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Mizuno MP-57 Irons Review

Jun. 28, 2008     By     Comments (52)

Mizuno broadens their award winning MP irons lineup by offering golfers the cavity-backed MP-57's.

Mizuno MP-57When I found out about Mizuno releasing a full cavity-back iron for their MP line, I must admit, I was pretty giddy.

I've long admired the MP line but knew I had no business playing any of them as I felt I just wasn't good enough nor did I have the time to dedicate to practice enough to enjoy playing golf with them. No matter how nice a club looks, that beauty is not going to help you when your swing isn't quite there.

Enter the MP-57 irons. Even though they are technically a full cavity-back iron, I was left to wonder when they arrived at my doorstep if they might still be a bit too much iron for my golf swing.

Read on to find out if a cavity-back iron could still produce that "buttery-smooth" Mizuno feeling while also providing a level of forgiveness for those of us who can't dedicate hours at the range honing our golf swings.

Design and Technology
Using the Grain Flow Forging and the Cut Muscle technologies seen in the rest of the MP line, the MP-57 are the first iron in the series to feature a full cavity. By incorporating a full cavity, the Mizuno engineers were able to make a much larger sweet spot for added forgiveness for those of us who don't make a nearly perfect swing every time.

Mizuno MP-57 Irons Sole
While boasting a slightly wider sole and a full cavity, the MP-57s definitely do not fit into the game improvement category. They still require you to make a good pass at the ball.

The MP-57 are forged from 1025E mild carbon steel that provides for a soft yet solid feel utilizing Mizuno's Grain Flow Forging, a six-step process that their MP line of irons go through. Also incorporated into the MP-57 is the Cut Muscle design which provides what Mizuno describer as the "ideal center of gravity (COG) location, perfect trajectory, enhanced solid feel, and complete ball control." Toss in the reinforcing muscle pad to give you additional feel and you get one very impressive forgiving iron.

The MP-57 comes in a double nickle-chrome plated finish that looks nice and shiny in your bag but not so at the address position, so you don't have to worry about being blinded by any glare. The U-grooves provide "the ideal spin rate, for maximum playability in all conditions."

Finally, the sole. Mizuno describes it as a "rolled leading edge, cambered mid-sole, and rolled trailing edge deliver consistent striking ability from all types of lies." Non-marketing lingo, the MP-57 irons performed just fine from pretty much any lie you will find on the golf course.

Esthetics
I'm a pretty simple guy when it comes to how a club looks and believe that less is more rather than using multiple colors, graphics, medallions and whatnot. As such, I was quite pleased with how simply stated the MP-57 irons look. Clean and crisp is how I would best describe them.

Mizuno MP-57 Irons Back
Boasting a very clean and understated look, the MP-57 irons are a very beautiful looking cavity-back iron.

The MP-57s are a bit smaller from toe to heel than the game improvement style clubs I've used in the past but that didn't really seem to bother me after the first few shots as I felt it forced me to concentrate more when making a swing.

Some people get riled up about topline thickness, but I've never really cared much for that sort of thing. Sure, I don't want my irons to look like garden tools, but the angst caused by a few millimeters difference isn't going to spoil my tee time. For those who really get into the thickness of the topline, rest assured as the MP-57 irons look small and compact from the top. Not quite a blade but not bad at all.

One item to be aware of is that the 1025E mild carbon steel used in making the MP-57 irons is soft and over time, you will get some "bag chatter." I think these add character to a club but if you want your MP-57s to look shiny and new for years to come just know you may have to wrap a towel through the irons or get some covers to lessen the chance of marks.

Overall, the MP-57 irons are a classically style iron with some serious technology packed inside to make these irons more forgiving as well as appealing to the better player.

Performance
I must say, I was a bit worried at first that I didn't have the skill yet required to play the MP-57 irons. While not blades, they are still a "player's" cavity-back and after taking them out of the box and looking down at them, I thought "that's a pretty small clubhead." I was expecting to receive a stinging beatdown by the MP-57.

