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Miura Launches ICL-601 Driving Irons in North America

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Looking for a long-iron replacement that’s easier to hit than the MG Collection CB-2008, CB-1008, and MB-5005 irons? Meet Miura’s new MG ICL-601 driving iron, which will be available later this fall in North America.

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The ICL-601 has a multi-material, hollow-cavity construction that helps it launch shots higher and faster than the company’s MB and CB models. The bodies of the driving irons are made of SUS304 stainless steel, and they’re welded to a 455 carpenter steel faces — the same material that’s used to craft the hot faces of Miura’s Neo Genesis PP-9005 irons.

“The inner cavity design is not new for Miura,” says Hoyt McGarity, President of Miura Golf. “It was first introduced with the hugely popular IC-2003. Modern technological advances have allowed us to improve on the original design. This is accomplished by integrating a 455 Carpenter Steel face (as found in our PP-9005 G) and the use of the variable weighting system found in the Hayate woods.”

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The ICL-601s also include a weight-port in the sole of the club head that allows club fitters to fine-tune swing weight for different lengths, and to help golfers blend the driving irons with their standard iron sets. The driving irons have a satin chrome finish, along with a thick top line that hides the wider sole from a golfer’s view at address.

“The ICL gives Miura traditionalists the opportunity to add technology to their game, while maintaining the quality and feel of a Miura forged club,” says Jason Rutkoski, Miura Golf vice president. “The ICL is a remarkable new product that will benefit golfers from all demographics, by seamlessly fitting their existing set or adding a club to fit that one shot/hole per round.”

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Golfers can purchase the ICL-601 driving irons in three different lofts: 18 (2-iron), 20 (3-iron), and 23 degrees (4-iron). They will be available through Miura’s network of custom fitters for $369 each.

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18 Comments

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  1. uglande

    Nov 20, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Looks atrocious. Anyone needing that much offset should go straight to the fairway wood aisle. And what’s with the ridiculous marketing message on the club head? Miura puts so much care into the materials they use, and they are known for their relatively simple designs. Why wreck it with all of this cluttering text? It makes the club look cheap and homemade.

  2. Miuralovechild

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I’ll be needing to try this.

  3. Sloop

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I tried this bad boy out and it felt how I hoped the TMB would. It’s going to eat at me until I get one. One thing I am going to look at is if it can be bent. I’d like to get a 20 and bend it a degree or two weak and lose a little offset.

  4. Dat

    Sep 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

    “The structure of inner cavity” um, that doesn’t sound right.

  5. toyzrx

    Sep 26, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Miura isn’t the same any longer. Logos are getting bigger on heads though. I liked their stuff when they used to do OEM for big companies.

  6. Daniel

    Sep 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Its not even forged?

  7. The dude

    Sep 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Eeeww

  8. 2putttom

    Sep 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    awww the mizzy boyz have showed up

  9. Vanilla Gorilla

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I’d have expected prettier from Miura, sticking with MP-H5’s for the upper end of my bag.

    • Vanilla Gorilla

      Sep 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Appears to have some things in common with:

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  10. Golf Engineer

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    “The bodies of the driving irons are made of SUS304 stainless steel, and they’re welded to a 455 carpenter steel faces — the same material that’s used to craft the hot faces of Miura’s Neo Genesis PP-9005 irons.”
    Okay, the body is cast stainless steel and the face is also steel. No forged components.
    Now here from the quoted article for the PP-9005 iron set we have:
    “The Genesis PP-9005 irons ….. (are) comprised of two pieces; the back is forged out of S20C and the faces are 455 carpenter steel.”
    So the backs and hosel are forged while the faceplate is carpenter steel not forged to the best of my knowledge.
    Muira is up front with the metallurgy of their iron club heads in contrast to TM P790 co-forged heads where the faceplate is forged and body is cast steel but labelled as fully forged.

  11. L

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I bet you it feels better than the PXG

  12. Ken

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Hideous. The new Mizuno driving iron is 100x better looking

    • MrWolf

      Sep 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      This. It really is hideous. The early signs following Miura’s takeover are not good.

  13. Swingman/Jerry

    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    That is ugly for a Miura – too much offset, too thick topline, the sole is fine for a hybrid type driving iron.

