Miura CB-301 Irons Review – Are They Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?

Miura CB-301 Irons

“According to Miura, the CB-301 irons are for players of all skill levels. While that may be true, we found that a specific kind of player would benefit mightily from gaming these irons.”

Miura CB-301 Irons Overview

“These days, it’s not shocking to read about fully forged game improvement irons.”

It seems like every major golf club company is hopping on the premium GI iron bandwagon.

But maybe bandwagon is too harsh of a term. In truth, there is merit to these kinds of clubs. For example, the Miura CB-301 irons have a soft feel that players of all skill levels can truly appreciate.

They are just slightly bigger than your typical fully forged irons.

The Miura CB-301’s are cavity back irons. They are also slightly bigger than most forged Miura irons that we have tested in the past.

The sole width throughout the set is progressive. It starts out pretty chunky in the long irons then slims down once you get to the scoring irons.

The Miura CB-301 irons also have a moderate topline and pronounced offset in the long irons. At address, they look surprisingly clean.

At the end of the day, the cavity undercut isn’t super deep so you still get a sleek look at address. The only odd thing about how these irons look is the face-on profile.

They have a very high toe area that dips dramatically towards the heel. It’s actually a good thing because you get more hitting zone out near the toe – it just looks a bit odd at certain angles.

“Miura also claims that the Miura CB-301 irons are the longest they have ever produced.

While we were getting considerable distance out of these irons, they didn’t have the soft, consistent feel across the face that we were expecting.”

Are Miura CB-301 Irons Forgiving?

“The Miura CB-301 irons are more forgiving than your typical fully forged irons.”

To be honest though, that’s not saying too much. That’s because the pool for fully forged game improvement irons isn’t huge.

But let’s talk about on-course performance. We noticed that slight mis-hits flew similarly to perfect swings.

Almost no ball speed was lost and the flight was a slight draw that more often than not, bent back on-line.

Shots missed further out near the toe also went nearly unpunished – the divergence wasn’t very stark and ball speeds dropped off by about 5 MPH.

But don’t mis-hit near the heel or top the ball with these irons. Not only will you get wider divergence and significantly slower ball speed; but you’ll also feel it in your wrists.

On the one hand, this is good for feedback. The Miura CB-301 irons leave no room for questioning where you made contact on the face when you mis-hit.

And in the end, feel doesn’t have much to do with forgiveness. Just be aware that moderate to severe mis-hits will result in shorter shots and more erratic flight.

Are Miura CB-301 Irons Good for Beginners & High Handicappers?

“High handicappers? Yes. Beginners? Not so much.”

Mainly because these irons aren’t exactly cheap. Secondly, because there are more forgiving irons out there that are better suited for beginners.

The Miura CB-301 irons have fairly strong lofts so it’s easy to gain distance through lower trajectory and muted spin.

The lofts are tempered by a moderate cavity undercut that places more mass low in the head.

At the end of the day, mid handicappers would love these irons. As long as you have the skill to manipulate trajectory and shape your shot, you will get along very well with the Miura CB-301 irons.

Should you Buy the CB-301’s or the CB-302’s?

“The Miura CB-302’s are also forged cavity back irons.”

If you like a hefty sole, the Miura CB-302’s would be a good fit for you. The Miura CB-302’s also have slightly smoother turf interaction so they might actually be better for 20+ handicappers.

That’s because the CB-302’s bear a more rounded out sole than the Miura CB-301 irons. The soles in general are also a little beefier on the Miura CB-302 irons.

They will surely look better at address to the everyday high handicap golfer.

Miura CB-301 Irons

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Category: Game Improvement

Miura CB-301 Selling Points

  • Good workability all around
  • Clean look behind the ball
  • Fully forged
  • Progressive sole widths
  • Low spin rates
  • Easy to turn the long irons over at impact

Miura CB-301 Irons First Impressions

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“We were expecting a lot from these irons.”

And we were immediately impressed with the soft feel and the clean look at address. They are a good mid-sized set of irons that offer unexpected forgiveness.

We would bet that anyone playing these irons for the first time would comment on how nice they look behind the ball.

Who Are the Miura CB-301 Irons for?

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At the top of this review, we mentioned that while the Miura CB-301 irons are said to be good for all players, they are actually most beneficial to a certain  category of players.

That category is mid handicappers. Specifically, mid handicappers who swing at or above 85 MPH. This is where you can capitalize on the low/mid flight and the low spin rates.

Mid handicappers will also be less likely to severely mis-hit – severe mis-hits are not covered up very well by these irons.

The Miura Family of Irons

If you’re not sold on the Miura CB-301 irons, you should check out the MC-502’s.

They are made from S20C soft carbon steel and have slightly weaker lofts than the Miura CB-301 irons. The MC-502 irons are definitely for mid to low handicap players who prefer a more traditional blade style.

They aren’t as forgiving as the Miura CB-301 irons but they offer the kind of performance one would expect from Miura irons: excellent workability, soft feel and great distance for fast swingers.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 96/100

Feel & Control: 97/100

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Overall Score: 96/100

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