Miura MB-001 Irons Review

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The Miura MB-001 irons feel sensational, are jaw-droppingly beautiful, and perform beyond any reasonable expectations for a blade.  A must-try for the serious player.

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Introduction

When I decided to take up golf seriously, my dad bought a used set of forged Titleist blades for me.  To this day, I think he did this to drive me away from golf.  I played with those irons for years, but when I finally hit a modern cavity back iron, I swore I’d never go back to blades.

Fast forward over a decade, and I have blades in the bag again.  This time, however, they’re the Miura MB-001 blades, the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to pure old school irons.  I’m sure these irons aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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Looks

Pure.  I feel like I should just leave it at that, but I’ll do my best to describe what are probably the most beautiful irons in golf.

At address, you get exactly what you want from a blade: virtually zero offset and razor thin top lines.  The shape of the face is expertly crafted, as you would expect from Miura.  The toe isn’t overly round or boxy, and the blade length frames the ball with little extra space.

In the bag, there’s simply nothing cooler than these Miura blades.  The classic shape and minimalist branding quietly announce that you’re there to play some quality golf.

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Sound & Feel

A major part of the appeal of blades is the feel.  Miura is known for world class forgings.  Put those things together and you have one of the best feeling iron sets I’ve ever laid my hands on.  Hitting the ball pure feels sensational – soft, crisp, without a single extra vibration in your hands.

The other part of playing a blade is getting tremendous feedback.  While the Miura MB-001s don’t sting on mishits like the blades of yesteryear, they aren’t shy about letting you know when you miss one.  The feel on the toe and heel is noticeably firmer than it is on center.

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Performance

Ask an accomplished player why they play blades and you’ll usually get one of two responses.  They may tell you they prefer the strong, piercing ball flight.  Alternately, you may hear that they want to be able to work the ball.  Both of these are true about the Miura MB-001: the standard ball flight is bullet-like and the player’s control over the ball is absolute.

The thing that surprised me about the MB-001 is the high level of playability.  My initial testing session was done on a launch monitor, and I was surprised to see how much ball speed and distance was retained on mishits.  The expectation with blades is that even small mishits are severely punished, but that has not been my experience with the MB-001.

To state the obvious: these are not game improvement irons.  If you hit the ball all over the face, you will pay the price.  However, if you’re currently gaming a players iron like the PING iBlade, the difference is not jarring.  Even if you’re not a scratch player, these irons are worth a test drive.

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Conclusion

With two young daughters severely limiting my time on the course, I thought gaming blades was years away at best.  After having the Miura MB-001 irons in the bag, however, I am reconsidering.  Whatever the sacrifice is in forgiveness, I’m more than getting back in enjoyment of the look and feel of these clubs and the control over every shot.

Miura MB-001 Irons Price & Specs

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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16 Comments

  1. Hi Matt,
    Miura has a high reputation in forging golf irons.
    Could you tell me which blade you prefer between PXG and Miura?
    Did you find another blade that surpased the feel of the Miura blade?

    • Matt Saternus

      Richard,

      None of the PXG irons qualifies as a blade. The 0311T is, at best, a players iron.
      Nothing I’ve used surpasses the MB-001.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. These sound simply lovely! How do the MB-001’s compare to the iBlades in heel to toe length?

    • Matt Saternus

      The MB-001 is shorter heel to toe. It’s not a huge difference, but it’s easily noticeable when they’re next to each other.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. How close would the Hogan FT Worths be in feel and performance

  4. So why the 125s this time around? How do they compare to your former TI s400? And please don’t reference me to the reviews, as the 125 were reviewed by Bill.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jordan,

      I’ve enjoyed the Modus shafts for a while and just decided to give them a shot on a semi-regular basis. The 125 is the closest thing I’ve found to the DG, but the feel is better.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. I’m a 2.7 handicap with the strength of my game being my irons. You must have been having a good day because i’ve hit these extensively and the are not forgiving – In fact I find the MP4 easier to strike primarily due to the longer paddle and slightly more offset. I recently moved from the S55 to the iBlade. Orders of magnitude more playable. Not even in the same class IMHO.

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      I played them again today – 36 hours removed from a gruesome battle with food poisoning – and the results were spectacular.

      I was playing with a friend who also games Miura blades from time to time, and we discussed how some people don’t hit them well because they’re not comfortable with the look. This is something we intend to investigate further: are there objective benefits to larger club heads, more offset, perimeter weighting, etc, or is it primarily about comfort and preference.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Hi Matt,
    I think you have a very good point in your preceding paragraph.
    Confidence is a major element in playing blade.
    Some golfers feel confortable with oversize irons and offset other dont.
    Some golfers are lucky to have a swing that catch the ball in the middle of the face or near the middle more often than the others.

    Very nice review of these beautifull blade.

  7. I can’t tell any difference in the Miura and the older Nike Victory Red Tiger Woods blades. I have read that Miura actually made the irons for Tiger Woods and Nike struck a deal to put their logo on the clubs. At any rate, they feel identical.

  8. I compared the Miura 7-P to the 716 AP2 7-P and I found almost no difference in distance and forgiveness. I was very surprised given the AP2 has a cavity and tungsten weights. Standing over the club the AP2 almost looked GI compared to the true blade look of the Miura. Feel of the Miura was better than the AP2 but as Matt says, that is subjective. Hopefully this helps someone. I am a 9 HC and someone will tell me I have no business hitting blades but I find them more fun to play with in the shorter irons. Long irons, umm no.

  9. atis chalardthum

    Bought them awhile ago. I love the weight of the club head(heavy). I just bring a club back wait until I feel it in my back swing and just bring it back down, Swoosh…. nice flight with that pure forged feel.

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