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mizuno makes great clubs. People just like the brand they like, minor differences between most major OEMs at the same club type. You want Japanese forged, and with a pedigree of winning and for being soft you go Mizuno. If you want an "American" brand with a pedigree of winning and a lot of peoples dream players club you go Titleist.

 

You really cant go wrong.

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I’ve played mizunos for 15 years now.  Was fitted last year and the only head I hit that compared was the PF2 new levels.   Just my preference… Titleist and callaway both make outstanding clubs.  Just up to your personal preference 

Taylormade M3 9*  KBS TD Cat4

Taylormade M3 4HL Hzrdus Yellow 63g

New Level 18* KBS Tour Prototype 95X

Mizuno JPX 919 Tours 3-PW Project X 6.0's

Cleveland RTX4 Raw 50/54/58 Project X 7.0's

Byron Morgan Stainless DH89 w/ Stability Tour / / Scotty Cameron Studio Design 2 

Bridgestone Tour B XS 

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I'm brand agnostic and thought I'd be okay with a good deal from any of the major players.  Then I discovered the importance of trying as many clubs as possible and not going to a club fitting with preconceptions of what should be on my shortlist.  Some clubs simply won't feel right, while others will feel great.  Even with clubs that feel great you may find a large disparity with accuracy and/or distance, all else being equal.

 

As for Mizuno, I tried the current iron models at a demo day on my home course and came away really liking the 921 Forged irons.  Feedback is second only to my Wilson Staff Model CBs, but I liked them enough to order a set.  Make a more informed decision by being open to trying whatever you can get your hands on.

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Let me put it this way.

 

Before this year, I had no idea that Mizuno existed as a company (I didn't really pay attention to equipment).

 

Then I got fitted for clubs.

 

You can see how this worked out in my signature. I also fully intend to get the new T22 wedges once they're available.

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Driver: Mizuno ST-Z 8° - Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX - 6.0 / 60g

3w: Mizuno ST-Z 14° - Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX - 6.0 / 70g

5w: Mizuno ST-Z 18° - Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX - 6.0 / 70g

4h: Mizuno 2020 CLK 24° - Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue - Stiff / 70g

5i-PW: Mizuno MP-20 HMB - Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 - Stiff

50°: Wilson Harmonized

54°: Mizuno T22 - True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 - Stiff

58°: Wilson Harmonized

Putter: Mizuno M-Craft IV - Blue Ion - 8g heel, 13g toe

Ball: Vice Pro

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3 minutes ago, picardyThird said:

Let me put it this way.

 

Before this year, I had no idea that Mizuno existed as a company (I didn't really pay attention to equipment).

 

Then I got fitted for clubs.

 

You can see how this worked out in my signature. I also fully intend to get the new T22 wedges once they're available.

So I’m guessing you went with Mizuno!  I believe I noticed the new T22 wedges on Rock Bottom Golf.

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6 minutes ago, NJBigFish22 said:

So I’m guessing you went with Mizuno!  I believe I noticed the new T22 wedges on Rock Bottom Golf.

I did indeed.

 

And yes, the T22s are available for preorder, but I want to try them in-hand before I buy.

Driver: Mizuno ST-Z 8° - Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX - 6.0 / 60g

3w: Mizuno ST-Z 14° - Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX - 6.0 / 70g

5w: Mizuno ST-Z 18° - Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX - 6.0 / 70g

4h: Mizuno 2020 CLK 24° - Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue - Stiff / 70g

5i-PW: Mizuno MP-20 HMB - Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 - Stiff

50°: Wilson Harmonized

54°: Mizuno T22 - True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 - Stiff

58°: Wilson Harmonized

Putter: Mizuno M-Craft IV - Blue Ion - 8g heel, 13g toe

Ball: Vice Pro

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Mine just arrived today. 

