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JACK IS BACK. Actually the #GOAT was never gone.

But what the 18-time major champion has done, is created a limited-edition set of irons as a joint-venture with the legendary Japanese Club makers at Miura Golf.

This series of irons are for serious collectors who enjoy beauty and function.

The set is a classic Miura blade, with the Nicklaus preferred specifications. The partnership on the this set of irons mixes 60 years of the Miura’s club making perfection, with the Nicklaus thoughts on design created over his 60 years on design thoughts.

Jack Nicklaus with the Miura Golf design team.

These clubs are the first in a decade to “Bear” the Nicklaus name.

Pre-Order is available now, by going to the first sets will arrive in early 2021.

Nicklaus first went to the Miura factory in 2014, and was only the second person to sit in the famed Miura grinding line first chair, where only Miura-san has ever sat.

“The day Jack visited the factory was the best day of my life,” Miura-san said. “My family is honored to produce this set of iron’s for golf’s greatest champion and see our families crest share a clubhead with his seal of approval.”

The Nicklaus Miura Blade Iron, Pre-order now.

“I’ve spent decades designing golf equipment, and I cherish  the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into enhancing the tools of my trade,” Nicklaus said. “The Miura family and I share this passion for doing everything the right way and leaving no detail overlooked, and we have worked closely in this collaboration to highlight the superior subtleties of Miura forged steel.”

The goal in this partnership was to create the Miura-san club, with a modern day version of the Nicklaus blade. What Nicklaus asked for, was a set of irons created with a standard offset, uniformed through the set. Miura clubs have been built since 1957, they are individually handcrafted and will never be mass-produced. For more see

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.