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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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SPOTTED: PXG 0311T “Gen2” prototype irons

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After spotting Charles Howell III testing a PXG XXF prototype driver on Monday at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, we spotted CHIII and Zach Johnson testing PXG 0311T “Gen2” irons on Tuesday. We are told they are prototypes.

The original 0311T irons, which were released in 2015, were the Tour versions of the initial 0311 irons from PXG. The 0311T irons, while injected with the same thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material that made PXG’s 0311 irons special, had smaller profiles, thinner toplines and soles, and less offset. They catered more to the Tour player than the original 0311 iron release, but still had the familiar PXG look with screws around the perimeter.

The PXG 0311T “Gen2” irons we spotted on Tuesday at the CareerBuilder have a slightly different look than the original 0311T irons. See if you can spot the differences below.

PXG 0311T “Gen2” 4-iron vs an original 0311T 4-iron

There’s a more accordion-like look on the back cavity of the 0311T Gen2 iron (left), and it seems the overall center of gravity (CG) may be lower in the club head on the Gen2 irons, as well. At least, it appears the club has a lower overall profile. It also appears the 7-screws near the sole wrap less around the toe portion in the Gen2 iron on the left, and there’s one less screw on the high toe portion of the Gen2 irons; possibly another notch in the lower-CG column.

What do you think of the PXG0311T “Gen2” irons that we spotted on Tuesday? See what GolfWRX members are saying about them in our forums.

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SPOTTED: A PXG “XXF prototype” driver in Charles Howell III’s bag

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In December, we spotted a PXG XXF driver, along with two other PXG drivers, on the USGA conforming clubs list. Flash forward to Monday at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, we spotted an XXF prototype driver in person in the bag of PXG staffer and club-tinkerer Charles Howell III.

We are told the XXF driver in CHII’s bag is only a prototype, and that it may never actually be released to the public.

As we originally postulated, it seems from the layout of the weights, or screws, that the XXF prototype is a fade-biased driver; that’s because there are three screws out on the toe portion of the sole, but none on the heel portion. We also guessed that the PXG ZZ has a neutral bias and the PXG XX is a draw-biased driver.

The last official driver release from PXG was a line of 0811X drivers that introduced thermoplastic elastomer inserts into the soles of the drivers to help lower center of gravity — making the drivers more forgiving and spin less — and to dampen vibrations, enhancing sound and feel. Since we haven’t cut open the XXF prototype driver we spotted in CHIII’s bag, we don’t know whether it also has a TPE insert in the sole. But, if the material lowered CG in the 0811X drivers, it’s likely the material would make it’s way into the XXF prototype driver in some capacity to achieve similar results.

From the photos, CHIII is testing the XXF prototype driver with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shaft. We’ll keep an eye out to see whether he puts the driver into play this week, and we’ll update you with more information on the XXF driver if it becomes available.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the PXG XXF driver in our forums

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Callaway launches new Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers, and fairway woods

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With its Jailbreak technology, Callaway’s GBB Epic drivers were the No. 1-selling drivers in the United States in 2017; actually, according to Callaway, they were the No. 1-selling drivers every month in the U.S. in 2017.

How do you back that up? How do you replace a driver that’s been so successful?

Well, apparently you don’t.

Callaway’s new Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers, as Callaway says, do not replace its GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers of last year. Instead, Rogue is an all-new line that improves on the Epic technologies, but the company will continue to sell its Epic drivers.

Actually, if you follow Callaway’s trends over recent years, you may realize that the company should be coming out with an XR 18 line of drivers and fairway woods. That’s not the case, however. In this sense, Callaway is “going rogue.” Company representatives say that with the new Rogue drivers and fairway woods, the company is “doing what the industry is not expecting us to do.” This means that instead of coming out with an XR 18 driver at a price point of say $379, it is launching the Rogue drivers at $499.99 and packing them with improved-upon technologies than were in the Epic drivers, for more forgiveness and better aerodynamics. Callaway also says “the XR line is done for us.”

