Forgiveness Is Not Only---Mizuno MX-950 Irons

Published: 18th February 2011
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Not long ago we had a look at the Mizuno MP-57 irons, geared toward the mid to lower handicap player. Today we will be taking a close look at Mizuno‘s offering for the higher handicap player, the MX-950. The Mizuno MX-950 is a mixed hybrid/iron set with a ton of forgiveness and the quality you would expect from Mizuno.

These irons are so forgiving that Mother Theresa almost has to take a back seat. They pack so much feel and workability into these clubs that they've been popping up on tour. Yes--that's right, some of the Pros are playing w/irons. "How can this be? Why would a pro play a club that was built to help beginners and mid-cappers hit it long and straight? Don't they know that those clunky old dogs have no feel, and all the finesse and workability of a '54 Hudson Terraplane? " Well--it's about time we look into this matter and see what we can see.

When Mizuno came out w/a slew of irons the other year--(MX 25, MX900 {MX is their beginner-mid capper series)and a host of the MP {their player series} sets, it looked like they had a lock on to what everybody needed from beginner to accomplished player. Trouble was, as excellent as the MX 25's and MX 900's were, they were still pushing the old 3 Iron-Pitching Wedge format, and hadn't quite figured out how to integrate hybrids into the mix. "Enter the MX-950!".

Face it folks, Mizuno's are World Renowned for their most excellent feel. It's all in the forging too. They have developed and patented a double stamp-"Grain Flow Forging" process that is second to none. Lots of clubs claim to be forged. There's "Hot Forging. Cold Forging, Vacuum Forging, and Flash Forging" just to name a few. Mizuno's process is so precise and accurate, that they patented it to keep the competition away. Some of the older Hogans came close, but only the hand made Japanese Clubs from Honma and Maruman can match the Mighty Zuno. At $2-7,000.00 a set--they'd better. Hit a Zuno, and you'll know what everyone is talking about when they say--"Feels like buttah." These new 950's are no exception. Even the 5-7 hollow heads in this set, made out of the notoriously hard 4125 steel feel like "Buttah."

One thing I always love about super game improvement irons is the feeling you get when you first pick one up. You really feel as if you could close your eyes and take a complete hack at the ball and get it going straight. Obviously, that isn’t always the case, but these clubs are pretty easy to hit straight. Put a reasonable swing on the ball, and like most clubs in this category, it is going to fly high and straight, perhaps with a little draw. My first hit with one of these clubs was actually on the course, I took the 6 iron out on a 188 yard par 3. Took a couple warm up swings, then teed the ball up and took a crack at the ball. The ball launched high and floated up in the air in a nice little 5 yard draw. I knew the hit was pretty solid, but, feedback was a little muted, as I mentioned earlier about the longer irons. So, well struck ball…things are good. How about on the poor shots?

Hits off the heel and toe are, as expected, extremely forgiving with these clubs. Heel hits getting about as much distance as one off the center of the face. Toe shots, leaking a little for me, with a club or so of lost distance. Very thin shots were still quite low for me, though amazingly enough seemed to get quite a lot of roll. The wide sole helps if you have a tendency to hit fat shots, though I was still able to hit some super chunky shots off the soggy early spring ground here in the North East.

For someone looking for a lot of forgiveness in their game, the MX-950 iron set from Mizuno should be a part of your club search. If you regularly shoot over the mid 90s, and are just looking with help to hit the ball higher and straighter…these clubs could very well help you out. As with all of these Super Game Improvement irons, no they will not fix your 30 yard slice, nor will they prevent you from topping the ball…however, if you have a somewhat decent, repeatable swing, but just have trouble consistently hitting the sweet spot…these clubs could save you some strokes.

As with all the irons I review, I would strongly suggest going to your local pro shop or golf retailer and try out these irons, preferably on the course, or at least on a grass range. You’ll want to know how they feel in your hands. I can say this much, they are as forgiving as any of the other Super Game Improvement irons I have reviewed over the past 6 months, and quite possibly the nicest feeling of the bunch.

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