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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.

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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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The most popular golf hitting nets on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf hitting nets on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf hitting nets on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net

From the listing:Improve your swing both indoors or outdoors with this portable at-home golf hitting net (mat not included). Beware of other nets made by foreign companies with no real golf experience. The GoSports golf net was designed in the US and is made by golfers for golfers. Incredibly durable reinforced nylon net with innovative golf ball return feature for added convenience and increased golf swing practice time – no more chasing balls.”

Price: $59.99

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2. FUNME Golf Hitting Net with Target Sheet Golfing Portable Swing Training Aids

From the listing:Golf net practice is made of high intensity nylon and high quality polyester,oxford built the base and the net Golf driver net is wide-opened tent, 9.8ft W x 5.9ft H x 6.5ft D. Perfect for indoor and outdoor use.Like backyard and indoor.Available in two sizes, adults or kids,every golf net has a durable carry bag. Designed with large hitting area and target sheet, this golf net target sheet can better helps beginner improve swing, ball striking and strength, helping you become a professional golf player.”

Price: $60.99

Buy here.

3. Heavy Duty Golf Net 

From the listing:Once the net is setup the hitting area 10 feet wide by 7 feet tall. This will give you plenty of room to hit any club from a driver to a lob wedge and hit the net. You can use this net as and indoor golf net or the backyard, at a park, in a garage, in the basement, at any field. Simply setup and start swinging. You can setup and take down this net in minutes. You will swing in minutes. When you finish practicing and training you can collapsible in minutes and place in the supplies carry bag.”

Price: $79.99

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4. MESIXI Pop Up Golf Chipping Net

From the listing:The chipping net is not that easy to get flimsy with enhanced design. TWO Color: Very classic colors: red and blue. Pick your favorite color and show off to your friends. NO-BLOW-AWAY DESIGN: We sent 8 ground nails with the pack to spin the net and hitting mats to the ground. No blow away anymore.”

Price: $39.99

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5. RELILAC Pop Up Golf Chipping Net

From the listing:Your Rolilac Golf Chipping Net is a perfect compact and versatile chipping training aid. It features multiple pockets and targets to improve your short distance pitching accuracy and keep challenging yourself. Best for golfers of all levels! Your Rolilac Golf Chipping Net can be packed in a 1.2 ft. handbag, and weighs a mere 1 lbs. Since it’s lightweight, foldable and portable, You can play golf whenever and wherever (backyards, parks, on the course and more) you want, indoor/outdoor day&night without weather limitation.”

Price: $19.99

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6. SAPLIZE Golf Practice Net with Hitting Mat

From the listing:The dimensions of the net is up to 10ft (L) X 7ft(D) X 7ft(H)?large , light but stable. Increasing 30% area of chipping training curtain gives more protection of driving practice. Support driving and chipping practice. Hitting Mat is also included in the the package. The net is made of high impact polyester fabric and oxford cloth with good anti-tearing characteristics. Ideal golf nets for all golfers and can be used for training at indoor, backyard, outdoors, etc.”

Price: $79.99

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7. Aoneky Golf Sports Practice Barrier Net

From the listing:Reinforced with a 1/4″ rope border along perimeter. Knotless mesh construction, rugged durability and premium quality. Hang/Install from vertical poles, cables/wires, structures, fences/trees, hooks. Works great as a barrier for homes or outdoors to practice shots with irons.”

Price: $59.99

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8. SUNHOO Pop-up Golf Chipping Net with Dual Turf Hitting Mat

From the listing:Sunhoo golf chipping net Combo comes with the Lawn Saver Mat, practice Golf Ball and removable Rubber Tee, greatly save your shopping time and shipping cost. The golf net measures 12” by 12” only when folded, 25” by 25” after fully open; Really portable to carry thanks to the collapsible design.”

Price: $39.88

Buy here.

9. IPOW Golf Practice Net

From the listing:IPOW Golf Training Net adopts the super-strong 210D encrypted Oxford cloth, 170g / yard polyester mesh, and 11mm fiber poles, which makes it able to handle all kinds of severe weather and heavy use. Save Your Time & Energy: The uneven bottom design (high on both sides, low in the middle) is to allow all your shots to be collected into the net, avoiding the trouble of picking up the ball frequently.”

Price: $69.99

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10. Club Champ Golf Practice Net

From the listing:9-feet wide by 7-feet tall. Net stops the hardest of shots. Sturdy, weather-resistant nylon net. Plated steel poles lock together. Easy set up and take down.”

Price: $19.97

Buy here.

Alternatively, find out how to build your own hitting net and simulator in Ryan Barath’s guide here.

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WRX Insider: Inside the bag of Ryan Palmer

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Ryan Palmer has seen a bit of a career resurgence in the last 9-12 months. The four-time PGA Tour winner has always been known as one of the most consistent ball strikers out there, but even more, a player who stays ridiculously loyal to his clubs.

Case in point: The irons he played before his current set. Palmer cycled through multiple sets of Titleist AP2 710’s for almost nine years. In that time, Titleist introduced four iterations of the AP2.

“Why would he do this?” you ask. “Because they worked,” is the answer.

The same can be said for multiple drivers, 3-woods, and 5-woods that stayed in the bag for 3-4 years at a time.

It might not seem like a big deal but on tour it is. OEMs cycle in new gear almost every year, and these days the equipment improves from cycle to cycle, so having a player like Palmer stick to certain parts for so long is a bit of a rarity. The only other players I know who do it at this rate would be Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer.