After warming up and using the shorter irons first to get a feel for the MP-57 irons, my fears quickly went away as I worked through all the clubs and found out what that buttery "Mizuno feel" is all about. Oh sure, I still made bad swings and the MP-57 irons let me know about it but I was pleasantly surprised at the consistency I was getting when hitting the entire range of irons, including the 3-iron.

I've heard quite a bit about the very particular feeling one gets when you hit a Mizuno iron pure. Best described as "buttery smooth," I now know what the fuss is all about. Catch the ball on the sweet spot with the MP-57 irons and I was rewarded with simply one of the sweetest feelings I've ever had with a golf club.

After a brief period of time, I found myself whether on the range or on the course and making a swing and being able to discern whether I hit it flush or just missed it. I crave that level of feedback as that will end up making me a better golfer in the long run.

Mizuno MP-57 Irons Toes
While looking small and compact, the MP-57s offer a nice blend of forgiveness as well as that "buttery" Mizuno feel.

The feedback was much more pronounced on shots that ended up more towards the toe, heel, and low on the clubface (thin). The feel was not the stinging rebuke kind, but rather more of a gentle reminder to make a better swing next time. With that gentle reminder comes a distinct loss of distance, which doubles as a good visual reminder to make a better swing next time.

As for forgiveness, the MP-57 does offer a fair amount. It's not so much that keep your bad swings in the same area as your good swings, but you still get what I'd call acceptable distance when you don't quite hit if pure. Hit it flush (or close) and your distance is good. Put a bad swing into it and you will end up losing about a club of distance.

I don't work the ball much presently, but it is something I've been attempting to work on as my golf swing evolves. I felt the MP-57s have helped me in that a fair amount thus far. I didn't find a bias either way nor did I find it overly difficult to hit draws or fades. My normal shot is a small cut as I find for me that is much easier to control and the MP-57 irons let me do that with a very nice consistency, without having to force it.

Hitting punch shots and knockdowns were relatively easy. I usually spend some part of my practice sessions seeing how much curvature I can put on my punch shots to not only learn more about my swing but also because I've been known to blow a few drives into the trees and it's nice to know how to get out safely. The MP-57 irons were more than capable of pulling off any type shot I wanted to try.

I found the MP-57 irons to be a beautiful blend of feedback and forgiveness. You don't have to make a perfect (or almost perfect) swing every time and on days in which your swing is a bit off, the MP-57 irons offer enough forgiveness to still make your round enjoyable.

Specifications
The MP-57s come standard with either True Temper Dynamic Gold and with an exclusive Mizuno/Golf Pride M-21 grip (Tour Velvet) and are available for righties and lefties in a 3-PW set that retail for $849.99. Project X 5.5 steel shafts are available as well for righties and retail for $899.99.

If the stock options don't suit your fancy, there are other custom options Mizuno can do for you with various shafts as well as different styles of grips. Check out an authorized Mizuno dealer and get properly fitted for length, lie angle, and grip size to make sure the irons you order are properly fit for your physical makeup and swing characteristics.

Iron  Loft  Lie     Offset  Bounce  Length
----  ----  ---     ------  ------  ------
3     21°    59.5°  0.161"    1°    38.75"
4     24°    60°    0.154"    1°    38.25"
5     27°    60.5°  0.146"    2°    37.75"
6     31°    61°    0.138"    2°    37.25"
7     35°    61.5°  0.130"    3°    36.75"
8     39°    62°    0.126"    4°    36.25"
9     43°    62.5°  0.114"    5°    35.75"
P     47°    63°    0.114"    6°    35.50"

Conclusion
Since putting the MP-57 irons in my bag, golf has become much more enjoyable for me. I feel as though the clubs have helped me to make some improvements in my golf swing. Equally enjoyable is the fact with the slight forgiveness that the MP-57s offer, I can still enjoy rounds in which my swing is a bit off. Plus, I don't have to spend hours at the range practicing.

