By 19th Hole Staff
World-renowned craftsman Katsuhiro Miura, founder of Japan’s Miura Golf, began hand-crafting and grinding irons in 1957. Since then he has created one of the most-respected brands in the golf industry. Ironically, Miura is a first cousin of the legendary Japanese sword maker Hattori Hanzo.
At age 76, Miura has been making clubs for 59 years and still possesses the never-ending quest for creating the perfect club. The company he founded has given the golf world an impressive collection of over 10 product series, a number that grows as the next generation of the Miura family – led by sons Shinei and Yoshitaka – continue their meticulous refinement and evolution of product new lines.
People are amazed that Miura works, hands-on, in his factory every day with his two sons, who are also innovative master craftsmen.
The Miura legacy lives on, with the recent introduction of two new irons to their growing MG Collection, the Cavityback CB-1008 and the Muscleback MB-5005 — engineered for better players. Each club is individually hand-crafted, one-by-one, as generations of steel-making skill and passion are forged into each golf club.
The CB-1008 player’s Cavityback is forged from soft carbon steel. It features a wider sole (19mm on the 7-iron) that significantly contributes to the iron’s playability and forgiveness. That weight distribution in the sole, combined with a lower center of gravity, delivers forgiveness and increased launch angles — especially in the mid- and long irons. “Being able to deliver the feel and performance generally only associated with a Blade iron makes the CB-1008 a naturally choice in the players’ iron category,” says Bill Holowaty, COO of Miura Golf. “A wider sole and a precise distribution of weight are design characteristics which enhance the playability of this iron.”
By redistributing approximately 15 grams of weight from the MB-5005 Muscleback part of the iron, the company modified the design of a typical blade iron — resulting in the MB-5005. This iron looks like a blade but plays like a Cavityback, incorporating one of Miura’s key design principles. “There exist subtleties with the design of the MB-5005 which have enabled the Miura family to deliver a Blade iron that plays like a Cavity Back,” said Holowaty. “The redistribution of weight in the head allows for an expanded sweet spot and lower center of gravity. The MB-5005 is also slightly longer from heel to toe, delivering a feeling of confidence to the golfer at address.”
The MB-5005 (Muscleback) is a limited edition product line in North America, and has a $329 MAP price. The CB-1008 (Cavityback) iron has a $279 MAP price.
For more information visit MiuraGolf.com