For the longest time, the terms “forged” and “forgiving” refused to cross paths when it came to manufacturing irons. Forged irons are seen as strictly for better players who have the ability to work the ball and who can hit a sweet spot the size of a dime. And forgiving irons are generally considered game improvement clubs for those with mid-to-high handicaps.
Leave it to one of the best forged clubmakers in the game to bridge that gap. Miura’s PP 9003 irons combine the best of both worlds: the soft feel of forgings with the forgiveness and playability of cavity back irons.
Miura is not a household name except to golf aficionados and professional tour players all over the world. Miura is as far from mass-produced equipment as you can get. Katsuhiro Miura is the company founder and works every day at his grinder, getting each iron head that passes through his hands as perfect as possible.
Over the years, Miura has made forged blades for the likes of Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, Ian Woosnam, and many more. It has been said the Miura made Woods’ irons when Tiger was with Titleist and did TaylorMade’s forgings for a number of years.
So it would naturally follow that the Miura catalog would be limited to players’ clubs. A few years back, with Miura’s sons Shinei and Yoshitaka, the company ventured into cavity-back irons, but with a good player’s point of view. K.J. Choi has played Miura irons for some time and the company offers a limited series iron that Choi plays.
The PP 9003 ventures further into giving players some help. The sons crafted a wider sole to help with effective turf interaction. Yet, the club does not appear to be oversized. The offset is designed to flow naturally into the clubhead, creating confidence at address.
The club is also built to have a low center of gravity for a high, soft-landing shot that holds its line and never balloons. And the ability to work the ball both ways is a hallmark of these irons – not to mention the incredibly soft feel of one of the best forgings available.
“The Passing Point brand pursues usability and performance as the core fundamental tools,” Shinei says. “We believe the strong usability and performance can make it easier to plan each shot and help each golfer use his skills to the fullest,” Yoshitaka adds.
Miura irons are available with a number of shaft offerings, both graphite and steel. The company practically insists that players be custom fit for any of the irons in the Miura line from one of the clubfitters across the country that can be found at the company website.
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