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Joshua Holmes

Got my Mizuno MP-59's Today... Review from a 14 Handicap

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General Thoughts

I bought a set of MP-59's that were used as Demo's at a golf show for the weekend.  Most clubs we not used and in plastic, and the clubs that had been used literally looked brand new.

I spent over an hour at Golfsmith going through fitting but I didn't like the monitor and I knew it wasn't giving me accurate results.  The monitor system was telling me everything was fading, and the day before at GG their monitor said everything was a draw.

I took these bad boys to the range after picking up today, and I am very glad I made the switch.  I had been using Wilson Deep Red's that I bought years ago from Walmart, or RockBottomGolf, or where ever.. They were dirt cheap learning irons and they were far ready for retirement.

These clubs were very easy to hit.  I didn't loose a single yard moving from Game Improvement irons to these blade/cav combo irons.

While they have a great feel, and hit extremely well, they don't feel quite as good as the MP-69's but I just don't have the trajectory to play those clubs.

I read a lot of reviews else where saying that the ball explodes off of the face, and I felt that way as well.  I was hitting my 5 Iron passed 200 with ease, which was nearly impossible with my last irons.  I even had a 7 iron shot that hit about 205.

Specifics

The Clubs

- DG S300 Shafts
- Standard Lie, Length, etc

Performance

Trajectory - The trajectory is mid for my swing speed, but I did notice that the purest hits I made really had the best and most idea trajectory I need.  This will be helpful in really helping me judge and achieve some better ball contact.

Workability - This is probably a no brainer, but the workability on these clubs makes me wonder why I didn't switch sooner.  My old clubs were so n00b friendly that it was difficult to draw or fade the ball.  With these clubs I found it very easy to shape shots.  Also, this came in handy when really trying several different shots.  I was able to pin point some swing faults that before were masked but I was able to quickly make adjustments so that I wasn't fading or drawing on accident.

Feel - As stated before, these feel outstanding, not as great as the MP-69's but these also came with DEMO Grips which feel paper thin and rock hard.  Also, I was using dirt crap range balls that felt like rocks in their own right.  I am going to hit the course this week with some ProV1's so we'll see about true feel this week or weekend.

Looks - They look awesome, I've even grown to love the golden insert in the back, which previously I really disliked, but it grows on ya.

Forgiveness - Even though these are a true player's iron, they are very forgiving.  The shorts that I hit that were mishits, would have been mishits with any set of clubs.  Shots that were not 100% pure still had great distance but I will say that toe hits did fade on me more than I would have liked but this is all part of moving to this style of club and learning to hit the ball a bit better.

Last thoughts

Everyone and every machine told me not to buy these irons, but there is nothing like testing these in the real deal..  I would encourage anyone considering making the switch to a players irons, to test out on a range before making up your mind!

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Awesome! Can you add a little version of this review to the product page? http://thesandtrap.com/products/mizuno-mp-59-irons

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Congrats on the purchase!! I've had my eye on the 59's for a while and have been hesitant to make the switch. Quick question...in your "fitting" sessions at GG and Golfsmith, did they recommend you have any adjustments made to the lie angle / lenght? Did they have you swing the "shaft optimizer" to determine if the DS was the proper shaft?

I hit these at Golfsmith about a week ago and flat out don't trust their computer. Distances seemed off, and ball flight was a fade (which I generally don't have with my irons)......Sounds like I need to find a range where I can get a true idea of how these things fly!

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Nice review. I liked these irons a lot. I think if I hadn't gone with AP2s this would be my next choice.

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AP2's are FABULOUS irons as well, but the chances of me finding a pair of AP2's in this same Condition for the price range is fairly hard.  If you get a set of 59's let me know what you think

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Originally Posted by showtime583

Congrats on the purchase!! I've had my eye on the 59's for a while and have been hesitant to make the switch. Quick question...in your "fitting" sessions at GG and Golfsmith, did they recommend you have any adjustments made to the lie angle / lenght? Did they have you swing the "shaft optimizer" to determine if the DS was the proper shaft?

I hit these at Golfsmith about a week ago and flat out don't trust their computer. Distances seemed off, and ball flight was a fade (which I generally don't have with my irons)......Sounds like I need to find a range where I can get a true idea of how these things fly!

showtime, GG did NOT at any point use the Shaft Optimizer and I hit all the head options on the cart.  I wasn't pleased with their lack of knowledge either on how to even use their systems and computer... Golfsmith, on the other hand, did seem to have better tools and know how to use them.  I used the Shaft Optimizer at Golfsmith and it told me what I already knew haha.

I would say the best thing you can do is fine a "Demo Day" in your area.  There is a tool for this on Mizuno's website.  Hitting these on real grass in real life conditions are the only way to truly test these irons, I have little to no faith in those launch monitors.

Just like you, at GS I was told almost every shot was a fade but on the range I hit probably a handful of fades in the bucket of 120 balls lol.

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Great info, thanks for the review.  I've been on the fence about getting a set of 58's or 59's.  I ordered a 58 6-iron off ebay and I'll see how I like it.

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Originally Posted by dsc123

I've been on the fence about getting a set of 58's or 59's.