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Taylormade M3 9*  KBS TD Cat4

Taylormade M3 4HL Hzrdus Yellow 63g

New Level 18* KBS Tour Prototype 95X

Mizuno JPX 919 Tours 3-PW Project X 6.0's

Cleveland RTX4 Raw 50/54/58 Project X 7.0's

Byron Morgan Stainless DH89 w/ Stability Tour / / Scotty Cameron Studio Design 2 

Bridgestone Tour B XS 

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9 hours ago, picardyThird said:

Before this year, I had no idea that Mizuno existed as a company (I didn't really pay attention to equipment).

 

 

I knew they made great baseball gear, I had no idea they made golf gear until last summer.

 

Taylormade M6 D Type driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 and 5 wood 

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Haywood 52/10 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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Been playing Mizuno for 15 or so years now. Played MP 30s, JPX 919F, and now MP20 mmcs. 

 

Loved my MP30s (still have them) and I'm absolutely in love with my MP20s. For me, the JPX model wasn't great for me. I prefer the MPs. 

 

You really can't go wrong with Mizunos irons. I also play the ST190 driver and it's fantastic as well. 

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Just coincidence on timing, but in a few month span I, my brother, my dad, and a friend all got fitted. We're to low single digits, friend regularly competes in mid-am events. We went in fairly brand agnostic, ended up that all four of us had Mizuno in the top 3, and only my dad opted to get Pings, the rest pulled the trigger on Mizuno. 

 

Mizuno really, really, really know what they're doing with irons. Their woods and wedges are also quickly gaining on the big boys. 

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I exclusively play mizuno irons - they are what I prefer. I will say all of the major OEM's make great equipment nowadays.

TM M1 440 2017 9.5* - Tour AD GP 6s

TEE CBX119 13.5* - Fuji Speeder 869

TEE CBX119 18* - Fuji Speeder 869

MP-18 4-PW (23*-46*) - PX 6.0

SM8 50F, 54S, 60T

White Hot OG 7S

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As real as it gets.  They've historically made some of the best irons, and their current releases are some of the best things out there. If I didn't get access to TM gear at a discounted rate I'd probably have Mizuno irons in my bag. 

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Taylormade Sim 2 8* Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 73x

Taylormade M3 3 Wood Accra FX 300

Callaway Epic Super Hybrid 21* Aldila RIP Phenom

Taylormade P770  4-PW Rifle 6.0

MG2 50/54/60 S400

TM Itsy Bitsy

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OMG, a thread about Mizuno irons and someone mentions Callaway? 
 

That’s like telling someone you’re looking at a Porsche 911 and they bring up a Camaro

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Titleist TS2 Kuro Kage XD 7S
Titleist 917 F3 GD TourAD IZ 8S
Mizuno MP 20 3-PW ProjectX 6.0
Vokey SM7 54S and 60M
Cameron Newport 2 CT
Bridgestone Tour B XS

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As others have noted, you need to hit a few different brands, where its the same basic model (i.e. blade, players cavity back, game improvement) so you can see what works for you, both from a performance and feel perspective.

 

Prior to this year, when an amazing set of Grindworks irons fell into my lap, I gamed Mizuno for over 15 years.  I still have my original set of MX-23 (circa 2004) up at my buddy's house in NJ so I don't have to travel with my sticks.  They are like an old, broken-in pair of jeans that fit you perfectly. My bud was like "I can't believe you beat me with irons almost 20 years old".  

 

There's something about flushing a Mizuno that is addicting.  But people who play other quality forged irons will say the same about theirs. Go hit a few and see what happens. And let us know how it turns out! 🙂

Titleist TS3 10.5*: Graphite Design BB 7S

Titleist 917D2 12* Tour Issue: Graphite Design XC 7X

Titleist 818H2 19* (set at 18*): Tensei Pro White 90X

Grindworks PR-202: Modus3 120X

Vega VW-08 50* (set at 48*): KBS 610 Wedge 125

Honma TW-W4 52*: Modus3 120X

Mizuno S18 54* DG TI S400

Scotty Cameron 2014 Select Fastback

Titleist ProV1

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2 hours ago, lefthack said:

 

I knew they made great baseball gear, I had no idea they made golf gear until last summer.

