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Mizuno MP-H5, MP-15 irons and MP-T5 wedges

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For decades, better players have fawned over Mizuno’s MP line of forged irons, while mid-to-high handicappers covered their eyes, but still looked through the creases in their fingers. The new MP-H5 and MP-15 irons still don’t invite high-handicappers to join the party, but the company improved their forgiveness while maintaining the looks, sound and feel that better players have come to expect from the clubs.

Related: Learn about Mizuno’s 2015 JPX irons

As for the new MP-T5 wedges, Mizuno has expanded its offering to include 25 different loft, bounce and grind combinations for both left and right-handed players. That puts Mizuno among the industry leaders in wedging offerings, making Mizuno’s latest wedge line a fit for a wider variety of players than ever.

MP-H5

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Mizuno’s MP-H5 irons are smaller, yet more-forgiving than the MP-H4 irons that they replace.

“MP” stands for “Mizuno Players,'” which means these clubs were created for the better players among the golfing population. According to Chuck Couch, vice president of product development at Mizuno, today’s golfers are bigger and stronger than ever, but golf courses are getting progressively more difficult as well. That had lead to many of those golfers opting for longer-flying, more forgiving irons to deal with the challenges of long courses, thicker rough and faster greens.

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Mizuno’s MP-H5 irons (left) and the MP-H4 irons they replace.

Last year’s MP-H4 line was designed as hittable irons for better players, placing them at the more-forgiving end of the MP spectrum. Despite the performance boost they received from their slightly larger size, Couch admitted that the irons were a bit too large for the player they were targeting.

“With the H4 irons, we hit a par 5 in two, but ended up making bogey,” Couch said. “We changed that with a pure-looking club and an understated design [in the H5].”

The MP-H5 irons have a topline that is considerably thinner than its predecessor, as well as a thinner sole that allows for better maneuverability through the turf. That gives them a more understated look than the MP-H4, but the new irons also have a higher moment of inertia (MOI) to produce better launch characteristics. How’d Mizuno do that?

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The MP-H5 irons (right) have considerably thinner top lines than last year’s MP-H4 irons. Impressively, the MP-H5 irons are actually more forgiving. 

As with previous Mizuno irons, the MP-H5 irons are made with the company’s Grain Flow forging process that improves the look and feel of the irons. Their 1770 maraging steel faces were able to be made thinner than their predecessors, however, saving engineers weight that could be redistributed around the perimeter of the club head to improve forgiveness. Additional forgiveness was added to the clubs with their hollow construction, which drives weight low and deep in the head to improve their launch conditions, particularly in the long irons.

Whereas the MP-H4 irons were a mixed set, with hollow long and mid irons and solid-faced short irons, the MP-H5 irons have an all-hollow construction that creates more consistency throughout the set.

MP-15

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The MP-15’s are the direct replacement for the company’s MP-59 irons, which were known for their workability, as well as their classic shape, look, sound and feel. The new MP-15’s maintain those characteristics and add 20 percent more forgiveness to the design.

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Mizuno’s MP-15 irons (left) and the MP-59 irons they replace.

With the MP-15’s, Mizuno engineers found a way to remove 38 grams of weight from the Grain Flow Forged irons — roughly 15 percent of their total weight — from their cavities, which is nearly double the weight the company was able to redistribute in the MP-59 irons. The weight was then added back to the irons in the form of a 7-gram titanium insert behind the impact area, which was blended with 3 grams of ABS polymer to improve feel. The rest of the weight was placed around the perimeter of the clubs to boost their MOI.

[quote_box_center]”We took everything that Luke and 1000 other tour players that we talked to liked about the MP-64 and Mp-59’s,” Couch said. “They feel the same as the 59’s, but we were way more strategic with our weight distribution to allow for a higher MOI. The pyramid shaped insert behind the hitting area allows for a larger sweet spot providing more forgiveness, without sacrificing the best qualities from the MP-64 or MP-59.”[/quote_box_center]

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At address, the MP-15 (right) and MP-59 irons are nearly identical, but the MP-15’s add 20 percent more forgiveness. 

Mizuno also used its Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.), which measures feel and sound based on frequency and decibel-readings, to confirm that the MP-15’s closely replicated the feel of the company’s MP-64 irons, which are known as one of the best-feeling irons the company has produced in its history.

[quote_box_center]”There’s a difference between looking cool and being cool,” Couch said. “Although we spent a lot of time on cosmetics, we made a multi-material club head that maximized its discretionary weight … These irons are cool.”[/quote_box_center]

Both the MP-H5 and MP-15 irons will sell for $999 for an eight-piece set with a steel shafts ($1099 with graphite). The MP-H5 irons come stock with KBS Tour C-Taper Lite shafts, while the MP-15’s are sold with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold shafts.

