Miura Golf, the Japanese maker of what it calls ''the world's finest forged golf clubs,'' takes its time when it comes to creating new clubs.
"We don't automatically bring out a new blade every year," said Miura President Adam Barr. "The only calendar we operate on is the one in the minds of the Miuras. When they say a club is ready, we go.''
It's ''go-time'' at Muira Golf right now, though, as the company rolls out the MB001 iron set – the latest creation of founder Katsuhiro Miura and sons Yoshitaka (a club grinding expert) and Shinei (who supervises the forging operations at the company's factory in Himeji, Japan).
The MB001 muscleback is Miura's first new blade iron in six years, and joins the Tournament Blade and the Series 1957 Small Blade in the Miura catalog for better players. The company also offers several cavityback iron sets along with hybrids, wedges and putters.
"This is a big event," said Barr. "The MB001 contains the benefits of all the lessons we have learned in watching irons perform, since the Tournament Blade came out in 2007 and the Small Blade arrived in 2006."
The MB001 features sole refinements that help it travel effortlessly through turf. The sole's shape and size – subtly adjusted from earlier models – gives the player a better chance of keeping the clubface square at impact. A thin top line presents a simple, clean look that reduces distraction.
The flow of steel from the hosel to the low-offset clubhead is smooth and non-reflective, and Yoshitaka Miura focused on the relationship of the toe and heel so that they look harmonious as a whole. The compact clubhead is nearly the same length heel-to-toe as the Tournament Blade and, like that club, offers plenty of "face space" without looking overly long.
The clubs have a more upright appearance at address that helps the player feels closer to the ball, and able to see all of it without needing to adjust away from a comfortable head position. This better view of the ball, says Miura, lends pre-stroke confidence.
The MB001 will be available from authorized Miura dealer/fitters worldwide in early November. They carry a suggested retail price of $235 per club, though the price may vary with different shaft options.
Here is a video with more information on the new Miura MB001 irons: