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  1. Clubs are longer because people are getting taller. Chuckle. Well, we have custom fitting to decide if you need longer clubs. And it's not just a matter of height, it's also a matter or arm length. I'd say that it's mainly about marketing. Making clubs longer, lighter, stronger plays to wanting to hit it further. And to a degree that's fine. With changes in technology that can be a benefit. But irons are for accuracy first.
  2. Lower lofts are more difficult to hit, not easier. But, for marketing they want mid range players to hit the ball further. And yes, they have tried to make clubs more forgiving by how they design the heads. Correct. The MP 18s PW is 46 degrees standard but they can strengthened up to two degrees.
  3. This post was originally started by a guy buying clubs. In the fitting they recommended strengthening the lofts and he was concerned about how that would affect playability. Your comment that newer clubs are stronger is partly true. There has been a trend with game improvement clubs to lengthen them and strengthen the lies. But that's not true for all clubs. For the set of Mizunos I just bought (MP 18s, forged) the standard loft for the PW is 46 degrees.
  4. This is an old post that was resurrected but it's particularly relevant these days with the changes in clubs. The level of technology, changes in design are more significant these days. Example: I bought a set of Ping G irons several months ago. I didn't notice it at the time but they're 1/2 longer than even standard graphite and the shaft is about 75 grams. And they have high bounce rates. Over time I learned that I could hit the long irons further but the short irons, i.e. PW and 9 were about 10 yards shorter. But a half inch longer increased dispersion with irons long irons as does graphite. I had always played steel. So, I was just fitted for a new set of MIzuno MP 18s. And guess what? The shaft optimizer shows that I was better off in light weight steel, and PS, regular is not always "regular" and "stiff" is not always stiff like most amateurs think. The properties of shafts vary greatly these days. My launch angle shows that I'm better off with irons strengthened 2 degrees. (That adds a little bounce but Mizuno irons typically have very little bounce to begin with). So, now I have irons that are the right length, less dispersion that go the distance they should. And here's an interesting note: I tend to be a little flat and Mizuno comes 1 degree flatter. And in addition shorter is also flatter. Ping had flattened my irons but that added bounce, too much. Those Mizuno MP 18s look a lot like old MP 57s which I loved at address but were not very forgiving. Thanks to changes in design and technology these are very forgiving.
  5. OK, first, the Mizuno pros who do the fitting are very knowledgeable. I wouldn't spend a lot of time second guessing them. I am a low single-digit handicap and have been to the fitting and club building schools. When you are fit, your launch angle, spin rate and a variety of factors will dictate the recommendations made. The comments made about bounce increasing is valid. But if you don't take a lot of divot, bounce is your friend. The comment made about not bending them because you might sell them makes no sense. Mizuno clubs are generally easy to adjust. Go with the recommendations and enjoy the benefits of a great set of clubs.

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