Mizuno-More important than the feel....Mizuno is one of the most amateur friendly OEM's in market!
I have played multiple Mizuno forgings and can't whole heartedly agree that "nothing feels like a Mizuno".
But, after looking for my first GI iron to experiment with, my appreciation for Mizuno's business model in custom builds was totally reinforced! According to the shop I ordered from, it is making a difference with other buyers too with increased volume at his store.
While I believe most OEM's design quality products these days that perform great, Mizuno builds that product the way you need it without a bunch of up-charges. Obviously no one is going to pay me to play, but at least Mizuno does not charge me extra to play with what I need. When shopping my only two requirements were a build with Recoil 95gm stiff shafts and mid-size grips. I wanted 5i-PW only as I have the wedges and 3i/4i covered. Price for my 6 Mizuno GI's was $650 plus tax at my local shop. Price for other OEM's similar (in my eyes) products was a s***ton (technical term) more.
My question is, are other WRX's seeing this and does it make a difference in your buying decisions? When you get fit, does price make a difference when choosing if performance is close or does the absolute best numbers over-ride everything. Or is it feel and looks or what your favorite PGA player plays?
I know for me price is not the overriding factor in my choice. But what does make a difference is my perception that Mizuno caters to my amateur needs instead of charging me more and paying it out to a PGA professional for marketing.
This is not meant to be a rant, more of just an observation and wondering how others see it for the sake of conversation.
Taylormade M4 tour 3 wood with stiff Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited
Cobra Baffler 6 with UST Elements Stiff
Srixon U65 4i with SteelFiber R
Srixon Z765 with SteelFiber R shafts
Cobra Black Forged Tec 4i - AW with Recoil F4 shafts
Vokey 58, 54, 50
Taylormade Spider X
I am thinking about playing golf next year instead of HOing clubs!
Oh, changed my mind and still HOing ....but HC finally moving in the right direction.
Definitions: HOing is changing any spot in your bag 3 or more times in a year
Optimizing is changing any/every spot in your bag up to twice a year :-)