I was recently given the opportunity to test out the 60 degree black wedge from Miura Golf. For the past 15+ years, my go-to lob wedge has been the Titleist Vokey 60 degree wedge. After reading about master craftsman Katsuhiro Miura, who is often referred to in the Japanese media as having the Hands of God, and his endless quest for the perfect club, I was eager to try out my new wedge. Katsuhiro actually works hands-on in his factory every day. He passes down his knowledge and skills to his two sons and even grinds the club heads himself as well. According the their website, when golfers see a Miura club for the first time and actually hold it in their hands, there is a common shared experience – LOVE at first sight. And like trying to define love, no words can seem to describe the absolute exhilaration one gets from swinging a Miura club, it is something that one needs to FEEL to discover.
Did I FEEL the LOVE?
I must say that I was quite impressed with this club. The club head feels heavier than my Vokey and I tend to like ‘weighted’ clubs since they give me the ‘feel’ that the club is doing all the work as long as I’m making a smooth swing. My distance was pretty much the same as with my Vokey, but I was actually able to gain more distance control even though it was my first time using the club. I love the soft feel of the club as it strikes the ball and I definitely have more spin when using the Miura wedge. Of course, the grooves on my Vokey are quite worn, so a brand new club is going to have more spin. I guess time will tell once I use the Miura wedge and the grooves start to wear down.
Chipping around the green is much easier with the black wedge. The heavier club head allows me to make more solid contact and I’ve already noticed that I have more confidence and control over the ball. Getting up and down should be a breeze once I spend a little more time getting used to the club. I’ve since replaced my Vokey with my new black wedge from Miura and I’m counting on this club to help me attack pins with more confidence and get the ball closer to the hole.
Miura has a full line of wedges ranging from 52 up to 60 degree lofts.
- Feel, feedback and workability of a forged wedge.
- Miura’s forging techniques rearrange the molecular structure of the mild steel in a pattern that is uniform throughout the hitting area of the club in a manner that is unique to his clubs. This tightness in the grain structure of the metal is what gives Miura made clubs the controlled, soft feel that other manufacturers cannot achieve.
- Miura also uses a proprietary “spin welding” process to produce the industry’s most consistent hosel. This unique procedure ensures that the bore depths and hosel heights are identical on every Miura made head and the shaft of every club will be perfectly centered.
Miura Golf has a full line of clubs including woods, utilities, irons, wedges and putters. If you’re looking for clubs to help you improve your game, I highly recommend trying out Miura clubs. Click here to find a dealer near you.