Adam Scott’s unique Miura irons have a Jack Nicklaus look | Golf equipment: clubs, balls, bags
While it is not necessarily unusual for a tour player to experiment with prototype equipment at a tournament, it is rare that a complete set of irons never hit the market, even rarer to make such a change midway through the season and perhaps distinctly unique for a named player to do so with a company that will never be confused with (and has no interest in being) a top five.
But that’s exactly where Adam Scott has found himself over the past few months, as the longtime former Titleist staffer searched for a set of irons that matched his eye for a classic shape that could have fall out of favor in the modern game. It turns out that the shape he was looking for came from a wrought iron maker in his 80s and well, an octogenarian who used wrought irons perhaps better than any human.
This week during the Memorial practice rounds, Scott debuted a custom set of muscleback blade irons from Miura, the legendary forging house in Japan run by founder Katsuhiro Miura, which Japanese golf media once referred to as ” hands of God”. The irons, which Scott shared on his Instagram account, grew out of his interest in a set Jack Nicklaus developed with Miura two years ago. (The Jack Nicklaus and Miura brand are both owned by 8AM Golf.) The 14-time PGA Tour winner was still unsure on Wednesday whether he would put the clubs on the line for the first round at Muirfield Village.
The Jack Nicklaus X Miura irons, which sold out within a week and began shipping in March 2021, featured a flatter sole and more offset feel than typical modern blades. It’s just the look Scott grew up on and tended to prefer his Titleist irons, which included the 680MB and 710MB, the latter of which he used to win the 2013 Masters.
“I like the offset, as well as a longer blade and a higher, less square and less symmetrical toe,” Scott, 41, told Golf Digest a year ago. “The irons are so beautifully made now, but it’s a little different from what I saw growing up. There aren’t a lot of guys who play offbeat here, but that’s what I grew up with. I also like a sharp leading edge and it keeps me superficial on the ball. I know that if I get too stiff the club will sink into the ground a bit. So it helps me keep my swing where I like it.
Scott worked with Kevin O’Connell of Miura, the company’s vice president of sales and a good player himself, then O’Connell met frequently via Zoom with Miura’s son and the man sitting in the second chair on the grinding line, Yoshitaka. Through translation, Yoshitaka implemented some of the additional tweaks to the topline, toe profile, and sole rebound to achieve an iron to Scott’s liking.
“It’s really tough because we’re not in the factory in front of the Miuras and saying that’s what we’re looking for,” said Bill Holowaty, Miura’s chief operating officer. “One of the things Jack communicated to Mr. Miura was what he called this ‘underlying’ of the heel and sole. He liked the look of a shift but didn’t want it to dominate. It was more about framing the ball.
“I can’t underestimate how good Yoshitaka is at taking into account the thoughts that Adam conveyed to him through Kevin and [me] and be able to sit on that grindstone and find something that Adam would put in the bag.
Scott, who has been something of a distinct equipment free agent this year, including ditching his long-handled Scotty Cameron Xperimental putter for LAB Golf’s Mezz.1 mallet a few months ago, tested the new irons that literally got there this week. Scott told GolfWRX.com: “It’s not easy to just add a new set of clubs but I enjoyed them, I think it’s a great set of clubs. I need a few days to feel confident, but I think they are doing everything they have to.
Scott said the flatter sole could be especially useful at venues with firmer turf conditions, especially the upcoming US Open and Open Championship, but he wasn’t ready to commit to custom Miura blades just yet. unique this week. especially on the generally lush conditions of Muirfield Village. He conceded that having them arrive with his logo stamped on the back immediately increased his level of interest. “They probably knew if they dabbed [my logo] on them, I couldn’t resist,” he told GolfWRX.com. “I put them on the pitch pretty quickly. They went from box to stove in about 1.5 minutes.
For the company, the custom set was a challenge and an opportunity, but while Miura hasn’t always been looking for the limelight and is certainly far from introducing an Adam Scott signature blade, Holowaty says these types of cases have a particular resonance for the brand.
“They know that the success they’ve had with Abe Ancer and something like that gets their attention outside of Japan, and the Miuras recognize that any success outside of Japan tends to elevate them even higher in Japan. “