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Callaway Epic Forged irons: Premium speed in a forged body

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With the release of the original Epic irons, Callaway did something they had never done before—build an iron that oozed ball speed and hid a lot of tech in a mid-sized package. Now imagine all that technology and greater speed in a more refined shape with a forged body…that is the all-new Epic Forged.

Built with the idea of offering speed and shotmaking in one package, the Epic Forged achieves all of that thanks to tech that is being used for the first time in a forged iron. The most notable being the Suspended Tungsten Core—which is comprised of the densest form of this heavy element. The issue with using this almost pure form of Tungsten is that it’s extremely hard to work with when using conventional construction methods. But Callaway defies convention and is using the patented Urethane Microspheres in the Suspended Tungsten core of the Epic Forged to precisely position mass creating the ideal center of gravity. This promotes controlled launch and spin, while allowing the face to flex as needed to create maximum ball speeds.

So what good is all this speed if you can’t control it?

Variable Face Thickness: Sure this tech isn’t new, it dates back to the above Hawkeye VFT driver (that was a great driver in its day), but if the Epic Flash driver has taught us anything, it’s that by looking beyond convention you can find new ways to utilize known technology. Built into the 360 Cup Face, the newly designed VFT pattern helps players achieve even more consistent ball speed and spin rates club to club. The reason this is so important: Callaway knows even average golfers want a club they can hit controlled shots with. A 7-iron isn’t any good if you’re not confident in the hitting the shot you want to.

Don’t think that we’re done talking about what these have under the hood just yet…

Since the Epic Forged irons go all the way into a sand wedge, there were some design decisions to be made to on how to make sure the scoring and recovery clubs still offer forgiveness but with even greater consistency and feel, Starting at the approach wedge and going to the sand wedge (the set goes PW, AW, GW, SW), instead of using the 17-4 SS cup face, Callaway engineers are using a forged faceplate to compliment the forged body. Inside of these still-hollow wedges, they are using a resistance welding technique to precisely locate a MIM (metal injection molded) Tungsten weight to achieve superior trajectory control.

The last piece to the puzzle.

A club will always be the sum of its parts and Callaway is pulling out all the stops with the Epic Star Forged set and the components that will accompany this technology package. The stock options will include Aerotech Steelfiber FC (flight control) and Mitsubishi Chemical’s  Tensei AV Silver shaft to optimize feel and control.  The other upgrade is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align Silver Grips (Align grips offer a textured raised rib on the bottom of the grip to help the golfer place their hands in the same position over and over again). All of these pieces come together to create a premium iron from Callaway.

The Epic Forged will be available at retail starting August 2nd. 4-SW. Retail price of $300 per iron.

 

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Callaway Epic Flash Star line: Light and launchable

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Imagine being given one job as a design team…

Make it light, use all available technology, make it look really good, and make it fast.

This is the Callaway Epic Flash Star.

This new Callaway Epic Flash Star line includes a driver, fairway woods, hybrids, and a set of forged irons—because forged can be fast too, like really fast. This lineup, which is an update to the original Callaway Epic Star line, is introducing improvements across the board and sets a new level of performance in the premium lightweight equipment category.

When it comes to designing ultra lightweight clubs, there are some serious design challenges because you are limited by the amount of mass you can use move around based on the final target total weight. Even with these challenges Callaway engineers along with component partners have produced a set of clubs that incorporate every available piece of technology, including Flash Face and Jailbreak, to help slower swing speed golfers get back more distance from everywhere. I know it often sounds silly but stats prove that for every club less a player hits into a green, the likelihood of making a lower number goes up. This is why golfers in need of more speed will benefit from a set that allows them to hit those shorter clubs more often.

Epic Flash Star Driver

50 grams.

Thats the difference in total weight between the new Star and the standard Epic Flash Driver. Thats MASSIVE! 50 grams is 22-25 percent the mass of a traditional driver head on its own and when talking about the whole package thats a mass reduction of just under 16 percent ( 15.8 percent to be precise ). Engineers work tirelessly to shave three grams here and four grams there when it comes to club design being able to get 50g out of what is already the lightest club in the bag is astonishing. A lot of that weight reduction comes from the removal of the adjustable hosel making the Epic Flash Star the only driver in the Callaway lineup with a non adjustable hosel. No hosel adjustability means offering more loft options, which include a 10.5, 12, and now a 13.5 degrees (perfect for those golfers who have a difficulty getting the ball into the air).

