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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best Mizuno blades?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hypergolf, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their view on which Mizuno blades are the best on the market. The MP4’s may currently be edging it, but our members are keen on a variety of different options from Mizuno.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Warrick: “4’s feel. 5’s forgiveness. 18’s looks. I have not played older Mizzy blades.”
  • Sir edward of putternut: “MP14 and MP29 are the boobs. MP5 is my gamer. Mp33 is fantastic as well. I like them more than the MP4.”
  • Andyman234: “I love my MP18 MMCs. I would highly recommend hitting them first though. Maybe you can find them new somewhere and demo them before purchasing them used.”
  • dark : “Picked up a set of MP-68s recently with ProjectX 5.5 shafts. So good, they kicked my MP-14s to the curb”

Entire Thread: “Best Mizuno Blades?”

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  1. DaveJ

    Jan 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

    IMO, the MP33s are the benchmark by which all blades should be measured. They are about as close to a pure blade experience as you can get. They feel great, flight effortlessly, and can be worked left or right as much as your skill allows. I sadly had to stop playing mine as I got older and started getting arthritis in my hands and wrists. I think the 2 iron was the most fun club to hit of the set. Pure one off the tee and it fell like you were swinging a hammer at a marshmallow.

    The MP32s are my favorite “modern” blades. I would be gaming them if I were to magically go back to my early 20s.

    • Tommy Roberts

      Jan 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Faldo’s TP 19’s cannot be beaten. Well maybe, but they are incredible blades. Have a completely new redone set in case anyone wants them. X100’s, never hit, in wooden case, I cannot even open. Will take 5 min to do so !

  2. koober

    Jan 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    My MP-60’s are over a decade old now, but I always go back to them. I know they’re not strictly blades, but these muscle-backs are so pure. Also have the stock R300 shafts in them. If anything, I’ll probably just upgrade the shafts. Heads are still fantastic. (No rock balls.)

  3. chad

    Jan 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    EVERYONE knows the mp32s were the best irons they ever made

  4. William Davis

    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    TP9 – bought perhaps last set in UK back in ?. Take out now and again and still pleasing. MP30 going strong. Went to JPX850 but no great improvement.

  5. Jack Nash

    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Still to me some of the most beautiful irons produced.

  6. Jack Baker

    Jan 6, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Jpx 900 are the best I have played but I have hit a bunch of them. Silver Cup blades were the absolute softest ever, sweet.

  7. Brad

    Jan 6, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    MP-68s and MP-5s have been the best Mizuno blades I’ve used. MP-18s are very nice as well, but I felt the MP-5s were still better in the feel and forgiveness categories.

  8. ACTUAL FACTS

    Jan 6, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    All of Mizuno’s blade models over the last two and a half decades have been sauce! I could bag the MP-14s just as quickly as my current irons. TN87, MP9, MP11, MP14, MP29, MP33, MP37, MP68, MP4, MP5, MP18…they’re all great!!!

    • s

      Jan 14, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Couldnt agree more. i would pick MP-14 first too. Personally not a huge fan of those pseudo cavities and the new run bird(?) logo though…

  9. The dude

    Jan 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    MP 11……if yer good enough……TN 87 2nd….

  10. smz

    Jan 4, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    The magic is in the metallurgy and grain flow forging method that forges the complete clubhead, hosel included…. no ‘spin welding’ the hosel to the blade like miura foists on gullible golfers.

  11. 37

    Jan 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    37
    Not as rounded as the 33, a bit sharper and boxier and a tad more sexier

  12. TigerFan91

    Jan 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I like my MP69s. They don’t even have a fancy shaft on them…just your standard X100s. They’re not that intimidating at address and they feel great.

    • toyzrx

      Jan 4, 2019 at 7:31 pm

      Yes I agree. Just the stock DGS300 in them and they are as good as any new ones on the market.

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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying in the forums.

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