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  1. Glory is relative. And Mizuno USA is also a captive of HQ Japan.
  2. But that's what happens with mass produced clubs - you can't please all the people all the time.
  3. I have, rather had, a more shallow swing until recently and played on soil that is clay - very firm/hard conditions. The sole on the HMBs did not bother me. They are not that wide and being slightly wide with less bounce will help the glide of the irons so you don't lose as much - but I also thought the sole could be more forgiving. So I would like more bounce, less width. But instead, I am working to decrease my fatting tendencies. In softer conditions, when I was a recovering fat hitter, the JPX919 did not do well with turf interaction for me. Not enough bounce.
  4. Irons with thin soles and no bounce is no way to go through life. I don't know why they go less bounce but make it up with thicker soles with grinding to make effective bounce. It's a good question for Voshall at the next Mizuno Live.
  5. The HMB's were, from their inception, built around the concept of a long iron with forgiveness. In this iteration, we are told, that because the Fli-Hi driving iron was being introduced with the MP22 line, they decided to build a true iron line with the 225.
  6. I do have a question for members who are disturbed by a wider sole than anticipated. Mizuno, in the past, doesn't have a lot of bounce on their irons - they have not published bounce specs lately. When I look at a sole, before I criticize, I look at the bounce, any beveling of the leading edge and trailing edge relief. If you have little bounce, you generally need to find it elsewhere. A wider sole, in effect, gives you "effective bounce" and the leading edge and trailing edge relief lessens the "real" width of the sole. So the effective width may be less than you see and offer you more playability. I look at how the irons plays and what the designer is attempting to do.
  7. That is the 0521 - looks better than I thought it would. Brings back Newport 2 memories in terms of shape but that was 12 yrs ago. John likes the Chameleon finish - it looks refined, the top is not shining at you, and the sole has some sheen to make it look great. When you hold the putter, it just says "This is your putter." It feels good in the hand - every aspect of it was fit to you. The fitter knows your stroke, your tendencies, and built it for you.
  8. John called and I picked up two Artisans from my September 3 fitting. Both roll the same - same milling, toe hang, counterbalance, headweight, grip, loft, offset, shaft. The finish and model are the difference. We went to the putting green to check my stroke and he made some recommendations that worked. Feedback is good when it's from the guy who fit and made your putter. Satin finish on the blade style with mid-milling; Chameleon finish on the "#7" style, both at 340g and 35 inches, adjustable weights, similar "satin" shaft. Milling is responsive - not too soft or too harsh. The mid-mill is just right. Had a pro take the blade out of my hand and he could not stop talking about how much he liked the milling and the feel off the face.
  9. On the B21, were you fit for the head and the shaft? I thought it's goal in life was to reduce sidespin, don't know about backspin. I mean, the G425Max with the right shaft is probably a fairway bomber. I just picked one up but I am not a stock shaft guy. I have a 10.5/ Alta 55 S and it's good but I doubt if I'm maxing out the head. I am going to a fitter next month and we will go through the paces with different TPT shafts and adjusting loft, etc. to find distance and less dispersion. As to the PXG XF, https://pluggedingolf.com/pxg-0811-xf-gen4-driver-review/
  10. HI Another bump for the TP Mills. Can't believe I can get more for a Swag then for a Mills... Carbon Steel, German Stainless Steel Flame Finish, Great Milling $399 CONUSA
  11. Fortunately, you can repair both... reflect ... and shame, shame, come to mind.
  12. Too much ado about a logo and script ... seems so shallow.
  13. I experienced a three hour fitting with John on Sep 3 - learned a lot during the fitting, including the old school way to putt - think Brad Faxon/Stan Utley - it's less mechanical, more athletic and even with my non-fitted putter, distance control is much improved as I wait for my putter - an 0519 in old school satin finish -- should be finished soon. John has a great eye, even got me into a lighter head that will help me take the club back more smoothly and quickly. The heavier heads do not fit me as they do others. During my fitting, the milling put a roll on the ball that was impressive, had putts that with other putters would have turned left and the Artisan kept the line better than my other putters. I was in awe.
  14. Don't tell me some jerky OEM has trademarked and/or patented the C grind... seriously?
  15. Mizuno grooves - the 3% boron does wonders. But then Vokey uses harder stuff...
  16. I've played about every finish over the last 25 yrs so I wanted something soft and different. Raw is probably my least favorite when I look at the rust accumulation but I get over it at address. I look at it differently, and say, These clubs look like sh$t, but they are fit for me, and I'll be the best short game player out there today.
  17. I will let you decide. To me. the heads are fairly similar and I have no issues. Frankly, I am not a big fan of the 9-PW in the HMB - want them slightly smaller with a beveled top line and slightly less offset, which they've said is coming with the MP22. Mizuno says the new 225 will be fully designed as an iron line instead of staying with its forgiving, long iron heritage. So hope is alive, although I enjoy the 5-8i.
  18. I have no idea but the boron seems to keep the grooves longer than other forged wedges. The copper will wear down like any wedge surface. So you can think of it as a raw wedge with a copper layer but the copper shows no signs of rust. I buy wedges every 2 yrs so I'm fine with the copper. Mizuno may, may last longer due to their composition. But even a satin chrome wedge wears down, first on the sole, then on face - now the Mizuno with the Satin Chrome has the copper underlay. So it should feel great with a slight difference as to the Copper because the copper is softer than the Satin Chrome. I went with the copper look because all finishes wear down. I usually buy another set before the grooves lose spin and use the old wedges for practice on the range.
  19. Copper sheen, anyone? Pic above and this are two different pics of same wedge after almost 3 months of use. It's all about how the light hits the wedge.
  20. In person, the copper sheen is there - it just doesn't show in pictures. I use a very small amount of light abrasive cleaner as I do on raw wedges if I want to clean them up. Otherwise, it just a nylon brush and water to clean the grooves. Because the chrome satin is a more enduring finish, it will last longer -like an iron, but the sole wears faster because of bunker play. I can only assume it will feel like an MP20 iron, which has the copper underlay and feels extremely soft. The copper is unique and very soft. It's like a raw wedge where you've got to accept rust. With copper, you will eventually get the wear in certain places. Even where it is raw, it is still soft and I don't know if it will rust - no signs of it. But I know a golfer with the T22 raw and he loves them. Here is a better pic of the copper taken this morning - you've got the copper sheen that you see in real life.
  21. I don't see where TM advertises the finish as a copper layer - they call it a raw finish with a tarnished look. But I'm not familiar with TM product other than a Sim Max Hybrid that I am trying out.
  22. Depending on your point of view, they are not close to a high toe - it's an attractive wedge in the 58-60, not too high or low. Visualize if a T7 and T20 had a baby.
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