was

      Jun 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

      But that logo has been there for years though lol

  9. Matt

    Jun 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I’m sorry, thats some fugly equipment.

    • Brian

      Jun 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      What do you play?

      • Matt

        Jun 20, 2017 at 10:37 pm

        MP-4 irons. 2016 M2 driver. Srixon F45 3 wood. UDI 3 iron. Exotics DG Proto putter. Vokey wedges.

      • Matt

        Jun 20, 2017 at 10:47 pm

        In fairness I didn’t click through the photos. Irons aren’t quite as bad as I initially thought. That logo is rough though. I’m not a looks guy anyway, was really just a random comment, if it plays well (and the steel does look pure) I’d game it in a second.

  10. ComeyforPresident

    Jun 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Any differences in the manufacturing process between these clubs and those from the JDM?

    • Was

      Jun 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      They’re the same clubs. New licensing agreement has made it possible for them to distribute and sell them in the US

      • Bill

        Jul 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm

        They could always distribute in the US but out of BC Canada.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 14max who asks WRXers what’s the oldest club in the bag that they regularly use. Our members list the clubs that have been playing the longest and their reasons why – with trust often playing a significant role behind their decision.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • el_rousso: “I’m still regularly playing an old (about 25+ years old) American Open 56* wedge, the grooves on it are likely too worn to be of any use but it’s still pretty much the club I trust the most around the greens, the rest of my bag is around 2005ish (irons) or 2011ish (woods and other wedges), but I recently pulled the trigger on a driver upgrade…”
  • SecondandGoal: “Odyssey White Steel Tri-Ball SRT. Made in 2007, got it for $25 on Craigslist about 4 years ago. I’ve changed every other club in the bag at least twice since then. Going to be hard-pressed to get this out of the bag.”
  • lefty1978: “I don’t always bag this club anymore. But I have a 17° Controller driving iron from around 1999. I like it because it hits low running bullets.”
  • James the Hogan Fan: “Putter- 65ish years old, Irons from 2003, Woods from 2008, Driver from 2014, Wedges from 2016, but, one from 2002. Quite the mix I’d say.”
  • ChipNRun: “A few years ago, it was a Ping Pal putter from circa 1973. I sent Ping a photo of the clubhead for verification: they said it was legit, they just couldn’t tell what batch it came from due to primitive data markings. Until about a year ago, I played Callaway X20 Tours (2008 origin); CPreO sold me a display set in 2011. Right now, the Tour Edge XRail 7W (2012) – and sometimes its brother 4W – hold the record.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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2020 Odyssey Golf launches new Bird of Prey and Stroke Lab Ten putters

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Odyssey Golf is taking Stroke Lab technology and innovation further with the release of the all-new Stroke Lab 10 putters along with the introduction of the Bird of Prey putter for 2019 and 2020.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Ten Bird of prey putters golf 2020

2020 Odyssey Bird of Prey, Stroke Lab Ten putters: The details

To say Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, along with the revolutionary mass-shifting Stroke Lab shaft, have been a success both on tour and with regular golfers would be a huge understatement. On the professional side—since their introduction at the beginning of 2019 as a prototype product, Stroke Lab putters have become the number one putter on all tours and won more professional tournaments (65 to be exact) than any other brand on all tours combined.

Now, Odyssey’s General Manager Sean Toulon and his design team are looking to advance designs again with what many would call familiar shapes but with unconventional advantages.

Odyssey Stroke lab ten putter golf 2020

First off, we have the Stroke Lab Ten. And, yes, even Sean Toulon himself is willing to admit it shares similarities to a particular arachnid-style putter that he helped originally design at another OEM many years ago. But, as a modern equipment historian, I believe it’s important to point out that as much as the “arachnid” style has been popular for quite some time.

There was another putter that predates it (released in 2005), which offered an extremely high MOI design but without the catchy name: the Ping UG-LE. The UG-LE pushed mass way back and to the corners of the head to create (at the time) the highest MOI putter on the market.

But here’s the thing: Putters and material design have come a long way since the introduction of the UG-LE and the original arachnid designs, and Odyssey is here to prove golfers just how much better with the Stroke Lab Ten.

