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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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Zozo Championship Tour Truck Report: Phil’s new driver and 2-wood, Tiger testing a new 3-wood

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Slower week than most at Sherwood but still a couple of nuggets—and who doesn’t love a Tiger/Phil equipment update?

Callaway

Phil Mickelson: After his (two drivers in the bag) win on the PGA Tour Champions, Lefty went full gearhead and continued to test not only the new Apex MB ’21 irons (6-PW) but also put a 47.5-inch Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero in the bag. The (low-lofted) 9-degree head, set now at 8 degrees (swing weight at D7) will be equipped with either a Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green 60 6.5 or a KBS TD 60G C5 TX.

In addition, Phil is bringing back the 2-wood having put a 43.5-inch, 12.5-degree “old school” X Hot 3 Deep. The idea with both is distance gain (non-shocker) for example on Tour there are a number of bunkers, forced carries at the 300+ clip and to be able to fly by those on command is a huge advantage. Dispersion will suffer a bit in this scenario, but that’s what the 2-wood is for. The new driver set up got Phil about 8 mph of additional ball speed and on avg a 310 carry. The 2 wood is to fill the larger gap created by the driver—this new fairway metal gives Phil about 280-285 carry.

Ping 

Tony Finau: Ping G425 LST (9 @7.5 Big-) with Diamana D+ 70TX tipped 1.5

Andrew Landry: Ping G425 LST (9 @8.75, flat) with Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X (46 Inches)

Joaquin Niemann: New Ping G425 7-wood (20.5 @20) in the bag with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X (20.5, 40.5 inches).

Titleist

Slow week, no major updates to report beyond Aaron Dill making 9,000 wedges for the players in early Augusta prep…

TaylorMade

Tiger Woods is testing a SIM Ti 3-wood with a Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D+ 70 TX shaft. The 15-degree 3-wood is set at 14.25 and is on the upright setting. (42.5, D4, Golf Pride BCT 58R). Won’t know if it goes in play until tomorrow tee off…

 

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Tiger Woods WITB 2020 Zozo Championship (new 3-wood?)

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  • We spotted Woods with a TaylorMade SIM 3-wood in his bag, along with the TaylorMade M5 he’s had in play for more than two years. We’re told it will be a game-time decision as to which one he puts in play.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX

tiger woods witb

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15  @14.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 @18.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 TW/MT Grind (56-12, 60-11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2
Grip: Lamkin Deep-Etched cord

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/21/20): Cameron cover, Ping Hoofer tour bag, SIM Rocket 3-wood

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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 Tourseeking – Rare Cameron Maiden America cover

There are rare, and then there are really rare covers and this falls squarely in the really rare category. It’s priced according but would make a great addition to any collection.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rare Cameron cover

Member slalomdude – Ping Hoofer Tour bag

Were used to seeing rare and hard to find, but it’s not often Ping releases something that captures attention like this. The bag is new with tags and is being offered at a great deal!

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

Member awtryau89 – TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3-wood

This is truly one of the fastest little “rocket ship” fairway woods on the market, and this is your chance to get your hands on one for a great deal with a Graphite Design BB.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rocket 3 wood 

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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