Feel is very subjective and it can be hard to describe, but "buttery and smooth" is the best way I can think of to describe the feeling you get from hitting Mizuno irons. Do yourself a favor and give the MP-57 irons a try the next time your at your favorite golf retailer. I bet after hitting a few, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

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Discussion

  1. davechen says:

    Nice review! I'm also a mid handicapper. I've been lusting after the MP-57s but was concerned about where they'd be too hard to hit. So your review is reassuring.

  2. Nick says:

    Very nice review! I've always loved the look of Mizuno irons but I have never been able to hit them consistently. I am going to go demo the MP-57's myself to see if I may like them as well. I currently play Hogan Apex + irons. I love them because they are really soft. But I like the looks of the Mizunos much better.

  3. shortgame85 says:

    Very nice review, Alan. I have loved the look of these irons since they came out last year. I aspire to play them and your review gives me hope that I might get there sooner than later.

  4. Mohun says:

    Alan, what did you switch "from"? Is this a permanent change or are you alternating sets depending on how you feel?

  5. hdog says:

    I really enjoyed your review. I'm a mid handicapper that switched from Callaway Fusion Irons with R flex graphite shafts. I was happy with the Fusions, but one day I locked my keys in my car and could not get my clubs out of the trunk. While waiting for AAA, I hit a friend's Mizuno MP irons (NOT MP57) and was blown away by their consistency (I didn't notice feel till later). I had never hit Mizunos before, but all I could say was "WOW!" After that, I checked out a Mizuno demo day. After talking with the Mizuno rep about my game, he recommended the NEW MP-57s. I hit them on a launch monitor and was again amazed at their consistency, but I did not like the Dynamic Gold or Project X shafts because my swing is too slow and they felt too stiff and harsh and the trajectory was too low. The rep suggested the Dynalite SL shaft, but the trajectory was too high. What I did was purchase the Mizumo MP57s Dynamic Gold R flex shafts. Then after some research, and at the suggestion of a rep from Mitchell's Golf, I reshafted the MP57 iron heads with True Temper Black Gold shafts (R flex soft stepped by two shafts) and "WOW!!!", I'm in heaven. My MP57's are smooth, consistent, and more accurate than anything I have ever played. They are somewhat forgiving, and they give me enough feedback to recognize if I don't make a good swing. I don't understand why Mizuno does not offer the Black Gold shafts, as I found they compliment the MP57 heads very nicely. The shafts feel smooth (without harshness), consistent and seem to transfer more power to the ball. They almost feel like graphite but with more control and accuracy. Even though they are steel shafts, I am hitting the ball probably 15 yards farther per iron than my old Fusions with graphite. Do yourself a favor and try the Mizuno MP57's. I am glad that I did.

  6. g-funk13 says:

    I moved from Titleist 735's to Mizuno MP-57's this spring. First swing on a course was a 133yd 9i. First ever eagle on a par 4. I am not a real superstitious guy, but its safe to say I will be playing these for a long LONG time.

  7. Thomas Coss says:

    Great review. Since they weren't mentioned, I'd just like to state that mid-to-high handicappers should definitely compare these clubs to the Mizuno MX-25s, which are easier-to-hit cavity backs with a good feel but probably less feedback. When I demoed the MP-57s I felt like I got more feedback but also less help than my MX-25s. For me the differences between feel and forgiveness was subtle between these two Mizuno offerings, so both warrant a look.

    My index is 24, and my problem with the MP-57s was that I need the MX-25s now, but once I get better, I'd hope to go to something even "truer" than a cavity back. But I know a lot of players out there will find the MP-57 to be a better "tweener" iron for them right now.

  8. Oren says:

    did anyone compare these mizunu's to the new titliest ap-1's?
    both are supposed to be game improvement irons with more feel and a wink towards better players but it sounds like the mizuno's are a little more serious golfers choice... am i right?
    did someone compare the 2? what will be the pro's and con's

    im a 20 handicapper, playing for a year and a half, long hitter but not accurate enough still, trying to improve - what will u recomend?

