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