Mizuno has been known for decades for its forged players irons and no Mizuno iron franchise has been more iconic than MP. Brand new from Mizuno is the MP-20 lineup, which includes three different models for players to choose from. Included among that grouping is the MP-20 Blade, an iron that represents everything that has made Mizuno so popular through the years.
The MP-20 blade is a classic muscleback design that has been created for players who are looking for control, precision, and feel. Notable about the MP-20 Bades when compared to some of their MP predecessors is that they feature progressive blade lengths and a lower CG position in the long irons to offer more help and a thin copper layer under the finish to improve feel.
Also new from Mizuno in the MP-20 lineup are the MP-20 MMC irons, and while this model will offer more forgiveness and playability than the MP-20 Blade, they are still irons that were developed for better players. More specifically, the MP-20 MMCs are forged cavity back irons that feature compact blade shapes, thinner toplines, and limited offset to promote workability.
That said, tungsten and titanium weight has been utilized to provide better results on mis-hits through the set and specifically in the long and mid irons, The cavity of the MP-20 MMCs features a 12-gram titanium plate behind the sweet spot to promote feel and forgiveness, while 12 grams of tungsten in the sole of the 4-7 irons provides higher MOI and improved launch.
The final member of the MP-20 family is the brand new MP-20 HMB, which represents a more modern construction approach within what has been throughout the years a very traditional MP franchise. But with players distance irons growing increasingly popular with each passing year, Mizuno felt it was time to crash that party with its own MP entry into the category.
The 2-iron through 8-iron feature a hollow construction with a high-strength Chromoly clubface, a combination that delivers faster ball speeds and significant perimeter weighting. The 9-iron and PW, meanwhile, are semi-hollow and offer a carbon steel clubface to promote control. Additionally, each clubface and hosel through the set is forged to provide classic Mizuno feel.
Also new from Mizuno are T20 wedges, marking the first T-series wedge from the company in three years, which should make diehard Mizuno fans quite happy. T20 wedges feature Mizuno’s proprietary Grain Flow Forging to provide the soft, crisp feel that Mizuno is known for, but a hint of boron has been included in the process to offer more durability and groove longevity.
The T20 wedges also feature quad cut grooves and laser face milling to provide optimal spin based on loft through the lineup, while for the first time Hydro Micro Grooves are also being milled into the face to channel away moisture and debris, which creates more consistency in wet conditions or from the rough. T20 wedges are also being offered in three finishes -- Satin Chrome, Blue Ion, and Raw -- and are available in lofts ranging from 46 to 60 degrees.
Mizuno has long been known for creating some of the best irons in golf, but even it would be the first to admit that grabbing the attention of the golfing world with its drivers has been difficult. Mizuno engineers, however, believe that is going to change with the release of the new ST190 and ST190G. Both models feature a lightweight carbon crown that enables an optimal CG position, while a new SP700 titanium clubface is thinner and creating more ball speed.
Mizuno has also utilized what it is calling an Amplified Wave Sole, a design feature that they believe protects ball speed on off-center strikes. Of the two models, the ST190 features fixed weight low and deep in the head to offer maximum MOI and low-spin, high launch flight conditions, while the ST190G features Mizuno’s Fast Track system, which gives players two seven-gram weights to use in two different tracks to dial in their preferred shot shape.
Much as is the case with the ST190 drivers, Mizuno wanted to provide players with as much ball speed as it possibly could with the new ST190 fairway woods, a fairway lineup that features the ST190 and ST190 TS models. Making those faster ball speeds possible is an HT1770 maraging steel face insert that is lightweight and strong but also high flexible, with the result being increased flex at impact for more distance.
Additionally, an Amplified Wave Soleplate provides ball speed protection on off-center strikes and is also especially effective in terms of keeping spin rates down on low-face strikes, which are common misses with fairway woods. In terms of the two models, the ST190 features a bonded hosel design, while the ST190 TS features an adjustable hosel that players can use to optimize performance.
When it comes to players irons from Mizuno, many people immediately think of the highly popular MP line. Over the course of the last few years, however, it has been the JPX 900 Tour that became a favorite of many touring pros and talented amateurs. In fact, the 900 Tour has been the iron of choice for Brooks Koepka and was in the bag for his wins at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 2018. Brand new from Mizuno is the JPX 919 Tour, and Mizuno believes that the new model is destined to have an equally profound impact on the game.
The JPX 919 Tour irons will feature an even sleeker shape than their predecessor, and with their classic Mizuno sound and feel at impact, these are irons that are almost certain to be a popular choice among the lower handicappers that they were designed for. That said, a new Stability Frame is providing more forgiveness than one might expect from an iron of this size, and a new Pearl finish will provide players with even more durability and elegance.
While the JPX 919 Tour irons will be a great fit for more talented ball-strikers, it will be the 919 Forged irons that will prove to be the most versatile offering from Mizuno in the new JPX line. And the reason for that is simple. These are irons that offer the clean, classic shape that Mizuno is known for, as well as the crisp impact feel and acoustics. But these are also irons that deliver explosive ball speed numbers and ample forgiveness. Add it all up and you’re sure to find low-, mid-, and high-handicappers who put the JPX 919 Forged irons into play.
Keying the ball speed the 919 Forged irons produce is a milling process that allows more of the clubface to be thinner, which leads to increased flex and distance gains. Additionally, the use of high-strength Boron in the forging process further promotes ball speed. That said, the weight saved in constructing the clubface has been moved low and deep in the clubhead, which works with the Stability Frame to deliver better results on mis-hits and higher launch with the long and mid irons.
Mizuno is best known for its players irons but JPX Hot Metal has emerged as a highly popular game-improvement option for mid- and high-handicappers. The new 919 JPX Hot Metal irons offer the fastest ball speeds of any Mizuno iron ever created, with high-strength, flexible Chromoly 4140M fueling that speed. These are also irons that offer an impressive level of forgiveness thanks to their Stability Frame and weight positioned low and deep in the clubhead, a combination that provides improved dispersion on shots played from the heel and toe.
While distance and playability are the main storylines when it comes to the JPX 919 Hot Metal irons, they are also more aesthetically pleasing than many game-improvement offerings, and the new model features more compact short irons and wedges to promote increased control on scoring shots. Additionally, new internal sound ribs have been added in the design process to offer an even softer sound and feel at impact.
Sculpted by our YORO master craftsmen, the MP-18 is a throwback to the muscle-backs of Mizuno’s past. A shorter blade length, cambered top line and steep progression into sharp, compact wedges are the marks of our master clubmakers – who honed their skills on the irons of major winners. Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima Japan for the most colourful feedback imaginable.
A compact cavity back – sensitively reworked by the same Master Craftsmen who created multiple major winning iron sets. A slightly wider, cambered sole makes this more playable than the muscle back. Though the thin, tapered top line, short head length and smaller wedges mean this is very much a tour-ready iron. Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima for the most colourful feedback through impact.
A three-year project lead by our Yoro master craftsmen to develop a highly stable, forgiving multi-metal construction iron – which satisfied their aesthetic demands at address. Even with both lightweight Titanium and heavier tungsten parts sealed within its 1025E mild carbon steel head, the MP-18 MMC maintains a similar ‘tour ready’ profile and size to the MP-18 SC.
The finishing touch to an MP-18 set – the long iron replacement now used by every Mizuno tour player. A higher flying option with steeper landing angles, engineered with a profile acceptable to our Yoro master clubmakers. The sleek new profile now envelopes a Maraging steel face, Tungsten toe weight and internal pocket for enhanced ball speed and ease of use.
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