Jul 25, 2010

Miura Wedge Review: Series 1957 - C Grind

Over the last month I’ve played a lot of golf and along for the ride has been a 59 degree wedge. Most high handicap golfers don’t carry a high lofted wedge probably opting for an extra hybrid in their bags. For me this wedge has really helped my game over the last month.

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I hadn’t really heard about Miura wedges before but when I got the opportunity to review one I jumped at the chance. I’ve tried Cleveland, Taylor Made, Titleist, Adams why not Miura?

The Miura 1957 Wedge C Grind Wedge I received for review has the following details:
Material: Mild steel
Process: Precision forging finish
Finish: W nickel (satin) chrome
Loft 59
Lie 63.5
Offset -1.65
Bounce Angle 15

The C grind is also available in 55 and 57 degree.

Here’s some more info on these wedges from the Miura website:

“C-Wedges” by Miura
The Miura family's (Katsuhiro and his sons Yoshitaka and Shinei) research for the Series 1957 C Grind wedge, like the Y Grind,  included trips to North America and Europe to study a variety of playing conditions and turf structures. They understood that golfers were looking for a sand wedge with even more aggressive heal and toe relief to compliment their other Miura wedges. The challenge for the Miura family was to create a wedge which would not compromise the basic fundamentals of a high performance golf club. The result is a wedge which balances the heal and toe relief golfers wanted, leading and trailing edge versatility golfers need, with playability in a broad range of conditions.

This "special grind" is combined with the unique characteristics that separate Miura clubs from all others. The feel and precision of the Series 1957 C wedge can't be explained in words, it must be experienced to be understood.

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 industries’ 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.

When I first received the wedge I had to take it out right away and try it out. This wedge screams to be played so I obliged. So after a quick 9 with it I realized I had to practice with before my next round. A wedge like this you need to find time to practice with it. So I took it to the range for some practice (opening up the face, choking down on it, half swings, full swings, out of sand etc.) I knew this wedge had potential I just needed to practice with it before I played on the golf course again. So after a few range sessions, I finally took it out to the course again and the results were all positive and have only been getting better with as I play the wedge more.

Here are the positives I found with this club:

The versatility of this club has me grinning from ear to ear. It’s great for full shot of about 100 yds which I seem to have many during a typical round. Half and three quarter shots it responds beautifully (See above about practicing). On short chips it performs great. On sand shots I love the way it responds. I get lots of spin with it out of bunkers too and I don’t play a spin ball plus I’m a high handicapper.

I don’t hit a lot of flop shots in a round but when I do I have the confidence with this club to take the shot. I remember one shot in PEI on a tough par 3 where I was in the rough and flopped a shot over a bunker to a tucked pin position. I hit the shot and came out with bogey but I put myself close with the Miura wedge the putter just let me down.

I played golf courses both here in the Ottawa area as well as on vacation in PEI and this Miura 1957 Special Edition Wedge performed great on a variety of lie and turf conditions. From some drier conditions before I left to some wetter ones both in PEI and here in Ottawa since my return. From out of divots, sand, rough and waste areas this

This limited edition forged wedge club just looks plain sexy. It has the glint of an ancient sword probably why it was hard to photograph. This wedge looks like it’s made for a tour pro but even I proved a high handicap golfer can use one.

The only negatives I can see with this limited edition wedge are with the price at a MSRP of $210 as compared to other wedges but considering the versatility of it and the amount you would use it somewhat like your putter. Not a huge stretch to fork out $200 for a putter, right?

This Miura wedge has become my 100 yd. and in club. Other than my putter it’s the most used club in my bag and it has saved me lots of strokes as a high handicap golfer. It has a classic shape and the versatility of it’s Multi-grind "C" grind sole works well from differing lies and turf conditions. I even get some spin from it! If your looking at purchasing a new wedge give a Miura wedge a try you won’t be disappointed.

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