Mizuno MX-200 Irons
From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)
It's for: All skill levels
David Llewellyn, club R&D manager: "Our patented 'grain flow forging' process allows us to do things with forgings that other manufacturers simply cannot. MX-200 is a perfect example of this. It is as forgiving as any cast game-improvement iron while providing the unmatched soft, solid feel of a forging."
How it works: This forged one-piece iron (1025E carbon steel) combines sweet feel with loads of help on errant shots. A Y-shaped cavity pad and triangular weight bar expand the club's effective hitting area toward the toe (where golfers of average ability typically hit it). Removing weight from the cavity—30 grams are milled from long irons and 20 grams from middle irons—and repurposing it low and deep contributes to higher launching shots. The MX-200 "sweet spot" is 5 percent larger, with 25 percent tighter dispersion, than the MX-25 irons. Company testing indicates that center hits fly, on average, 4 yards farther with MX-200. A "triple-cut" sole regulates performance from assorted lies.
$699, steel; $899, graphite