Equipment & Product Reviews

Miura CB-57 Forged Irons PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


Miura. The very name exudes an excellence and quality rarely achieved by a golf

equipment company. The reactions of golfers at their first sight of a forged Miura

iron is almost always that of amazement.




Photo by Dirck Storm


Way back when I was in High School, I had a teacher named Mr.Larder. He

would laud over our psychology class by using hyperbole to boost our self

esteem and raise our expectations of ourselves. Ron Larder would often call us

the "Creme de la Creme" of today's youth. Some thirty years later, the jury is

probably still out on that group of 80's teenagers (now in their late forties) . . .

but that term he used has always stayed with me.



In the golf industry, marketing folks use hyperbole all the time to describe the

latest in equipment technology. Miura is a golf company that does things

differently. As a small family owned company, they have had to pick and choose

their own strategy for long term growth. This model allows them to pay very close

attention to the fine details on each and every product that comes out of their



Recently I was fortunate enough to receive my own custom set of Miura Series

1957 "limited edition" - CB57 irons (with UST Mamiya Recoil Prototype 95 gram shafts).



Designed and hand

crafted by the Miura

family in Himeji, Japan

- Mr.Katsuhiro Miura

along with Yoshitaka

and Shinei Miura

inspect and hand

grind the forgings


Nothing mass

produced here.


Miura's CB57 irons are

a limited edition

forging designed for

those golfers who

want a compact

muscleback cavity

with a touch of


Photo by Dirck Storm




The weightbar in each muscleback cavity is progressive, as the irons get longer the weight is

relocated lower in the head and changes size as needed. Notice in the photo above, the weight

bar placement in the 4 iron as opposed to the 5 iron, subtle design differences that help ball



Photo by Dirck Storm

Fine details like ferrules with Miura logos are a nice touch.




The clubface

of the CB57 -

notice the

acute topline

angle and low

heel profile of

the 4 iron.





What's better than the finest forgings? How about being equipped with the latest in graphite iron

shaft technology - UST Mamiya's Recoil Prototype 95. The smoked chrome finish on these has to

be seen. If you're one of those who resists the urge to change from the steel you've been playing

for decades, head to your nearest fitter and experience the feel and performance of these shafts

(combined with the softest iron heads on the market, the feeling at impact is indescribable).

Performance wise, I picked up approximately 6 yards per iron while testing with the Recoil shafts.

UST's flagship iron shafts are responsive, stable and a perfect match for such a buttery feeling

forged iron (truth be told, these shafts would make virtually ANY iron more playable). Shaping

shots with the compact head of the CB57 is what these babies were born to do, but make no

mistake - these are not intimidating to look down at . . . although the offset is minimal, the

mid-handicap player who wants the classic look could easily game these irons.



At address the

CB57 is clean

and sleek,

compact but

not at all



Jack Nicklaus

has recently

been gaming the

CB57. In fact,

he notched a

Hole-in-1 at the

Masters Par 3

contest in April

using his Miura

CB57 Pitching









The hosel


"Genuine" -

lets you

know it's the

real McCoy.






Although I'm not one to use headcovers on my irons, it's somewhat

understandable to cover your Miura's. The company supplies covers

with each set.




Pure Grips are standard on all Miura irons.



#3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 PW
Weight (grams) 243 250 257 264 271 278 286 295
Loft (degrees) 22 24 27 30 34 38 42 47
Lie (degrees)


Obviously, Miura's aren't an off the rack blowout price purchase, it's a serious investment

in your game. At well over $200 per stick, acquiring a set requires a great committment

from the golfer of modest means, but if you're searching for the finest craftsmanship and

softest sensation at impact . . . Miura's "Series 1957" - Limited Edition CB57 irons truly

are the "Creme de la Creme" of forged irons.



To learn more about Miura:



Read our Q&A with Miura Exec Bill Holowaty at Bruno's Blog or click on the link below:









Devereux Golf Apparel - 2015 Collection PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno

Devereux refers to their Aristotle shirt as the most unique in the the new collection.

