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Night and day difference. The MX-17 is cast and MX-23 is forged. If you are going to go Mizuno, go all in and get forged. The MX-23's are plenty forgiving, just not ultra forgiving like the 17's. The MX-17's are OK in the feel deptartment, but IMHO there are better super game improvement irons out there.

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I've owned both sets and each are outstanding IMO. Prior to buying the 17's I demo'ed and/or owned almost all of the popular OEM cast GI clubs and for me the 17's were easily the most appealing. I recently bought the 23's solely because I wanted to experience the soft Mizuno forged feeling, if I find that I don't consistently hit the 23's well this summer I'll acquire another set of 17's in a heartbeat. The two major differences between these are feel and look at address. The 23's are very soft at impact and although there's alot of game improvement built in, at address I feel like I'm using a "players" club because the topline is thin and the power bar is hidden at address. I found impact with the 17's to be excellent in a very different way, well struck shots were firm and satisfying (IMO a similar feel to Ping ISI's I once owned, but the 17's are more forgiving), and the 17's felt impressively stable on shots anywhere on the grooves. While offset specs may actually be similar, the 17's seemed to have more while I played them and the thick topline looks quite different from the 23. I know many players detest irons with a fat topline but I liked it in the 17's, the clubhead looks so dense and stable that I had no psychological hesitation swinging 100% (no worries about stinging thin or toe shots). Although the 23's seem smaller (probably because of the thin topline), when I held both up in a proshop to compare the 17's are actually shorter heel-to-toe and topline-to-sole. I can't compare the 3 and 4 irons in the set because my 23's are 5-PW, but the 17 long irons were the easiest to hit of any set I've ever owned or tried (the Big Bertha 2004 and Cobra 3100 long irons are also very easy to hit well), I haven't hit the MX-900's but I find it hard to believe that they could be any more user friendly than the 17's. I agree with an earlier post that the 17's don't seem to get much love on most forums but I think they deserve as much or more than any cast GI club available.

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I went through the same decision about this time last year and chose the 17s based strictly on the price. I was too new to the game to know much about the different sets or where to get good deals at but I haven't regretted the decision in the least. They are extremely easy to hit, I've dropped from low 100s to low-mid 80s using them. Being new, I couldn't tell much difference in the feel and was more concerned about not spending a lot on something I might not be able to hit well but now I'll semi thinking of stepping up a little to the 23s or maybe the 60s. The 900s are way too overpriced for a GI set, if that's where you're going stay with the 17s. There are a couple of demo days coming up at local courses where I'm going to try them out. If I don't feel a noticeable difference I will gladly keep the 17s in the bag.

 

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Night and day difference. The MX-17 is cast and MX-23 is forged. If you are going to go Mizuno, go all in and get forged. The MX-23's are plenty forgiving, just not ultra forgiving like the 17's. The MX-17's are OK in the feel deptartment, but IMHO there are better super game improvement irons out there.

 

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Hey Guy, Iwould go with. the mx - 23, reasons being, I the mx-17 for a month. these are some excellent clubs, but don't get the respect they deserve. Ther good for the BEGINNERS, with some offset as oppose to some of the othe super game improvement clubs. Nice feel both long and short irons.The problem I had with the 17's were when i took some lessons, my ball striking improved. :stop: At thi point I decided to take the 17's back to golfsmith (100/100 playability) I was give a store credit and got fitted for the mx-23. From that point I've been in Mizuno heaven ever since :miz::miz::miz:

 

Do the Following:

 

 

1. Demo both clubs

2. chooooose one (mx 23)

3. GET FITTED :shout:

4. Lessons

 

5. Enjoy :D :WTF:

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Nice to see another budget minded man out there. I demo the 23's several times and just didnt get the feel or response I expected from Mizuno's. I ended up going to Cleveland Ta6's for the mid irons I was looking for. I really really wanted the Mizuno 23's but they just felt wrong. Off to Cleveland, I'm staying with my MP 30's for the "scoring" clubs.

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I've owned both sets and each are outstanding IMO. Prior to buying the 17's I demo'ed and/or owned almost all of the popular OEM cast GI clubs and for me the 17's were easily the most appealing. I recently bought the 23's solely because I wanted to experience the soft Mizuno forged feeling, if I find that I don't consistently hit the 23's well this summer I'll acquire another set of 17's in a heartbeat. The two major differences between these are feel and look at address. The 23's are very soft at impact and although there's alot of game improvement built in, at address I feel like I'm using a "players" club because the topline is thin and the power bar is hidden at address. I found impact with the 17's to be excellent in a very different way, well struck shots were firm and satisfying (IMO a similar feel to Ping ISI's I once owned, but the 17's are more forgiving), and the 17's felt impressively stable on shots anywhere on the grooves. While offset specs may actually be similar, the 17's seemed to have more while I played them and the thick topline looks quite different from the 23. I know many players detest irons with a fat topline but I liked it in the 17's, the clubhead looks so dense and stable that I had no psychological hesitation swinging 100% (no worries about stinging thin or toe shots). Although the 23's seem smaller (probably because of the thin topline), when I held both up in a proshop to compare the 17's are actually shorter heel-to-toe and topline-to-sole. I can't compare the 3 and 4 irons in the set because my 23's are 5-PW, but the 17 long irons were the easiest to hit of any set I've ever owned or tried (the Big Bertha 2004 and Cobra 3100 long irons are also very easy to hit well), I haven't hit the MX-900's but I find it hard to believe that they could be any more user friendly than the 17's. I agree with an earlier post that the 17's don't seem to get much love on most forums but I think they deserve as much or more than any cast GI club available.

 

Right on Brother!!! I read this thread numerous times. All of you guys peaked my interest in these Mizunos. So, I went to the fitter today and hit about 100 balls with the 7's, 23's and the 900's. I liked both the 23's and the 900's, but I just keep going back to the 17's. They all had the Dynalite S300 stiffs in them.

 

The 17's felt heavier and more stable. Frankly, I did not have one miss hit with them. It was a really tough call as all of them were good. But I truly liked the feel the best with the 17's. I also got the best ball flight with them.

 

Trades in my X-18's, and got 4 through PW for $166.00. What a deal!!!

 

Thanks to all for your excellent input!

Best regards,

dukie mizuno :stop:

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