Mizuno has divided its clubs into two distinct families: MP and JPX.
The MP line is famous for irons that appeal to highly skilled golfers, and some models in this line have incorporated various modern measures of forgiveness. Meanwhile, the JPX line is aimed at players who seek additional forgiveness on offcenter hits.
Two new MP irons for 2015, plus a collection of MP wedges, go on sale Sept. 19. There also is a new full line of JPX irons and woods.
New MP models include MP-15 and MP-H5. The MP-15 is an updated combination of titanium and forged carbon steel, while the MP-H5 is Mizuno’s latest version of a hollow iron that looks traditional at address.
Mizuno has plenty of expertise in the combination of titanium and steel. The MP-58 and MP-59 – blending lightweight titanium in the back cavity with heavier forged carbon steel in the body and perimeter – were among the forerunners to the MP-15.
For the MP-15, Mizuno used grain-flow forged 1025E “Pure Select” mild carbon steel to produce the body of the iron. Next, a Titanium Muscle insert is forged directly inside the 1025E steel framework.
The results of this process, according to Mizuno, are an extremely solid feel and additional forgiveness because of the placement of more weight on the perimeter.
Purists often don’t like to talk about forgiveness, but this clean-looking iron is meant to be a combination of classic appearance and modern technology.
The retail price of eight irons (3-iron through pitching wedge) is $999.99.
The MP-H5 line takes forgiveness further.
In the past two years the hollow Mizuno MP-H4 attracted a large contingent of converts, particularly to the long irons. The idea behind the MP-H4 was to combine a higher ball flight with a softer landing.
The MP-H5 advances that concept. The 1-iron through 6-iron have a fully hollow design. The face is made of distance-enhancing maraging steel. The 7-iron through pitching wedge have a half-hollow design without the maraging steel face. All the clubheads feature grain-flow forging.
The notion that a modern manufacturer offers a 2-iron and 1-iron (both are custom orders) is somewhat unusual. These long irons are meant to be used – not just carried – and some Mizuno disciples are utilizing them in place of hybrids.
One of the hallmarks of the H4 and H5 models is the ability to achieve a high trajectory with the long irons.
Mizuno started the project that led to the H4 and H5 with the belief that long irons could be as easy to hit as short irons. Some might argue that fully hollow long irons are more like hybrids than traditional irons, but both the MP-H4 and MP-H5 have a surprisingly classic look from address.
Sure, the clubhead is somewhat larger and has a slightly beefed-up rear section, but these irons reflect their Mizuno heritage.
The retail price (3-iron through pitching wedge) is $999.99.
In the wedge world, Mizuno champions wider, shallower grooves in the high-lofted wedges and narrower, deeper grooves in the low-lofted wedges. This emphasis continues in the new MP-T5 wedges. The wedges offer three sole grinds and 25 combinations of possible loft and bounce.
The retail cost is $129.99 per wedge.