  9. fusioncal says:

    Good write-up, Alan! This reviews has been long overdue.

    You just can't go wrong with Mizuno. :wink:

  10. Bengoshi says:

    Sugoi desu ne! Samurai swords for the fairway.

    I have the MX-23s of yore and get that soft buttery feeling with those. What I would really like is a mixed set of the 57s 7-P, and staying with my trusty 23s 3-6 (actually I use an old Comp-Ez 2-iron - why does no one make 2 irons any more?)

  11. Patrick says:

    too bad you dont show a picture of the topline... that's what wins a place in my bag. not razor thin, not in my bag.

  12. Alan Olson says:

    Alan, what did you switch "from"? Is this a permanent change or are you alternating sets depending on how you feel?

    I've played the past four years with a set of oversized cavity-back irons (from a small Minnesota component company, Meridian Golf that went belly-up a few years ago) that provided very little feedback. No matter where on the face you hit the ball, it all felt the same.

    This spring, I started off with the Titleist AP1 irons and have thus far, split the season between those and the MP-57's.

    Nothing's permanent (I haven't hit the AP2 irons yet :grin: ) but for now and the foreseeable future, the MP-57's have definitely won me over.

  13. Stephen says:

    Great review. I am very curious how you would compare the MP-57s with the Titleist APs and which your would lean toward. I have played the MP-32s for a few years and am about to make a switch. Do you have any thoughts?

  14. Cliff Kline says:

    Since starting to play Wishon's 770CFE irons three years ago, I have improved form a 15 to a 13.4. Any idea how the MP-57s compare to the Wishons in terms of forgiveness?

    I would normally not consider switching, but these clubs look beautiful.

  15. Mark says:

    I've had my MP-57's for 4 months and love them. They are the sweetest feeling irons I have hit and I've been using Ben Hogan Apex for years. I thought I'd never switch from my Hogan's. Thanks for this review, so others can find out how marvelous these irons really are.

  16. Juergen says:

    I just tested the MP-57 a couple of days ago since i was looking to switch over from the MP-67 for a little more forgiveness. I am not finished with my testing yet, but my shots looked pretty much the same with both irons, same trajectory, same slight fade i normally hit - little less divot with the MP-57 and a little bit more distance - maybe 1-2 m per club. I tested with the same shafts and stiffness - Rifle, but so far i am not convinced that the 57´s give me any advantage over my 67´s that make it worthwhile to shell out 900 € for them.

    As a comparsion i also tested the Taylormade Tour Burners - they almost gave me no feedback what so ever. Thats what i love with the Mizunos - they talk to you and you immediately know after you hit it, how your shot will end up. And yes - the feeling of a well struck shot is just awesome with Mizunos MP-series.

  17. To those asking about the AP1 vs. MP-57s, I'd suggest they're not really similar products: the AP1 line is more in line with some of Mizuno's "MX" line of irons.

    The AP1s are more forgiving, but less traditional looking in terms of feel and performance. Thus, it's quite unlikely someone would reasonably be considering either AP1 or MP-57. The better analogy would be AP2 vs. MP-57.

    And on that, sadly, neither Alan nor I can really comment.

  18. gregg says:

    did anyone compare these mizunu's to the new titliest ap-1's?
    both are supposed to be game improvement irons with more feel and a wink towards better players but it sounds like the mizuno's are a little more serious golfers choice... am i right?
    did someone compare the 2? what will be the pro's and con's

    im a 20 handicapper, playing for a year and a half, long hitter but not accurate enough still, trying to improve - what will u recomend?

    I did a rather long comparison over several demo days at my local driving range. The AP1s are very good clubs, but they were no better than the Callaway X-20, Cleveland Gold, or the Mizuno MX-950 (All of which I have played at least one round with and have spent long periods on the range testing).