 

They have only been in the bags of major championship winners for 40 years or so , so pretty brand new to the market......   

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Driver: Taylormade M5 Tour 9* w/ Fujikura KAMO (671TE) X 

3 Wood: Royal Collection 306V BBD 15* w/ Fujikura Speeder 757 Evo X

Hybrid: Fourteen Prototype 2 iron Bent to 20* w/ UST Mamiya Proto 125 X

Irons: Fourteen FH1000 4-PW 1*Strong/1*Up w/ KBS $Taper S+ +1/2

GW: Fourteen RM12 - 50/10   w/ KBS $Taper S+ +1/2

SW:  Fourteen RM12 – 54.5/10.5   w/ KBS 610 130 +1/2

LW:  Fourteen RM12 - 59/9   w/ KBS 610 130 +1/2

Putter: Odyssey 1W Milled @ 34”,4* & 71* w/ Ionmic Mid Size

Ball: Titleist ProV1 or AVX

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6 minutes ago, pccasstpro said:

They have only been in the bags of major championship winners for 40 years or so , so pretty brand new to the market..... Interesting fact is they have made golf clubs longer than baseball equipment.   

According to information I found Mizuno started manufacturing baseballs and gloves in 1913 and didn't start manufacturing golf clubs until 1933. Could be wrong though. 

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10 minutes ago, Isaac_Newton said:

According to information I found Mizuno started manufacturing baseballs and gloves in 1913 and didn't start manufacturing golf clubs until 1933. Could be wrong though. 

I may stand corrected I will edit ... I thought the golf and racquet sports predated baseball... 

 

Driver: Taylormade M5 Tour 9* w/ Fujikura KAMO (671TE) X 

3 Wood: Royal Collection 306V BBD 15* w/ Fujikura Speeder 757 Evo X

Hybrid: Fourteen Prototype 2 iron Bent to 20* w/ UST Mamiya Proto 125 X

Irons: Fourteen FH1000 4-PW 1*Strong/1*Up w/ KBS $Taper S+ +1/2

GW: Fourteen RM12 - 50/10   w/ KBS $Taper S+ +1/2

SW:  Fourteen RM12 – 54.5/10.5   w/ KBS 610 130 +1/2

LW:  Fourteen RM12 - 59/9   w/ KBS 610 130 +1/2

Putter: Odyssey 1W Milled @ 34”,4* & 71* w/ Ionmic Mid Size

Ball: Titleist ProV1 or AVX

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to the op, Mizuno still uses some old school forging methods and grain structure technologies that create a very noticeable and unique feel. Some love it and some dont. Just like any other manufacturer. The quality of their irons cannot be questioned however. They are top notch in every way. They are definitely the real deal. If they look good to you and feel good to you, you won’t regret purchasing them. 

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COBRA RADSPEED 9.0 HZRDUS RDX BLUE 6.0                                        SRIXON ZX 13.5 MIYAZAKI MIZORE 70X                                               WILSON M5 TOUR 17* ALDILA ROGUE STIFF.                                           TITLEIST U510 3 ALDILA PHENOM 100 stiff.                                       SRIXON Z FORGED 4-PW CATALYST 100 6.5                                         SRIXON ZX7 A WEDGE 50* CATALYST 100 6.0                                        CALLAWAY JAWS FULL 54* MMT 125 Stiff.                                        CALLAWAY JAWS FULL 58* MMT 125 Stiff.                                         NATIONAL CUSTOM NICOLL BLADE SNELL MTB-X

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Mizuno makes some of the finest forgings/irons on planet earth.  Most if not all of Tiger's US Am wins were with Mizuno MPxx and Faldo's finest work at the 1996 Masters were with Mizuno MPxx.

 

The best blades I ever played were Mizuno MP33's and MP14s.

