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Kevin O’Connell, Miura Golf’s vice president of sales, woke up to a text message Tuesday morning from someone he wasn’t expecting to hear from — former Masters champion Adam Scott.
Unbeknownst to almost everyone on the planet, Scott has been working behind the scenes on the set of 1 of 1 irons with Miura that officially appeared this week at australian instagram account. The irons are one of two sample sets that Miura made for Scott and took about 6 weeks to activate.
When the ironsmith shipped the custom sticks to his attention at Muirfield Village Golf Club – the site of this week’s Memorial Tournament – they fully expected them to remain in the box.
But Scott had other ideas.
“The script said he’s going to play them in a practice round [at the Memorial]O’Connell told GOLF.com. “This totally surprised us. He poured a lot more beans than we expected. We worked with him on this iron and sent them to Muirfield hoping he wouldn’t mess with them this week, play memorial and then test at home. That was his way. We’ve sent him stuff in the past. He took his time testing it. He is a very accurate player and knows what he is looking for.”
Scott is one of the best ball strikers in the history of the sport, and he rarely deviates from the scenario when it comes to his racket. Until late last year when I used the character Titleist 681.AS Irons, his longtime favorite was a set of 681 Forged that debuted in 2003.
“I used them I think when they came out around 2003,” Scott told GOLF.com. “I had about 681 irons too at the time. Then I switched to AP2 irons for a while when they first came out and then used the MB 710 blades – I actually won the Masters with the 710 blades. But as the MB irons have progressed they’ve moved a bit further from my comfort level, Which is more in the 680 range. After the 1970s, I’m back to the 1680s. I think I like the offset, they have more offset, longer blade, higher toe, and they’re less box-like and less symmetrical.”
When Scott chose to go down the free agent route for his clubs – the ball, shoe and glove deal still in place – he reached out to Miura after a set of Nicklaus x Miura Limited Edition His eye blades caught. The added offset on Nicklaus irons—a design preference shared by both Nicklaus and Scott—leaded the two sides to discussing the possibility of working together on a custom set tailored to Scott’s preferences.
“Adam was showing us pictures of Irons from the ’90s and pointing out features that he really liked,” O’Connell said. “I’d take a lot of that information and come back with the team at the Miura factory to match what they could do to what he wanted – within the confines of our blade model.”
At first glance, it appears that Scott’s irons contain a lot of Miura’s MB-101. But this wasn’t just a situation where Miura took 101 blank, slapped a Scott logo on it and called it a day. (It’s worth noting that Scott’s logo was added to the irons after he lit the motif green at the WM Phoenix Open.)
“The ones he’s testing are definitely similar to our MB-101, but they still have some key differences,” O’Connell said. “They have some noticeable offset and the Miura’s sharper, flatter sole. The MB-101 didn’t have the offset — something we added — but Nicklaus’ irons did.”
Prototype group Miura Scott sent out a check of the feel-and-grass interaction box, but the look at the title needs improvement. While the toe profiles and flat sole are definitely Nicklaus x Miura, Scott wanted the overall blade length to look visually longer like the 680 Forged, so Miura made subtle even-area improvements to fit Scott’s eye in the title. (Blade lengths on Scott’s Miura set and 680 Forged are identical.)
“We reshaped the top line to match the chassis to fit the look he was going for,” O’Connell said. “It’s a small thing, but someone of Adam’s caliber notices things like that.”
The flat sole has also been slightly modified to accommodate the tougher grass conditions he could see later this summer as the temperature begins to rise.
“[Adam] “He mentioned the Open Championship where he thought a single player could do more,” O’Connell said.
Rather than aiming for the Open Championship, Scott has his eyes set on the prospect of them soon sharing Jack’s place – a fitting spot to unlock a range of blades with plenty of traits that can be found in the 18-time main winner’s iron. .
“He could have had them play today but not tomorrow,” O’Connell said. “Needless to say, we’re not sure where he’s going. For us, it was simply a matter of getting this iron in a good place to test it out and if we needed to go ahead and make adjustments down the road we could do it. If he plays them this week and loves him, we’re very close” .
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