    There is a lot of debate about "feel." Its is a very subjective metric at best. However, there have been a number of studies conducted about consistency when comparing forged irons versus cavity backs. Mizuno's forging process is considered superior to all others and as a result of this process, they produce the most consistent irons available.

    If you want to get better, and have the time to practice, I would reccommend the MP-57s. If you feel you are not ready yet, you won't make a mistake in purchasing the AP1s, but there are better values with equal or better performance from other manufacturers.

  19. Carl says:

    Thanks for the good review. A few readers are asking about the comparison between the AP1/2s and MP-57s. I, too, have agonised over recent weeks over the three choices. The MP-57s are a much better looking club, and when hit cleanly are simply awesome! With a handicap of 18, I rarely hit the ball the same twice in a row :cry: , so I found that the AP1s were far superior off the face. Similarly, the AP2s were more forgiving than the MP-57s. In the end, I convinced myself that the new and ugly (imo) titleists were better suited to my game than the MP-57s. I must say that I was somewhat disappointed, as the MP-57s are a fantastic club. Perhaps when I improve my swing consistenty I can move up to the Mizunos. For those lingering around the high teens / low 20s :sad: , I think the AP1s are better suited if you can look past the thick top line and unusual new titleist look. My AP1s are due to arrive in the next couple of days and I can't wait to get out there and learn to see their 'inner beauty'! :grin:

  20. Rocky Cowell says:

    Thanks to this review I went with these irons over the MP-32's. My swing is not quite consistent enough for the MP-32 so I went with the more forgiving MP-57. All that I can say is that I love this iron. I was playing the original Nike Slingshot irons, which gave almost no feedback on mis-hits. I wanted an iron that would give me more feedback without being too punishing and I found it in the MP-57. Also, being fit for these irons has helped me as well. I will never play an iron not made by Mizuno again!

  21. Don says:

    My handicap varies from 16 to 22, and I've owned some of the best game improvement clubs out there. I now own the MP57s which I bought in November of 07 and have played them about 50 rounds in Florida, and keep them down there for the winter. I also own the MP67s which I bought in 06, when they were first introduced, and have played over 80 rounds with them, and use them up north during the summer. I ordered both sets with the Dynalite Superlite Sensicore shafts, and a 5 iron is the longest. They are both nice sticks, but the MP67s are definitely my favorites. Hit them on center and you get that "buttery" feel and that "click" sound. Hit them off center, and they will let you know with that "tock" sound, and you may loose a club's worth of yardage. As Alan indicates in his review, one reason to play blades is to force you to be a better ball striker, and I think that he is correct. I've played some of my best rounds with both of these sets. Now, if I could only learn how to putt

  22. Ian says:

    My handicap varies from 16 to 22

    I've been looking everywhere for one of those variable handicaps, especially when it's club championship time! Where'd you get it from? :lol:

    I've just switched from Ping i3 blades to MP57 with PX shafts and couldn't be happier.

  23. Don says:
    My handicap varies from 16 to 22

    I've been looking everywhere for one of those variable handicaps.

    Variable handicaps are available, but at a price. Three putt a number of greens per round on ten or more days and your handicap will most likely "vary." I'm glad that you like your MP 57s. Try those MP 67s, and you be even happier than you already are.

  24. Mark Howell England says:

    Mizuno make the finest irons in the world, just take a look at their site to see the passion for manufacture.
    I have had my MP57's for 4 months and can honestly say I will keep them until they drop apart they are that good. The feeling and touch are unique and you feel like a pro when you are hitting them well. You dont need to be a single figure to weild them either!
    Dont even consider another forged iron - these are perfect - the absolute pinnacle of craftsmanship!