As I have said before, a club is only as good as the sum of its parts, and there is no ignoring the fact that thanks to UST Mamiya, the Epic Flash Star is equipped with a 30-gram shaft: the Attas Speed—yeah you read that right 30 grams! The Attus Speed, until now, has been a product available exclusively in Japan (a golf market know for not turning an eye to premium performing products when they offer a tangible benefit), and is now available in North America.

Don’t think for a second that they are stopping at the shaft either: The club will also feature a Golf Pride 30g JLoo grip. All of this combines together to help slower swing speed players deliver the head back to the ball as fast as they can, with more consistency. All this adds up to a driver that has the potential to deliver some major gains.

Retail price will be $699.99

Epic Flash Star Fairway Woods and Hybrids

Much like the Star driver, the fairway woods incorporate proven technologies, including Jailbreak, Flash Face, and Face Cup—the same tech that has been making Callaway fairways woods some of the longest available dating back to the XR (remember how fast those were compared to everything else?). To give you a refresher on what the Face Cup does, it uses variable face thickness built into the forged 455 Carpenter steel face to promote fast ball speed on all shots especially mishits.  It does this by having the thinnest parts act like a hinge that’s activated the face and gives you all the “spring” you need (within the legal limit).

More weight is repositioned to create greater forgiveness and lower the COG thanks to a new T2C triaxial carbon crown and fixed hosel.

Since this is a full line launch the other similarities include a 40-gram ATTAS Speed shaft and choice of JL00 or J200 (42g) grip. Availability includes  3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 models which is a big expansion versus the original Start line which only went up the the 21-degree 7-wood. Considering the player demographic for these clubs, the 9 and 11s are going to be very popular.

Retail price is $399.99

Epic Flash Star Forged Irons

Meant to be launched!

The Epic Star irons are an ultra-premium forged iron designed for pure acoustics, feel, and explosive distance. Using what Callaway is calling an infinite black finish, every detail was carefully thought out in an effort to help golfers in need of distance get every technological advantage they can.

Just like with the standard Epic Flash, Callaway is using a suspended tungsten core for greater control over launch and spin while High-COR Faces with 360 Face Cup Technology maximize distance off the center and off of mishits. To also help with distance the lofts of the Flash irons are stronger BUT…thanks to the optimized CG locations (ala suspended tungsten ), and super hot faces, the peak heights are less affected.

Just like with the rest of the Star Line, the greatest design advantage they offer beyond the clubhead is the incredibly lightweight total club weight to help players in need of speed maximum their ability and in the end create great swing speed. Thanks to the UST ATTUS Speed ultra-premium iron shaft coming in at only 40 and 50 grams respectively (depending on set configuration and fitting), along with the same Golf Pride 30g JLoo grip used in the rest of the set—players should expect to see at least a whole club gained in distance.

The Epic Star Forged irons are available from 5-iron to sand wedge with a retail price of $325 per club.

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Callaway launches technology-packed Epic Flash hybrids

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With Epic Flash drivers and fairway woods firmly in the marketplace, Callaway is following up last year’s Rogue hybrid with the launch of the Callaway Epic Flash hybrid.

Like the Rogue, the Epic Flash Hybrid features Jailbreak Technology for maximum energy transfer. Of course, like with the Epic Flash driver relative to the Rogue, the technology is improved upon in this iteration, according to the company.

Also returning in a new-and-improved form: Callaway’s forged Carpenter 455 steel Face Cup technology-infused clubface.

From the new technology standpoint: Callaway incorporates a MIM’ed (Metal-Injected Molding) Tungsten weight into the sole of the clubhead for “enhanced launch and trajectory,” as well as overall forgiveness.

Additionally, Callaway incorporates its proprietary triaxial carbon fabric (T2C—first used in Epic Flash driver) in a hybrid for the first time. The T2C crown’s weave allows Callaway engineers to allocate more weight lower and deeper in the clubhead.

Product at retail: 8/2. Pricing: $300 each

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