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Fine wedges to a golfer are like the best wine to a con­nois­seur—some­thing to be ad­mired and ap­pre­ci­ated. And since this part of the iron set can have such a dras­tic im­pact on scor­ing, they be­come some of the most im­por­tant clubs in the bag.

Miura, the Ja­panese club maker that has a rep­u­ta­tion for mak­ing some of the finest hand­forged clubs in the world, has cre­ated some mas­ter­ful wedges with its New Wedge Se­ries that pre­serves the eter­nal el­e­ments of the “old” Se­ries and adds re­fine­ments that make the clubs a plea­sure to look at and a joy to play. Ul­ti­mate feel and con­trol are a hall­mark of these clubs—as they are with most Miura irons.

Now in odd-num­bered lofts from 51 de­grees through 59, the New Se­ries fea­tures re­designed bounce an­gles that work well with the way think­ing play­ers like to play golf. Lead­ing edge and bounce an­gle com­bine for a qual­ity im­pact that leads to a crisp, con­sis­tent divot. Dis­tance con­trol and feel are avail­able to the player like never be­fore.

Shinei Miura and his brother Yoshi­taka, with help from their fa­ther, Mr. Miura, have come up with a truly artis­tic set of re­fine­ments for this set of wedges. Sig­nif­i­cant changes don’t have to be big. Af­ter watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to hun­dreds of play­ers, the Miura fam­ily learned a great deal about how golfers like their wedges to get through the turf.

So, while some of the bounce an­gles haven’t changed in terms of num­ber of de­grees, sub­tle im­prove­ments in the over­all sole shape have made more ef­fec­tive bounce an­gles that the Mi­uras are very proud of.

The en­gi­neer­ing changes also ex­tend to the amount of off­set, which is a bit higher in the 51-de­gree ver­sion, but de­creases as loft goes up--that is, where more off­set isn’t needed. In the 57- and 59-de­gree mod­els, there’s even a small amount of on­set. The Mi­uras per­for­mance-tested these wedges and found that this off­set pro­gres­sion helps many play­ers to make a clean, pure strike at the ball.

As usual, the New Wedge Se­ries are man­u­fac­tured to very tight tol­er­ances. Miura clubs in any model never vary more than half a gram--that is, 1/56th of an ounce. That’s much more accurate than the in­dus­try stan­dard.

The New Wedges cover a head weight range from 297 grams in the 51-de­gree model to 307 grams in the 59. At each loft, the weight com­bines with the proper length of shaft (as de­ter­mined by an au­tho­rized Miura dealer/fit­ter) to give play­ers the feel and “heft” they need to cre­ate ex­cel­lent shots around the green, in bunkers, and on tricky ap­proaches.

These wedges not only have a great look and feel, but are ex­cel­lent for con­trol­ling spin around the greens from a va­ri­ety of lies and con­di­tions.

The New Wedge se­ries comes in 51, 53, 55, 57 and 59 de­gree lofts, with bounce an­gles from 5 to 10 de­grees.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Miura web­site at: www.mi­uragolf.com

One of the high­lights of the golf year that is com­ing to a close is the vic­tory by the United States over Europe in the bi-an­nual Ry­der Cup Matches that were played this fall at Hazel­tine Na­tional Golf Club in Chaska, Min­nesota—the first win for the Amer­i­cans since 2008.

Among the me­men­tos of this achieve­ment that are still avail­able—and cer­tainly the best tast­ing--is the Special Edi­tion wine of the 2016 Ry­der Cup—Mou­ton Cadet—a blend of Mer­lot, Caber­net Franc, Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and Mal­bec in a com­mem­o­ra­tive cuvée bot­tle that was de­signed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the leg­endary golf course ar­chi­tect.

Tasked with de­sign­ing the “face” of Mou­ton Cadet’s 2016 Ry­der Cup Wine, Jones, Jr. chose to honor the shared his­tory

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