I looked at both the 58 and 59s, and found the feel to be fairly different between the two.   Previously, I was using MP62s and looking for something slightly more forgiving, and I tried a plethora of clubs from different manufacturers.    The 58s didn't make it to the finalists for me, as they just felt a little dead and muted compared to the 59s.    I absolutely loved the feel and sound of the 59s, able to tell exactly where I was hitting on the clubface but without a harsh feedback.   With the 58, the feedback felt to me to be more muted to the point where it felt kind of dead compared to the 59.      I also thought the 59s were slightly more forgiving than the 58s, but the difference was pretty subtle and could also be explained away with normal differences from swing to swing.

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Originally Posted by Clambake

I looked at both the 58 and 59s, and found the feel to be fairly different between the two.   Previously, I was using MP62s and looking for something slightly more forgiving, and I tried a plethora of clubs from different manufacturers.    The 58s didn't make it to the finalists for me, as they just felt a little dead and muted compared to the 59s.    I absolutely loved the feel and sound of the 59s, able to tell exactly where I was hitting on the clubface but without a harsh feedback.   With the 58, the feedback felt to me to be more muted to the point where it felt kind of dead compared to the 59.      I also thought the 59s were slightly more forgiving than the 58s, but the difference was pretty subtle and could also be explained away with normal differences from swing to swing.

I felt the same way about the 58's, I didn't at all like the feel compared to the 59's.  I think the only step up from here is to get the 69's in terms of feel, but you really have to be a good ball striker and have a good use for those blades to want to play them lol

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I have the 59's and they are incredible... Great choice!

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Oh come on guys.  There's really no reason for me to get new irons at all, but I've convinced myself that its ok because I can get the 58's pretty cheap on ebay.  Why do you have to make me want the more expensive 59's?

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Originally Posted by dsc123

Oh come on guys.  There's really no reason for me to get new irons at all, but I've convinced myself that its ok because I can get the 58's pretty cheap on ebay.  Why do you have to make me want the more expensive 59's?

Because they really are a better feeling iron.

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Originally Posted by xmanhockey7

Because they really are a better feeling iron.

Because Mizuno REALLY needs the money right? lol

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nah I just want more used sets out there when I want to upgrade

Originally Posted by Joshua Holmes

Because Mizuno REALLY needs the money right? lol

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love mine +half inch 2° upright with kbs stiff shafts decade multi comps with 3 wraps.  want to hit them with c-tapers at some point

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Why do I keep seeing people refering the the "golden insert" in the back?   I own a set and its a stainless steel cover over a titanium insert.  Every picture Ive ever seen is stainless steel...Is your clubs different?

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Well mate, I am a single figure handicapper , and used to use MP-67. They are still my favourites. Sleek and sexy, able to nip the ball off tight lies and deep rough. I had tried the MP-59, and at first the MP-59 design did not appeal straight away to me, but did grow on me. This is a players club and for those wanting to take the next step up and be more creative with there shot making I urge you to try them (Mizuno do make the best irons with out a doubt, and their forging practices are unmatched). The difference with these clubs is in the slight miss-hits, where blades can be a little unforgiving on even slight miss-hits and may cost you a penalty and a bad hole or round if you let it. The MP-59 bridges that slight miss-hit penalty, and will still get your ball to safety. But you will still feel the miss-hit which is also important (Feed back from your club is always important, even the bad feed back), just where the blades will leave you short, the MP-59 will surprise you in helping you clear that water trap or bunker, and maybe save you some strokes and the round or tournament.  I would urge anyone from a handicap of 14 or better to give them a try.

Also try a match up with KBS (FST) Tour shafts, there is no hype with these shafts, they truly deliver what they promise. The smooth loading and unloading of the club is unmatched, and quite often even when your ball has hit a head wind, you think your going to fall short and land in that water trap, but the ball still keeps piercing through the wind makes it where other shafts wouldn't. Be aware though if you are a stiff-flex in true temper, you might want to check an X-stiff in the KBS (Swing Velocity is not the only factor in choosing shafts, if your are a strong swinger or heavy weight shifter (and not necessarily a super fast swinger), you will also load up the shaft quite a lot. So beware even though the KBS fitting guide in the internet says your a stiff-flex, you may actually be an X-stiff. If there is no KBS fitting nearby then I suggest you order one of each and put them in your six and seven iron. Feel the club loading up and unloading (also remember heavier swing-weight clubs will also have an effect). You'll know what I mean after hitting with each flex. Better to be sure and just lose 30-40$ on the shaft flex that doesn't suite you, than not to be sure and buy a whole set of shafts worth over 300$. Also the KBS Wedge shafts are brilliant, and you'll really notices the difference on the in between shots and around the green. If your using a players club you won't need the Hi-Rev, just get the normal Wedge shaft, the feel is brilliant.  Enjoy your MP-59s.

cheers Craig

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You cant go wrong with Mizuno, I used to have MP62s and I loved them.  Used to shoot low 80s regular.  When my swing went bad I wondered if the low handicap irons were to blame and switched to GIs, which made no difference.  Using Cleveland 588CBs now and working on the swing.  Use the irons that feel right for you, and get a pro to help you with a few simple swing tips, I honestly feel that the type of club is not important, they all work when we swing well.

Glad you have a set you love, feel that Mixuno thing and enjoy!!

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