The Miura SIT-460 driver has a name that’s unusual, but that’s
appropriate because the club stands out from its competitors. I “get”
the “460” part of the name - it indicates that the club has a 460cc head
- the maximum size the Rules of Golf allow. But what does the “SIT”
part stand for, if anything? And what makes this driver different from
Well, “SIT” stands for “Strong & Ideal Trajectory,” and that sounds like a good goal for any golf club. As for makes the driver different from most of its competitors, there are several answers.
For one thing, this driver has a 460cc titanium head. Most current drivers do too, so that’s nothing different, but this one’s designed to look smaller than its actual size. Most drivers today are designed to look bigger than they actually are, in an attempt to inspire confidence in golfers. But the Miura SIT-460 driver is intended to appeal to accomplished players, and those folks usually prefer compact driver heads.
And, I’ve mentioned Miura’s mystique elsewhere on our site (for example, in our review of the Miura K-Grind wedge). Well, the same sort of mystique surrounds the Miura SIT-460 driver. Miura Golf has always been known for its superb forged irons, and its clubs have always been more expensive and harder to find than other brands. That combination makes them high class and exclusive, or at least as close as you can get to that in golf equipment.
Miura clubs aren’t for everyone. They’re not mass-produced, and a single wedge can cost as much as a PING or Callaway driver, for goodness’ sake.
But, they aren’t just expensive and hard to come by – they’re also known for their exceptional quality and performance. So there you go – the mystique of Miura in a nutshell: expensive, exclusive, and superior quality and performance.
Miura Golf was founded by Katsuhiro Miura, a renowned master craftsman of golf clubs. He’s quite a legendary guy and he’s still quite active in the company. In fact, he continues to hand-craft many Miura clubs – including the Miura K-Grind wedge reviewed on another page of our site. But the Miura SIT-460 driver is the brain-child of his son, Shinei Miura.
Shinei Miura’s father taught him well. The goal here was to create a 460cc driver that gives golfers the advantages of a big-headed driver (distance and forgiveness) while still providing the more classic, compact look at address that many highly-skilled golfers strongly prefer.
The face is taller than that of many other drivers. In addition to making the club’s sweet spot larger, the taller face makes you feel as though you’re about to put a solid smack on the ball. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: in golf, confidence is everything.
The face is laser-welded onto the lightweight, all-titanium body, unifying them into a single solid structure. Miura claims the two-piece head assembly used in this specific driver is stronger and more stable than a three- or four-piece design.
The face angle is square, which is appropriate for better golfers. Slicers won’t get any help from an offset, because there isn’t one.
The sole has two subtle tiers that are intended to serve a dual purpose: to provide the optimal weight distribution for the head; and to ensure that the club sits squarely at address. The crown of the Miura SIT-460 driver features a matte-black finish that’s intended to reduce sun glare.
The Miura SIT-460 driver is designed to be longer and more forgiving, but also deliver the penetrating ball flight and reduced spin of the company’s previous driver – the 390cc Miura “Precious Edition” (the last thing I’d name a driver is “Precious,” so this must be a case of cultural differences). Independent testing shows that this driver outclasses its predecessor and the competition in more than just cachet. Compared to the “Precious Edition” and a Cleveland 460 Titanium Launcher, the Miura SIT-460 driver had longer carries, a lower launch angle, and longer roll-outs.
Miura clubs are sold at a very limited number of outlets, but they offer a great deal of customizability. The MSRP of the Miura SIT-460 driver starts at $595 (roughly twice the price of many name-brand drivers) and goes up from there, depending on which shaft is fitted to the club. It’s available in 9- and 10.5-degree lofts, in right-handed versions only. To the best of my knowledge, all authorized Miura dealers are qualified club fitters who can make expert recommendations for the particular specifications individual golfers need.
The Bottom Line: Go for it, if you can afford it. If you’re a low-handicapper who loves the classic look of smaller-headed drivers but you want to gain some distance and forgiveness, the Miura SIT-460 driver might be the right fit for you.