RP and I have become friends over the past couple of years, and his approach to equipment is what every golfer should aspire to: it has to work. And if it does, don’t ditch it until it breaks or something comes around that is significantly better.

Over the past 9 months, Ryan has made more changes to his bag than any over the past decade. He replaced a driver, a four-year-old 3-wood (M2), and a five-year-old 5-wood (R15).

But as you will see when we look a bit closer, the changes have been for the better in every capacity.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees, Upright Setting, 18G Back weight)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX USA Limited Edition 60 6.5 (D4, Tipped 1″, 45.25 Inches) 

“This combo was good from the start. Faster and longer than my M6 setup. I wanted to draw it a little easier than my M6. We dialed it in with Shawn Mullin and True Temper. It started more left than I wanted, so Adrian went to work to help correct my start line. I still wanted to hit my fade off the tee. He went and changed the sleeve to half-degree flatter and boom…was exactly what I was looking for. I’m excited about what this driver has. Faster, longer, and more stable. Even my mishits are longer and not as offline. With the help of Shawn and True Temper and the great mind of Adrian, we dialed it in. Getting longer at 44 will add to the excitement 2021 will hold.”

According to TaylorMade’s Senior Tour Manager Adrian Rietveld

“The main fix was I found a sleeve that sat max 1/2 flatter for the driver, and I bent loft onto his 3-wood without telling him before I ran it out to him on the course. I knew the 3-wood was near perfect, and when he asked for a backup driver exactly the same, I knew that was money too. He is as good off the tee as anyone—in my top 10 for sure.”

3-wood: TaylorMade Sim Max ([email protected] degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 70 6.5 (D4, Tipped 1.5″, 43 Inches)

According to Ryan, his old 3-wood was just fine, but it took a lot of work to turn it over, so on a hole like 13 at Augusta, he couldn’t hit the shot he wanted, with the SIM Max, not only can he turn it over at will, he has every other shot. Rietveld simply added .5 degrees of loft to get spin up a bit. RP says off the tee he can get 280-290 out of this no problem and is champing at the bit to get to Augusta with it.

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX 80 6.5 (D4, Tipped 2″, 42 Inches)

How did this 5-wood finally bump the trusty R15 out of the bag? “It does everything way better. I loved my old 5-wood because I trusted it with multiple shots. When Adrian dialed me into this one, I added even more versatility to it and some distance, which I’ll never run away from.”

Irons: Srixon ZU85 (23), Srixon Z 785 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Elevate VSS Pro X (4), KBS Tour 130 X (5-PW)

After his final set of 710 AP2 irons basically keeled over and died, RP tested a few sets and fell in love with the turf interaction of the Z785.

“I already get into the ground fine, so I like irons with a bit of bounce to add some speed through the turf. Once I had a chance to get around with these at home, it was pretty clear that they were an ideal replacement to the 710. Now I just hope I can stockpile 20 sets.”

His U85 came after some testing with the Z585 4-iron he played for a few months. He liked but didn’t love that iron for a few reasons but it was a shaft test with the U85/Elevate combo that won him over.

“I was at a tournament and finally brought this combo out to try and VERY quickly knew it was a gamer. I can hit it up/down/left/right and it flies to my number with a nice descent angle. It’s the first time I’ve had that much versatility with a club between my 5-wood and 5-iron. The shaft was the key—it’s simply awesome.”

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S @55, 60-04L)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X (50), KBS Tour 120 S (56, 60)

SPECS Length/Lie/SW

According to Vokey’s Aaron Dill, Palmer is fairly low maintenance when it comes to his wedges.

“RP is a pure feel player with impeccable tempo. It may look like he’s gliding thru the ball but with his lag and great hands, he not only creates great speed at the bottom when he needs to but can also take a lot off with little thought. The only real tweak we have made lately is going to a softer shaft (KBS 120 S) in his 55/60. This helps with feel obviously but also added a bit more spin out of those shorter shots.”

Putter: Odyssey Rossie II

“I tried some different putters over the past year or so, but this one just has so much history for me. I’ve used it since college, and no matter what, I can always go back to it and feel at home.”

– Ryan Palmer

Grip: Flat Cat

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1x ‘21

“I’m killing this thing. It’s really fast off the driver.”

Carry Distance (Stock) 

Driver: 295

  • Swing speed: 117 (Stock) 120 (Hard)
  • Ball speed: 175 (Stock) Low 180 (Hard)
  • Spin: 2100-2200 (Stock) 1800-1900 (Hard)
  • Launch: Try to stay at 12-13 degrees

3-wood: 265 carry off ground. 275 carry off tee

5-wood: 245 off ground. Stinger 5-wood flies 230-240 and runs out to 270-280

U: 225

5: 200-205

6: 190

7: 175-180

8: 165

9: 152-155

PW: 142-145

50 degree: 130

56 degree: 115

60 degree: 92-95

 

 

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Wyndham Clark WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: PXG 0811 Proto (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 TX

Hybrid: PXG 0317 Gen 1 (17 degrees @15.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White HY 90 TX

Irons: PXG 0211 FB Proto (3-9)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 130 X

Wedges: PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy (46), Sugar Daddy Milled (52 degrees @51, 56, 60 degrees @61)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 130 X

Putter: PXG Gunboat

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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