Fall is here and that means one thing: equipment companies are coming out with their new offerings in time for some early holiday shopping.
This week's offering comes to us courtesy of Mizuno, which comes out with four new iron sets across a pretty broad spectrum to fit all types of golfers. If you ever have hit a Mizuno iron flush, you know that great feeling you get from their irons and three of the offerings come in their Grain Flow forging.
Read on to find out about the latest the folks at Mizuno have to offer.
Say "goodbye" to Cut Muscle Technology and "hello" to Dual Muscle Technology, which Mizuno describes as "an outer muscle pad which allows for a precisely placed, lower and deeper center of gravity, offering enhanced playability and an ideal launch angle, and an inner muscle pad which provides the unparalleled feel and feedback that better players demand." Seems to be the newest thing in irons is some sort of dual technology for both more forgiveness and feedback.
The second characteristic you will notice is a patented CNC milled pocket cavity. Mizuno describes it as "two deep crescents milled into the club head allow for the redeployment of 14 grams of mass for a lower and much deeper COG, while maintaining thickness behind the impact area for amazing solid feel." The biggest advantage of this feature is increased playability on miss-hits and a superior launch. I'll take the added feel but I'm not 100% sure with how these look. While you don't see the dual cavity at address, I must admit I like the looks of some of the older models that Mizuno has to offer.
No different from the rest of the MP lineup, the MP-52 irons go through Mizuno's patented Grain Flow Forging which results in producing an iron that gives you a "consistent and predictable ball flight" while also offering workability and forgiveness that I think you will agree with me, we can all benefit from.
In addition to all the fancy new technology, the MP-52 irons feature a rolled leading edge, cambered mid-sole, and an aggressively beveled trailing edge to allow you to make a consistent pass at the ball from various types of lies. Toss in some U-grooves that produce the ideal spin rate for maximum playability in all conditions and a very sharp-looking double nickel chrome plated finish and Mizuno once again scores major points with yet another iron set.
The MP-52 irons will be available in right- and left-handed models with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 and R300 steel shafts for a suggested retail price of $1,100 (about $900 street) and also available with Project X 5.5 shafts for $1,200 (about $1,000 street). The exclusive Mizuno/Golf Pride M-21 58 Round grips will come standard. If none of those options suits your needs, you can go through Mizuno's Custom Club department to find a shaft, grip and lie combination to suit your swing. You can add these to your bag right now (after you finish reading, thank you!) as they are available at authorized Mizuno dealers as we speak.
Just like the MP-52 irons, the MP-62 irons employ the same Dual Muscle technology with an outer pad that allows for a "precisely placed center of gravity" for workability and an inner pad that provides for better feel and feedback. An iron that is designed for better players, the MP-62 irons (which look to be the MP-60 irons replacement) look pretty nice up close and personal. Simple and clean looking, the MP-62 irons again show again that Mizuno makes some of the nicest looking irons in the business.
No different from the rest of the MP lineup, the MP-62 irons go through Mizuno's patented Grain Flow Forging which results in producing an iron that gives you that patented "Mizuno feel." If you have hit one flush, you know what I'm talking about.
Just like the MP-52 irons, the MP-62 irons also feature a rolled leading edge, "aggressive" cambered mid-sole, and a rolled trailing edge to allow you to make a consistent pass at the ball from various types of lies. Toss in some U-grooves that produce the ideal spin rate for maximum playability in all conditions with some double nickel chrome plated finish and you have yourself some serious-looking irons for the serious player.
The MP-62 irons will be available in right handed models with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 and R300 steel shafts for a suggested retail price of $1,100 (about $900 street) and also available with Project X 5.5 shafts for $1,200 (about $1,000 street). The exclusive MIZUNO/Golf Pride M-21 58 Round grips come standard but you can always get your Mizuno's custom made for you by checking out their custom shop. Like the MP-52 irons, go check them out now as they are in your favorite authorized Mizuno dealer shop today.
While also producing some new irons designed for the better player, Mizuno didn't forget about the mid and higher handicap golfers. The first offering is the MX-100 irons which is a blended hybrid-iron set which Mizuno designed with some research that identified the most common miss-hitting profiles of mid and high handicap players. Using this research, the Mizuno folks developed a clubhead design that matches the sweetspot area of most players (now that is some effective research).
This leads to what they call Y-Tune Technology, which is a blending of various designs to expand the "sweet area" more towards the toe, where more miss-hits occur. A new cavity pad was developed by modifying the shape of the sole and the depth of the cavity and places mass "strategically" and helps to move that happy "sweet area" out towards the toe for more forgiveness.
The MX-100 irons come in a set with hybrids replacing the four and five irons and cavity-back irons for the six iron through sand wedge. The mid irons feature a "ultra-deep pocket cavity design and extreme perimeter weighting for a high, easy launch and maximum forgiveness" while the scoring irons feature a "deep undercut cavity with solid power bar design for more accurate and better scoring shots."
The hybrids also feature something called a "Drop Down Crownâ€ which lowers the center-of-gravity for an easy, high launch, and also allows these hybrids to be custom fit to a golfer's exact specifications, something that only Mizuno offers. Toss in some super wide soles and U-grooves for consistent playability from all types of lies and you have what Mizuno describes as their most forgiving irons ever made. That's saying something.
The MX-100 hybrid set will be come standard with either True Temper Dynalite Gold XP shafts (R300,S300) or Mizuno's Exsar IS4 graphite shafts (regular, lite). The standard grip is Mizuno/Golf Pride M-21 58 Round but you can get whatever suits your fancy by going through Mizuno's custom club department. The suggested retail price for a set of 4-GW $700 for steel (about $600 street) and $850 for graphite (about $700 street). The MX-100 hybrid iron set will be available for both righties and lefties and you can add these to your bag in October.
Like the MX-100 irons, the MX-200 irons feature the same fancy Y-Tune technology that expand the sweet spot more towards the toe to be even more forgiving. Toss in the Grain Flow forging process and you get some nice feedback to let you know how you struck the ball.
The MX-100 irons boast a slightly larger clubhead and a wider, deeper, and longer CNC milled pocket design in order to deliver a low, deep center-of-gravity to help you get a nice easy and high launch. A more "aggressive triple cut sole design" will help you out and provide consistency from various types of lies you may encounter.
Add U-grooves that produce the ideal spin rate for maximum playability in all conditions with some durable, double nickel chrome plated finish and you have some irons that can provide a nice golfing experience for your for a long time.
The MX-200 irons come standard with either the True Temper Dynalite Gold XP shafts (R300,S300) or Mizuno's Exsar IS4 graphite shafts (regular, stiff). Like all other Mizuno offerings, the standard grip is the exclusive Mizuno/Golf Pride M-21 58 Round grip and is available for both righties and lefties. The suggested retail price for a set comprising of 4-GW is $850 (about $700 street) for steel and $1,100 (about $900 street) for graphite.
I was able to see the new Mizuno offerings in person last week and I had a mixed reaction to what I saw. The MP-62 irons look very nice and seem to be an evolutionary upgrade over the MP-60 irons.
The MP-52 irons are supposed to be the most forgiving in the MP line but I must say I thought the MP-57 irons were quite forgiving and in my opinion, a much nicer looking iron.