The original Jailbreak technology in the Epic drivers consisted of two titanium bars that sat behind the face; the idea is that the bars gave the structure more strength, or stiffened the crown and sole, to allow the faces to be made thinner, and therefore faster, without sacrificing durability. But with the Rogue drivers, Callaway wanted to save weight from these bars in order to displace the weight elsewhere (re: lower and more rearward in the head for more forgiveness). So Callaway’s engineers designed new hourglass-shaped Jailbreak bars, which are thinner in the middle portions of the titanium bars, and thicker near the crown and sole. This allowed the company to save 25 percent of the weight from the Jailbreak design without sacrificing the benefits of higher ball speeds across the face. You’ll notice from address (in the photo below) that the body looks a bit more stretched out than the Epic drivers; that’s to drive CG (center of gravity) more rearward to raise MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness). The new hourglass design allowed that to be possible, as well getting rid of the weight-shifting track in the rear of the sole, as seen on the Epic drivers.

Callaway’s Rogue drivers, unlike the GBB Epic drivers, use the Boeing aero package — equipped with speed trips on the crown and an overall more aerodynamic shape — that the company introduced in the XR 16 drivers. The Rogue drivers also use a new X Face VFT technology that uses variable face thicknesses across the face to boost ball speeds on off-center strikes. The triaxial carbon crowns of the Rogue, which Callaway calls it’s largest carbon crowns ever, also save weight from the top of the club that is displaced lower in the heads to drive CG lower and more rearward.

The overall result is 0.6 mph more club head speed from the Rogue drivers compared to the GBB Epic, according to Callaway, and a 16 percent tighter dispersion.

There are three different models in the Rogue driver series: Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw. The relationship between the Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero is the same as it was between the GBB Epic and the GBB Epic Sub Zero, with the standard version having a larger profile and more shallow face, while the Sub Zero is a bit lower-spinning with a more compact look and a deeper face. The Rogue Sub Zero has two interchangeable weights (2 grams and 14 grams) that produces about 200 rpm of change between the two settings, according to Callaway.

The new Rogue Draw, with a 5-gram screw in the sole toward the heel, and with additional internal heel wighting, is for those golfers who want to fix their slice. The GBB Epic driver, with the 17-gram weight all the way in heel, hit the golf ball 11 yards left of center, according to Callaway’s testing. The Rogue Draw hits it 18 yards left of center. That means the Rogue Draw will draw the ball 7 yards farther than a GBB Epic set to draw.

The Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers will be available at retail on February 9 for $499.99 each. Callaway Customs will also be available on each of the drivers in March. See below for more information on stock shafts, and keep reading for info on the fairway woods.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Rogue drivers and fairways in our forums

Callaway Rogue driver

Stock shafts for the standard Rogue range from 40-70 gram options, including Aldila’s Synergy and Quaranta shafts, and Project X’s EvenFlow and HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero driver

Stock shafts for the Rogue Sub Zero range from 50-70 gram options, including Aldila’s Synergy, Project X’s EvenFlow, and Project X’s HZRDUS Yellow.

Callaway Rogue Draw driver

The Rogue Draw is available in 9, 10.5 and 13 degree lofts. Stock shafts include the same offerings as the standard Rogue model, which include Aldila’s Synergy and Quaranta shafts, and Project X’s EvenFlow and HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods

Callaway’s Epic fairway woods did not have Jailbreak technology, but the Rogue fairways do. Also, unlike the hourglass-Jailbreak that’s in the Rogue drivers, the Rogue fairway woods do not have the hourglass shape, and they’re made from steel instead of titanium. According to Callaway, while it wanted to make the Jailbreak technology lighter in the drivers, it actually wanted to make it heavier in the fairways, thus they’re made from steel and do not have the weight-saving hourglass shape.

Jailbreak in the Rogue fairway woods combines with Callaway’s familiar Face Cup technology. The Rogue fairway woods faces are made from “ultra-thin” Carpenter 455 steel, and the Face Cup is designed to boost ball speeds on off-center hits. Additionally, the Rogue fairways use Callaway’s Internal Standing Wave to position CG low-and-forward for high launch and low spin, they use triaxial carbon crowns to save weight from the top portions of the club to also shift CG lower, and they use the Boeing aero package for more club head speed.

The Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods, which have more compact shapes and deeper faces, also have a 5-gram weight in the forward portion of their soles in order to driver CG even more forward. This design will help high-spin golfers lower spin for more distance.

The Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods will sell for $299.99 each starting on February 9. See below for shaft details.

Callaway Rogue fairway wood

Callaway says the Rogue fairways (13.5, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 25 degrees) are available in multiple premium shafts and weights ranging from 40-80 grams.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood

Callaway says the Rogue Sub Zero fairways (13.5, 15 and 18 degrees) are available in multiple premium shaft brands ranging from 60-80 grams.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Rogue drivers and fairways in our forums

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