Miura Golf of Japan makes the world's finest forged golf clubs, designed and manufactured by patriarch and club expert Katsuhiro Miura with the help of his sons Yoshitaka and Shinei, whom he trained.
Miura makes its forged clubs -- irons, wedges and putters -- in the company's one factory and one forge, both in the city of Himeji, which was for centuries the seat of the ancient Japanese art of samurai sword making. While demand for those weapons has diminished, the generations of steelmaking skill and passion have not -- and these are the attributes that the Miura family brings to the creation of the world's best golf weapons.
Katsuhiro Miura, who began making golf clubs in 1957, hand-grinds clubs in his factory every day alongside Yoshitaka Miura, while Shinei Miura supervises the forging. Miura clubs are made one by one, using many handcrafting processes, and will never be mass produced. Special forging techniques assure that the grain of the steel in each club will be fine and uniform, with no voids or tiny bubbles that could interfere with the famous Miura purity of the strike. This grain, more comparable to a jar of sand than a jar of marbles, is the result of careful and patient forging and finishing, and it sets Miura apart from other clubs.
Miura offers non-forged products as well -- drivers, fairway woods and hybrids -- all designed and produced under the supervision of the Miura family.
Among professional golfers, the Miura name is well-known -- indeed, before he made clubs under his own name, Katsuhiro Miura supplied many top pros with the clubs they used to win major championships. Out of deference to those players and their current endorsement relationships, Katsuhiro Miura does not discuss them specifically. Instead, he focuses on the design and manufacture of his current clubs, which are to him the highest expression of his decades-long quest for golf club perfection.
Here are some of the key people who help bring the excellence of Miura to the world.
Douglas Buchanan QC is a commercial lawyer with over 30 years' experience currently practicing with a prominent Manhattan law firm, and prior to that practiced with a national Canadian law firm. He is admitted to the practice of law in both British Columbia and Ontario and is licensed to practice as a legal consultant in the State of New York. Mr. Buchanan is one of the founding shareholders' of Miura Golf Inc. and has been one of the driving forces behind the growth and development of the company since its inception in the late 1990's. He has been intimately involved with Japanese business and cultural matters for over 40 years, and lived in Japan for five years.
Bill Holowaty has been with the Company for seven years and works out of the Company's facility in Burnaby, British Columbia. In addition to managing all product matters for the Company, he manages all international dealers and dealer network development outside of North America. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Economics. Bill worked for a number of years in the service industry with a major Japanese corporation and as a result has a comprehensive knowledge of the Japanese culture and language. Prior to joining the Company Bill managed the operations of a retail automotive business, winning a number of industry awards and developing extensive retail experience.
Ted Cotter has been with the Company for three years and works out of the Company's facility in Burnaby, British Columbia. Ted manages the dealer network and its expansion in the United States and Canada. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Miura Golf Ted managed the North American operations of a wholesale sports clothing manufacturer developing extensive dealer network and sales experience.
With more than three decades of sales and sales management experience in and out of the golf industry, Charlie Gerber is responsible for expanding Miura's network of authorized dealer/fitters in the United States. Charlie has sold everything from consumer products to golf clubs, and he has a knack for making quality distribution a smooth and seamless process. His major stops before coming to Miura in 2011 include Dial Corp., Tommy Armour Golf, and Sundog Eyewear. A fine player himself, Charlie understands golf clubs and makes sure dealers have the tools they need -- from knowledge to clubs to promotional help -- to do their best for Miura golfers.
Mr. Miura is located in Himeji, Japan and his background is set out in this website under
"The Miura Tradition". Mr. Miura is a shareholder of Miura Golf and he directs the design and
manufacture of the Miura Golf products and directs the research and development function.