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Miura X Nicklaus irons: A blade years in the making

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To the untrained eye, blade irons all appear to be quite similar, small flat-backed golf clubs absent of a cavity—but to a trained eye and hand, a quick glance or simple pass of a finger over a surface or edge will reveal more information than a small book could ever hold.

Now when it comes to two men that could write books about how a blade iron should look and feel, Jack Nicklaus and Katsuhiro Miura are names on a very short list and their years of experience that have been brought together to create a single set of irons years in the making—these are the Nicklaus X Miura collaboration blades.

We were teased this collaboration in early June (Miura Golf teases Nicklaus collaboration) and now the details have arrived.

The Specs

Although they look similar to another blade in the Miura line, the MB•101, this is an entirely new iron that has been meticulously crafted to match the specs of Mr. Nicklaus with a reconfigured flatter sole profile with additional bounce and adjusted offset through the set. Jack was never known for taking divots and his preference has also been to see the leading edge sit closer to the ground with a straight leading edge—these irons deliver on the preference.

The specs are very similar to the MacGregor sets Jack used throughout his career crafted by legendary club maker Don White while he was with MacGregor, the difference now is that instead of being forged in the United States, these new irons will be forged and ground by the skills craftsman at Miura golf in Himeji, Japan.

The last detail beyond the sole comes down to looks, and these new irons have been subtly ground where the hosel meets the leading edge of the iron to create Nicklaus’ preferred look from address—creating an almost underslung leading-edge, something that was popular with both original MacGregor Nicklaus irons and before that original Hogan blades.

As mentioned in the original teaser, a collaboration between Nicklaus and Miura would almost seem inevitable since both brands are held under the 8AM Golf umbrella, which also has Golf Magazine and True Spec golf, among others, but the origin of this project dates back many years before Miura was held by 8am and was actually set in motion in 2014 when Jack himself made a visit to meet the legendary club maker Mr. Miura in Japan and to tour the Miura factory.

“The day Jack visited the factory was the best day of my life,” Miura-san.

 

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

10 Comments

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  1. Constantine Jr

    Jul 20, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Stock shaft is Nippon per customer service. Blah.

  2. the dude

    Jul 20, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    For that much…I want my signature on em’

    – The Dude……

  3. Mick

    Jul 20, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I want these !

  4. Kit B.

    Jul 20, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    i think they just posted that they’re making 300

  5. Malibu

    Jul 20, 2020 at 9:45 am

    how many sets are they making?

    • Ryan Barath

      Jul 20, 2020 at 10:34 am

      We were not given a specific number on how many sets will be produced but based on the limited nature I would the number between 500 – 1000

  6. Greg V

    Jul 20, 2020 at 9:43 am

    so what do they look like at address?

    • Whatsmyusernameagain

      Jul 21, 2020 at 3:01 am

      Basically there’s no look address. They have an aura that glows. When you take it back there’s a unicorn tracer.

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Akshay Bhatia WITB (September 2020)

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS “Hulk” Smoke Green 75 6.5 TX

3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Hulk Smoke Green 85 6.5 TX

Irons: Callaway Epic Forged (3), Callaway Apex MB 18 Raw (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS TG Hybrid Proto 95 X (3), KBS $-Taper Black 125 S+ (4-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (50S, 54S, 60C)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125S+

Putter: Odyssey SL Black Armlock 7

Grips: Iomic Sticky 2.3 Black

 

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Top 5 strokes gained: around-the-greens 2020 and the wedges they used

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#5 Hideki Matusyama (.458% AVG, 27.951 SG) 


Wedges: Cleveland RTX Forged Prototype (52-10, 56-8 @57.5, 60-08 @62)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

#4 Brandt Snedeker (.514% AVG, 25.685 SG) 

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52-10S, 56-10S) Vokey SM8 (60K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

#3 Aaron Baddeley (.520% AVG, 19.257 SG) 

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12SS), Ping Glide (56-10), Titleist Vokey 260 (60-12, @59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

#2 Rob Oppenheim (.536% AVG, 24.106 SG)

Wedges: Ping I210 UW (52) Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth (56-12SS, 60-10SS)
Shafts: Ping ZZ-65

#1 Jason Day (.632% AVG, 25.287 SG AVG) 

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 Satin (50-09SB, 54-11SB, 60-10SB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

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GolfWRX Spotted: Titleist TSi4 on USGA Conforming List

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After all the excitement caused by the Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 driver and fairway woods, it didn’t take long for another Titleist TSi series driver to pop up on the USGA and R&A conforming club lists, and this time it’s the TSi4.

left-handed driver head from USGA list

Based on the entirety of the information provided in the submission, including the fact that it has been submitted both right and left-handed, leaves us to believe that along with the TSi2, and TSi3, which are currently going through the seeding process on the PGA and Korn Ferry Tours, the TSi4 will also be coming to retail in the near future.

If you remember last year in the spring of 2019, Titleist added the line extension of the TS1 and TS4 drivers to cater to further reaches of the fitting bell curve, for players that needed more launch and spin, and for those that needed further reduction respectively.

The line for the TS4 was simple—the smallest and lowest spinning member of the TS family of drivers. It reduced spin by an average of 300-400 RPM compared to the TS2 and TS3 drivers. All of this while also in a player preferred 430cc package. 

To achieve those kinds of dynamics, MOI of the driver’s head has to be sacrificed in favor of creating a low and forward center of gravity to create lower spin. The curious thing with the TSi4 is if Titleist engineers have been able to boost the head size to a full 460 and keep a similar profile or if they have reverted to a sub 460cc design to replicate the TS4’s mass properties and CG location in a new package with new technology to increase ball speed around the head and increase spin robustness.

Time will tell if and when this becomes available at retail, but based on this information, it’s most likely sooner rather than later.

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