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Spotted: Mizuno MP-18 Irons

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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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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Michael Thomas

    Jul 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    ANOTHER FORUM FOR IDIOTS !

  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

      LOL!
      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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Jimmy Walker spotted testing a Titleist prototype driver?

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As spotted by GolfWRX Forum Member “anthony007,” Jimmy Walker was shown on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive hitting an unidentified driver at the Warrior Open.

In anthony007’s forum post, along with the photo, he asks the question “Is this a new Driver from Titleist?”

Well, it’s hard to tell from the grainy photo exactly what the driver says on the sole. But then Jimmy Walker himself posted on Twitter saying: “Great catch! Its always fun to test new prototypes and the [Titleist on Tour] guys have given me some cool toys to play with that are incredible – but unfortunately I can’t talk about them yet!”

While the response is a bit cryptic, it does seem that Walker confirms he was indeed testing a Titleist prototype driver.

What do you think?

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the photo.

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UNLV Rebels WITB: 2018 NCAA Men’s Championship

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The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Men’s Golf team is participating in the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 25-30. Representing the Mountain West Conference, the team is led by Head Coach Dwaine Knight.

To see the team’s full roster, click here

Below, we highlight the clubs and shafts that each of the players on the team are using at the championship.

Shintaro Ban

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Callaway Epic (20 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Steel 115

Irons: Callaway X Forged (4 and 5 iron), Callaway Apex MB (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Fourteen RM Raw wedge (50, 55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50 and 55), S400 (60)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 7S

Harry Hall

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917 F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

5 Wood: Titleist 917 F2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (3-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 120X

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Putter: Evenroll ER5 Hatchback (36.5 inches)

Jack Trent

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX

Hybrid: Titleist H2 818 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: Titleist T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5R
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 (35 inches)

Justin Kim

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 8TX

Driving Iron: Titleist 712U (3 iron)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS $-Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm6 (50, 54 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Justin Chong

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

5 Wood: Ping G30
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: TaylorMade M1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD 85X

Irons: Miura CB-57 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-09 F Grind and 58-08 M Grind)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey V-Line Fang O-Works

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Garrick Higgo

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 60X 120MS

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Black 70 TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 85H X-Flex

Driving Iron: Titleist TMB (2, 3 and 4 iron)
Shaft: KBS C-Taper 130X

Irons: Titleist AP2 (5-PW, GW)
Shafts: KBS C -Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Matte Black (55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 130X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X7M Black Tour Only

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Spotted: New Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI shaft

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The official Tour launch of the Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI shaft is this week at the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial, and we were able to snap a few photos on the range. MSI stands for millions of pounds per square inch, and basically, it refers to how stiff the fiber is — the higher the number, the greater stiffness it has.

Headed to retail later this summer, according to Aldila, the lower-launching, lower-spinning Rogue Silver 130 MSI is the successor to the Rogue Silver 125 MSI.

Per the company, the new Rogue Silver 130 MSI will feature the same tapered butt-counter-balanced design as the 125. The stronger 130 MSI carbon fiber produces slightly lower torque, however, and is the strongest material in a Rogue shaft to date.

Several Tour pros have already made the switch to the new shaft:

  • Jimmy Walker put the 70 TX in his driver for the first time at The Players. He had been gaming the 80 TX in his fairway wood since the Masters.
  • Kevin Chappell has been playing the 80 TX in both his 3 and 5-woods.
  • Martin Flores has put the 70 TX in his driver
  • Chez Reavie put the 60 TX in his driver at the Masters.

We’ll bring you more details as they become available closer to launch. Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the new shaft in our forums.

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