Miura HB3 Hybrid Review: Turns Out They Do Hybrids Just as Well as Irons
Hybrids aren’t that common on tour. You’re more likely to see 3-wood, 5-wood combinations than 3 or 4-hybrids. Why is that? Considering most pros can put their 6-iron 200 yards down the middle if they really step on it, just about all PGA Tour pros have 200+ yard 5-irons. When distance is completely out of the equation, the most important variable is control, so a pro would want something that they can launch higher, get more spin out of, and land softer — a fairway wood. That’s why you will see more 5-woods than hybrids in tour players’ bags.
For amateurs, who generally have trouble with spin control, the idea of a club that has the distance of a wood, the feeling of an iron but with more forgiveness will eventually influence the purchasing decision. That club is a hybrid, and if you spin the ball a decent amount, you’ll find that it has a more penetrating ball flight.
More than anything it’s preference and deciding what will suit your game better, but the Miura HB3 Hybrid seems to blur the line between woods and hybrids even more.
Miura HB3 Hybrid: First Impressions
With every new club you buy, there’s that period of indecision where you can’t wait to take it to the range or to play your first round with the new equipment, but you’re sad about marking the pristine, new club. Everything Miura builds falls into this category, and the HB3 Hybrid is no exception. Immediately after removing the suede-lined, leather headcover — really setting the luxury expectation here — the thought is, “I’ve got to put this through the testing ringer? But it’s so pretty . . .”
The sole is a deep, almost-pewter, metallic finish that takes on a rose gold color in direct sunlight. It’s very difficult to describe this mesmerizing hue, and it’s offset by bright copper weights at the heel and toe. “MG Hybrid” is engraved between the weights in gold.
The crown of the Miura HB3 Hybrid makes the club look bipolar. Whereas the sole is hard to take your eyes off of, the crown is unassuming and indiscriminate. It’s classic black with a matte grey bar at the face to mimic the topline of an iron. It doesn’t distract from ball alignment whatsoever.
The Accra Hybrid M4 shaft is a pearlescent white with the Miura logo appearing in alternating silver and gold from the grip to about six inches down the shaft . . . really just want to mount this above the mantle.
What are the details on our Miura HB3 Hybrid?
Material: Stainless steel (SUS) 455
Finish: I.P. black finish
Loft: 20 degrees
Lie: 59.5 degrees
Shaft: Accra Hybrid M4
Grip: Pure Grips
The Miura HB3 Hybrid has what Miura calls the Circle Cut Sole Method. This “slash cut” creates a stepped sole that moves the CG lower — this contributes to a strong, consistent flight — and aids in turf interaction.
Some hybrids tend to have physical properties similar to fairway woods, and face height is one of those properties. The Miura departs from that norm.
At address, the height of the face is almost the same as the height of the ball: 43mm. Because of this, players can think of the MG as an iron at address, and hit the ball the same way as an iron.
The Miura HB3 Hybrid is over 10mm taller in the face compared to the first hybrid we grabbed to compare it against (a Titleist), and that establishes significant confidence when standing over the ball. If you’re a sweeper, a face this tall might leave you feeling hesitant.
Get to it. How does the HB3 perform?
At address, the bulge in the face of the Miura HB3 Hybrid is noticeably different from other hybrids. It’s actually very pleasant to the eye, but it doesn’t matter how pretty this stick is if it doesn’t do its job.
Starting off the usual way, hitting balls over and over at the range to get a sense of swing weight and feeling, the first thing we noticed wasn’t anything distinctive about the feel of the club, it was the flight. It doesn’t matter the quality of the range balls, they’ll always be range balls, but we couldn’t ignore that it seemed to be launching faster and higher than most. We soon found out that this wasn’t an aberration attributable to the fault-hiding forgiveness of driving range mats. The Miura HB3 Hybrid allows you to swing freely and achieve that high-arch flight profile that precision demands. Back to the topic of 5-woods: you won’t see as high of a trajectory with this hybrid, but the Miura HB3 does seem to have a higher apex than most hybrids.
From the rough, the Circle Cut Sole proves its worth more than it does on the fairway — the lower CG is appreciated for launching the ball, but the cut slices through the rough, and the second “step” seems to prevent diving. Additionally, the tall clubface is perfect in thick grass. You never feel like you’re hitting a small target.
There’s nothing spectacular about workability with the Miura HB3 Hybrid, but that tends to be the case with all hybrids; however, it is one of the closest iron-feeling hybrids that you can buy. It’s predictable, responsive, yet forgiving.
Miura HB3 Hybrid: Final Verdict
Miura likened the face design of the HB3 Hybrid to that of a blade. While comparing it to a blade is a bit much, it might be one of the most feel driven hybrids on the market. It has the penetrating flight indicative of most hybrids but not to such a severe extent. The Miura HB3 Hybrid gets a ton of distance through carry.
The saddest thing about Miura golf clubs is that they’re hard to find because, otherwise, we’d be telling you to head to a Dick’s, Golf Galaxy, Golf Smith, etc. to try this hybrid. And exclusivity always comes at a cost. The Miura HB3 Hybrid is an example of that, so it fits in with the rest of the Miura family, but, like the rest of the Miura lineup, its performance also matches its price.
Find out more about the Miura HB3 Hybrid on Miura’s site.