 

If Mizuno paid as much as Titleist, Callaway, or TM there would be alot more Mizuno played on all Tours.

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Ping G400 Max 9* Fujikura Tour Spec 7.2 Stiff
PING G425 17.5 Tour 75 Stiff
PING G410 20.5 7 Wood Tour 75 Stiff

PING G425 23.5 9 Wood Tour 75 Stiff
PING I210 5-PW DGS 120 Stiff
Ping Glide 50 54 

Ping Glide Pro 59*

Ping TYNE C Putter

 

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18 hours ago, TomRUtah said:

I'm brand agnostic and thought I'd be okay with a good deal from any of the major players.  Then I discovered the importance of trying as many clubs as possible and not going to a club fitting with preconceptions of what should be on my shortlist.  Some clubs simply won't feel right, while others will feel great.  Even with clubs that feel great you may find a large disparity with accuracy and/or distance, all else being equal.

 

As for Mizuno, I tried the current iron models at a demo day on my home course and came away really liking the 921 Forged irons.  Feedback is second only to my Wilson Staff Model CBs, but I liked them enough to order a set.  Make a more informed decision by being open to trying whatever you can get your hands on.

 

4 hours ago, hagimihale said:

As others have noted, you need to hit a few different brands, where its the same basic model (i.e. blade, players cavity back, game improvement) so you can see what works for you, both from a performance and feel perspective.

 

Prior to this year, when an amazing set of Grindworks irons fell into my lap, I gamed Mizuno for over 15 years.  I still have my original set of MX-23 (circa 2004) up at my buddy's house in NJ so I don't have to travel with my sticks.  They are like an old, broken-in pair of jeans that fit you perfectly. My bud was like "I can't believe you beat me with irons almost 20 years old".  

 

There's something about flushing a Mizuno that is addicting.  But people who play other quality forged irons will say the same about theirs. Go hit a few and see what happens. And let us know how it turns out! 🙂

 

Both of these comments are how I went into my fitting.  I was playing Srixon 585 4-6 and 765 7-PW.  When the fitter would hand me a new setup, I didn't look to see what the brand or model was on the head or shaft.  I just swung away.  In my mind that's the best way to do it.  Then you don't have any biased thoughts going on in your head.  I probably hit 7 different heads and just as many shafts.  The numbers didn't lie when I picked the 921 Forged.  Even hit them a week later when I did my wood fitting to make sure it wasn't a fluke.

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MP4's are one of the softest feeling irons. Didn't get on with the MP64's. Preferred the 54's over the 63's. Love the look of the MP5's. Chose TM P730/770 combo over MP18. Boron no bueno.

I want to try the Japan only 55's and/or 66's, especially with a little Yoro work.

 

DR: Callaway XR16 Sub Zero Tour Issue 9.5° + Fujikura Pro 61tx @ 45".

FW: Taylormade SIM MaxD 16° + Tensei AV 75x @ 42 1/2".
HY: Taylormade Aeroburner TP 22° + White Tie HX4 x @ 40 1/2".
Irons: Taylormade R9 Forged 5i-PW + Quadra 100i Pro x.
Wedges: Callaway Jaws Forged 51°/56°/61° + C-Taper
Putter: SeeMore SB1 + Accra FX300.

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I'll be the odd man out here - as I generally am. I honestly hate Mizuno irons - but I love their woods. 

 

My hate for Mizuno irons has nothing to do with their quality - which is top notch. I just can't hit the bastards. No matter how much I wanted them to, they never worked for me. 

 

On the other hand, they make great woods that don't get much respect. As a result, I've been able to pick up a number of used models for pennies. I still put my F-50 5w in play from time to time.  

Cleveland Launcher HB 10.5* - Stock Miyazaki C. Kua 50 Stiff
Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 50* DG Wedge
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54* DG Wedge
Callaway X-Series JAWS Slate CC 58* Stock Wedge
Odyssey White Ice #7 - Golf Pride Oversize

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