Iron emphasis: Mizuno’s new offerings

Mizuno, which has been making and selling golf clubs since 1933 in Japan, is known primarily in the United States for its forged irons.

Although Mizuno has placed considerable emphasis on metalwoods in recent years, the company still focuses heavily on irons. Thus its upcoming introduction – four iron models, plus Fli-Hi hybrids and MP-T10 wedges – likely will catch the attention of many.

Some golfers will play with nothing but forged irons, made from forged carbon steel. These golfers are fond of saying the feel is unmatched by cast stainless steel, although several blind comparisons – including an elaborate test conducted by instructor Dave Pelz – indicate that telling the difference is extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Nevertheless, forged irons have an ardent following. And players are bound to take note of Mizuno’s mid-September introduction of the MP-58, MP-68, MX-300 and MX-1000 irons. The four sets of new Mizuno irons conform to new groove regulations taking effect Jan. 1 on major tours and for “elite” amateur events.

MP-58 and MP-68: forged irons

The skinny: The MP-58 features titanium that is forged into the outer muscle of the iron, while the MP-68 is the newest generation of Mizuno muscleback irons. These are modern spec clubs, providing a slightly higher launch angle with a penetrating ball flight. Titanium in the head of the MP-58 saves weight, allowing designers to reposition this mass in critical areas of the clubhead.

Cost: $899 MP-68; $999 MP-58 (eight irons)

Available: Sept. 15

MX-300: forged irons

The skinny: In broad terms, the MX-300 is being hailed as a game-improvement forged iron for better players. What once was a gap between MP and MX irons has been filled with the MX-300 and the MP-58. The MX-300 has the traditional look of the MP irons, but it also contains a cavity back with almost 20 grams of weight repositioned in the sole. The result is a surprisingly high trajectory. To compensate for this, the MX-300 lofts are 2 degrees stronger than those of the MP-68.

Cost: $799 (eight irons)

Available: Sept. 15

MP-T10: forged wedges

The skinny: Mizuno will beat a Dec. 31 USGA deadline on these wedges. All irons and wedges with aggressive box grooves must be introduced before year’s end. These wedges have lots of spin and are available in lofts ranging from 50 to 64 degrees. Two finishes (plated chrome and raw black) are available.

Cost: $109

Available: Sept. 15

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