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WRX Spotlight: Miura CB-301 irons

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Product: Miura CB-301 irons

Pitch: From Miura: “The CB-301 takes Miura’s world-renowned forging process and blends it seamlessly with a Tour-inspired shape. The CB-301 combines the feel and playability of a player’s iron with the forgiveness and distance to improve golfers of all skill levels. The full cavity-back design is engineered with a larger sweet spot to ensure greater control and improved performance on all shots. Each club is engineered with a variable sole and cavity thickness designed to optimize center of gravity.”

Our take on Miura CB-301 irons

Even in today’s world packed full of information about club fitting and technology, I can’t begin to tell you how many times when talking to golfers outside of the equipment “know,” that they believe forged clubs are only for lower handicaps and pros. Without getting off topic in the second sentence, all I will say is forging and casting are just processes used to manufacture and have no effect on the forgiveness of an individual design — mass properties do!

Now back to the review…When it comes to a forged iron that offers a traditional shape and styling, along with forgiveness, the Miura CB-301 is a great place to start. Launched at the beginning of 2019, the new CB-301 builds on the long legacy of Miura cavity backs, including the original CB-301, CB-201, CB-501, Passing Points, and the more recent CB57.

You’ve most likely heard the story by now — nobody forges a club the way Miura does. Well, they’re right, and for good measure, thanks to the company’s unique process of spin welding the hosel onto the rest of the head. By their, accounts it keeps the grain structure extreme tight in the head, which helps produce the signature “Miura Feel.”

Heres a great video from Miura on the history of the company and the process.

Here’s where the CB-301s separate themselves in the Miura lineup: They offer slightly more offset than the previous models in the Miura CB family, which helps create a look that is more appealing to a larger number of players looking for forgiveness without looking too “game improvement.” Along with the slight increase in offset, the appearance from the top line again fits right into the middle of the players CB and mid-sized cavity category. Add all of this together with the longer heel-toe length and thinner top line, and you have a club built for both distance and forgiveness without sacrificing looks.

Speaking to the distance game, the CB-301s are a bit stronger-lofted than what you would typically see from a Miura product, with a 44-degree pitching wedge and a 48-degree gap wedge available in the set. With these specs, there are plenty of options for adjustments that could take offset off. For example, bending them weaker or building a nice combo set with the MC-501s like shown below

CB-301

4-iron: 22 degrees
5-iron: 26 degrees (bent 1 degree weak)
6-iron:  30 degrees (bent 2 degrees weak)

MC-501

7-iron: 34 degrees
8-iron: 38 degrees
9-iron: 42 degrees
Pitching Wedge: 46 degrees

This is just one example since there are plenty of ways you could do a combo or not,  along with making sure everything is properly gapped through a full iron fitting session. Whether you are looking for a forged distance iron set or some extra forgiveness into the longer irons in a combo, the Miura-CB 301s could be exactly what you are looking for.

And as a reminder, Miura irons are available through their extensive list of fitters and dealers around the world, as well as now directly through their website and e-comm platform.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. rex235

    Apr 4, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Ryan-

    You are in Canada, so-

    Are Miura CB-301s still RH Only?

    Asking for a friend.

  2. Scooter

    Apr 2, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Looks like a lot of offset to me.

  3. D

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:41 am

    The glitter is gone, now that it’s available everywhere
    Miura is no longer special
    DOA
    Their stuck on hosel is nowhere near as good as Mizuno

  4. Miuralovechild

    Apr 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I’ll pass cb 202 SL ALL day long!
    I own most of them. Cb202 SL/mb001 combo forever! No offset
    The best players combo Miura has!!! *

    * baby blades would work also

    • Peter

      Apr 2, 2019 at 10:54 am

      I have cb202 and love them,but I wish I would of got the combo set you have

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day discusses new equipment that has made it into the bags of our members so far in 2019. From new club additions to shaft changes, our members share the tweaks they have made so far this year and divulge what has been successful as well as what has failed to work for them.

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.