  25. Grimm - Maryland, USA says:

    I have been testing the MP-57 vs the Ping i10

    I have found that the feel of the MP-57 is consistant with this artical. Its that "buttery-smooth" feel on center hits that make the decision hard. I have found that the i10's are slightly better on off center hits and I seemed to hit the i10 7iron as far as the MP-57 6 iron. So, MP-57 better feel yet i10's ball comes off face with more spring. I have found that the mp-57 lofts are about a degree higher then the i10's so the slightly de-lofted i10 with spring loaded face = more distance. Another thing I liked most about the MP-57's is the D2 swing weight vs. the demo i10's D0 swing weight. Complimented the buttery-smooth feel of the Mizuno. So, for the mid-handicaper, if you like the feel/feedback aspect and dont mind clubing up you'll love the MP-57's. If you want more distance and forgivnes then there are others that will give you that.

    If anyone else has thier experiance testing the i10 vs MP-57's I would love to hear about it.

  26. Stan says:

    I just got mine yesterday with the 5.5 project-x rifle shafts. I had been playing with Pings in the previous years and now I have found what I have been missing. Wow. It may just be the difference in shafts, but I am a club longer with the Mizuno's.

    I went and tested them at the golf shop and thought they were soooo sssmmmoootthhh to hit - glad I had the same feeling after buying them.

  27. mp4life says:

    It may just be the difference in shafts, but I am a club longer with the Mizuno's.

    It is not just the shafts Stan! I got the same results with DGS300s in my MP-57s! :grin: Not only longer, but better control and consistency too. My old G5s may never make it out of the closet again!!! :lol: I share your 'giddy-ness' Alan! I can't imagine anything getting these babies out of my bag anytime soon.

  28. Caboman says:

    I have played Titleist clubs since 1975. I purchased AP1s this past spring, and have recently sold them on Ebay. I have ordered MP-57s and anxiously await their arrival! The AP1s were very dissapointing to me, as I could not work the ball whatsoever with them. I should have gotten the AP2s but didn't.

    I went and hit the AP2s the new TaylorMade's and the MP-57s....the 57s are by far the best irons I have ever held in my hands....

    Sorry Titleist.....I will still play everything else from Titleist.......but my irons will now be Mizuno...MP 57s

    I am a 9 handicap and expect to go down at least 3 points with these.

  29. mwalter says:

    Planning on buying my first set of mizuno irons this week. I've been trying out the MP52's but haven't been able to hit the MP57's yet. I'm debating between the two and was wondering if anyone would have any feedback? I've not played a lot of golf the past couple years but enjoy the game and had my index down to 2.1 a few years ago...I'd go with the 57's but I'm a little afraid they won't be forgiving enough for me now.

  30. Alan Olson says:

    Planning on buying my first set of mizuno irons this week. I've been trying out the MP52's but haven't been able to hit the MP57's yet. I'm debating between the two and was wondering if anyone would have any feedback? I've not played a lot of golf the past couple years but enjoy the game and had my index down to 2.1 a few years ago...I'd go with the 57's but I'm a little afraid they won't be forgiving enough for me now.

    If you've been down to a 2.1, either set should be quite fine for you. I wouldn't worry as I found the 57's to be quite forgiving.

  31. mwalter says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I ordered the 57's tonight...I'm looking forward to hitting a good set of irons!!

  32. patrick says:

    I hit the 57's, the 62's and I have to admit: I bought the older version - the 60's. The looks are just cleaner and I was able to convince myself that they feel softer - probably imaginary, but my scratch-player-senses work for me.
    If you are looking for "forgiving", you are certainly in the wrong corner of the pro shop anyway. the fraction this little cavity might help you out will have to be considered placebo.

  33. mwalter says:

    Well, the 57's arrived and they're awesome!! Surprisingly I seemed to hit the longer irons even better than the short ones! Can't complain about that...nice set of clubs - Mizuno continues to impress!!

