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Spotted: Mizuno MP-18 Irons



Mizuno’s JPX-900 Tour irons are one of the hottest models on the PGA Tour, but it appears there’s a new iron in the works at Mizuno that’s designed with the best golfers in the world in mind.

Here’s a photo of what looks to be Mizuno’s next muscleback iron, the MP-18. We’re guessing it’s the follow-up to Mizuno’s widely praised MP-4 and MP-5 muscleback irons.

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the MP-18 irons in our forum. 

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  1. Michael Thomas

    Jul 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm


  2. John

    Apr 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    the real april fools joke is if they announced they were going to release their top model again in LH. Mizuno is a joke until they stop ignoring 25% of the golf population

    • Mike

      Jul 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      mate i don’t think that golf has a disproportionate mix of left handers to the general population. Read anywhere its 10% on average.. so for you lefties… learn to play the RIGHT way.

      • Fred

        Jul 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm

        Went into my local Golf Galaxy the other day. They had a section full of left-handed clubs. Was told they hardly ever sell any.

  3. Jim H

    Apr 4, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I’ll stick to my MP-32’s and MX-20’s from the Mizuno brand as part of my rotation which includes Titleist 714 AP1’s.

  4. Dave

    Apr 2, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hate ‘matte’ finish on musclebacks. Looks cheap. But to keep the chrome looking good you gotta put covers on them. Which sucks. Also, they had such good lines on the MP-4/5 series, this looks ridiculous.

    • Golfandpuff

      Apr 5, 2017 at 10:37 am

      1. Looks cheap? Not even close…
      2. Covers? I wish I had a dollar for every good player I saw with beat up blades. They are tools…next nice set around the corner.

  5. S Hitter

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I hope it’s April Fools

  6. Jojo

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Titleist 714 knockoffs. Lol

    • S Hitter

      Apr 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      You said it. Shank! And I was so looking forward to the news of the new blades. I’ll pass. That graphic in the centre is FUGLY. Can’t do it

      • Craig

        Apr 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm

        Graphic? Isn’t that just the light??

        • S Hitter

          Apr 3, 2017 at 3:48 am

          Naw. It’s that black line graphic with the name of the club on it. Kinda like the T5 wedge with the black band, except on this MP, the name of the club is on it. Kills me. Too much, too busy. Not that I’m looking at the back of the iron to hit the damned thing, I just think it’s unnecessary

          • sumsum

            Apr 3, 2017 at 6:37 am

            I’m pretty sure it’s not a graphic, Mizuno never puts ‘graphics’ on their MP lines. Could be a simple polish line being reflected by the light. The picture is pretty obscured.

            • S Hitter

              Apr 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm

              The MP-18 writing is in that bar across the middle. I don’t like the cut bar section across the middle, nor the name of the club written there.

              • Chris

                Apr 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm

                If you look closely, I think it’s a chrome ‘strip’ against the brushed finish. There is no badge or bar there. Look @ the 6 iron…

                • NFL sux

                  Apr 4, 2017 at 3:27 am

                  By bar he meant that there is a strip. Strip, bar, what difference does it make. It’s a strip-bar-slash-dash-line across the middle. Ugly.

                • Will

                  Apr 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm

                  Looks like the black line similar to the mp25 model. Not a big deal to me they still are not too “busy” though they look similar to the ping iblade imo, though they are at least forged.

      • joro

        Apr 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

        New Blades? A blade is a blade whether it is new or 10 yrs old, a blade is a blade and the older ones work just a well and maybe better. It”s all in marketing and staying inbusness. Enjoy whatever you have or want.

        • S Hitter

          Apr 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm

          Right, but they’re not going to just reproduce the same MP-14 or 29 every year like they should, so this is what we are left with. And with very few MP numbers left to name these clubs, when they could just continue to make the same models like MP-68 or 69 and call it a day

  7. Bert

    Apr 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Beautiful but more than I can handle.

  8. Philip

    Apr 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    They look like a bag full of wedges (T4s or T5s) turned into a set of clubs – could be nice transition from my 32s

  9. david

    Apr 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    hook line and sinker. got me good.

    • Tom

      Apr 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      it’ was all in fun…play through my friend

  10. Friedeggsfan

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Whoop whoop!!! #blades

  11. Tom

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    lol…Callaway knockoffs!

    • david

      Apr 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      WHAT!? callaway irons? THESE look nothing like any callaway iron ever.

      cash me ou’side

      • Tom

        Apr 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        david..I thought I’d try out my trollin shoes.

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Puma Golf introduces new Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Tops



Good news for hi-top lovers and the fashion-forward golfing set: Puma is launching Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Tops.

The style, first worn by Rickie Fowler in 2016, blends trendy style with a bevy of technology. Puma offers comfort and stability with state-of-the-art innovation in the bold footwear.

PWRADAPT Hi-Tops use Puma’s proprietary PWRADAPT sole technology that introduces 3-dimensional traction pods. The shoes also feature Ignite Foam throughout the entire length of the midsole for the first time in a cleated shoe.

Additionally, Puma replaces the traditional tongue with an Evoknit knitted collar for improved fit and breathability. The lightweight hook-and-loop strap offers a more customized fit and enhanced support.

