The New PRGR EGG Series Woods and Irons!

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Introducing the new PRGR EGG Series!  New Driver, fairway woods, utilities, irons, and even golf balls are scheduled to release mid September.  I have had demos for weeks now and have hit them we will be posting individual club reviews this and next week.  Needless to say I was very impressed and know these will fit a wide segment of amateur players who prioritize distance, forgiveness and technology over all else.

PRGR has been doing the EGG series for many years known as super long,  higher launching and forgiving golf clubs.  PRGR as a brand really pushes the envelope when it comes to design beating to a different drum compared to other golf companies,  they measure information differently and use unexpected solutions to solve problems for the player.  From measuring grip speed over club head speed to using open faces on most of their clubs (measured differently) PRGR also seems to patent a lot of their technology and sometimes feature multiple patents in a single product.  The parent co. of PRGR also known as Pro Gear in Japan is the Yokohama Rubber Co.  They make tires,  hoses,  industrial materials for all types of craft.   Follow the Jump to get a brief run down of of the new Egg 2017!

 

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Let’s start with the woods first thing to note is that anything “SUPER” in PRGR is Non-Conforming.  The SUPER’s theme is black and gold.  That means a little more distance I would say at 100mph center of the face you can gain 5-10 yards.  The actual COR is 0.86 where as conforming clubs have a maximum COR of 0.83.  TourSpecGolf has the most experience in selling non-conforming clubs and we also receive the most post purchase feedback from our customers and people do report the occasional freak +15-20 yd pops but face breakage at 100mph is an actual risk.  The Fairway wood and utility are both non-conforming as well.  You see that’s PRGR pushing the envelope again,  making non conforming fairway woods are even today rare and only found in Japan now making a non-conforming utility wood,  that’s pretty much unheard of.

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PRGR also has a 2 conforming Egg drivers both have a black and red theme.  The first is the EGG IMPACT SPEC made with a heavy 202g head and short 44.5″ length.   The next conforming model is simply known as EGG Driver (no super) and it comes at 45.5″ with a 195g head.  There are other differences between the SUPER vs the CONFORMING versions.  The super has that sole channel and no exterior weight visible.

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Next we have 2 new iron designs one geared to big distance and forgiveness the other for a touch more player yet still really long and easy to hit.  This is the new Egg iron folks.  We will sell a lot of these to those who want to hit the ball a lot farther.   The models are the PC & PF.  PC is the larger head and the pitching wedge is 37*!  Thats 10 degrees stronger than my blades!  The last PRGR Super Egg Iron released I could hit the #7 iron almost 200 yards straight,  high and easy thats the type of loft we are talking about here.  The FORGED version isn’t much different.  It’s PW comes in at 38* It’s still a multi piece head with a stainless face and forged body that utilizes both S20C and S45C.  People who get these really should invest in the optional clubs because few other products will align well with these.

We have pictures and reviews coming later this week.  I hope you enjoyed the introduction.  If you are ready to Pre-Order you can do so by Clicking Here.


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A-GRIND’s New Type-D Driver

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A-Grinds longest and most forgiving driver has just been released.  It’s called the Type-D 460.  Stock out of the box it comes with open face angles.  1* on the 10.5 and 0.5* on the 9.5 loft.  This driver features a 6-4Ti forged face with a 6-4Ti cast body.   The concept is simple but proven,  variable wall thickness and a thinner crown to drop the center of gravity lower.  What is not proven ( in my opinion ) that is part of the design is that channel on the sole near the face,  many brands claim increased ball speeds from this and while it is true it’s minimal and so small that it’s no guarantee to improve distance.  Ready for more pics?  Follow the Jump…

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for a 460cc driver this thing looks phenomenal,  it’s a big forgiving and high launching players driver.  it never appears closed face,  the crown is matte black and the shape has as much pear as you can fit in a 460.

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The face is not shallow nor deep,  Ako-san of A-Grind stretched it’s dimensions to expand the impact space on both the heel and toe.   Golfers that miss high, low, heel or toe should have some good forgiveness.

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If interested please email [email protected] for a custom build or head only purchase.  The price is only $495 for the head including head cover.  Thanks for reading!