Mizuno anticipates that better players will mix and match the long and mid irons from the MP-H5 line with the mid and short irons of the MP-15 line, so the company dropped the price of the MP-H5 irons by $100 to make it the same as the MP-15 irons and make it easier for them to do so.

According to Couch, it’s likely that Mizuno staff players Luke Donald and Charles Howell III will put a mix of the MP-H5 and the MP-15 in their bags after the Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The MP-H5 irons will be available in 1-PW, while the MP-15 irons will be available in 3-PW. They’ll be in stores on September 19 and available for presale August 29.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the MP-H5 and MP-15 irons, as well as the MP-T5 wedges in our forum.

MP-T5 Wedges

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To compete in today’s hypercompetitive wedge market, equipment companies have looked to offer the widest possible variety of grind, bounce and loft options so they can have a wedge that’s a perfect fit for each consumer. With its new MP-T5 wedges, Mizuno looked for a way to expand its wedge offerings without making the process of purchasing a wedge too confusing for consumers.

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[quote_box_center]”We took away that confusion by grinding the soles according to the bounce and loft of each wedge,” Couch said. “You don’t have to pick the grind and run the risk of mismatching the options because we did it for you.”[/quote_box_center]

The MP-T5 wedges are available in 25 different loft and bounce combinations, for both left and right-handed golfers, in lofts ranging from 49-to-62 degrees. The only choices you have to make is what loft you want, what bounce suits your game and what finish you desire, because Mizuno has already decided the grind and groove configuration depending on the choice you make.

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  • Low lofts: Mizuno’s MP-T5 gap wedges (49-to-53 degrees) have a classic C-grind with soft trailing edge relief. These wedges are mostly played from the fairway or rough using full swings, so golfers don’t need aggressive grinds, Couch said. These wedges also have the narrow, deep grooves that are designed to perform best on full shots.
  • Mid lofts: In the 54-to-58 degrees models, Mizuno gives golfers two different bounce options. Its low-bounce wedges have an aggressive C Grind for more versatility, while its high-bounce wedges have a soft trailing edge and a significant heel grind to aid performance on open-faced bunker shots. These wedges have wider, shallower grooves that perform better on open-faced shots around the green.
  • High lofts: Like the mid-lofted wedges, Mizuno’s MP-T5 high-lofted wedges (58-to-62 degrees) come in two options: high bounce and low bounce. The high-bounce wedges have an M Grind that stands for max bounce and max heel and toe relief, which helps prevent digging while still providing the versatility golfers need to hit delicate shots around the green. The lower-bounce models add more trailing edge relief and more grind on the heel. They also have wide, shallower grooves that add more touch around the greens.

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Below is a chart highlighting the specifications of Mizuno’s new MP-T5 wedges.

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The MP-T5 wedges are available in two finishes: Black Ion, which won’t rust with extended use, and White Satin. The wedges will sell for about $129.99 with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold Wedge shaft.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the MP-H5 and MP-15 irons, as well as the MP-T5 wedges in our forum.

 

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. dabadass

    Nov 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    In the wedges it seems to me like there are only a few different heads and then they just bend them and slap a loft badge on the back.

  2. Jeff

    Nov 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I was all set to make a sarcastic comment about how neat it is that an OEM finally found a way to move back the center of gravity in an iron.

    But then I saw those wedges, those things are gorgeous! Why do Mizuno staff players always use different wedges, those look great.

  3. Noahlevine2145

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    how forgiving are the mp 15s though i am a 12 handicap and 13 years old should i get the 15s or the 850 forged? would prefer the 15

    • Jeff

      Nov 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      What do you like? If you like em and think they could make you enjoy the game that much more and you’ve got a way to buy them, get the ones you love. If you got the ones you just admitted you would rather not, every shot you ever hit that wasn’t arrow straight you’ll second guess. Go hit every iron on the market and buy the ones you love.

  4. jgpl001

    Sep 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Very critical of the look of these when they first appeared here

    However, today I saw them and hit them and they are FANTASTIC

    Recently purchased 714 cb/mb mix, but now I am unsettled

    We’ll done Mizuno

  5. Eddy

    Aug 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I was really hoping that Mizuno would release a real pitching wedge with a 46 degree T5… Ah well…

  6. Jeff

    Aug 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I bet anyone playing the M4’s isn’t thrilled to hear Mizuno refer to their irons as “ended up making a bogey”

  7. Eddie

    Aug 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Those MP-H5s look much sleeker than the H4s. Very nice. Yet, does anyone have any info on them coming out with new JPX irons? Both EZs are hideous looking, the ugliest irons I’ve seen since the Ping G10s. And I am not thrilled with the JPX 825 Pros either. I am hoping they come up with new forged JPXs.

