As many of you know, the only certainties in this world are death, taxes, and Miura making exceptional golf clubs. I’ve had the chance to extensively test the Miura Y-Grind irons this Spring, both on the driving range and out on the golf course in varying conditions. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Miura recently made their special Y-grind irons available to their faithful left-handed following.
First things first — an iron needs to look good. Performance is king, however, if a club doesn’t fit the eye, it puts the golfer at a big disadvantage compared to the golfer who lusts over their clubs every time they address the ball. Luckily, good looks are a strong asset of Miura clubs. I am a sucker for their traditional and clean appearance.
When I look down at the club, the first word that comes to mind is “pure”. The traditional look with minimal offset and slender top profile is exactly how I like an iron to look.
Material: Mild steel
Process: Miura’s famous precision forging in Himeji, Japan
Finish: W nickel (satin) chrome
Available in: 3 – 9 iron, PW (both RH and LH)
The sole of each iron features Miura’s special “Y-grind”. The Y-grind is most visible along the leading edge, designed to enhance turf interaction through impact. Yoshitaka Miura is solely responsible for finishing all Y-grind irons himself. The grind and bounce on each iron varies to provide optimal performance for the loft of the club. That’s love you just don’t get on mass manufactured clubs.
The above is all fine and dandy, but did the performance of the club back it all up once I was actually out on the golf course? The short answer — heck yes. The first time I hit a shot on the golf course put a smirk on my face.
If you put this club in my hands and didn’t let me look at the back of it, you could convince me it’s a blade — that’s how clean it looks. Then you could have me hit it and still convince me it’s a blade based on the feel and workability of the iron. However, I would become suspicious once I experienced a mis-hit and felt how much forgiveness it had. I have been pleasantly surprised how well the Y-grind irons bridge the gap between my flush and not-so-flush shots. There is an uncanny balance between feel and forgiveness appropriate for a player with decent to excellent ball striking ability.
The turf interaction is the best I have experienced with any iron. The unique sole grind with a shaved leading edge is subtle to the eye, but noticeable in feel. The irons cut and glide through the turf with ease, whether it’s a lush lie in the rough or a tight lie in the fairway.
Although the Miura Y-grind irons offer forgiveness on less than perfect shots without sacrificing feel, where they shine the most is how much they reward good swings. The ball flight I generate with them is piercing and they consistently do exactly what I envision when I make a good swing. Their unique forging process and quality, personal craftsmanship set them apart. The result is a sexy iron with exceptional performance and feel — one you can always rely on to do exactly what your swing tells it to do.
Miura irons will set you back more dough than most mass-produced irons from the major manufacturers, but it is no marketing gimmick. You get what you pay for with Miura. They set themselves apart for golfers who strive to do the same.
You can visit Miura’s page for more info on the Miura Y-Grind cavity irons.