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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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GolfWRX Spotlight: Evalu18 – ‘Evaluating golf architecturally’

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When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.

Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.

“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily. 

Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18

Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.

Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.

Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.

The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.

Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.

Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”

 

As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper

“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”

Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.

Check out Evalu18 here.

 

 

 

 

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Today from the Forums: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums shines the spotlight on new LA Golf Shafts featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The new shafts have gone down well with our members, who are excited about what the company has in store for 2020.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Nice! The mentioned during the discussion they did here that new stuff was coming. I have heard the TRONO is straight up rebar stout.”
  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “I am so intrigued by the Trono since I saw it on one of TXG’s Videos.”
  • bfizzy: “I like how they are taking their time to bring out new products to retail and consumer-oriented channels. Will be cool to see what they come out with!”

Entire Thread: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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