  8. Boris

    Aug 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Wow really like the mp15. But still prefer my mp 59 4,5,6 mp 4 7,8,9,pw

  9. Joseph

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Love all of the pics and both sets of new irons look really nice. If I could offer a suggestion, it would be really nice to know what club your looking at from the address position. Otherwise, you’re kind of guessing.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jul 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Joseph,

      If you view the thread in the forums, it’s much easier to tell exactly what club you’re viewing. We’re currently working on a fix for our front-page software that will make it easier to see what clubs you’re viewing as well.

      Thanks for reading.

  10. Sven Hallauer

    Jul 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Very exciting to see the MP-15 irons, definitely have to check them out for next season. Also great to see that Mizuno finally offers a 62-degree wedge, this might finally get me away from using my old Titleist wedge.

    As to the MP-H5, I was a fan of the Fli-Hi but hated the MP-H4 – so not sure if I should give this line another try or not.

  11. joselo

    Jul 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

    MPH5’s look a lot like the new nike’s protos… only 10,000 times better!

  12. Rich

    Jul 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Wow, so many loft options in the wedges. Different grinds too. Awesome!

  13. steve

    Jul 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Not Mizuno’s best work from a visual standpoint

  14. Christian

    Jul 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Sept 21st, plenty of time to replace the spinners for s300’s please!

    • Christian

      Jul 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Edit: nvm, in the video they have spinners.

  15. Ryan

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    The look of the irons at address is what matters. Not ” badging “…

  16. jgpl001

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    What’s happening with the mp r 12 wedge?

    Is it being replaced also or is Mizuno just going with one new wedge?

  17. Charlie

    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Release date anyone?

  18. Chris

    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I’m hoping they will offer the MP-H5 in a 2 iron. Also, as someone in a retail store, it’s nice to see the different loft options on the wedges to get a better gapping between today’s irons.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jul 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Yes, 1-PW.

      • Chris

        Jul 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        Awesome! Haven’t had a chance to talk to our rep about them yet, but having the 1 and 2 irons in those would be nice!

  19. Jordan

    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I would be surprised if Luke actually switched to the 15’s or T5’s. I think the mp 59’s look way better. The badging looks less pronounced and just flows better with the rest of the cavity on the 59’s.

    • Tom

      Aug 28, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Couldn’t agree less, love the new design – might make me change from my Mp62s at last!

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Callaway Golf launches new titanium Jailbreak-powered Super Hybrid

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Callaway Super Hybrid

Callaway Golf aims to redefine what a hybrid can be with the introduction of the all-new, multi-material, titanium-powered Callaway Super Hybrid for 2020. Built to offer the distance, ball speed and forgiveness of a fairway wood, with the added benefit of being built into a hybrid chassis, the Callaway Super Hybrid is the designed for those golfers that want control without sacrificing distance.

Creating a hybrid that performs like a fairway wood takes some serious engineering, and in the case of the new Callaway Super Hybrid, it means pulling out all the stops with technology and packing it all into one finely tuned club.

Here’s everything the R&D team at Callaway has been able to accomplish with this hybrid design

2020 Callaway Super Hybrid: Details

High-Strength Titanium Face insert

The Titanium face insert of the Super Hybrid promotes greater ball speeds and ball speed consistency thanks to variable face thickness, according to the company. Adding in Callaway’s proven Jailbreak technology helps stiffen the total structure of the clubhead’s titanium body. This places, as Callaway says, more impact load on the Face Insert to push the limits of flex and ball speed retention.

Light Weight Carbon Crown

An all-new T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown has a tighter weave than other composite crowns used in the past which increases strength and saves weight versus a traditional hybrid’s steel crown. The weight savings are then redistributed within the head to lower the Center of Gravity, and raise MOI for consistent distance on mishits.

Full Titanium Body With Precise Tungsten Weighting

Using a titanium body (the crown not withstanding) allows Callaway engineers to place a large volume of tungsten into the heel and toe of each clubs to once again increased MOI and optimized ball flight.

Using the same Metal Injection Molded Tungsten Weighting technology seen in other Callaway clubs, including the Epic Star line, Callaway is able to place a very high volume Metal Injection Molded (MIM’ed) tungsten weight to optimize CG for launch and control. How much tungsten you might ask? 68 grams per head—that’s close to 30 percent of the average hybrid’s total head mass!

Tech Specs and Options

The Callaway Super Hybrid will be available in three loft options, all three of which will also be available in left-handed. The stock shaft is the popular Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK PRO Orange 80 Hybrid shaft, but like anything Callaway, it will also include a large amount of no-upcharge options for custom orders.

Callaway Super Hybrid Pricing and Availability

The Callaway Super Hybrid is now available for preorder with retail stock hitting shelves on November 1st.

MSRP: $319.99

 

 

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