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Are JDM Mizunos better than their US counterpart?

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ShipwreckShipwreck  3984WRX Points: 300Members Posts: 3,984
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Just curious to see if getting a set of JDM Mizuno irons are any different (softer, better etc) than the US Mizuno offerings?

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3w - Cobra F8 w/ HZRDS RED 6.5
Hybrid - Cobra F7 w/ Fuji VTS Silver Stiff
Irons - Titleist 718 AP2 w/ AMT S300 Tour White 4-9
Wedges Titleist SM7 w/ AMT S300 Tour White 46/50/54/60
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  • kingarthurkingarthur  587WRX Points: 88Members Posts: 587
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    The feeling is identical since the raw materials and the forging process are the same. I do know my custom MP-4s from Japan had a tighter weight tolerance than the MP67 i had from the US

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  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_Japan 5798WRX Points: 988Members Posts: 5,798
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    The Mizuno Pro 118s, which are the JDM equivalent of the MP18s, have a copper underlay that the MP18s don't have.
    I've hit both, but I can't say I noticed a difference.

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  • kingarthurkingarthur  587WRX Points: 88Members Posts: 587
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    The copper underlay is more noticeable on a Miura type of feel instead of the softer Mizuno feel. It does absorb extea vibration and add a bit more weight to the clubhead but not enough to warrant the upcharge. It was an USD $25 option on my MP4s from Mizuno's Yoro Craft program .

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  • ChexChex CHEX Dallas, TX 34WRX Points: 92Members Posts: 34
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    I’ve had a JDM set of Mizuno MP-5 CP in the bag for years. Before anyone asks, “CP” stands for “copper plate” and its laser etched on the hosel. This was a Mizuno Japan limited run iron with a special black (at the grip) fading to silver (at the head) Modus 125 shaft. I can’t speak for the most recent iterations (118, 319, 518, etc...) but this CP version of the MP-5 had a heavier head weight and was significantly softer than the standard version of the MP-5. A close friend of mine is a Mizuno staffer and he couldn’t believe how soft/solid these felt compared to the standard MP-5 and more recently the MP-18 mb, both of which were given to him by Mizuno.

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  • GolfingfanaticGolfingfanatic  3277WRX Points: 364Members Posts: 3,277
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    Wow those MP5 CPs sound like the perfect iron.

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  • DarkMeatDarkMeat New York 230WRX Points: 60Members Posts: 230
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    Has anyone seen these out in the wild? Supposedly they are Japan tour issue MP18 SCs with copper underlay like the 319 pros but can’t confirm.

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    M5|9.0|Tour AD-IZ 6X
    TS3|15|Tour AD-IZ 7X
    TS2|21|HZDUS Smoke 6.0
    MP-18 MMC Fli Hi 5i & 6i|KBS C-Taper Lite S
    MP-18 SC (Mizuno Pro Limited Copper) 6-PW|KBS Tour S
    Vokey SM7 50.F Slate Blue|Modus 125
    Vokey SM7 54.S Slate Blue|Modus 125
    Vokey SM7 58.K Slate Blue|Modus 125
    Scotty Cameron Tour Brushed Black CARBON Timeless Circle T 350G
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  • ShipwreckShipwreck  3984WRX Points: 300Members Posts: 3,984
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    Daaaaaaaaamn DarkMeat. Those are clean AF!

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    Bag as of 14MAY2019
    Driver - Cobra F9 Speedback w/ Evenflow White 76x
    3w - Cobra F8 w/ HZRDS RED 6.5
    Hybrid - Cobra F7 w/ Fuji VTS Silver Stiff
    Irons - Titleist 718 AP2 w/ AMT S300 Tour White 4-9
    Wedges Titleist SM7 w/ AMT S300 Tour White 46/50/54/60
    Putter - Odyssey O-Works #7

  • DarkMeatDarkMeat New York 230WRX Points: 60Members Posts: 230
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    I know man! I’m trying to get more info on them. I have the us spec versions but if these have the copper layer then I want these too to compare. I hope they’re legit.

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    M5|9.0|Tour AD-IZ 6X
    TS3|15|Tour AD-IZ 7X
    TS2|21|HZDUS Smoke 6.0
    MP-18 MMC Fli Hi 5i & 6i|KBS C-Taper Lite S
    MP-18 SC (Mizuno Pro Limited Copper) 6-PW|KBS Tour S
    Vokey SM7 50.F Slate Blue|Modus 125
    Vokey SM7 54.S Slate Blue|Modus 125
    Vokey SM7 58.K Slate Blue|Modus 125
    Scotty Cameron Tour Brushed Black CARBON Timeless Circle T 350G
    Pro V1

  • shinobishinobi  10WRX Points: 12Members Posts: 10
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    If anything, the grip and shaft widths are a bit thinner and color schemes can vary for the exact same club but the clubs should perform the same in terms of composition and manufacturing.

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  • OldplayerOldplayer  2372WRX Points: 118Members Posts: 2,372
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    I recently picked up a set of the jpx 800 AD forged model (jdm only) irons and they are significantly better in feel and appearance IMO. Performance is very good also. Not to say the US non forged version did not perform well also.

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  • tsupotsupo  1222WRX Points: 126ClubWRX Posts: 1,222
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    yes , i have the mizuno pro MB ( 118 verison in the us ) JAPAN verison of MP have the copper underlay ,the US version do NOT.
    so
    are they better?
    if u like a softer feel then yes.
    apart from that, they are the same shape .
    nice thick er top line and no offset. pretty much as good a shape as ive seen in an MB, semi remind me of the honma 717m. both nice, the mizies are definitely softer at impact.

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  • ian-500ian-500  1003WRX Points: 259Members Posts: 1,003
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    The T7 wedges are better than the global version....

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  • Pwood28Pwood28  416WRX Points: 106Members Posts: 416
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    Can confirm in an interview with Chris Voshall of Mizuno that for years there was a copper underlay on the Japan retail clubs (at least the MBs) and not the US version. He said the US market did not except the price point required for the copper to be added.

    That will no longer be the case with the MP-20 line as both will have the underlay.

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  • ethan380ethan380  78WRX Points: 13Members Posts: 78
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    Materials are typically better right?

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  • golftechgolftech  428WRX Points: 77Members Posts: 428
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    The Japanese T7s do NOT have boron is them like US and EU ones do. It’s a softer feel.

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  • jhawjhaw  10WRX Points: 10Members Posts: 10
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    Bring on the copper irons!

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