50 Words or Less
The Miura TC-201 irons have a bulky looking cavity which belies their small size. Very limited forgiveness. Feel is good, not legendary.
Like many of Miura’s recent cavity back offerings, the new TC-201 claims to have “the performance of a muscle back with the increased forgiveness of a cavity back.” This line certainly isn’t new, but is there something in this club that separates it from previous offerings? Can it actually pair forgiveness with blade-like feel and control? I tested it to find out.
From address, the Miura TC-201 irons are stunning. The top line is thin – just slightly thicker than the MC-501 (review HERE) – and the head is the same length from heel to toe as the new MB-101 blades (review HERE). In terms of shaping, they’re very square in the toe and leading edge.
In the bag, the TC-201 doesn’t have the same appeal. The sole looks bulky and the shape of the cavity lacks the taste and refinement I expect from Miura. Where the MC-501 makes me want to grab it off the shelf and hit it, the TC-201 inspires no such feelings.
Sound & Feel
No irons have higher expectations for feel than Miura. The company’s entire allure is based on transcendent feel. While the TC-201 irons certainly feel good when hit on center, they fall well short of legendary.
Catching the ball on the center produces a soft feel with a gentle “click” or “thud” depending on the ball you’re hitting. When you move off the center, the TC-201 irons have no problem letting you know it. The feel rapidly turns harsh with a louder impact sound.
I’ll start with the positive: the Miura TC-201 irons are surprisingly consistent in terms of spin. Whether I struck the ball flush, a little thin, or out toward the edges of the club, Trackman kept reporting spin numbers within a few hundred RPM range. That’s an important trait for those that want consistent ball flight. Overall, spin is slightly higher than average which makes the TC-201 very workable.
Now the negative: the TC-201 irons are inconsistent in terms of ball speed. Hit on center, they produce long, beautiful shots. Miss the center just a little and the ball speed and distance fall rapidly. During my testing, I saw a myriad of shots that were hit reasonably well come up 20 yards short of my better swings. Admittedly, I didn’t have my A game during this testing, but I tested other irons for reference and saw far greater consistency elsewhere. If you value forgiveness, there are much better choices in the players iron market.
While the Miura TC-201 is a good looking iron with nice feel, it misses the mark when it comes to matching hype with performance. In 2020, players don’t need to choose between a club that looks good and one that’s forgiving because plenty of irons give them both. In my opinion, if you’re dead set on playing Miura, you can skip the TC-201 and jump straight into a blade.