Miura PP-9003 CB Irons Review
You want those clubs that every playing partner will drool over. Forget having just one Excalibur, you want a bag full of that beautiful steel that can be wielded only by the chosen one. But you’re not the chosen one. Like the rest of us, you’re probably just average, and that bag full of Excaliburs is all blades or muscle backs. You know you can’t hit those, but you still want that drool factor. I get it.
Miura, who is no stranger to ClubUpGolf, has your Excalibur. The Miura PP-9003 Irons have that ooo-and-aah-eliciting exclusivity while giving you the forgiveness of a game improvement cavity back. The question is this: can the Miura PP-9003 live up to the lore of its own name, and why would Mr. Miura – who’s been quoted as saying, “Better players will find me.” – make a club with an emphasis on forgiveness?
The Miura PP-9003 already has something going for it . . . it’s a Miura. So, there’s an inherent beauty about it, but not in the typical Miura fashion. It’s more rugged, more utilitarian, and simpler. The Miura PP-9003 is an example of function over form, and while it comes from the most unlikely of companies, it manages to work. It’s a looker in its own right.
By comparison to its siblings in the Miura lineup, the PP-9003 irons have a thicker topline that lets you know it’s for game improvement. The sole is wider and tapered to allow for more forgiving turf interaction, but it’s not too wide that you see the back of the club at address. On all accounts, the Miura PP-9003 is much slimmer than other game improvement cavity backs.
The last bit of the head that’s worth noting is the toe. It’s very squared. At any angle of address, the thing looks extremely upright. Just don’t go adjusting your positions to compensate, trust me.
My set of Miura PP-9003 irons are fit to KBS C-Taper Lite shafts in a satin finish that is very complimentary to the finish of the heads, also in satin. Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips complete the set.
Miura PP-9003 Feel & Sound
Miura and feel are synonymous. You can’t have one without the other. Traditionally, cavity backs are not known for their feedback. The expectation of a game improvement CB is that it’s going to have a slightly dulled, muted feel to make up for the peppering of inconsistent strikes that a high handicapper is expected to dish out to it.
The Miura PP-9003 irons don’t adhere to those expectations. They without a doubt don’t rival Miura blades in the feel category, but the PP-9003’s have stepped over the bar set by household name shops that offer game improvement clubs. The feedback of the Miura’s is unrivaled by any other cavity back.
Also unlike familiar cavity backs, the PP-9003’s cannot be described as “chunky”. More cumbersome than gamers’ irons? Absolutely. Not chunky though. The tapered grind of the sole makes turf interaction easy. It doesn’t dig, it cuts through rough without breaking a sweat, but the sole still feels thin enough to execute a variety of shots.
While the feel of the Miura PP-9003 might make you second-guess whether or not it’s a cavity back, the sound will reaffirm to you that it in fact is a cavity back. It’s a forged iron so it has a very solid sound to it, but it doesn’t have that chest-inflating “thwack” that a muscle back or bladed iron has . . . when you hit them well that is.
How does the Miura PP-9003 Perform?
It looks good, it feels good, but none of that really matters if your Excalibur strikes like a rusty butter knife.
Cavity backs launch high and they launch quick, and the Miura PP-9003’s are no different. Because of that flight profile, cavity backs feel very hot off the face, and that high ball flight is a thing of beauty to high handicappers, but the design of cavity backs that allows high trajectories also causes hot spots. Interestingly, the PP-9003’s don’t subscribe to that tradition. 4-PW, the Miuras are consistent.
All right, real talk time. The Miura PP-9003 irons are shorter than other game improvement cavity backs, and that’s just the facts.
The PP-9003’S do not use super exotic materials to allow the thinnest face possible. They don’t have speed slots or undercuts to promote trampoline, and Miura doesn’t strengthen their lofts or lengthen shafts for extra yardage. They focus all of their efforts on maintaining the best possible forging process. So yes, they might be shorter than other cavity backs, but that top-notch forging means no hot spots and consistent distances on each iron. Hit it the same, and it will go the same distance.
Bottom line: it launches high and fast, and it comes down steep.
The PP-9003’s might be short on distance compared to the competition, but what good is distance when you can’t control it? This is what separates the Miura cavity backs from others: its control.
I’ve spoken ad nauseam on Miura’s forging practices . . . FORGING! But that really is what makes their clubs so great, and the PP-9003’s are no exception to this. They have all the forgiving properties of a game improvement iron, but it is anything but a game improvement iron when it comes to its control and shot shaping properties. Being a forged cavity back allows the Miura PP-9003’S to provide feedback on mishits while not penalizing you too much . . . I’ll take that over distance hands down.
There’s a slight offset to the Miura PP-9003 irons, but it seems to be almost entirely for visual confidence. It doesn’t seem to alter shot shape in any way. If you tend to draw the ball, it’s unlikely that these will cause you to pull or even hook your shots.
A couple of other high-level points are the landing characteristics of the irons. They’re game improvement irons at heart, so it’s pretty difficult to spin the ball with them. You can get the ball to stop but that’s more because of the high launch than any extra English you’re putting on it.
Miura PP-9003 Review Final Verdict
Miura has managed to do something very impressive with the PP-9003 irons. They have made a wide-soled cavity back that feels almost as responsive as a thin-soled iron. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is a club for everyone because it will limit the best or better players, but a player that wants forgiveness while learning from their mistakes – a lot of game improvement irons mask faults – the Miura PP-9003’s are at you want . . . if you can afford them.
That’s something to mention. Yes, they are pricey; however, the Miura PP-9003’s, or any Miuras for that matter, shouldn’t be viewed as a lavish example of exclusivity. They are items of the highest quality of craftsmanship and should be viewed accordingly. Obviously the price is going to be a knock, but after buying a set of Miuras, you’re not going to run to Dick’s the following season for the new, hot “tech”.
Why would Mr. Miura build a cavity back? Because better players can come in a range of handicaps. A better player is someone who prioritizes response and feel. The Miura PP-9003’s exemplify that.