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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.