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Editor Review: Miura’s New Wedge Series

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I’ve been playing the Miura 1957 Series Y and K wedges for the last year and a half. Although I’ve loved the playability and feel of them, I’d pretty much worn out the grooves, so it was time for a change.

I’d was contemplating ordering an identical set, when I saw that Miura was releasing a new series of wedges (called the “New Wedge Series”). Being the typical GolfWRX member that I am, I had to try them. I immediately called my local Miura dealer, Aloha Golf Center, and ordered a 51-degree and 57-degree heads.

Five days later, I got the call that the heads had arrived and were ready to be built with whatever shafts I desired. I chose the same shafts I’ve been playing in my Miura Y & K grind wedges, the True Temper Tour Concept wedge shafts. The guys at Aloha Golf Center said they’d have the shafts installed and ready for me, and to decide on the length and grip I’d want by the time I got off work. You can bet the last four hours of my day seemed like forever!

Miura uses authorized clubmakers to fit and build its equipment in the United States. What this means is you get exactly what you want and what will work for you. This alone I feel sets them apart from the majority of retail wedges on the market. I for one prefer certain wedge shafts, which at the moment is the True Temper Tour Concept. I also play my wedges at the same length and 0.5 inches longer than standard. Being able to order a custom wedge saves me a lot time compared to retail wedges, which I have to tear it apart before I use. With that said, here’s the review of Miura’s New Wedge Series.

Pros: It’s got Miura stamped on it, a name that’s synonymous with tradition and craftsmanship. It’s a stamp of promise that everything you ever wanted in feel was going to be there on the first well struck shot.

Cons: Most of the retail wedge market is filled with other manufacturers that are offering custom finishes and/or laser etching. Most also have special milled and/or micro-milled grooves, with numerous other touches to increase spin. Miura offers pretty standard fare — pressed conforming grooves.

Bottom Line: Everything I’ve come to learn about Miura and its tradition behind its name is present in these wedges. The shape is perfect for my eye and the feel is buttery soft — exactly what I expected from Miura. These are not cookie-cutter wedges that will be gone when the next set of wedges made. You can play them until the grooves wear out and you’ll want a second identical set!

Miura New Wedge Series

The Review: Miura New Wedge Series

  • Material: Forged Low Carbon Mild Steel
  • Lofts: 51 and 57 degrees (bent to 52 and 58)
  • Standard 61 degree lie angles bent 2.5 degrees flat
  • Length: 36 inches
  • Shaft: True Temper Tour Concept Wedge Flex
  • Grip: Lamkin 3Gen REL (Grey)

Performance

I’ve found the performance and playability of these wedges to be outstanding. Seriously though, the leading edge grind, bounce angle and sole width work superbly together.

The New Wedge Series 51 is a super gap filler for me. The feel at impact from a tight mowed fairway is fantastic. The sole grind interacts with the turf and the ball incredibly well. The crisp sound at impact leaves you with a clean feeling and a strike that works so well that the amount of spin generated is remarkable considering there is no added micro-grooves or specially milled face. I’ve always said that in my opinion a wedge will work only as well as its grind. This is one of those wedges, and its grind will assist in getting great contact and producing the spin you’re looking for.

The New Wedge Series 57 is a bunker killer. The sole width and grind work wonderfully in the fluffy sand traps. The face opens up well and looks good open, leaving you confident in pulling off those types of shots. There are some wedges that look awkward near the hosel when you open it up, but the New Wedge Series 57 is not one of those. The sole works as it should, gliding you across and under the ball and producing a nice “thud” sound as you complete your shot. From a tight-mowed fairway lie, I thought the 57 would be a little more difficult to use because of its wider sole, but I was wrong. The leading edge grind kept me just the right amount above the turf to still attack the ball, yet kept me from digging a trench. I also found it great from the rough, as the thicker sole helped keep the head from digging and interacted enough with the grass that I didn’t just scoot under the ball.

Distance control was easily gained after a few range sessions and rounds, leaving me with practically no learning curve and a seamless transition from my Y and K Miura wedges.

Miura relief

Looks and Feel

Initial overall looks are what I call “normal” for Miura, and what many of the other brands wish they could be. For those not familiar, Miura is a company with a huge history of tradition in its clubs. It has excelled in making not only clubs that play well, but look superb. The gentle curves of the sole, simple Miura stampings and a satin finish that is so pleasing to even the unknowing eye. It screams out to you that this club is different from everything else on the racks. This is class, history and tradition carefully forged into a piece of golf art. This is a wedge that you’ll have a tough time the first outing slamming it into the dirt or digging a ball out of a bunker. You’ll wish all lies were on a nice piece of freshly mowed turf!

