Pros: Beautiful look, nice feel. Playable and forgiving for blades
Cons: Higher irons look a little chunky in the back, doesn't affect playability
The local pro has spent some time with me and changed my sing and grip to where it is a much more powerful swing/grip and reduced a lot of movement that I had that made me inconsistent. I finally felt like I was ready for a set of clubs that were workable and potentially harder to hit, but giving me more feedback on what I still need to improve. My prior set was an oversized cavity back set of club with more modern lofts. The pitching wedge was 43 degrees! But it launched high. Well made, but I couldn't tell when I toed or heeled it very easily.
Ok. To the actual irons. They are beautiful. I bought them over the winter to my specs. Standard dynamic gold shafts and stock grips. I got the 4-PW. The higher loft on the pitching wedge (46) had me drop my gap wedge and I am very happy to choke down on a hybrid so I don't need a 3-iron. I was wondering if I should do a mixed set to get comfortable, but a nice day in March had me go out with all of them and see what happens.
I hit a number of shots to the right of the swet spot and I feel did not lose much distance or had it fly off into oblivion. An off of center hit resulted in some loss if distance, but nothing terrible. Maybe 10 yards on the longer irons. There seems to be a bias where hits a little on the inside are more forgiving than on the outside, but overall I really had to jerk the club around to get a terrible hit.
Clubs move through the rough easier than my older sets. The pitching wedge has such a nice feel when I am hitting a 10:30, 9:00 or taking just a little off it I can tell at impact how far it will go. The impact feels super on clean hits. After the oversized clubs, it's a joy to be able to bump and run with a 8-pw again. On my first outing and first hit with the 4-iron I got a clean hit on a par 5 and put it on the green in 2 from 200 out. That the lower irons are not intimating with my retooled swing and grip is a joy.
The recommendation from Mizuno is a 7 handicap or lower, but I wanted something that would force me to be better if it was hard to hit. These are not hard to hit. Yes, you need enough power and a fairly straight club face at impact to do well. Slices were magnified by these a bit. I have not tried to deliberately hit a cut shot yet but have had to manufacture several hooks and they perform well. I do feel that mis hits might cost me a stroke or 2 over a round if I am not swinging well. I can easily see not hitting something crisp and my old set would clear a hazard and these might just miss. But that is what the practice range is for!
Overall, if you have a good swing and want a set of somewhat forgiving blades, these are a good option. Forged or cast does not make a big difference to me, but when you hit the sweet spot there is a difference in feel. This has helped me assemble the ultimate set of clubs in my opinion. They are worth a look.