There are 3 great shots in golf: The crushed drive, the perfectly stroked putt and the flushed iron. That pure iron shot might be one of the most rewarding feelings, especially when you are playing a Mizuno. #NothingFeelsLikeAMizuno is so true. If you take a Mizuno forged iron and pure it, the sensation you feel in your hands (or don’t feel) is one of the 3 greatest shots in golf. Mizuno offers ball striking in its purest form with the new MP-5 irons.
While there are many naysayers about playing blades, I say, if you like them and can play them, go for it! There is nothing better than a well struck blade. Mizuno has been making some of the finest forged irons for years, their newest model the MP-5 will appeal to the purest who likes a clean, good looking, and compact stick. Even if you have doubts if your iron game is worthy of blades, the muscle design of these heads will offer some help with lift and direction control, they will not make a hack look like a pro, but if you have a consistent swing, these will not be as hard to hit as some of you may think. While it might seems opposite to conventional wisdom, I actually hit these better than a wide-soled super game improvement iron.
Let’s start in the back of the Mizuno MP-5 because even though these are blades, their “muscle back” is shaped in a way to help the golfer maximise distance, dispersion and feel. The muscle is angular cut to the toe of the club and then slightly scooped across the back to almost create a mini-cavity. Mizuno call this a “channel back”, this really helps in the forgiveness category with these irons. The re-distribution of weight is moved low and to the centre of the club so that you can get that boost up, and get through the ball at impact. The extra beef along the top edge creates perimeter weighting for additional forgiveness too.
The sole has a nice rounded camber which helps reduce dig and drag through the turf. This is an important aspect of any club when playing on real grass… remember that if you’re testing these in a bay or off matts with your club pro. Golf clubs can easily slide off the turf, but how they cut into and out of the grass is very important to maximizing the results of a club. The thin rounded sole, with a blunted leading edge is just sharp enough to cut in a little, but not so sharp as to dig a hole and slow the club down at impact.
The Mizuno MP-5 irons off the rack are pretty much ready to go. They come stock with DG S300 shafts and Golf Pride Dual Compound Blue/black grips. You can have them custom ordered with other shafts or grips, but in all honestly they performed very well right out of the box. I found their distance to be true and right at the distance range I wanted, an 8-iron right around 150 yards and clubs moving in both directions at the appropriate gapping. I even put the 3-iron in play, with good results to considering it has always been a club I didn’t have any success with, but recently some great shots have been hit from the tee and off the turf, the muscle is low enough that you can get sufficient lift even with a 3-iron’s loft. From a FlightScope perspective, these would be a very playable option for my game. Good flight and dispersion were had at the range as well as the course.
Flightscope X2 Launch Monitor
Mizuno MP-5 Irons – 8-iron
- Spin: 7830 rpms
- Launch Angle: 28.1*
- Dispersion: 3.0 yds
- Club Head Speed: 82.4 mph
- Ball Speed: 108.1 mph
- Total Distance: 1 yds
- Carry Distance: 0 yds
These are not just another Mizuno blade iron that you don’t think you can hit. These are a well-designed, moderately forgiving channel back iron you really might want to consider putting your in bag or at least demoing them to see if they will fit your game. They offer the purest ball striking of any iron you can buy.