Miura sole grind

The new wedge series is stamped with a Japanese Kanji character, which translates to “noble” and “striving” in English — two words that fit so well with the wedge in so many areas. Miura has always aimed to produce the best for golfers. It doesn’t resort to silly gimmicks — only tried-and-true perfection that it has worked at for decades. When you initially look at the new wedges, you see the regal nobility of the design and you know Miura hasn’t stopped striving to achieve perfection.

I’ve mentioned before in my reviews of Miura clubs that the satin finish exudes a richness that makes me wonder why everyone else can’t get a satin chrome finish to look so gorgeous. It’s so clean, pristine and so precious looking, producing a beautiful silvery glow in your bag.

Feel has been Miura’s calling card forever. There is nothing in my opinion that feels as great as a Miura, and the New Wedge Series is a great entry for anyone to get a taste of Miura forgings.

Miura Shape

The New Wedge Series is forged from mild carbon steel, and it is clean, crisp and offers tons of feedback to your hands on short and full shots. It doesn’t matter if you open up the wedge or keep it square — the feel is consistent through the face. There are no dead or hot spots on the face of these wedges. There’s just a clean, pure feeling not found in many other wedges.

As I stated earlier, distance control was gained quickly, and the feel of these wedges greatly enhance that ability. The audible click at impact isn’t too loud or too soft, and works well in instilling feel to your shots. I absolutely love using the 52 around the edges of the green and the 57 is superb for me at 55 yards.

The Takeaway

The New Wedges Series from Miura is yet another great series from the Miura Foundry in Himeji, Japan. The look, feel and performance is everything you would expect from the years of craftsmanship and tradition behind the name. Just the looks of the New Wedge Series was enough to make me want to try them out.

After I got over the looks and had them built to my specs, the feel I expected and wanted was there to leave a smile on my face. I’ve now been using these wedges for more than four months and they’ve continued to impress me and leave many smiles!

The New Wedge Series is available in lofts of 51, 53, 55, 57 and 59 (right handers only) from Miura dealers. MSRP is $235 with a standard True Temper Dynamic Gold Shaft.

If you get a chance, are curious or just want to “dip a toe” into the Miura line up, I highly suggest you try the New Wedge Series. You’ll be hard pressed to find something so pretty, and work as great as it looks!

Click here for more discussion in the “JDM (Japanese Domestic Market)” forum.

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Reid's been an avid golfer for more than 40 years. During that time, he's amassed quite a putter collection and has become one of GolfWRX's leading equipment nuts. Reid tries all the latest equipment in hopes of finding the latest and greatest of them all to add to his bag. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where the courses are green and the golf is great!

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  2. Bryan

    Jan 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I have a set of these on order and will be installed KBS C Taper Lite shafts when they come in. 53 and 57 (bent to 58). Best feeling wedges I’ve ever hit, I definitely think I made the right decision switching to these from Vokeys.

  3. Patrick McClelland

    Aug 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I don’t have these wedges. But, I have played the CB 501s for over a year on fairways that are always baked hard and fast in the United Arab Emirates. Like many, I see little difference between the Miura offering and the MP 68s that I came from in terms of feel and playability. Having said that, I have noticed a tremendous difference in terms of durability. My Mizunos had to be adjusted for loft and lie once per month and typically last no more than 1 full season of 1-2 rounds per week. Although, slightly softer in terms of ball-striking the Miuras require adjustments only once every 3 or 4 months and look yo be as good as new after 1 full season. I expect to have them for 2 more years; well worth the additional purchase price.

  4. Gae922

    Jul 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Yep, complety agree with this review… I have just switch from Titleist Vokey SM4 to Miura Wedge Series… this is an other world… Feeling, sensation, no compromise… o))

  5. Tyler

    May 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I have the 51 bent to 53 to add some bounce and i absolutely love this club. from the playability standpoint its unmatched. can hit the driven 95 yard spinner up to 120 yard floater… I have a custom miura pure grip on it and it is amazing. especially for some1 who lives in Seattle in a wetter climate… If you need any information on ordering go to vonsgolf.com… He is the best clubmaker in washington and played on the PGA tour for a couple years. Make sure to get fit on tackman for your wedge shaft. So important… I also have the K grind 56 bend to 58 and its the best sand wedge ive ever hit…

  6. Mat

    Feb 12, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I got a 53* with a C-taper as well, and I can say that hands-down, it is the best club I have ever played. Something about the C-taper shaft matches so well with it. If you want to dip your toe into JDM, this is the best way.

