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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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Justin Thomas WITB (2020 Zozo Championship)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees, B1 setting, T1)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 TX (44 7/8”)

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 85 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 degrees @18.75, C3 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 620 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

Photo c/o Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5.5 Tour Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/23/20): Mizuno ST200G, Custom TP Mills, Raw Cleveland irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Fatrambo – Raw Cleveland 588 Forged CB

Just WOW! This is not a set you see often, and for those looking for a bit of history surrounding this set, the Forged 588 irons were the last set of forged irons produced by Cleveland before they left the “players iron” market behind.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Raw 588 CBs

Member EVandy – Custom TP Mills Putter

There’s custom, and then there is CUSTOM, and this TP Mills is a perfect example of a handmade, built-to-order beautiful putter.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TP Mills Putter

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We recently spotted what looks to be the next drivers from Mizuno on the USGA conforming list, so expect to see a few more of these pop up as golfer start prepping for 2021. But if you are someone still looking for a current. model at a great price, snag this one quick.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: ST200G

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Flybyublue.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Flybyublue

Handicap: 1.8

Flybyublue WITB

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Subzero Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Tour AD DI-6x

3-wood: TaylorMade ’16 M2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Purple 75g 05

Driving iron: TaylorMade UDI Tour Preferred (19.5*)
Shaft: Tour AD AD-85 x

Irons: Srixon Z545 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 Tour105 x

Wedges: Vokey SM8 (50-08F, 54-10S, 58T raw)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Putter: Odyssey O-works Black 3T (WH Insert)
Grip: Odyssey SX Black

Golf Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Midsize

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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