 


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Seven ST Wedge User Review

Seven ST Wedge..   yup that’s the one!   Sold out before everyone knew of their existence!!  Here is a quick review for those who missed out on these fabulous wedges the first time around.    These wedges are too good to be considered “Previous generation.”  🙂   Putting it down on the hitting mat, the head has a teardrop silhouette which will appeal to the traditionalist players alike.    The head is very compact and looks highly versatile which should please the most demanding of wedge connoisseurs out there.   These wedges are targeted for mid to low handicap players.     Click for more …

The design concept behind for these wedges are “Crazy Tour wedge performance meets SDJ 115 grooves.”    In other words,  these ST wedges were designed to combine the most highly praised shape with one of the best performing groove designs!!   If that kind of design concept doesn’t get your socks up and down,   well..  you just need to try these for yourselves to understand why these are so good!!      Seven ST Wedges can be had in two different finishes.    A Smooth Satin finish as well as an Arakenma finish.    Though I have not seen one yet,  I think the Arakenma one might be interesting to own.

After hitting a few shots,   I realize this wedge is probably one of the softest feeling wedges I have ever tried.   BTW,  I had a Dynamic Gold S200 shaft in this tester.  Such a good shaft.  Why have I walked away from these shafts?   Need to seriously re-consider these shafts.   As with many JDM enthusiasts, the thought of using a TTDG shaft is a bit plain and boring …. 🙂      The feel wasn’t mushy soft.   Just the right amount of softness.   These wedges were made by the same folks producing SDJ and Crazy wedges.    I did previously own the SDJ 115 wedges which I recall had a similar feel to these Seven ST Wedge.    SDJ 115 wedges had a very straight leading edge and so they weren’t as versatile compare to this Seven ST wedge.    With the Seven ST Wedge I can open the face significantly before worrying about the heel starting to lift.   Pretty useful for those bunker shots with a 10ft high lip or the once in awhile flop shots over those trees close to the green.

After about 10 or so consecutive shots, I was almost amused by looking at the amount of ball cover that have been scraped off of the range balls and accumulated on the face.   Wow!   Never hit such an extreme ball shredding wedge!    The grooves on these wedges are made using the same process used on the SDJ 115 wedges and they are conforming grooves.   I was having so much fun hitting 60 yard partial shots with complete control of distance and trajectory.

With an easy 3/4 swing,  ball lands right next to the 60 yard flag  and though the landing spot is bare dirt with no turf,  one hop and I can see the ball wanting to spin back.   This wedge produces some serious spin! While I enjoy hitting this ball shredder, I also question myself, ” Do I want my balls to shred up like that on the course? ”     Might need to test it with real balls to see how they withstand these wedges.     Maybe the range balls are just not that durable.    In any case,  I am very impressed with the Seven ST Wedge!

 


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A-Grind A-CB Forged Irons

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Introducing the A-GRIND A-CB Forged Irons new for 2017.  A-Grind is a relatively new company we have been promoting at TSG since 2015.  (Click Here) Their designs have quite the following as they perform well thanks to their skilled designer Yusuke Ako who was also the lead designer for Royal Collection from 2004 to 2013 creating all their clubs including woods, irons, wedges, and utilities.  Follow the jump to read on and see more photos…

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The heads themselves are not made in Japan unfortunately but they are forged of S20C or 1020.  Portions of the back cavity are cnc milled and in hand I can tell you this cavity is deep yet the top line and sole of these irons is not.  Ako-san did a fantastic job hiding size.

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A-Grind has many irons from muscle black to players CB and even under cut cavities.  Some of their line up overlaps with their other offerings.  The new A-CB seems to be in that semi mid-sized category  as it has a slightly thicker top line and more offset than other A-Grind irons.  Still I do consider these on the smaller end of mid sized.

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I have one demo iron that I was able to play with.  I tested it with two shafts NS950 Stiff and S200.  These irons are indeed forgiving for the size and feel was soft yet a touch numb.  They are very easy to hit high and straight the iron I would most compare them to are the Miura CB-1008’s both are very similar.  I can say that the Miura’s feel better in the center of the club face but the A-Grinds are more forgiving and feel better on miss hits.  The A-Grinds are also longer as the PW is 2* stronger.   The shape would go to the Miura’s by a small margin as would fit and finish.

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The photo above shows a good look at how deep the cavity is while the photo below contrasts how narrow they were able to keep the sole.