The Stroke Lab Ten’s frame is made from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene…don’t worry, I had to look it up too). Here’s a further explanation

“It is an amorphous polymer comprised of three monomers, acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. ABS is most commonly polymerize through the emulsification process or the expert art of combining multiple products that don’t typically combine into a single product. When the three monomers are combined, the acrylonitrile develops a polar attraction with the other two components, resulting in a tough and highly durable finished product. The different amounts of each monomer can be added to the process to further vary the finished product. The versatility of ABS plastic properties contributes largely to its popularity across several industry sectors.” (Thanks, Adreco plastics)

According to Sean Toulon, what the ABS material allows is maximum distribution of metal (heavy) mass parts to the back and extreme perimeter of the putter to blow past other putters’ MOI (Moment of Inertia: a measurement of forgiveness) but also in sound and feel.

“The sound and feel of this putter is special (thanks to the material advantage of ABS)”  Sean Toulon, Odyssey Putters General Manager

Beyond just the shape of the putter, the sole has been meticulously crafted to help the head aligned square when grounded towards the target in the playing position. Sean continues

“We got these putters to the point where ( with the alignment on top ) they have become point and shoot” 

There truly is a lot going on to make sure these putters do everything they can to help both regular golfers and touring professionals align properly and get the best possible result when putts are not hit absolutely perfect.

The Stroke Lab Advantage

Considering the MOI of these designs, you would think that the highest of high handicappers would be the target market, but in that assumption, you couldn’t be more incorrect. The designs of both the Stroke Lab Ten and the Bird of Prey were entirely driven by the tour and player desire to get every last bit of performance out of their putting games.

These putters will all come stock with the Stroke Lab shaft, which pulls mass from the shaft and redistributes it under the grip and into the head for even greater stabilization. Odyssey has proven that the shaft alone can help stroke consistency across the board, and the most notable stat is the 13 percent increase in face angle delivery at impact. This increases the make putt percentage, which when you think of a round of golf, equates to strokes saved.

If there is one more thing Odyssey knows about putters, it’s roll and inserts. With the new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey designs, the company is using an all-new Microhinge Star insert to increase the sound for better player feedback. Generally, inserts are used to decrease the sound, but in the case of the New Microhinge Star, engineers at Odyssey wanted to recreate more of the original sound and feel of the White Hot putter but with the added benefit of the Microhinge to increase forward roll.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter Insert roll Ten Bird of prey

This new Microhinge Star insert improves the correlation between the sound and expected distance a player will hit the ball—firmer means further. This is just another step in the design process put in place to help players of all abilities putt with greater consistency since without audible feedback, all players will have a more difficult time controlling distance.

The new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey putters will be available starting November 1. For more information check out OdysseyGolf.com

 

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2020 Cobra Golf T-Rail iron hybrid set

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Cobra Golf T-RAIL

New for 2020, the Cobra Golf T-Rail (Transitional Rail) super game improvement iron—the company’s first all hollow iron hybrid set.

Cobra T Rail irons fuse a hollow, hybrid shape with an iron face and topline, with the iron-hybrid design aiming to provide golfers with the perfect blend of distance, forgiveness, and accuracy.

According to the company, the hollow body construction creates a lower, deeper CG than traditional cavity-back iron designs. The lower, deeper CG aims to aid golfers in getting the ball in the air and on line easier than conventional cavity-back irons.

Speaking on the new T-Rail irons, Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D, Cobra Golf, stated

“T-Rail irons make it easy for beginners and golfers who have lost some distance and control to gain the confidence needed to play better and have more fun. Players who need max forgiveness and are looking for more distance will be amazed at how far and straight they hit these, even being able to get them airborne from tough lies.”

The irons feature the brand’s Baffler Rails technology which seeks to provide players with more speed and stability out of every lie through its turf interaction.

The irons also contain a high-strength, forged steel face designed with E9 technology, which includes a thin pocket from heel to toe which is intended to offer maximum ball speed and forgiveness on off-center hits.

Cobra Golf T-RAIL

The new additions from Cobra arrive in a hollow, iron-hybrid construction in the 5-PW with a 4-hybrid to make a 7-piece set. The irons, which come in a black/blue colorway for men and black/lilac colorway for women, come equipped with Cobra Ultralite 50g graphite shafts (Stiff, Regular and Lite) and Cobra Lamkin REL midsize grips.

Both the Men’s and Women’s T-Rail sets will be available beginning November 1, 2019, and cost $899.

Cobra Golf T-RAIL

 

 

 

 

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