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MP58 stands out in new generation of Mizuno irons
January, 2010

Devotees of Mizuno’s forging heritage are in for something of a treat with no fewer than four brand new MP Series models introduced into the line-up for 2010.

The Mizuno MP68

At the sharp end of the range, the company with a long-standing heritage in forging pure blades has improved on its flagship players’ model in the beguiling shape of the MP68 – a truly gorgeous piece of craftsmanship that will have sharp-shooters drooling over curvaceous lines that wouldn’t look out of place on the catwalk.

In time-honoured tradition, the MP68 is a forged head crafted from a single billet of mild steel. But notwithstanding the sheer beauty of that blade in the starting line-up for the new season, the MP58 might just be the most notable of Mizuno’s new irons for the simple reason this is the very first MP Series product to embrace Multi-Material technology.

Aimed at the single-figure player (and already in the hands of several Mizuno staff professionals), the MP58 delivers the feel and the looks of a blade, but with serious performance benefits thanks to the pressing of a titanium insert that increases thickness behind impact for a uniquely solid feel whilst dramatically increasing perimeter weighting for stability from off-centre hits.

The Mizuno MP58 irons

At first glance you barely notice the titanium that has been pressed into a cavity in the rear of the head. The process involves multi-material forging at 1,000 degrees, the 11g titanium tablet pressed under enormous pressure into the cavity of the carbon steel clubhead. As the head then cools and expands, the steel effectively sucks the titanium into place and hugs it for a perfect fit. And so the Ti muscle is created – a club that promises shot-makers a forgiving option to the pure blade and one that retains Mizuno’s hallmarks of sound and feel. Expect a slightly higher ball flight than the MP68’s and MP62s. KBS Tour shaft option is also proving a popular alternative to the Dynamic Gold S300, feeling slightly lighter and march the heads perfectly. Guide: MP58 £105 (steel shaft).

Watch a video of Masao Nagai, Global Director of R&D at Mizuno, explaining the technology of the MP58 and the Ti muscle.

The Mizuno MX300

Elsewhere, in the game-improvement category, the MX300 is a scaled back more compact alternative to the award-winning MX200, a club built to fill a void between the full-on game-improvement models and the forged MP Series. The result is that the MX-300 offers a more solid feel and greater workability than any other club in the MX line. A milled pocket cavity progression and reconfigured ‘Y-Tune’ technology in the back of the clubhead make for enhanced feel and complete flight control, while a reduced offset and thinner top line add to the look of playability that should appeal to the aspiring golfer looking to make the step up from all-out game-improvement models. Guide: £85 per iron (steel shaft), £100 per iron (graphite)

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