Miura CB-501 Irons… performance meets perfection
Purchasing a set of Miura CB-501 irons, considered by many the ultimate set of golf irons, its an experience like no other. These are not your average assembly line golf irons… In fact, Miura Golf is only found in selective golf pro shops worldwide. The kind of pro shops where a golfer can find a one-on-one customer service, knowledgeable sales staff and state of the art custom fitting facility… all essential elements to a successful sale.
Billy Baldwin, Store Owner at Planet Golf tells me “I don’t really know any golfers that will purchase a set of Miura and then next year they go and purchase a different brand… Miura is a commitment… buying Miura Golf is for life…”
I understand that there are golfers out there who still don’t believe that getting fit for golf clubs is worth the effort. These are the typical golfers who will visit a retail store, always inspired by a television ad, or even worse …inspired by a PGA Tour player who doesn’t even remotely have the same swing… plop down hundreds, perhaps thousands for a set of irons without testing them and going through the proper fitting process. Well folks I have news for you, do not expect to walk out of a retailer with a set of Miura in your hands… Miura heads are custom made per order in their Himeiji forging house in Japan. Miura clubs are sold in the component form to approved dealers who can custom fit players to their clubs. Best case scenario about 10 business days after a complete swing analysis and fitting.
The fitting Process
My fitting was done a few weeks ago at Planet Golf in Miami, Store Manager Nelson Mesa has been a good friend and mentor through the Miura fitting process, a process like no other in golf fitting. Planet Golf was one of the few recommended local Pro Shops where they could tailor a Miura set to the company’s strict guidelines.
Nelson proceeded to show me the entire Miura line from the Mini-Blade models all the way to the game improvement PP-9003 irons. I was measured to proper length and I tried most of the irons in a span of more than an hour but the one that was better for my game was the CB-501. The Miura CB-501 iron has a large “sweet spot” area behind a muscle back delivering a ball flight with the trajectory of a blade. Nelson noticed via the flight simulator that I was hitting the CB-501 very high when shafted with the Project X 6.5 shafts. We proceeded to try more than 10 different shaft combinations and flexes until we arrived to the KBS C-Taper S which coincidentally I use in my current set of Adams CMB Irons. Nelson wrote down the order and a few days later the heads arrived from Japan.
Putting the pieces together
Nelson tells me that for the regular customer he would put together the set and then he will call the customer for pick up. He tells me.. “…Minor adjustments can be done while the customer is here but the set was ordered to specifications and hardly ever any minor adjustments are needed”
The Miura CB-501 heads are prepared by drilling them to match the specific size of the KBS C-Taper shafts. This is a critical component of the process as any mistakes will result in a damaged head…
Nelson proceeded to ad the ferrule and install all the shafts. I picked a super premium white and green ferrule to match it with a white Tour wrap by Tour Pride grips. One of many advantages of a customization is having the ability to pick shafts, ferrules, grips, shaft configurations…. anything and everything!
Once the heads where ready Nelson proceeded to adjust each individual shaft frequency, spine, weight and balance. I can tell you that in 30+ years of golf this is the first time that I don’t have to worry about a 7-iron having a 8-iron ball flight.
The end Result
In my case getting used to a new set of clubs is a learning process that could take any where from 3 – 6 months. However; I’m writing this review after just one 9-hole outing and I can tell you that I just love these irons! Every time I was hitting each club I was furthering my knowledge on the behavior of a unique set of irons. The soft feeling of the heads and the ball trajectory I see now have left me in awe on a couple of occasions. As I sit here it is difficult for me to write this article and be as unbiased as possible, after all I became Miura’s number one fan the day I took the very first swing while performing my fitting a few weeks ago. I love the performance, I love the looks and of course I love the tradition and effort that people behind the brand put into these clubs. I can tell that for the first time in my life I don’t have to second guess any missed shots… do I have the right shaft? is my spinning rate to high? If I miss it… it was me… and no one else.
I have become a Miura Fan… and I’m not going to apologize for that! We test a lot of products in our magazine, some great, some OK and some bad. I’m placing the Miura CB-501 irons into the special category, the same category a car collector will place a Ferrari. A custom set of Miura’s CB-501 irons will run you around $2,200 which is probably twice as much as your ordinarily premium set of forged irons, and if you think that’s too much money I respect your opinion. But on grounds of performance, quality, elegance and looks they are second to none. My new set CB-501 is not intended for the average golfer, the thin top line will intimidate the regular golfer but Miura has other great options in their line up. Putting a set of Miura CB-501 in your bag will be the smartest decision you will ever make!