Miura's new forged irons not just for elite players

By Global Golf PostJuly 4, 2011, 7:51 pm

Japan-based Miura Golf is best known for producing high-performance forged irons for better players. But company founder and chairman Katsuhiro Miura has long felt that golfers of all abilities can appreciate his clubs – and benefit from playing them. So, he set out to build an iron set that company president Adam Barr describes as “game-enhancing,” designed for better golfers but also for those lesser players who used to wonder whether forged irons really were for them.

As far as Barr is concerned, the new Miura PP-9003s are geared for both.

“The irons are aesthetically pleasing, have the great feel of forging and possess the technology that helps golfers of all handicap levels get the most out of their games,” he adds.

The initials “PP” stand for Passing Point, and Barr says that concept is born of Miura’s recognition of golfers’ lifelong steps to improvement. There are “passing points” in relationships when you pass from being an acquaintance to a friend, he explains, as well as when people move from novices to serious students, and from casual golfers to committed competitors.

In the view of Miura, which has been making forged irons for 44 years, golf clubs can have their passing points as well. And when they are taken to a new level, the thinking goes, they become more than just tools in a bag. They become friends in their own right as they also serve as stepping-stones for recreational players looking to take their games to the next level.

Working with his typically astute melding of functional design with artistic flair, Katsuhiro Miura created a wider sole with the PP-9003s for more effective turf interaction. But it is a sole with an elegant curve and shape that does not look oversized or obtrusive, even to the most discerning low handicappers.

In addition, he added offset throughout the set, but in a way that flows naturally into the clubhead to preserve what he calls a “confident” look at address as it also gives those players who need it enough help to ensure the clubhead is square at impact.

The perimeter weighting is as aggressive as it gets in club manufacturing, and Miura placed the center of gravity in these sleek sticks nice and low for a high, soft-landing ball flight that holds its line and does not balloon. He also made sure the weight and balance in each iron is consistent.

Available only in right-handed versions, the Miura PP-9003s are sold in sets that run from 4-iron through gap wedge.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.

Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.

Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!