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The Miura MC-501 irons are beautiful. Feel lives up the Miura hype. Forgiveness claims are a bit overstated – this is a club for better ball strikers.
If the popularity of “Should You Play Blades?” (read it HERE) is any indication, everyone and their mother wants to play blades. So when Miura combines a beautiful looking club with claims of cavity-back forgiveness, it turns heads. I tested the Miura MC-501 irons to see if they really are the blade for the everyman.
The Miura MC-501 may be the coolest looking iron available right now. In the bag, there’s minimal branding: just the Miura logo and “MC-501” on the toe. This allows the eye to focus on the “T” shaped muscle near the sole and the X-shaped grooves along the back.
At address, my eye went immediately to the razor thin top line which led to the beautifully shaped toe. Miura states that the blade is longer and the sole is wider than any blade model they’ve made before, but both are still well within the bounds of a players iron. The only thing that struck me as slightly unusual was the amount of offset – a bit more than I was expecting.
Sound & Feel
The MC-501 irons lived up to all my expectations about how a Miura blade should feel. Pure shots melt into the face. There’s no “click” at all, just a soft “thud” as the ball takes off.
While there is ample, precise feedback, I was surprised by the way that the MC-501s refused to punish mishits. Many blades give your hands a stinging rebuke for missed shots. The MC-501 lets you know exactly how the shot was struck without jarring your bones.
For a company that’s very traditional, Miura’s claims about the MC-501 are bold, stating it, “combines the playability of a blade with the forgiveness of a cavity back.” These are the best-of-both-worlds claims that I love to test, so I ran to the launch monitor to gather some data.
When it comes to playability, the MC-501 certainly delivers. It’s easy to flight the ball down or hit towering shots. These irons are a bit lower spinning than I expected, but shaping shots is still easy for those that have the skill.
As I evaluated forgiveness, I found that the MC-501 performed much more like a blade than a cavity back. The wider sole and added offset do help to launch the ball higher, and the MC-501 is better than your average blade on thin shots. However, when it comes to shots toward the heel and the toe, you will be punished. It didn’t take much of a mishit to lose 10 yards of carry or more.
Ultimately, I think Miura’s claims about forgiveness need to be put into context. Are the MC-501s more forgiving than the Baby Blade? Sure. Are they anywhere near a cavity back like the Callaway Apex? Absolutely not.
The Miura MC-501 irons are some of the best looking irons on the market right now, and they feel great. However, if you’re looking for real forgiveness, you should look elsewhere. These are easier to hit than “pure” blades, but anything less than excellent ball striking won’t be rewarded.