  7. Teddy Boy

    Feb 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I bought these wedges because they are expensive and make me feel superior to everyone around. People come up and say those look expensive, I always smile and say yes they are and they match my platinum rolex daytona. I love being a snob. Life is good!

  8. Jason

    Jan 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Several companies offer forged wedges and I’ve spent a good deal of time hitting forged wedges, I can’t stand a cast wedge for some reason, I can actually play with cast irons just fine but not the wedges and I would have to agree with James. Can’t tell a huge difference between Miura and Mizuno. Touch different look but similar feel, and for the price point, it’s just not worth it.

  9. James

    Jan 11, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I have a Miura 53 and 59 degree wedges. with KBS C Typre shafts. I have played Mizuno equipment most of my 32 yrs golfing life. still a 3 handicap. Can honestly say that my expriance is that not Miura, Cleveland, Titleist wedges are any better than Mizuno. I find the Miura wedges and short irons to big and in the normal sets, find the damatic ship change from 7 iron to 8,9 and PW not to my liking. So my advice, pick the wedge you like in shape and feel and play them. the same with irons. I played Miura CB 202 irons for 3 seasons and back to Mizuno, my scores did not change.

    • freddy

      Jan 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      I’m playing CB 202 irons now… after playing Mizuno for 5+ years. This will be my first full season with them, and from the limited range/rounds, I can feel the difference in the “softness”, which I like– I don’t work the ball too much, so it does not make sense to compare on this factor. I also like the look of the CB 202’s a little more, especially at address… I’m not knocking Mizuno that far back, in fact, the back up bag still has Mizuno all over it. I guess time will tel…

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Mizuno’s new ST-180 driver

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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Spotted: Justin Rose is testing a new TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” wedge

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On Twitter today, Justin Rose posted a photo of a never-before-seen TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” 60-degree wedge. As the name suggests, it appears the toe portion is raised; we’ve seen this high-toe design from other manufacturers, and the benefits of those designs included increasing face area on open-faced shots, and shifting CG (center of gravity) to where it’s more beneficial for wedge play (likely higher for more spin and a lower flight).

The wedge is also stamped with “MG” to suggest it’s a “milled grind” wedge, much like TaylorMade’s popular wedge line that’s in stores now. There also appears to be slots behind the face, likely to also shift CG to where it’s deemed more beneficial.

Talks of a TaylorMade wedge with a high-toe design were actually started by Dustin Johnson a few weeks ago in a press conference. His full comments on that wedge are above, and you can join the discussion about the wedge in our forums.

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GolfWRX Exclusive: Patton Kizzire speaks on first PGA Tour win, WITB, new 718 irons

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Patton Kizzire nabbed his maiden PGA Tour win at last week’s OHL Classic, outlasting a late charge from Rickie Fowler. He raised his first Trophy with a bag full of Titleist equipment and a Titleist ProV1x.

Following the event, our Andrew Tursky had a revealing chat with Patton about the win and the clubs he used to do it.

GolfWRX: When you’re leading down the stretch, are you leaderboard watching? Does a big name like Rickie Fowler chasing you have any effect on your mentality/gameplan?

Patton Kizzire: For most of the tournament, I try not to look at the leaderboard. I took a long look on 15…and I just wanted to make sure nobody was ahead of Rickie and closer to me, and I just went from there.

GolfWRX: Do you get defensive or less aggressive down the stretch? Are you aiming away from pins, or are you ‘head down, keep it going’?

PK: It’s all situational. On difficult holes, maybe [I] play a bit more conservatively. I certainly wasn’t willing to take any chances with a three-stroke lead. I was playing the percentages. I maybe didn’t hit the best shots of the tournament there toward the end. The beginning of the back nine — 12, 13, 14 — were not my best tee shots. But I certainly wasn’t trying to play defensive. I was trying to play aggressively to conservative targets.

GolfWRX: Were there a lot of nerves coming home down the stretch?

PK: It was a little nerve wracking, but it wasn’t my first time in contention. I was able to draw on some of my near-misses, especially the Safeway Open last year. I was in a very similar spot on the weekend on Sunday, and I didn’t get it done, but I was able to look back at that and learn a little bit.

GolfWRX: It looks like you don’t do a whole lot of switching. You’ve still got a 913 Hybrid in the bag and a putter that’s been in the bag for years, too. What does your testing process look like when Titleist comes out with new equipment?

PK: Titleist has been really consistent for me since I was 15…I’ve played Titleist equipment almost exclusively since I was 15 or so. Every year it seems they come out with something new, and I have so much trust in it. It’s a pretty seamless transition. I don’t switch much. I try to put the new irons in play, the new driver, the new woods.

