If I were to tell you that the one of the most revered clubs in the golf industry don’t come from Callaway or Titleist (or comparable big named company), would you believe me? If I were to say the words “forged from the hands of gods”, would you know what I am talking about? Well today I am going to talk about a set of irons that are arguably one of the most coveted in golf…….
….the Miura CB-501’s.
I will get into the gritty details of the clubs in a moment but first a little bit about the CB-501’s.
When the CB-501 was in development, our goal was to combine the best features from our favorite Miura irons, both past and present. Mr. Miura was striving for the ideal ball flight; enough offset to promote playability, the perfect head size, and a sole grind that would accommodate a broad range of players.
With a sole grind that appeals to the Tour player, the 501 also possesses a design that will appeal to all levels of golfers.
The “sweet spot” muscle back will deliver a ball flight with the trajectory of a blade.
This style of iron also offers cavity-back forgiveness, as the contact point moves away from the center of the face.
We spent two years integrating these design variables in different ways until we found the blend that worked best for the widest range of golfers.
How does it look?
Miura doesn’t take a very flashy approach to their clubs. They let the experience do the talking. With that said, the CB-501’s are a testiment to minimalism at it’s best. With a satin chrome finish and no badges or exotic logos other than the Miura “M” in black and non-paint filled words “Forged CB-501” on the cavity of the clubs, the CB-501’s are fairly naked in comparison to most in the industry.
This may be purely subjective (as most reviews are) but I am 50/50 on the looks of the CB-501’s. I appreciate the elegance to these clubs as a representation of the craftsmanship that goes into them but I would have liked to see something as simple as a two-tone finish somewhere in the cavity. Something that gives a tiny bit of “pop”.
However, when looking at the clubs at address, it is a work of art. The minimal offset and blade-like profile ooze a radiance of ball-striking royalty. There is nothing but happiness on a stick when looking down at these clubs.
How does it feel?
The CB-501’s are about as pure a forged club as you are going to find in golf. They unique two-piece forging process provides a feeling unlike any other. I will add a disclaimer, though. There is a small margin for error while hitting these irons in order to get the top-end feel. The best way to explain this is through percentages. If you were to strike the ball with 75% accuracy or less, you will get a decent feeling through the massive amount of feedback given. This is never a bad thing if you are looking for immediate response in order to adjust from a possible swing malfunction.
Let’s talk about the top 25%. At 76% accuracy on the club-face you are going to start entering a realm of greatness. Shots will feel as if the irons are an extension of your own extremities. At 85-90% you are going to start to giggle. At 95-100% you will feel something that can purely be described as euphoric. Uncontrollable grins, shaking of the head in disbelief, and severe neck pain from turning to see if anyone else witnessed what you have just done with that club.
As I said, there is an abundance of feedback. But as the golf gods giveth, they taketh away….eth. If you miss-hit these irons, you will know it. Forgiveness is not in the top marks for these irons, and it shouldn’t necessarily be there…..these are not game improvement irons.
How does it perform?
I will use the same percentage analogy as I did with the feel section. With the CB-501’s you are going to get what you give. If you strike the ball at 75% accuracy, you are going to see a quality result. The Miura CB-501’s are meant for feel and control based on top-end consistent striking. Those of you good ball strikers will walk away after hitting these clubs with satisfaction. When struck properly, the CB-501’s will allow you to control your ball-flight as good, if not better, than any club on the market. As far as performance goes, the Miura CB-501’s are top competitors.
I have had some incredible shots with the CB-501’s and I have had some tough shots as well. Shots that are a result of a sweet spot strike have been the most enjoyable experiences I have had in my golfing career. However, there are a few points I’d like to end on. One of them is the price.
The Miura experience is just that, an experience. Miura’s are not sold in big box stores as they are required to be custom fit for each golfer. This ensures that you get the most optimal set up with your clubs. Having said that, you are going to pay for what you get. Each club is going to run you nearly 40-50% more than other forged clubs. Yes, you are paying for top-end shafts as well but one must consider if they are going to get 40-50% more out of these clubs than other brands.
Will these clubs make you a better golfer? I will actually go out on a limb and say yes. How can I make that statement? Well, I can honestly say that you HAVE to strike the ball better out of necessity in order to get the most out of the CB-501’s. The same can be said for all blade-like irons. Golf is about adaptation to your game.