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ClubTest 2015: Mizuno MP-H5 Irons

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Mizuno MP-H5 Irons

Mizuno MP-H5 Irons

 

Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $1,000, steel; $1,100, graphite
WE TESTED:
3–PW with FST KBS C-Taper Lite steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 3- through 6-irons have stainless-steel bodies, maraging steel face inserts and wide soles for a low, deep CG.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: All shots start high and stay high—well above many other models in the category; ball seems to want to travel straight no matter how you swing; repeatable flight on shots hit from every lie imaginable; the MP-H5 long irons play like Mizuno’s Fli-Hi hybrids.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the most forgiving MP iron sets ever made; testers can make almost any swing and get high, straight results; very accurate—take dead aim and let it fly.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The MP-H5 iron produces consistent, reliable yardages—testers could step up to a shot and trust that they have the distance to hit it; mis-hits with the mid-irons lose little yardage; a few guys get noticeably longer carry numbers than they do with their current sets.
FEEL: Short irons deliver responsive feedback off the face; the club’s weight and balance keep you down through the shot; stable through impact; the ball seems to stay on the face a long time on touch shots.
LOOK: A gorgeous set that transitions seamlessly from short to long irons; beautiful satin chrome finish, medium topline and progressive offset; appearance at address inspires confidence while maintaining the characteristics of a player’s club.

CONS

 

Additional forgiveness is there but at the expense of some workability; a few testers struggle to play them out of fairway bunkers; short irons have slightly larger faces than your typical player’s blade iron.

BOTTOM LINE: The MP-H5 would be a great introduction for someone who’s not used to better-player irons. It’s a low-anxiety, dependable set that’s easy to hit and plenty long.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Mizuno MP-H5 irons

NEXT REVIEW: Nike Vapor Pro Irons

MORE INFO ON THE MIZUNO MP-H5 IRONS

From Golf.com, September 23, 2014

The MP-H5, for 0- to 16-handicappers, is best for players one step removed from the JPX line. It’s built to hit high, long shots that land softly. The 3- to 6-irons have stainless steel bodies, powerful maraging steel face inserts (the 4-iron produces a 0.81 COR), and wide soles for a low, deep CG. By design, they launch shots at a similar height with less spin than the larger MP-H4 they replace. MP-H5 short irons (7-PW) have forged carbon steel bodies with stainless steel back weights. Unlike previous MP short irons, these are hollow for more consistent CG depth and steadier performance throughout the set. -- Rob Sauerhaft

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NEXT REVIEW: Nike Vapor Pro Irons

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