  • Jackal66: “Went from 816 DBD Alpha driver to M3. Changed Odyssey Fang putter to Scotty Cameron Newport putter. Bought a 56° wedge and it is competing with my 53° Diadic.”
  • ObiwanForAll: “Gone all in with TaylorMade clubs and UST shafts.”
  • macedan: “Successes- Ping G400 9*, thought the smaller head size may hamper my confidence, but It has performed beautifully. Mizuno ST180 16*, No words, performs as needed and looks absolutely sharp. Middle of the road- Ping G Crossover 21*, unfortunately, I fell into a swing slump across the bag not long after buying it. When my swing is on, it is one of my absolute favorites in the bag. My biggest complaint is just the appearance of the massive amount of offset.”
  • pollock21: “Been quite a year…TS3 knocked out my trusty G400 LST which was quite a feat. Now shafted with 130 Rogue Silver. I500 w/LZ 7.0 125’s experiment is on the way out. They’ve been excellent irons for me, but I just hit them obnoxiously long. Currently looking for my next set. Also dabbling with a hi-toe 60 to replace my trusty 60* Glide 2.0 stealth. So far, I’m loving it. Last change was putting in the copper spider x which knocked out my ketcsh and scotty newport 2.0.  Failed experiment so far with the flash sz fairway. Putting the trusty 16M2 back in the bag. Definitely moving on from the flash, I’m just not as consistent with it.”
  • shanx: “Took a lesson late spring and my ballstriking has improved. I ditched the Callaway X20 Pros, Cally X Forged ’07s, added Mizzy MP15s with C Taper Lites. Not sure if those shafts will work for me in the long run, but I am going to play them for a bit as I am still working on swing changes from the lesson. Rotating three drivers (2 Titleists and a Callaway Epic), thinking about going to get fit for my driver soon.”

Entire Thread: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?” 

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Chez Reavie’s winning WITB: 2019 Travelers Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 M.S.I. 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (4-iron), TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper Tour 120

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50-08F, 54-08 M, 58-08 M)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper (50), KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (54, 58)

Putter: Odyssey Works No. 7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip cord

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From the GolfWRX Vault: Essential tips, tricks, and tools for building clubs at home

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In addition to continuing to look forward to new content that will serve and engage our readership, we also want to showcase standout pieces that remain relevant from years past. In particular, articles with a club building or instruction focus continue to deliver value and convey useful information well after their publish dates.

We want to make sure that once an article falls off the front page as new content is covered it isn’t relegated to the back pages of our website.

We hope that you’ll appreciate and find value in this effort, and the first article from the GolfWRX Vault is a perfect example of a piece that not only remains relevant and engaging, but one that the author still gets questions about and routinely refers readers to.

Ryan Barath, well before his time as a full-time WRX staffer, wrote “Building golf clubs at home: The essential tips, tricks, and tools” back in October of 2016.

In the piece, Barath discusses both the elements of setting up a shop in general and what he has done in his basement workspace in particular.

A taste of the piece.

One of the most important things about building clubs is doing it properly with the right tools, and doing it safely. After setting up up multiple build shops over the years, from small hobby shops to large multi-station build shops, having the opportunity to build my own home shop from the ground up was something I always looked forward to. My shop is in my basement, and because of the limited space, it was imperative to find as many space saving-solutions as possible.

Like many people with a hobby they are passionate about, I look forward to one day having a stand-alone garage for all of my tools (and maybe a hitting net), but for now my basement gets the job done. I’m lucky to have access to a much large machine shop where I do wedge grinding, finishing and sandblasting, which are all jobs that make a lot more noise and create a lot more dust. I can’t get away with doing those things in a confined space, but we’ll touch on that later.

Although not a tool, arguably the most important piece of equipment is the workbench. Having a quality workbench is needed because of the amount of abuse that it will take over its lifespan. Also, just like a great kitchen design, you need counter space and a good workbench provides that. Dropping a clubhead (especially a driver or fairway wood with nice paint job) can be costly. The next extension of the workbench is a good vice that has been properly attached to the bench with bolts. Like I’ve said in previous articles, I believe when you do something you should take the time to do it properly. I once saw a vice screwed into a workbench with 1.25-inch screws, and as soon as someone went to use the vice it ripped out and took a club with it.

Check out the full piece here. 

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