Miura K Grind Wedge Review
Miura Golf Inc.’s namesake comes from its founder, Katsuhiro Miura, who began crafting his hand-ground clubs in 1957 in the city of Himeji, Japan. This area of Japan has a storied history in the art of steel crafting as Himeji was long the epicenter of samurai sword making, and if your short game is all about surgical precision, then the Miura K Grind wedge is your samurai sword.
Today, Miura Golf Inc. operates out of one factory where Katsuhiro Miura works alongside his son Yoshitaka Miura meticulously grinding individual clubs as his other son, Shinei Miura, controls the forging process. That special forging process that Miura uses ensures that the steel grain of each club flows fine and uniform, without gaps or deformities that would otherwise compromise the pure ball-striking that Miura clubs are renowned for.
This attention to detail and reverence towards their craft is overwhelmingly apparent in the striking beauty and simplicity in the Miura K Grind wedge. While the shimmering polish of the satin, chrome finish is hard to put into words, your eyes are inevitably pulled towards the curious scalloping in the sole of the Miura K Grind wedge. It is there where you can see that grinds were done by hand as it does not have the same rigid exactness between each “knuckle” as a machine would invariably produce. But any perceived imperfections do not give the appearance of a flaw, but a meticulous and inherent attention to detail that was developed over half a century of practice. Furthermore, because of the distinct grind you can actually see that the steel does in fact flow in the same direction without inconsistencies.
Now enough gushing over how pretty the Miura K Grind wedge is, because that could go on for a while. We’re here to see how it performs on the course and if it backs up that pretty face.
First let’s look at some information from Miura themselves about the club.
- Material: Mild Steel
- Process: Precision forging plus hand grinding and polishing at Miura’s own forge and factory
- Finish: W nickel (satin) chrome
- Grip: Velvet Full Cord Pure Grip
- Shaft: Steel KBS Hi-Rev Stiff Flex
- Lofts: 52°, 56°, 60°
- Lie: 63.5
- Bounce: 7°, 12°, 13°
The Miura K Grind wedge was originally meant to be in 56° loft only, but very high demand changed that and the company added the 52° and 60° to the lineup. Each of these lofts can be bent within a degree or two in both directions with no ill-effects. That’s a good thing considering custom fitting now can find that the 4° gapping may not be the best for every player.
The K Grind is very much a high bounce wedge. The 52° has 7° of bounce, the 56° has 12° of bounce and the 60° has 13°. The higher bounce is intentional because the nature of the grind lessens the effect of bounce, which gives the club that strong sand and heavy rough performance.
How Did It Play?
We have been playing the 60° K Grind wedge because of the purported claims from difficult lies, and we wanted to see how easy it was to get up in the air and how versatile it could be from shots where that bounce was needed.
The Miura K Grind is a players club, and that’s evidenced by its shape and design. The toe rounds into a teardrop that’s subtle and becomes more aggressive as it rolls through the leading edge and into the trail. The heel grind, while visually pleasing, doesn’t leave the room for forgiveness that most large-market wedges would when attempting that high flop shot. And it’s good that with a 60° wedge all you see is the face, because the topline does not inspire confidence – it’s very narrow. But that is what this club is all about. It doesn’t aim to be a game improvement wedge. It provides the best performance that a top player can get out of it; the limitations to its performance are in the hands of those that use it.
After looking at all those features we just talked about, naturally the first thing we wanted to do was get the ball in the air … as high in the air as we could. We placed the ball in some pillowy rough, went to our standard, super open flop shot stance and took a swing. The ball definitely got into the air, but we found that we didn’t have to open the face quite as much as our other wedges. We were initially afraid that we would catch that big 13° of bounce, but that’s where the Miura K Grind wedge knuckles showed their grit.
In heavy rough this wedge feels slippery. When you’re on that tight lie next to the green and it’s a thick patch, this club wastes no time and gets through it. All of that talk about intimidating club shape went out the window, and we started swinging with confidence and that approach only made things easier. On a couple of occasions we did find that if we weren’t careful it got under the ball too easily, which resulted in that fluff shot that you don’t live down for the rest of the day. Practice your flops if you’re going to get this wedge!
So, A+ for the thick green stuff. How did the Miura K Grind wedge fair in the sand? It was time to put that bounce to the test. Lucky for us we had a couple varieties of sand on the course that day: one really powdery bunker and one damper, dense bunker. To our surprise, it did better there than in the rough. We were skeptical of how the scallops in the back would handle a heavy bounce situation, but the leading edge handled it like a champ. With a very reassuring “thud” balls were easily lifted out of somewhat deep bunkers. The K Grind showed off particularly well in the soft bunkers as it always seemed to have the perfect amount of bounce and it got under the ball when it needed to. Where it took practice and care to play the ball just the way we wanted to from the rough, its sand performance made it feel more like a utility wedge that went everywhere we wanted it to. It was extremely forgiving from the sand.
Wherever we were we could get the ball to spin, check, roll out, really anything. What was most surprising to us was how true the Miura K Grind wedge felt at impact and how easy it was to manipulate. We would say, “Go get this club immediately,” but there are some things that will prevent you from making any snap judgments. This is not a wedge that you will find at a Golfsmith; you will have to go to a custom fitter or order it direct from Miura USA. Also, a club this good does come with a price tag and it’s a bit of a heavy one. The Miura K Grind wedge starts at $275, and we understand that it’s going to be a lot steeper than your Vokey. But understand that you’re buying a club that’s being built with unmatched care and expertise. It boarders being called art. The Miura K Grind wedge is as much a piece of pride as it is an high performing wedge. Buying the Miura K Grind wedge makes you a connoisseur.