  34. Pete says:

    Regarding Carl's comment on "the AP2's being more forgiving than the MP57's", either your swing/consistancy level is WAY off or you just don't know what you're talking about...I have hit the AP2's on a number of occasions as well as the MP57's, and the AP2's are BY FAR much less forgiving clubs. Its a simple fact. The length of the head from toe to heel is more compact, and the height is also shorter top to bottom.

  35. Dan says:

    Ok...I OWNED the Ap1s.....sold em on Ebay after 12 rounds.....you can't work the ball around anything with the AP1s.....I was dissapointed....I had played Titleist for over 24 years.....never ever anything else.... I went and hit the AP2s....the Mp57s....and the new Nike's.....I bought the 57s.....they looked better...they worked right and left better.....and...the feel when you hit one??? nothing like it ever before.....as they say......."butter"

    Buy the Mizuno's....when Titleist comes ot with a new club? I will go hit it...as I am a Titleist guy...but for now? I am a Mizuno guy

  36. Mark NZ says:

    Purchased my MP57's last week after a local pro shop had an expo weekend. Play off 10 and hit the entire Muzuno range plus alot of other brands. I have always wanted a set of Muzuno's so that had a bit to do with my purchase but hey half the game is played in the top two inches!
    Surprisingly I hit the long irons pretty well straight away. Have a bit off work to do with the timing with the short irons but thats to be expected going from an average set of irons previously. Still the accuracy of the clubs is very impressive. On reflection of my first round I was putting for birdies form inside 12 feet alot more than I normally would. Also very nearly holed out with my 6 iron on a 145 metre par 3, ended up 6 inches away for a gimme 2 so there and then I gave them a pass mark!

  37. Mehmet says:

    would mp-52 be better with projectx 5.5 or projectx the high launch version.. I am a medium hc. I want to switch to these badly but increase their forgiveness as much as I can..

  38. Joe says:

    All,

    I bought my 57's just today i got them back from the adjustment (1 deg flat) new grips (winn #6).. Honestly not impressed with the factory grips they will chew up your hands..

    The club, chrome finish very relaxing on the eyes will not blind you with glare from the sun on those *perfect* days. When the club is hit solid you cannot fell the contact only the swing. The offset is nice for fixing slight swing problems. The head on the end of the 3i looks VERY small compared to the length of the shaft. You really have to rotate the shoulder through impact in order to NOT hit it off center.

    Overall I am very pleased with my purchase..

    Lefty Joe

  39. steven hansen says:

    I replaced my Ping 59s with a full set of MP57s and I could not be much happier. I don't want to tell you what I thought about the Ping 57s I hit 300 balls with but I am sure Mizuno will be my iron brand for a long time to come. Also, I like the MP57s over the MP52s.

  40. herrick9 says:

    Thanks for the review and ensuing comments. I have been looking for this kind of opinion since purchasing the 57's in June. Just coming back to the game after a four year medical hiatus and it's been interesting to say the least. Ya know, older, heavier etc. etc.. I had played with a a set of M/T's (forged cavity backs) with some degree of success for six or seven years but must admit to always being cruious about the Mizuno product at large. I bit the bullet but like "hdog" found the stock S-300's too stiff for my "use ta could" abilities. I ripped 'em out and put in a set of Dynamic Golds (5.5) and while they are ok still not quite what I'm looking for. Collective comments here on the overall appearance group and "buttery" feedback for center face contact appear to be dead on, but off-center results in my case at least are somewhat nasty. Will do a little more shaft research and might even try a 6-iron makeup w/the Dynamic Black Golf to see what that yeilds for me. Thanks again to one and all. BTW, nice community here.

  41. MSchumacher says:

    Great review. But did you notice a loss in distance? I moved over from GI irons and lost about 5 to 10 yards in distance

  42. Grimm says:

    I own these clubs and love them! I saw a loss in distance so can't be afraid to club up. But the consistancy and feel of these irons are awsome.

  43. Mcsox08 says:

    I'm looking to buy the 57's. I have a 8 hc and I'm now wondering if these would be the right irons for me and what is the difference between them all.