But something like a hybrid, you kind of have a club you fall in love with over the years, and I’ve been a little bit hesitant to switch that. The new balls, the new woods, the new irons are pretty easy for me to get into. And the Vokey team…have done such a great job with wedges”

And I have to mention the putter. The Scotty Cameron GoLo putter has been in my bag for about five years. And I owe a lot of my success to putting.

GolfWRX: Do you ever look to switch out your putter, or do you just kind of love that one and it works for you?

PK: I’ve toyed around with other putters here and there, but I always go right back to the GoLo. For whatever reason, maybe because I’ve used it so long, it just seems like what a putter should be. I feel really comfortable with it. I always gravitate back to the GoLo.

GolfWRX: What makes the wedges a good fit for you?

PK: The way they go through the turf. I like to have a strong leading edge to go through the turf. And the lob wedge needs to perform well around the greens and in the bunker. I’ve really been hitting my bunker shots well with my new 60 degree. I have different versions of the same wedges. Aaron [Dill] does great work in the truck. He kind of tweaks it here and there for me, and they perform like expect them to.

GolfWRX: How often do you switch out wedges?

PK: I get a new 60 degree the most…every four or five tournaments. New 56 and 52 every six to eight tournaments. I try to keep that 60 degree sharp. If we get to a course with firm greens and my wedge doesn’t have the bite that I want it to have, I’ll definitely give the Titleist guys a call.

GolfWRX: What kind of grind do you have on that 60?

PK: We call it the “Dufner grind.” I saw Jason Dufner had one like that about a year ago, and I told Aaron, “I want one like that.” I don’t know what the grind is, but it’s really good for me. [Note: The grind is a modified K grind.]

GolfWRX: One last question… How do the 718 irons look and feel different than the 716 irons?

PK: They don’t look a whole lot different. They’ve been holding their flight better in the wind. I’m able to get the long irons up in the air a little bit. That’s something I look for, being able to control the trajectory. I kind of imagine the shots that I want to hit, and the 718s are coming out on the flight that I want them to.

The good folks in New Bedford, Massachusetts, were kind enough to furnish us with some details about Kizzire’s setup.

Titleist tells us Kizzire switched to from the 915D4 driver to the 917D3 the first week it was available at the Quicken Loans National last year. He switched to the 718 irons to start the 2017-18 season at the Safeway. After missing the cut at in Napa, he has finished T10 (Sanderson Farms), 4th (Shriners Hospitals Open for Children) and then won the OHL Classic.

Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck had this to say about working with Kizzire.

“Patton likes traditional look throughout his bag but needs vertical help with his angle of attack.  A 10.5 degree 917D3 helps him with launch but still controls his swing.  The shaft is based on a platform he had success with us early in his career and he really loves the feel.”

“The 917 F2 was a perfect fit for Patton early on.  He loved the ball speed and having a 16.5 allows him get great launch out of a club he has had trouble with in the past.  Titleist Tour Rep Jim Curran worked extensively on finding him a shaft that felt good, was the proper weight, and yet still launched the way Patton wanted. Tour Blue 95 fit the bill – and Patton has been in it for a year.”

“Patton loves the look of traditional irons and the 718 MB fit the bill for his look and his desire to control flight.  Now, as he moves up through his bag, he has multiple options in 718 which really helps his game. He moves to 718 CB at his 5 and 6 irons, and then carries the 718 T-MB at 4-iron which helps gapping and ball flight at the top of his set.”

Vokey Design Wedge rep Aaron Dill regarding Patton’s wedges:

“Patton has a old school approach to wedge selection.  When he finds a wedge he likes he will rarely make a switch. He doesn’t blame the wedge for poor or mishit shots. His technique is smooth and accurate with mid to high ball flight. His 52 and 56-degree wedges have been in the bag for a while now, and his 60 has changed a little keeping the width but changing the bounce angle for conditions. He likes an old school look which is why we add offset to his 60.”

Kelley Moser on Kizzire’s Cameron GoLo:

“Patton has been using a Scotty Cameron GoLo model since his mini tour days. The one he is currently using was a backup that was made for him when he first earned his PGA TOUR card. He had a stock shaft and silver head version that he used for a long time, but he wanted to shake it up a little so we made him one with a black shaft and a dark finish. He loved it and after his victory said he’s pretty sure this one is in the bag permanently.”

Many thanks to Patton for the talk and the folks at Titleist for sharing some insights on the newly minted PGA Tour winner’s WITB.

You can see Kizzire’s full WITB here

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