Featuring a waved cut and sewn on piece that was inspired by the waves of the




In 2013 Devereux Apparel was born, a brand so timeless and classic in style . . .

you'd swear Hogan or Palmer wore the apparel fifty and sixty years ago. Simple

and classy is the theme, and it's no wonder the slogan for such a clothing company

is "Proper Threads".


We first reviewed Devereux in early in 2014 after being impressed at the PGA Show

in Orlando. In 2015 the style remains classic, but evolves with the "Christina O"


Our threads for this review - the "EOS" polo in White/Sage features a double

chest stripe and the Brunner (also in sage) which features a unique left chest

pocket and buttoned collar.

The Brunner (color: Pebble) is named after the creative minds behind the brand,

Robert and Will Brunner. Proper Threads come in a Pima Cotton/Poly blend . . .

Classic looks, and feel, combined with performance fabric.

Although the style is elegant and classy, perhaps its greatest asset is the versatility

of the apparel . . . wear it on the links, out to dinner or anywhere else at the

resort . . . only a handful of golf apparel companies can truly claim this as a

strength (Ashworth, Dunning, Bobby Jones, Maide and Kartel are the ones that

immediately come to mind). A loud neon stretchy shirt with obnoxious patterns is

certainly not what Devereux is all about.

The trademark slogan is displayed on all Devereux packaging, the logo adorns

the back collar.

We field tested the new shirts, and the comfort level (while playing golf) is

outstanding in humid Florida this time of year. Another unique trait of wearing

Devereux is it's fit, not nearly as baggy as some, and certainly not skin tight like

others. Their sizes run a hair on the smaller side, in the case of an in-between

size (like me) . . . go up to the larger one. The entire feel and fit is unique to

Devereux. You've heard it before: If you look good, and feel good, you'll likely play

good. It's no wonder the Brunner Brothers refer to their products as "Proper


For more info on Devereux Apparel:









CorkTree Putter Grips PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno

In the category of putter grips, there are many choices in regard to size and

style, but when it comes to putter grip materials, rubber and synthetics have

ruled the scene. If you're in search of something a little different from the

ordinary look and feel . . . Cork Tree putter grips might be worth a look.


All four Cork Tree putter models carry the stitched logo along the front of

each grip. Made from Cork Tree bark - otherwise known as Cork Tree leather,

these grips come in various styles and sizes:

The Gimme model (57 grams)- measures 33mm in diameter at the top and 41mm

diameter at the bottom, the Gimme features a slight taper shape.

The Bandit Grip (52 grams)-has a reverse taper shape, the wider position

on the lower hand helps diminish unwanted hand action (Measuring 33mm

diameter top and 41mm diameter at the base).

Slim Jim (80 grams)-is the sleekest model featuring a Tour Taper grip shape

(Measuring 24mm diameter-top and 19.6mm diameter-base).

Stumpy (83 grams)-is largest Cork Putter Grip with reverse taper grip shape

(Measuring 39mm diameter-top and 41mm diameter-base).



Certainly there is a style, size, shape and color to suit each individual.

Cork Tree Putter Grips retail for 29.95

We tested the Bandit model, which is very similar in size and shape to the

popular Superstroke 2.0 model. The look and feel of the Cork grip is something

very unique. The texture is smooth, and overall has a much softer feel compared

to the oversized rubber/synthetic grips that are so popular today. If your in the

market for a new feel with your flatstick, check out Cork Tree Putter Grips.

For more info:

Rife Switchback Putter PDF Print E-mail


by Jason Bruno

As most golfers know, putters are the most personal club in the bag. Some

golfers don't change for decades and others have a different flatstick everytime

you see them. They are precision instruments for sure, but unlike the other 13

clubs, the sole purpose of the putter is to roll the ball (as efficiently as possible).

Of course nothing is ever that simple. There are choices galore, and the latest

from Rife (the Switchback) might be worth considering.

Rife's new Switchback putter features changeable weights in the bumpers instead

of the sole (like many other premium putters). Weights range from Blue-5 grams,

Red-10 grams, Charcoal-15 grams, Silver-20 grams (putter weight range 350-380).

