Miura CB-301 Irons Review

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The Miura CB-301 irons are purported to be the longest forged Miura iron yet.  Strong lofts.  Good feel.  Forgiveness is underwhelming.

Introduction

When you say, “Miura,” most people think of words like feel, soft, or forged.  “Distance” is pretty far down the list.  Miura hopes to change that with the CB-301, the iron they claim to be their longest fully forged offering ever.  We tested it to see what makes it unique from other Miura irons.

Looks

The Miura CB-301 has the exact address profile that I envisioned when I think of a more forgiving forged iron.  Its top line is substantially thicker than other Miuras like the MC-501 (review HERE), but its still slightly thinner than average.  The 301 has a blade length and sole width that are comparable to most game improvement irons.

The one aesthetic complaint I have is the offset.  It’s not that there’s too much offset – the amount is typical for a GI iron – but the shaping is not as smooth as I’ve come to expect from Miura.

Sound & Feel

Miura has set the bar for feel very high, and the CB-301 comes up a bit short.  When you hit a pure shot, the feel is excellent – soft and rewarding.  Anything less, however, feels surprisingly hard.

While the harder feel on mishits isn’t pleasant, it does make the feedback from the CB-301 crystal clear.  It’s easy to tell through your hands exactly where the ball met the club face.

Performance

Distance is the feature that Miura highlights with the CB-301, so we’ll start there.  As you can see in the spec sheet below, these irons have lofts that are strong by Miura standards.  Since loft is the main factor in distance, it’s unsurprising that the CB-301 did produce high ball speed and solid distance.

Miura also touts the forgiveness of the CB-301, and on that claim I would pump the brakes a bit.  The CB-301 is more forgiving than Miura’s blades, but it’s not as easy to hit at the IC-601 (review HERE).  In comparing them to the CB 1008 (review HERE), I didn’t find much difference.  With both irons, very small mishits end up in good spots, but you can lose significant distance without making a terrible swing.  If you’d like a little forgiveness, the CB-301 is fine, but it doesn’t compare to modern, multi-material GI irons.

Back on the positive side, the CB-301 does offer players a lot of shotmaking freedom.  Overall, these are still relatively slim irons, so good ball strikers will be able to look down on them with the confidence to attempt creative shots.  If you have the skills to control your trajectory and shot shape, the CB-301 won’t hold you back.

Conclusion

For the player who wants to “regain distance” with their irons but also wants a fairly traditional look, the Miura CB-301 fits the bill.  The lofts are pretty strong which leads to good ball and distance.  Just make sure that your ball striking is good enough; these irons are not built to forgive poor swings.

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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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