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If you are interested in the new A-Grind A-CB you can purchase heads only (HERE)  or if you want custom options such as finish or paint or a custom build with specific specs you can inquire via email to us at [email protected]

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A-GRIND V2 Wedge / SANYO STEEL

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Today we have the A-GRIND V2 Wedge the second wedge from A-GRIND to be released which happens to look very similar to the original.   How is it different? The new V2 Wedge is made of Sanyo Steel from Japan which is a special S25C that has a carbon content of only 0.24% the purpose of this is to improve the feel at impact.  We have not experienced anything noticeable where a player would say wow what type of metal is this?  but we do think this wedge feels awesome at impact.   The grind remains unchanged from it’s predecessor  a tried and true sole grind that works with low bounce and minimal camber with a slight leading edge relief to help you open it up the face.  Ready for more photos and info?  Follow the jump….

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The face shape has improved significantly.  It wasn’t bad before it’s just much nicer now.  How the new V2 is different is also that both the grooves and faces were milled.  CNC milled faces are flatter with better spin and manufactured more precisely than traditional stamped grooves.

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A-GRIND is producing many lofts from 48 to 60 all with low bounce between 8 and 10*.  The heads come in just a touch heavy with very minimal offset.  Face progression measurements are 4.5 in the 48* and 6.0 in the 60*  Two finishes are available raw with no plating whatsoever along with a nickel chrome finish.   This is one of the better handmade wedges we offer at TSG.  The two major upgrades are the milled face/grooves and the sanyo steel.  A-Grind also produced it’s own original mold to achieve this shape.

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The A-Grind V2 is now shipping head only or custom built at TourSpecGolf.  We can also apply a special finish such as black boron,  copper satin or mirror,  and a variety of other top notch platings.  Custom stamping is available but will add 3 weeks to the order time.  You can purchase the new A-Grind V2 by ( Clicking Here ).  Thank you for reading!

 

 


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Overiview: Ryoma Maxima Type-G

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Introducing the Ryoma Maxima Type-G,  it has been out for some months now so we needed to write a review based on my own personal experiences with this club along with the plenty of client feedback we have received from those who have purchased it.  First things first though,  These maxima’s have quite the line up and it can get confusing so after the jump we will explain the differences between the Type-V/D/G and special tune models…

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Lets start with the old Maxima,  it is called the D-1 Maxima and it is no longer produced.   The new model as shown here is simply called the Ryoma Maxima and it was 3 years in the making after the previous D-1 Maxima.  There are a total of 3 basic versions of the Maxima.  Type-V is the black head that is heavier with a square face angle.  The Type-D is the silver head which has a closed face angle and lighter head.  The Type-G is also with a closed face angle and an even lighter head making it the best choice for the slower swinger.

Then there is the special tune which is the non-conforming model which is offered in Gold, Silver, and Black.  With the special tune all the heads have the same spec with a closed face angle unlike the conforming model where each version has its slight differences.  TSG can also custom order head weights if the player needs something specific for a build.

The company Ryoma is very different than other golf brands out there they come from the medical science industry and beat to a different drum than other companies.  They spend a lot of time on patents and producing new materials and technologies.  What I have noticed is slow to average swing speed players do the best with any of their three models.

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My wife has been playing Type-G and D for many years and all 3 versions of the Maxima since they were released years back.  These have given her much more distance as the spin rates seem to help smoother tempos get the ball up easier popping off the club face hotter.  Ryoma says their new face on average when compared to the most popular drivers in Japan such as XXIO and Maruman has 3.8mph faster initial ball velocity speed yet with -900 rpms less spin.    It’s a forged cup face but the material is proprietary that no other brand can use.  Ryoma calls it Ti TX II.

User feedback from customers is excellent with slower swingers.  I will say that players above 100mph in that 110mph range could use a head with less spin and a lower launch.  The only people getting rid of their Ryoma’s are in that hard hitter athlete segment and they pretty much all order the Type-V.   The complaint we see from hard hitters is always spin and direction related.  No matter how much Ryoma says the Maxima is also for professional and advanced players we do not see that.  What we see is average to slow swingers who fall head over heels for the Maxima more than anything else.  The only type of strong players we see get along with the Type-V are those who have better understanding of their own swing mechanics.  People with 3800 spin at 105mph+ with an over the top slice or a snap hooking problem are likely not to get the best results from this driver.  Everyone else on the slower side of that has been in love with the Maxima’s performance.

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I am one of those with too much spin and I launch the ball too high so the Ryoma is not exactly my cup of tea out of the box.  I have spent years trying to find the path to tame this beast and have had great results with heavier more stable shafts that have a medium stiffness tip section ( FOR ME )  This helps me hit it lower,  it helps my tempo with the heavier shaft.  I go to the lowest loft Type-V,  play a shorter length and heavier head.  It’s just about the longest driver I have hit when I slow down my swing and keep my tempo in check.