Blue & Silver weights are included, Red and Charcoal are sold seperately.




Rolled groove technology is a Rife staple. All Switchback models come stock

with 71 degree lie angle (which is the unofficial industry standard), however,

at 2 degrees of loft, those that employ the forward press method - be aware

of less loft than usual (4 degrees is the norm).





The Switchback is very simple and clean looking at address, take note of the small

notch in the center of the topline. This miniscule detail assists the player to set up

the blade with the proper lie angle. If the putter sits too upright (toe off the

ground), the notch will appear inside the aim line . . . too flat (heel up), the notch

will appear slightly towards the toe side of the aim line.





Switchback models come equipped with Winn's Pro Pistol grip




The Rife Sb headcover incorporates a side zipper pocket to house the changeable







The Rife Switchback XL has a deeper cavity than the standard Sb and features a

direct shaft (no hosel) and is adjustable from 375 grams to 415 grams.



Summary: If your a blade guy (or girl), the Switchback gives you a bit of

everything. Classic looks, clean lines and some present day technology with

changeable weights. I personally liked the color coded bumpers, they give you

instant indentifier to the weight configuration. For example: on faster greens

many good players prefer the lighter weight for feel and touch (Blue weights),

the opposite being true for slow grainy greens that require a heavier "hit" (silver


Rife putters certainly do have their own feel at impact, it's not marshmallow like

that of a synthetic insert like Odyssey's white hot, nor is it the similar to milled

Scotty Cameron. Rife's roll grooved technology gives a little harder feel at the

strike, but it also starts the ball rolling with minimal skid, so be prepared for putts

that roll true and hot right off the blade. For those players who play a premium

urethane ball or a low compression sphere like the Wilson Duo, the Rife Switchback

will likely feel just right. At well under $300, Rife has packed value along with new

technology into it's new line.


For more info on Switchback and other Rife Products:











Mission Belts - No More Holes PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno

A belt is a belt, right? Wrong! Mission Belt Company, makers of the ingenious no-holes

belts, has radically transformed a product that we all use everyday, and have since we

first put on a pair of pants. I know what you're thinking, what can be so different about

a belt?

First of all, like a stated earlier - no holes. The days of the needing to punch an extra

hole into your old stretched out strap is over. This badboy adjusts to your waist size at

1/4" intervals via a gear lined into the back of every Mission Belt and locks into your

perfect size and releases instantly by depressing the lever at the bottom of the buckle.

It'so simple, you'll wonder what took so long for something like this to be created.

Why is the product called Mission Belt? Well, it's not all about buckles and straps at

Mission Belt, there is a humanitarian side to the company...

The founders of Mission Belt - Nate Holapfel, Jeff Jensen and Zac Holzapfel came up with a two pronged Mission:

1 - create a unique worldclass product

2- aggressively fight global hunger.

The company gives $1 from every belt sold to the Kiva Lender Fund which Provides

micro-loans to entrepreneurs around the world, (mostly in developing countries), as

part of its efforts to eliminate poverty and create more economic opportunity. You can

learn more about the "Mission" at:

Now you can show off your favorite team. Mission Belts is an official provider of NBA

NHL and NCAA licensed products.

The mechanism that drives the Mission Belt . . . easy as pie.

There are other features and benefits to the Mission Belt, since the belt adjusts at such

exact lengths it will always fit you right no matter your weight (and as we all know weight

does fluctuate). You can easily interchange buckles and straps to create the look you desire,

and with easy and quick removal, you'll be prepared for moments like going through airport

security. Since the belt is never being pulled or tugged on, it'll last eons longer than your

traditional strap with holes, virtually forever . . . ok maybe not forever, but you get the


Available in virtually any color, the buckles also can be customized with your logo

or design.Having worn my own Mission Belt for several weeks now, I'm trying to decide

which color and style to go with next . . . maybe I'll even get a custom. One thing's for

sure, "No more holes, I've joined the Mission."

For more info visit:








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