CATEGORY: Better Player Irons
PRICE: $1,000, steel
WE TESTED: 3–PW with KBS C-Taper Lite steel shafts, as well as True Temper Project X steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Using boron, a lighter, stronger material than steel, allows for the thinnest (and liveliest) face in an MP iron.
PLAYABILITY: The top-rated iron tested; small, nimble sole pinches the ball off the turf and sends it on any path you choose; repeating flight cuts through the wind; slightly higher trajectory than previous Mizunos; fun to hit knockdowns and cut shots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Consistent swings are rewarded with first-rate results -- chips to full shots show the precision that the best players look for; misses are not all forgiven, but they're not as severely punished as some expect.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Top in its class; longer than previous Mizunos and what several guys carry; mis-hits suffer distance losses, but not unfairly.
FEEL: The best, and it's not even close; impact is soft and buttery; feedback on mis-hits won't jar your hands; well-balanced, heavier weight helps improve timing.
LOOK: Best in show; classic blade look at address with technology neatly tucked away; guys like how the two-tone face frames the ball; quiet appearance yet begs to be swung.
Shots out of the rough require extra muscle to keep the clubhead from twisting; long irons fly too low to be playable for a couple guys; forgiveness can suffer at the expense of workability.
BOTTOM LINE: At half the price of some other irons tested, the Tour Edge Exotics EXi is a solid pick for players looking to add a little pop to their game, as well as height.
MORE INFO ON THE MIZUNO MP-25 IRONS
From GOLF.com, July 21, 2015:
The new MP-25 irons are aimed at players who want a traditionally sized forged iron with the advantage of enhanced distance and overall performance. Featuring a significantly more compact clubhead than the previous MP-54, the new MP-25 is Grain Flow Forged from boron, which is lighter and stronger than steel, allowing for the thinnest clubface ever in an MP iron.
The thin face is produced by a micro-slot that passes through the hitting area and deep into the sole of the iron, increasing the COR of the 3-6 irons for faster ballspeed, less spin, and more distance. The 7-PW features a more traditional, solid blade design for added control and feel on scoring shots. The MP-25 irons will be available at retail on 9/18 in both right and left hand. -- Michael Chwasky