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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.
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I’ve pretty much always agreed with your reviews, Matt. On this one, however, I have to disagree. I just did a lengthy fitting at True Spec, including Titleist 620 MB and CB, T100, MP 20 blade and MP 20 MMC, and the Miura TC-201 came out on top. They look amazing at address and felt, in my hands, every bit as pure as the MB 101s I tested next to them. I agree that this isn’t a revolutionary iron by any means, but I did feel forgiveness was strong for an iron with such a small footprint. Anyway, thanks so much for your great reviews and amazing pictures!
I have been waiting for this review for a long time, so it’s a bit disappointing to hear your take on them. I really rthought they would be a lot more forgiving.
Anyway, I have only one question that matters: are you still interested in getting the PXG Gen3’s??
The GEN3 T is the iron that’s in my bag.
Thank you, Matt!
That’s all I needed to hear!
I’m going to save up and follow suit!
Came across this review earlier this week. I am interested in a compact iron, the most compact modern iron I have been able to see/swing in person is the ping blueprint. Is this Miura TC 201 more compact/shorter in blade length than the blueprint? How how about the Miura MB 101 size compared to the Blueprint, is the blade length similar to the blueprint? I ask because it is difficult to see Miura product in person at this time.
Without having them all in hand, I’m hesitant to make any clear statements about which of those irons is bigger or smaller than the other. All I can tell you is that they’re all in the same category and the differences aren’t going to be huge.