BEYOND POWER – Ok so many people swear by these shafts.  Ryoma will not sell the shaft alone or people would be putting these in all sorts of other brands clubs.  Beyond power is basically a one size fits all approach to flex.  They play softer and lighter and recently Ryoma has released the beyond power plus which is for those that have a slightly faster tempo.  The standard BP shaft should be for those who play R2-SR while the plus would be SR-Stiff ( my opinion ).   By far we are finding it much easier to fit people into beyond power shafts than Ryoma’s standard tour AD shafts and even aftermarket shafts.   I have asked countless times to be allowed to purchase BP shaft as our customers want them in every club after experiencing them.  No luck.

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Thats pretty much my take on the Type-G and who I feel it is best for.  To summarize everyone with a slow to average swing speed & tempo loves these.  Average players,  women,  seniors are all getting more distance and consistency from the new Maxima’s.  Stronger players should go with the Type-V and Beyond Power Plus shaft.  If your over 105mph we suggest a custom build with an aftermarket shaft.   We have all Ryoma drivers listed HERE.  Thanks for reading!

 


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Honma TW-PT Mallet

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Honma fans will be happy with this release finally a tour world series mallet with a simple yet stealth shape and theme.  I say stealth because it kind of reminds me of one in black.  Honma did a lot of testing with their professional players narrowing it down to a couple of shapes they really liked.  Today we talk about the mallet so please follow the jump for more info and pictures…

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Lets sort what it is first.  It’s made of forged stainless steel that has been cnc milled.  the sole panel itself is made of Aluminum while the weights are made of tungsten.  You have two fourteen gram weights to increase the MOI.  These are not adjustable weights.

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This mallet is obviously center shaft which most people believe aids the golfer who has the more straight back and through stroke with less arc.  The face is milled deep for a soft feel.  The head is finished in a matte subdued black.

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Honma did a great job on the shape.  You can see they were very particular about all details and aesthetics intentionally leaving the mill marks not choosing to polish them off,  everything seems intentional and well thought out.

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Tourspecgolf has been selling the Honma TW-PT putters and you may purchase one ( HERE )

 


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The New Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV

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When a customer comes to us looking for a great shaft on a budget we often recommend the Fujikura Evolution Series.  Within this single speeder line most golfers can find the proper bend profile and characteristics for their swing.  I’m always confident in recommending the Evo series because Fujikura explains in detail what materials and technologies they use.  Many brands now days especially the ones built in the forums market as premium but can’t back it up.

This is the Evolution IV model that is not released yet.  As usual TSG has the scoop for you in detail breaking down why this shaft is an absolute beast and worth considering.  Follow the jump for a break down on how its made…

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The New Speeder Evolution IV is made using 90T Carbon that contains wow resin RC 20% Prepreg.  The new EVO IV also has Fujikuras new shaft patented  MCT Composite Copper Film Sheet technology.
Fujikura is also using Mitsubishi’s new material MR70 seen in many of the top end Diamana’s just relased in Japan.  It’s called Pyrofil MR70 (Mitsubishi Chemical).

Pyrofil MR70 from Mitsubishi Chemical was first used in the Jewel Line “Diamond Speeder” making the shaft feel more hittable, whatever that means but MR70 is supposed to havethe highest strand strength of any carbon fiber available.  So basically its their strongest best carbon that has also been used in the EVO II/III and all three of the jewel line ( Platinum, Onyx, Diamond ) shafts.  What do all these fancy materials do?  In a nutshell they make the club easier to hit long and straight by squaring up the face at impact easier so the player doesn’t need to rely on timing as much.  To what extent,  I don’t know.  What I do know is that since the EVO II the III and I am sure IV will be a no brainer if your looking for top tech and materials for a great price.  Any other brands bringing this type of materials & technology to the table will cost at least a couple of hundred bucks more.

The new low resin RC20% prepreg they use was implemented in every straight layer and what I find interesting is that while most shaft brands place the bias layer at the inner most layer of the shaft Fujikura is touting a new outer bias tech.  By placing the bias layer between two straight layers, the twist and kick back motion have been integrated which in return eliminated unnecessary shaft movement. ( First incorporated in Diamond Speeder ).

Last week was the first sightings of this shaft being played on the Japan ladies tour in Taylormade’s orange color Japan only driver while on the U.S PGA and LPGA Fujikura shafts are now often #1  with users like Dustin Johnson, Brandon Grace, Brandt Snedeker, Lexi Thompson and so many more.

