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Mizuno MP-69 Irons

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #8 in Irons

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Pros: Beautiful look, nice feel. Playable and forgiving for blades

Cons: Higher irons look a little chunky in the back, doesn't affect playability

Little bit of background. I've played for 25 years. When I was younger I bought a set of Hogan blades that were my fit from eBay, but couldn't hit anything below the 7-iron effectively. I am a 10 handicap who has put a lot of time into his game in the past two years, and went from barely breaking 100 on his home course to shooting in the 80s and occasionally lower.

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.

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Pros: Pleasing to the eye, "buttery feel" on solid contact

Cons: Chrome finish can be distracting at times

Allow me to digress briefly. My first set of pro type irons were Power Bilt Scotch Blades in 1967 so I grew up playing bladed irons as that was all there was back in the day.  You learned to hit them.  I did play with the Ping Eye 2's for a brief time before owning a set of Mizuno MP 32's.  As I got older I told myself I did not need to be playing blades any longer so I gave the MP32's to my son and switched back to Ping.  This time a set of i5's. 

But I played my best golf with blades.  When the MP-69's hit the market I fell in love again with Mizuno blades and recently purchased the 3-PW with DG S300 shafts.  They are very pleasing to the eye.

The sole shape of the MP-69 irons looked to be have been redesigned to maintain effective bounce and they moved the "Running Bird" from the sole to the back of the iron (Good move Mizuno!).  

Mizuno says "The new 4D muscle pad on the back of the clubhead places the weight progressively throughout the set to produce easier-to-hit long irons with a slightly higher ball flight than before, whilst the shorter irons remain cleaner and more compact with a high center of gravity for improved trajectory control."  I can vouch for that as the 3 iron is now back in my bag for now as it clearly has a higher ball flight than my old MP-32's.

The memories of my MP-32's came flooding back when I picked up one of the MP-69 irons during my fitting.  I am not an expert by any stretch, but I do have experience in playing bladed irons.  I am almost 59 years old and still find the Mizuno muscle back blades one of the best looking and feeling iron sets made today.  This set will take me into my retirement years and am looking forward to many good rounds with them.  One does not need to be a scratch golfer to play these irons IMO, but you do need to put a good swing on them to get that iconic "buttery feel" from solid contact.  Workablity is another feature I love about blades as one can work a fade even if you are a natural drawer of the ball.  The irons are deadly accurate as well.  The MP-69's appear to be a little larger than the older MP-32's and a touch more forgiving probably due to the 4D design.  You can get these irons with the Project X 5.5 shafts (10-15g lighter) if the S300 feels to heavy for your swing.  I used the Mizuno performance DNA software (at Edwin Watts) to confirm the right shaft for me.  Both the S300 and PX 5.5 were the #1 and #2 recommended shafts based upon my average SS of 86mph with a 6 iron.  I also had the lie tested and had mine adjusted to 2* upright.  If you are improving your game and have never played with a set of blades before I would at least demo some.  I prefer the MP-69's only because I am used to playing similar irons, but Mizuno has other more forgiving forged clubs.  The MP-69's are expensive, so maybe a prior year model would give you a better bang for your hard earned dollar.  This is just one old man's opinion.  Enjoy the game.

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The new MP-69, the next iconic Mizuno Muscle Back iron, was created by blending our PGA Tour Staff input with the latest state of the art design and simulation tools. This iron is the perfect balance of Grain Flow Forged feel and unmatched workability. The MP-69 irons feature our newly developed 4D Muscle design. A strategic weighting strategy from 3 iron through PW ensures ideal COG placement in every iron throughout the set to deliver total ball control and a predictable trajectory. - 4D Muscle design delivers unmatched ball and trajectory control by maintaining the perfect COG design in each clubhead. - Scientifically designed to optimize sound and feel at impact utilizing modal analysis and Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.). - Strategically placed trailing edge bevel delivers tour confirmed performance and increased versatility. - Patented Grain Flow Forged 1025E "Pure Select" mild carbon steel provides the ultimate soft, solid, and consistent feel. - Modified U-grooves, which conform to the condition of competition, produce the ideal spin rate for maximum playability in all conditions.

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