  44. Hooters714 says:

    Just picked up a set of MP57's with Dynamic Gold R300 shafts for a mere $ 649.00. First two rounds have been a modified best ball and a scramble. Cannot wait to get out this week end with the old ball and chain and play 36 on Saturday.

  45. Bratch73 says:

    Am a high 80-low 90 shooter who wants to improve.I'm only playing the game seriously(majority of weekends and the odd round during the week) for about 5 years now. I was looking at the new MX200's and AP1's until i saw this post. I love Mizuno's, my first set were MX-17's and loved them. Currently have TM R7 Draw and like the clubs but i just feel i need something else to challenge me. Do you guys think I should maybe stretch for the 57's or stick with what i have until i get a bit more consistent.I can strike the ball nicely a lot of the time but my main problem has been distance, but that has been improving of late.

  46. Bob says:

    I'm looking to buy the 57's. I have a 8 hc and I'm now wondering if these would be the right irons for me and what is the difference between them all.

    I am down to a 6 from a 10 this year and it is due to switching to these irons. I was playing R7 tp's which I thought were great but when I used a friends mp 57s at the range I was shocked at how easy these are to hit. Bought my own set used and It has been a perfect marriage. More people should have the courage to hit the MP line. They are very easy to play, dig through the ground with ease and feel very soft. These provide enough feedback on offcenter hits and oh yes I now enjoy hitting a 4 iron!

  47. fastrack says:

    Wonderful review and feedbacks. Anyone compared difference between PX5.5 vs DG S300? It seems that either one is fine? Thanks!

  48. aaron says:

    how would mizuno irons compare to srixon's forged offerings

  49. John says:

    I must say I have been curious about the Mizuno line for while and chose the NIke CCI forged irons as my last set. I was in a local golf shop and hit the 57's, and from that point it took me all of 15 minutes to purchase them. I have a 8.3 index and feel these are the best irons I have hit in my 32 years of play. Sweet is all I can say! They are not the blade the Nike irons are so that extra bit of forgiveness has immediately saved me 2-3 shots per round. My index is down a full point as a result. I could not be more happy with these irons...I think I am headin' to the range for a bucket.
    Later!

  50. davep says:

    I know this post is probably a year behind but felt I should give my $.02. I went to a Demo day and tried the same sort of iron made by Titliest, Nike, Callaway & Cleveland and these clubs seems to be head and shoudlers above the rest. The Callaway's were the closest with the Nike, Titliest and Callaway not even in the picture. the feel with a good shot on these irons is fantastic. It's amazing that Mizuno didn't really market these irons that much and if not for some research wouldn't have known about them. I've had these clubs for almost a year and love them. When you hit a ball pure it just takes off. Even with X100 shafts the ball skies on a good shot. Your site had one of the best reviews before I went to the demo and you were right on the money with these clubs. Thank you.

  51. Jeff says:

    I am a 10 hdcp and played cast cavity backs for decades. I hit a used Mizuno Pro on a range 12 yrs. ago, and found out what I was missing and immediately bought the set. What I didn't know until recently was that the S4oo shafts in the clubs were basically a 2X4 and extra heavy and stiff. When a clubfitter asked me how in the heck I played with those shafts for 10 yrs....I said,,,"pretty good actually". recently hit MP 57's at a range. Haven't found any club on the market that compares to the feel of a Mizuno. Like many of you have said, it's a desicion between feel and consistency over distance and forgiveness.

    I bought a set of Adams A4's a month ago, and still have not decided on them yet. Their all taped up and my buddies think I'm nuts! the 7-w go 20 yds farther and higher which is what I was looking for, but the 5-3hybrid don't and have very strong lofts while the 7-w are the opposite. Will mostly likely trade them for the MP 57's. Even if I hack it up, my bag will look great!! Don't think I can go wrong with any Mizuno. Nothing compares in my mind....I might start a new catch phrase,..."once you've gone Mizuno, you never go back".

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