The new Fujikura Evo IV will be released this September in Japan!  We can recommend the Evolution Series with confidence.


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Seven x Benock Putter User Review

 

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Alright,  putter lovers, gather around for my review of the Seven x Benock Putter.!! Smooth and balanced stroke is easy with this putter.   Feel at impact is.. Ummmm  “PERRRRFECT” .. how do they do it?    I always thought CNC machined irons and putters would feel soul less and cold and that manual grinding by an experienced craftsman was the only way to make putters and irons lively and special.   Click here for more…

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I couldn’t have been more wrong!!  This putter in particular feels so nice and refined at impact.   The face is not deep milled, yet it feels really soft.   While I have never actually putted with one,  “a semi-defrosted butter”  just might be the best word to describe its feel.    Softer on on the outside with a slightly firmer feel coming from the inside.     So addicting!      This particular head is made with Japanese 303 but you can order them in SUS316L as an optional upgrade.    If the feel is this soft with 303,   I just can’t imagine how soft it might be with SUS316L … I’m starting to drool just thinking about it.

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The Seven x Benock putter came out of the milling machine pretty much like you see here..  No additional grinding or polishing done on it.  Purposefully left raw with no additional finish.  The putter looks best as is.    State of the art milling machines used by Benock make this possible.   Previous generation milling machines used to leave distinct milling marks on the head which were typically polished away.   Milling marks are hardly visible with these putter heads made by Benock.   They have such a smooth surface for not being manually polished.   You have to see it to believe it!     Though you would not characterize one piece milled putters as “High Tech”    I would totally have to say that the manufacturing process by Benock are absolutely “High Tech!!”

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I do quite like this particular model which is a modified Newport type with a higher toe.    Added weight to the toe would look like it’s more ideal for those with a stronger arc stroke.    I have a very subtle arc stroke .. so perhaps I would do better with a more conventional toe shape.    What’s different about these putters is that the corners and lines are so crisp and sharp that it makes alignment so much easier even with a blade shape.    The addicting feel at impact makes your stroke that much more confident as well.    I also could not help but notice that the “SEVEN”  engraving on the sole has a reflection that creates an illusion of the letters illuminating due to the way they engraved each letter.    At one angle,   S,V and N look like they are lit up  and then when you change the angle of the sole,  the two “E’s”  look like they are lit up!   It’s super cool!!    There is also a looong list of options you can choose from which allow you to make your putter as unique and one of a kind as you want!!        The possibilities are endless with Seven x Benock putter!!

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MIURA ICL-601 Driving Iron

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The ICL-601 by Miura Golf was just announced and released in Japan.  Its a driving iron with a hollow cavity and weight screw located on the sole.   Miura designed this club as an optional replacement to the long irons in their forged iron sets creating a club easy to hit 200 yards and beyond.  Learn more about the materials,  technology and where its made after the jump…

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First thing to note is that its a driving iron and how that differs from a hybrid is the DI is basically a really forgiving long iron and in this case it is a hollow structure made of SUS304 in the body with a 455 carpenter steel face which is commonly used in fairway woods.  The standard weight screw is 8g but Miura does offer optional 4/6/10/12g weights to help you dial it in.  TSG can also custom order the weight you desire already installed at the factory.

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This head does have a good amount of offset but that is usually necessary to help square the club face up and hit straighter shots.  If they went ahead and made this a straight neck it would be so much harder to hit than it is.  The top line and shape is very attractive from its wide flatter sole to its clear blade top line all done in brushed satin to reduce glare.

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The CG is of course deep considering the weight location but also this head when hit was very tolerant of mistakes.  On the grass range the consistent straight and medium / high ball flight was evident.  I feel many Miura forged iron players should drop their long irons for one of these.   Those who hit long irons better than hybrid woods should use a driving iron.

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Its flat sole with little bounce and camber makes perfect entry in dry or wet conditions.   A little camber may be needed if you play in soggy conditions but its light years easier to hit than most 3 & 4 irons.   Miura did not make this in Japan and they were very transparent about it being made at their Taiwan supplier.   Because this head is made of steel there is no finish or plating its brushed as a SUS putter would be.  Miura is offering 3 lofts 18/20/23 all 3 are heavy with the base weight of 8g at 232/238/244 grams.

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The Miura ICL-601 comes with a nice carbon look cover.  The 23* is now shipping to customers while 18/20 will be released at the end of July 2017.

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