Equipment

ClubTest 2013: Mizuno MP-H4 Irons

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Mizuno MP-H4 Irons

Mizuno MP-H4 Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $1,099, steel
WE TESTED:
3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Long and mid-irons (3-7) feature hollow, two-piece heads while the short irons (8-PW) are one-piece forgings. MP-H4 straddles the line between a better-player iron and a game-improvement model.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
Repeatable high, soft and straight ball flight; wide sole glides through rough and bad lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A real standout -- the most forgiving club in the category; testers praise its "can't miss" hybrid-like long irons; a relaxing and arrow-straight option.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Impressive length, particularly with long irons; mis-hits seem to get their full measure of distance; a tight dispersion on shots regardless of impact.
FEEL: Good consistency throughout the set; soft feel at impact with a sense of explosiveness, particularly in the longer clubs; heavy head cruises through the ball.
LOOK: The hollow 3- and 4-irons are reminiscent of MP Fli-Hi hybrids with minimal offset; the set transitions gracefully to a slightly oversize blade in scoring clubs; larger heads than others in the test, but guys like the square, confident setup in the mid- and long irons.

CONS
Sacrifices workability for forgiveness—many testers simply can’t curve the ball; more of a game-improvement look than the blade look purists desire; not as soft as other MP irons -- some guys find scoring irons clunky and rigid; long irons don’t hit it as far or launch shots as high as true hybrids of the same lofts.

BOTTOM LINE: A unique hybrid offering in the better-player market, the MP-H4 sets the gold standard in forgiveness. An interesting option for players looking for help with long irons, or anyone who just wants to relax and hit it straight.

NEXT REVIEW: Ping Anser Irons

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