LOOKS TO KILL: Miura Golf, the Japanese company known for its forgings, has added a new Limited Forged Black Blade in a distinctive finish. It is a version of the company’s muscle back Tournament Blade and Company founder and club making expert Katsuhiro Miura and his sons,
Yoshitaka and Shinei, and their staff have created a no-glare, flat-black finish with a surface texture that is said to be pleasing to the touch. Muira said the irons would show gradual, desirable wear with repeated use. But it added that "wear" doesn't mean, "wear out." Instead, it prefers to describe it as more like a breaking in, a personalization no different than the one that occurs with your favorite baseball glove.
This personalized settling-in of the finish will differ slightly for every player. But in general, the black finish will mature over time to a silvery gray, mostly on the center of the clubface and on the sole, starting at the leading edge. Time in the sun enters into it, as well as the turf the golfer usually encounters.
"When Miura-san has ideas like this for something special and exciting, we can do it, and to a very high standard. Of course, by definition, there can't be many of these sets available.
But that just adds to the allure," stated Adam Barr, president of Miura. The suggested retail price for the Limited Forged Black Blades will be US$275 per club.
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"We are very excited about the release of the K Grind wedge", says Bill Holowaty, the VP of North American Operations for Miura Golf. "The unique sole design (each wedge grinded by hand) delivers uncompromised performance to your short game."
The international golfing press has always used the words "from the hands of god" to describe Katsuhiro Miura's forged irons. Could it be that the inspiration for his newest wedge came from his own hands? The sole of the new K Grind wedge is "fluted" which bears a striking resemblance to finger-tip impressions, or even human knuckles. These three channels reduce the resistance against the wedge in sand, thick rough, and even the fairway. The sole of the wedge moves with the grass instead of against it. The channels move around the sand instead of colliding with it. It allows the wedge to accelerate thru the ball with less effort in every condition to improve the odds of hitting a good shot.
Characteristics of the K Grind Wedge:
* Better results out of wet sand.
* Reduces the odds of "catching it heavy" on long bunker shots.
* Better acceleration on ½ and ¼ swings around the green.
* Digs it out of deep rough.
* Works great in normal conditions.
In addition to the K Grind wedges, Miura Golf's product line also includes the CB-501 Cavity Back Model, Tournament Blade; MC-102 (Mid-Size Cavity Model); CB-202 (Cavity Back Model): CB-301 (Cavity Back Model); Wedges (Wedge Series and Black Wedge Series, each available in six lofts); Series 1957 Small Blade Irons; Y and C Grind Wedges; Blade and Classic putters (two models); Precious Edition Driver, Fairway Wood and Utility Wood.
. More information on Miura products can be found at www.miuragolf.com.
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia-Japanese golf-club manufacturer Miura Golf-which has been making the world's highest-quality forged irons for 44 years-is officially introducing its CB-501 forged cavity-back irons, the company announced today.
The official introduction of the CB-501 irons is exciting news for golfers, as Miura Golf-which has never had a fixed time frame for new-product introductions-only debuts new models when the quality of new technological advances demands it.
The CB-501-which boasts a W nickel (satin) chrome finish-is available in a 3-iron through pitching wedge set, right-hand only. The CB-501 can be tested by visiting www.miuragolf.com to locate the closest Miura dealer. Miura Golf Distributors outside of North America include Golfballistix (Belfast), Golf Partners (Hong Kong) and Torque Golf (Singapore).
Like all Miura irons, the mild-steel CB-501s are hand precision-forged and custom crafted by Katsuhiro Miura, Miura Golf Inc.'s 67-year-old founder, whose forged clubmaking skills over the past 49 years have prompted the Japanese to claim he has "the Hands of God." Mr. Miura is director of manufacturing and product development at his Japanese company, Miura Giken Co. Ltd., which operates manufacturing facilities in Himeji, Japan.
"We obviously are very excited about the CB-501 irons," says Bill Holowaty, VP of Operations for Miura Golf in North America. "During development, Mr. Miura's goal was to combine the best features from his favorite Miura irons, both past and present. Well, needless to say, Mr. Miura has done it again."
Mr. Miura's goal was to create an iron that featured the ideal ball flight, enough offset to promote playability, the perfect head size and a sole grind that would accommodate a broad range of players.
He started with a full cavity back that possessed a bit more offset than the company's CB-202, which has almost no offset. Mr. Miura worked on the sole grind until he had something that would not only appeal to a Tour player, but also was forgiving enough for a mid-handicap golfer. At that stage, the ball flight was still not what Mr. Miura envisioned, so he borrowed a design feature from the company's past-the sweet-spot muscle-back, which was used in a very different Miura iron, the CB-1003, back in 1996.
In all, Mr. Miura spent two years integrating these design variables in different ways until he found the blend that worked best for the widest range of golfers. The result is the CB-501-a cavity-back iron featuring a small muscle-back located behind the sweet spot that delivers the trajectory of a blade iron when the ball is struck on the center of the face. This style of iron also offers cavity-back forgiveness and ball flight, as the contact point moves away from the center of the face.
"Golfers who are connoisseurs of forged irons should make it a point to hit the CB-501 irons," Holowaty says. "We are confident the CB-501s will quickly become your new best friend if you do."
Besides the new CB-501, Miura Golf's current product line also includes the Tournament Blade; MC-102 (Mid-Size Cavity Model); CB-202 (Cavity Back Model): CB-301 (Cavity Back Model); Wedges (Wedge Series and Black Wedge Series, each available in six lofts); Series 1957 Small Blade Irons; Y and C Grind Wedges; Blade and Classic putters (two models); Precious Edition Driver, Fairway Wood and Utility Wood.
More information on Miura products can be found at www.miuragolf.com.