Miura Golf Marches To The Beat Of Its Own Drum, Now Lefties March Too
Since the Japanese and US markets account for 70% of the sales of the world’s golf gear, it follows that a number of Japanese golf exports arrive on the shores of North America such as Srixon, Bridgestone and Mizuno. Miura Golf, however, is an entirely different entity altogether. The story starts with the samurai swords forged by master craftsmen in ancient Japan. Elaborate forging techniques, unique markings and exacting quality processes produced museum-worthy swords which served the samurai in battle. This legacy of high quality craftsmanship is found today in Katsuhiro Miura who is based in the swordmaking region of Japan known as Himeji. Mr. Miura has operated his club foundry for over 40 years and is widely regarded as the producer of the finest forged clubs possible. Never mass-produced, each set is carefully crafted with attention to the smallest details.
The company has a business philosophy unique from other golf equipment manufacturers. Although professional golfers play Miura clubs, the company never pays tour players to use their equipment in stark contrast to the pay-for-play policies of nearly all other makers seeking to increase their “tour count”. Miura wholesale pricing is standardized and is the same for all accounts regardless of size meaning that pricing for big retailers and local shops is equivalent. Miura chooses to limit the number of sets produced per year in order to focus on quality.
The wait is over for left-handed players. Miura recently introduced two iron set models and one putter model for lefties. Simply called the LH-Cavity and LH-Blade, these irons feature the Miura forging process that eliminates void spots in the club face. This process assures that every Miura club has the distance control, ball flight, spin, and feel that serious golfers demand. Both irons are available with or without the Y-grind. The special Y-grind, named for son Yoshitaka who is solely responsible for the grind, includes a slightly modified toe profile, top line which is pleasing to the eye and a subtle shift in weight from toe to heel. Now lefties can golf with the confidence of a samurai warrior.