Mizuno has an incredible history in blades with the MP-14s, MP-29s, TP-9s, TP-19s and MP-33s and MP-69s – the new MP-4s sit comfortably in that elevated company.
The first blade from Mizuno since autumn 2011 is a pure, forged muscleback iron for better players seeking the ultimate control of their ball flight. The “bulging muscle” design extends higher up the clubface and, along with harmonic impact technology, creates a soft feel and gives maximum feedback at impact. The bulge is most prominent in the short irons and reduces down through to the slender long irons – where the emphasis is on a high launch and steeper landing angle.
Uniquely, the MP-4’s final profile was created through a combination of CAD design and traditional craftsmanship. Mizuno built four different prototypes with slightly different weighting and used Tour feedback to get the final design exactly right.
If the MP-4s are just too knife-like for your game, take a look at the new MP-54s. They are made to make a shot-maker out of players who need just a little forgiveness. Like the MP-4s, they are forged, but with a compact cavityback that should translate into more ball speed.
The deep “milled pocket cavity” (3-7 iron) delivers stability from off-centre hits, while Mizuno says a heavily-bevelled sole ensures cleaner turf interaction and “the workability to take your ball striking to the next level”.
The pure feel of Mizuno’s one-piece forged carbon steel construction is heightened through a “step muscle” design, which retains thickness behind impact.
A modified “hosel blend” creates the illusion of less offset for greater left/right workability. The moderate sole and blade widths indicate that they’re destined for the tours, and will be competitive against irons such as PING’s G25 and TaylorMade’s RocketBladez Tour.
Details: MP-4 £120 per club. Available with MP-H4 long iron replacments. MP-54 £100 per club (3-PW). Also available in LH.
For more info, visit: golf.mizunoeurope.com