The Miura name has been on my radar for a while now, but until now, I hadn’t taken the leap to see what all the fuss was about. If you’re an avid golfer you’ve surely heard about Miura. You don’t see them advertising during golf telecasts, or paying pros millions of dollars to tell you their latest club is the best they’ve ever seen and gives them “insane” distance. However, if you pay attention, you will notice one thing always associated with the Miura name — quality.
It all started in Himeji, Japan, with master craftsmen Katsuhiro Miura and his vision for perfection. Apparently, he still works hands-on in the Miura factory to ensure every Miura club is crafted to his standards. The forging process of each Miura wedge is supposed to create a tight and even molecular structure within the steel which provides the feel and consistency that is making a name for Miura. Once forging is complete, each wedge is finished with hand grinding and polishing. The Japanese media refers to Mr. Miura as having the “Hands of God”.
Material: Forged Low Carbon Mild Steel
Loft: 55 degrees
Lie: 63.5 degrees
Bounce: 8 degrees
Shaft: True Temper DG S200 Wedge Shaft
The Miura left-handed wedges come in 3 different lofts — 51, 55, and 59 degrees. In right-handed, they come in 5 different lofts — 51, 53, 55, 57, and 59. I tested out a stock 55 degree wedge, just as it came from the factory. When I first got my hands on this wedge, I couldn’t help but love the classic, clean look of the wedge. It looks exactly how a wedge should look.
I’ve been working hard to improve my wedge game, so I’ve gained an even greater appreciation for having the right tools for the job. It has less bounce than I’m accustomed to for a wedge of this loft, but it opened my eyes to some advantages of having a setup like this in the arsenal.
On full shots, the wedge glides effortlessly through the turf, and is particularly good off of firm turf. The feel through impact is crisp yet soft, providing a feeling of consistency and control. Though the wedge market is filled with all sorts of fancy milled grooves and finishes that claim to create more spin, Miura keeps it simple and offers a pretty standard, conforming groove and finish on their wedge — which lets the club speak for itself.
Around the greens, I tested it off various lies from tight, firm ones to soft fluffy ones in the rough. This wedge cuts through rough like a fine Japanese knife dicing up a head of lettuce. It can even generate some spin from the rough. The club does have a tendency to dig, so if you don’t hit it consistently crisp, it is possible to hit it fat off of softer turf.
Where this wedge shines the most is off of tight, firmer lies, and out of firm or wet bunkers. It makes quick work of firm sand, cutting through it with ease and splashing the ball out nicely. Chipping off of tight lies with a wedge isn’t recommended for everyone, but it produced some nice results, particularly with the ball back in my stance to hit a low runner with a bit of spin that checks the ball up. I found it a bit more difficult to hit high, soft pitch shots, which I prefer to do with a wedge that has more bounce so it doesn’t dig into the turf.
I was so excited while testing the Miura wedge that I neglected to clean my grooves for this picture:
All in all, I was very impressed with my first Miura experience. The quality craftsmanship, look, and feel of the wedge is tough to beat. I wouldn’t recommend this particular Miura wedge to a high-handicap or beginner golfer. However, I would highly recommend it to lower handicaps, or anybody with a decent short game who can reap the many rewards from it.
They don’t come cheap, but remember what they say — you get what you pay for. In this instance it is true. When you start making more birdies in your weekly matches with Miura wedges in your bag, your friends will end up paying for it anyway.
Also check out Beth’s review on the Miura K-Wedge, and see how it transformed her sand game!