ClubTest 2013: Mizuno MP-64 Irons
Mizuno MP-64 Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $999, steel
WE TESTED: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Varying the cavity depths -- shallowest in short irons -- dials in precise ball flights. Reinforcing precise areas of the head controls impact vibration for a sweet, soft feel.
PLAYABILITY: Mid-to-high ball flight that launches higher than previous Mizuno irons; high or low, left or right, and any combo in between, this club moves the ball however you want as much as you want; standout performance on short shots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Sacrifices forgiveness for accuracy -- catch these square and they are surgical, but don't expect to putt after a mis-hit.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Easy to dial in distances on partial swings and short shots; more interested in consistency than overall distance; a somewhat shortish hitter that rewards a smooth swing with precise, repeatable results.
FEEL: The top iron tested; continues the MP's legendary feel -- a soft, thick impact sensation that keeps you coming back for more; provides instant, telling feedback on all shots; stable, perfectly balanced weighting on full swings down to chips.
LOOK: One of the best; an instantly recognizable Mizuno blade makes testers feel like pros; classic, classy shape with a touch of tech inspires confidence, as if any shot is within reach.
It has a smallish sweet spot with little built-in directional forgiveness; mis-hits can hurt and penalties are severe -- poor swings leave you at least a club or two short of the target; long irons have many testers scrambling for hybrids.
BOTTOM LINE: Sets the standard for look and feel; these clubs can take a great ballstriker to the next level-- if that doesn't sound like you, step away from the blades before your scores get hurt.
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