Okay guys, I am at the point of exhaustion trying to work with the MP52.
I had three types of clubs at my immediate disposal at the range today.
1) Ping i20 CFS stiff shafts
2) Mizuno MP52 DG S300
3) MP-32 KBS Tour Stiff
This is what I found: i20 (easiest); MP32 (about 20% harder to use???); MP52 were really hard to use. I was able to work the clubs a little bit with the i20 and the MP32, but the MP52 were obnoxiously resistant to any attempts. The stiffness of all three clubs feel about the same.
Tried 10 shots each and the numbers are eyballed averages using the 120 yard tree and multiple 150 yard flags on the driving range verified with a Bushnell rangefinder:
MP52 9i gave me an anemic 130 yard ball flight and about 4 to 5 yards roll.
MP32 9i gave me a high ball flight of about 135 yards and about 3-4 yards roll.
i20 gave me about the same 135 yards, but a much higher ball flight and almost no roll.
MP52 8i gave me an anemic 140 yard ball flight and about 4 to 5 yards roll.
MP32 8i gave me a high ball flight of about 145 yards and about 3-4 yards roll.
i20 gave me about the same 150 yards, and a much higher ball flight and almost no roll.
MP52 7i gave me an anemic 148-ish yard ball flight and about 4 to 5 yards roll.
MP32 7i gave me a high ball flight of about 155 yards and a few yards roll.
i20 gave me about the same 160 yards, but a much higher "penetrating" ball flight and less roll.
Obviously, one conclusion is that I am probably best fit for the i20, but my question is why the MP32 seem to be so much easier to hit than the MP52? I know there is more bounce in the MP32 (several degrees more, and the sole is obviously thicker), and neither have a lot of offset and have virtually the same amount.
I thought the MP52 were supposed to be a "dual muscle cavity back" club, while the MP32 is supposed to be a "blade".
Anybody else experience the same thing? Or is the bounce the primary factor in the difference in the performance of the clubs?