Mizuno MP-H5 irons

Mizuno MP-H5 irons
Mizuno MP-H5 irons ( Photo Courtesy of Mizuno )

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mizuno’s new MP-H5 irons advance the company’s attempts to provide forgiveness in irons.

The preceeding MP-H4 irons attracted a large contingent of converts, particularly in the long irons. The idea behind the MP-H4 was to combine a higher ball flight with a softer landing.

"I've tried to restrain myself, but from the beginning I thought this was an amazing set of clubs," said David Llewellyn, Mizuno’s manager of hardgoods research and development.

Now the MP-H5 moves the concept forward. 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, featuring grain-flow forged carbon steel, have a half-hollow design without the maraging steel face.

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 these clubs 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 classic look from address. Sure, the clubhead is somewhat larger and has a slightly beefed-up rear section, but these irons clearly reflect their Mizuno heritage.

The retail price (3-iron through pitching wedge) is $999.99. The irons will be available to consumers Sept. 19.