Mizuno has launched MP-5 irons featuring a new channel back design, and MP-25 irons incorporating boron technology. The MP-5 is said to be neither blade nor cavity and its channel back is designed for feel and workability, sitting between Mizuno’s MP blades and cavity backs.
The channel back design is said to keep an appropriate degree of thickness behind the central impact point to deliver the blade-like feel better players want on pure strikes, while allowing sufficient clubhead mass to be relocated to parts of the head where it can tangibly increase clubhead stability and performance on off-centre strikes. The head may be larger than a traditional blade and the top line a little thicker for a more powerful look as a result of extensive testing among professionals, but Mizuno’s says it has been able to retain the sense of proportion and shape needed to suit the eye of better players at address. MP-5 RRP: £115 per iron.
The new MP-25 irons feature an injection of boron for added ball speed and distance and Mizuno claims this is the first true high ball-speed iron designed specifically for tour players through to low/mid handicap amateurs. Rather than seeking to cram distance technology into the smaller shell better players prefer, the MP-25 starts from a pre-determined tour-dictated profile, with engineers then adding in ball speed via the boron forged technology that has proved popular and effective in the Mizuno JPX 850 forged irons.
The MP-25 heads are grain flow forged from a single billet of 1025 boron steel, with the injection of boron allowing a micro-slot pocket cavity to be engineered into the longer irons (from three to six iron) for greater ball speeds, while still delivering the feel and touch that tour players demand. MP-25 RRP: £115 per iron.
David Llewellyn, head of design at Mizuno said, “Marrying the skill sets of our CAD-based engineers with the more traditional craftsmen in Yoro Japan, we’re able to produce beautiful irons that play a lot more forgiving than you would imagine by looking at them. I think Mizuno is pretty unique in still having craftsmen that worked in the era before CAD design, which means our irons have a kind of emotion and history built into them.” More at: www.golf.mizunoeurope.com