Mizuno introduces irons, hybrids, wedges

View of Mizuno's MP-69 and JPX irons

View of Mizuno's MP-69 and JPX irons

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Mizuno JPX FLI-HI hybrid

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Mizuno's MP R-12 wedge

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Mizuno's MP-59 irons

Mizuno’s new golf clubs for 2012 will arrive in shops around the United States the second week of September.

The lineup includes two new irons for better players: MP-69 and MP-59.

The MP-69 is Mizuno’s newest pure muscleback iron. Mizuno stalwarts will notice a distinct trailing edge bevel for better turf interaction and a muscle pad that changes thickness throughout the set (to promote a higher trajectory in the longer irons).

It is the MP-59, though, that is raising eyebrows among skilled players. Charles Howell III already is playing the irons, and world No. 1 Luke Donald has expressed interest in them.

In the cavity directly behind the impact area, where the muscle is located, engineers added 12 grams of titanium. The result, according to Mizuno, is remarkable feel. A simple explanation: The irons feature lower density titanium in the center of the muscle, surrounded by higher density carbon steel.

The MP-69 irons (eight of them) cost $899.99 with steel shafts, and the MP-59 irons cost $999.99.

Although Mizuno’s reputation is built on its classic forged irons, the company has managed to create a buzz with the diversity of its JPX line. Now the line is being expanded, as the JPX-800 HD (High Distance) set joins the original JPX-800 and JPX-800 Pro.

The HD, a combination of irons and hybrids, is earmarked as a super-game-improvement set, focusing on maximum distance and forgiveness. The irons feature an extra-wide C-grind sole and a reconfigured “sweet area” that is designed to enhance feel and performance for mid- to high-handicappers.

The cost of the HD is $699.99 with steel shafts and $899.99 with graphite shafts. That’s for eight clubs, including 6-iron through gap wedge plus 4 and 5 JPX FLI-HI hybrids.

It should be noted that Mizuno is so serious about the new HD that it will forego the use of its own graphite shaft in favor of the new Fujikura Orochi graphite shaft in six flexes – S (stiff) SR (stiff regular), R (regular), RL (regular light), L (light), LL (ladies light).

Also new from Mizuno are JPX FLI-HI hybrids, which can be purchased separately or matched with any JPX irons in any possible combination. Lofts are 19 (3-iron equivalent), 22 (4), 25 (5) and 28 (6) degrees.

Individual hybrids cost $87.50 with a steel shaft or $112.50 with a graphite shaft.

Finally, new MP R-12 wedges will be offered in lofts of 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 and 64 degrees (choice of two bounce variations in the 56 and 60). These wedges feature loft-specific groove geometry, meaning the grooves on the higher-lofted wedges (56, 58, 60 and 64) are different than the grooves on the lower-lofted wedges. The cost of an MP R-12 wedge is $119.99 with True Temper steel DG Spinner shaft.

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