The shoes come with a two-year waterproof warranty and feature a number of hidden design elements: the leather tab on the heel is stamped with the zip code of Puma Golf’s Carlsbad’s Headquarters, the interior of the perfect fit strap features a cat skull with cross clubs, and the inside sock-liner has a large scale topographic map of Carlsbad which also points out the exact location of Puma Golf’s HQ.

“Our goal each season is to push the game forward with products that challenge the status quo while respecting the traditions of golf. The Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Tops represent this continued drive for style innovation and the evolution of a silhouette that’s become synonymous with Puma Golf and Rickie. It’s our way of integrating the latest in on-trend fashion elements with cutting-edge golf footwear,” said Grant Knudson, Global Head of Footwear & Accessories, Puma Golf.

The Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Top ($220) is available now in two colorways: Grey Violet and Black.

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Rory McIlroy’s putter builder speaks on his winning TaylorMade Soto proto



It’s no secret that Rory McIlroy’s biggest weakness has historically been with his putter. But ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by two shots, McIlroy made a putter switch and ended up with just 100 putts for the week — the lowest in his PGA Tour career. He also finished first in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, and put on a putting display for the ages on Sunday to shoot 64 (he birdied 5 of the final 6 holes).

Related: Rory’s Winning WITB from the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational 

What’s so special about this putter? To figure that out, I spoke with TaylorMade’s International Tour Director Chris Trott, who worked directly with McIlroy on building his new putter.

Trott explains that McIlroy showed up to Bay Hill “with a different kind of confidence” that week. His caddie, Harry Diamond, showed up to the TaylorMade Tour Truck on Monday night (McIlroy wasn’t on site Monday) with a previous putter of McIlroy’s — a Scotty Cameron that he won multiple majors with, according to Trott — and he wanted to have a new putter built that matched up with the specs of it. “He came with a plan and he wanted to be on spec,” says Trott. So the TaylorMade team sent Harry off to the hotel Monday night with a TaylorMade TP Soto with no face insert, one with an insert, some other variations, and they sent him back to the hotel with a few Spiders, as well, according to Trott.

But since Trott says that McIlroy liked the feel of his previous gamer, Trott thought it was best to send a request back to TaylorMade’s offices in Carlsbad for a TP Black Copper Soto with a midslant neck and a Suryln insert in preparation for McIlroy’s arrival the next day. “Nine out of 10 times we already have a head with the insert in it [inside the tour truck], but this putter is so new,” says Trott. “It’s not even out yet.”

Trott says McIlroy showed up to the Tour Truck the next morning, but he “wasn’t enamored” with the options, although he did fancy the solid face Soto. Here’s the photo notes that Trott took of the solid-faced Soto that McIlroy liked.

Good thing Trott sent that request back to the office, though! The first words out of McIlroy’s mouth when he saw the new TP Black Copper Soto slant neck proto with the Suryln insert, according to Trott, were “Hmm, that’s nice.” But he wanted to tweak the specs. He wanted the putter an eighth of an inch shorter and 3-to-4 swingweight points lighter. Eventually, Trott also added 0.25 degrees of loft to the face compared to McIlroy’s gamer, and made it 1-degree more upright.

The new putter Trott concocted also had a Golf Pride Tradition grip on it, and McIlroy had him change it to a TaylorMade Red Cap Pistol grip.

So, McIlroy took to the putting green with the solid face Soto and the Black Copper slant neck proto with the Surlyn insert. After a few drills, McIlroy decided he liked the feel and look of the Trott concoction, and while he really liked the Black Copper finish, he did have concerns about how it would hold up in the weather.

In the end, McIlroy decided on the TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto. Here are the photo notes that Trott took from inside the trailer while holding McIlroy’s (eventual) winning putter.

The numbers in the photo above mean the specs of McIlroy’s putter are as follows:

  • Weight: 508.3 grams
  • Swing weight: D1
  • Lie angle: 71.25 degrees
  • Loft: 2.75 degrees
  • Length: 34.25 inches

Here are photos that we shot of the putter on Tuesday of the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play:

It’s safe to say McIlroy made the right decision for Bay Hill, and according to Trott, he’ll likely be sticking with the putter going forward. And if not, surely Trott and his team will be there with 7-10 more putter options for McIlroy to try out and hand-pick from. Must be nice to be Rory!

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Rory’s putter in our forums.

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson’s Callaway Mack Daddy PM-Grind “2.0” prototype wedge



More than three years ago, Callaway released a Mack Daddy PM Grind — PM stands for Phil Mickelson — that had a raised toe section for a higher center of gravity. Mickelson liked the PM Grind wedges because the designs allowed him to get more spin on open-faced shots, and also because they created a low trajectory with more spin on square-faced shots, said Roger Cleveland in 2015.

Since 2015, Mickelson has been playing various lofts of Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedges, and with various amounts of lead tape.

On Tuesday at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, however, we spotted a new Mack Daddy PM Grind “2.0” wedge in his bag that has a different look. Is this the introduction of a new wedge release from Callaway?!


We spoke to a Callaway representative who, in so many words, said this is just Phil being Phil and tinkering with equipment, not a product launch.

“This is a Phil-specific prototype version of the Mack Daddy PM-Grind Wedge,” said a Callaway representative. “We built it specifically for him. He likes to tweak his clubs, of course, and this is just an example of that. Always a tinkerer!”
We’ll be sure to update you on more information about the PM Grind 2.0 prototype wedge when we have it.
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