Mizuno MP-5 Irons

Mizuno MP-5 irons

Mizuno MP-5 Irons

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Mizuno MP-5 Irons

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Good players, those that vie for club championships, circle state amateur competitions on their calendars and who occasionally taken on local club pros, demand feel and workability from their irons. They want to work shots left and right, hoist them up and knock them down on demand. To get that kind of control, many players opt for muscleback blade irons that Mizuno prides itself in making. With the new MP-5 irons, the company hopes it has created a modern-looking update that will appeal to blade lovers.

“We wanted to provide all the forgiveness of the MP-64, a classic better-player’s cavity-back with a little bit of forgiveness, in the chassis and shape of a pure muscleback like the MP-4, with its workability and ball control and trajectory control,” said Chuck Couch, Mizuno’s vice president of product development .

Mizuno refers to the MP-5 as a channelback iron, not a true muscleback. Shifting the ribbon-like channel designed in the back of the head subtly through the set allows the MP-5s to have a sweet spot height and size, and center of gravity position, that virtually is identical to the MP-64s in a slightly more compact package.

The MP-5 irons are created using Mizuno’s proprietary Grain Flow Forging technique. According to the company, it heightens feel. The irons feature a thin topline, minimal offset and a sole design identical to the MP-64.

“That sole has been tried by all of our tour players and it works beautifully, so we said to ourselves that we’ve found something that works great, let’s not screw with it,” Couch said.

Those control-oriented features are exactly what better players typically seek.

Where the clubs differ is in weight distribution. Mizuno added mass directly behind the hitting area to make the MP-5 irons more solid, and aesthetically, give pros and accomplished amateurs a look that exudes solid feel.

“It’s amazing to talk to someone like Luke Donald or Charles Howell (III) and hear them say, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of mass behind impact,’” Couch said. “When they don’t see that, it looks wrong to them.”

The MP-5 irons (3-PW) will come standard with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts and Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound grips for $999. The irons are available with Fujikura Orochi graphite shafts for $1,099. Through custom order, golfers can chose from several other steel and graphite shaft options, as well as other grips, for no additional up charges. The irons are expected to hit stores Sept. 18.

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