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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. David Cox

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:07 am

    The MP4s are the best – the best looking, the most forgiving, the best feeling. However I tried the JPX Tour and found the 5 iron went better so put them in my bag, but did not get rid of the MPs. I’m a mid handicapper and I’m fed up with being told you must use a clunky cavity back with its attendant nasty feel. The modern blade, at least as realised by Mizuno, is not hard to hit and feels good most of the time and sometimes sublime. By the way the JPX Tour has an MP feel to it. I have Nippon NS Pro R shafts which are light in both sets.

  2. 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 !

  3. 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.)

  4. chad

    Jan 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    EVERYONE knows the mp32s were the best irons they ever made

  5. 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.

  6. Jack Nash

    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Still to me some of the most beautiful irons produced.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. The dude

    Jan 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

      • Mick

        Jun 30, 2019 at 6:19 pm

        MP69 are great irons. Still using them, just great, one of Mizunos best ever.

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WRX Spotlight: Swag Golf proto putter

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Product: Swag Golf proto putter

Pitch: From Swag “Swag is the brand that isn’t scared to push the limits in a conservative sport that isn’t evolving to meet changing styles. We like to listen to music on the course, we want to be bold, we love having fun, we love golf, and we’re going to express that both on and off the course. We aren’t going to try to sell you on how great our proprietary materials are and we don’t need to rely on clever marketing to sell more. We’re a no BS company. What matters is that our putters feel good and in turn make you feel good when putting. We have some crazy ideas, we love to tinker, and we experiment on how to perfect everything we do. ”

Our Take on the Swag Golf Proto putter

Though relatively new, Swag Golf has been making a big splash in the industry for their high-end and striking headcovers and accessories. Perhaps less talked about when it comes to the company is their putters – something which I feel is likely to change after testing out their prototype rainbow finish flat-stick.

The putter is beautiful from whatever angle you look at – but especially at address. Extremely smooth lines, and with full-shaft offset, the blade’s shoulders and bumpers are flawlessly balanced to frame the ball and let the putter sit perfectly square. The single line alignment aid enhances the look and is positioned right in the center of the blade’s sweet spot, while the CNC milled flat-stick delivers perfectly smooth edges – noticeably on the neck for a sublime and soft profile.

With a head weight of 354g, the putter from Swag feels exceptional in your hands over the ball. Every detail matters when investing in a premium putter, and the sensation of the stable and firm feel of the flat-stick as well as there being no wavering of the head, makes the putter feel like an extension of your body when standing over a putt.

The sound and feel of the putter is an area where Swag has knocked it out of the park. With a fly milled face from 303 Stainless Steel, the flat-stick delivers an incredibly soft feel at impact.

No vibration is felt on impact, even on long-distance putts. It never feels like your hitting the ball but more caressing it, which is a pleasant sensation when putting from downtown. What you get in terms of sound at impact is a low, deep pitched note from a putter which rolls beautifully on its axis and produces no vibration on slight mis-hits.

To nitpick, the company’s “black mid pistol tackified kangaroo leather grip” took some getting used to. Initially, it took a little away from how impressive the flat-stick feels in your hands, but it gradually becomes more comfortable.

Overall performance-wise though, the putter from Swag provides everything you could hope for from a high-end putter. Exceptional feel at address, painfully attractive profile and precision at impact.

As of now, the company boasts self-confessed “putting nerd” Kevin Streelman as their PGA Tour ambassador. Streelman is currently gaming the brand’s Handsome Too proto, and after experiencing the Swag rainbow proto for myself, the highest compliment I can give is that I would be surprised if he (and PGA Tour newcomer Rhein Gibson) are still the only Tour pros to game one of the brand’s flat-sticks in 12 to 24 months time.

In terms of an Anser-style putter, Swag packs a hefty punch with their numerous offerings. While I personally love the eye-catching rainbow finish (which has been blasted to remove some of the boldness), I realize it’s not for everyone. However, the company has plenty more traditional finishes on their array of flat-sticks, which you can find on their website here.

Whatever finish you prefer your putters to come in though, it’s unlikely that any department of Swag’s flat-sticks will leave you disappointed.

 

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New Mitsubishi Chemical ZF shaft in play at the Tour Championship

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Even after winning just a week ago, Justin Thomas has put a new MCA Diamana ZF-Series shaft into play for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Final this week at East Lake Golf Club. JT is using the 60g TX version in his 9.5-degree Titleist TS2 driver (see Thomas’ BMW Championship-winning WITB here).

MCA has confirmed the new shaft and given us some great information on why it is are adding this fourth profile to the Diamana line—something the company has never done before.

The new Diamana ZF has taken the easy loading bend profile from the BF-Series and tweaked it in certain spots along the length to further maximize the design and find greater performance for players across swing speed ranges.

“The result is a profile that makes ZF a little more explosive and easier to accelerate.” -Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA GOLF.

Like the other shafts in the Diamana Fourth Gen. Series, the Diamana ZF shafts owe their stiffness and stability to two unique technologies. First: the MCA-developed MR70 carbon fiber material, and the second: Boron fiber. MR70 is found in both the butt and tip sections of the shaft and is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials, with a 10 percent greater modulus (a measure of stiffness). These designs have additional strength thanks to Boron fiber in the tip section to create the exact EI curve desired.

When you compare the new ZF to Diamana BF-Series, the ZF-Series shafts are a slightly stronger profile and built to have increased stability in both the butt and tip sections. They feature a softer, more active middle for better energy transfer and clubhead acceleration.

A cool feature for those looking to get a bit more distance but are on the lower end of the swing speed spectrum: There will also be a 40-gram version of the ZF, which is the lightest shaft of the fourth generation Diamana family.

“We’re extremely happy to have a 40g option within Diamana™ ZF,” says Gunther. “This opens the performance benefits of these unique Mitsubishi Chemical materials to a whole new range of players who prefer to play an ultra-lightweight shaft.”

Mitsubishi Diamana ZF-Series Availability and Specs

Diamana ZF-Series will be available September, 13 2019 at MCA GOLF authorized retailers and dealers nationwide, with a suggested retail price of $400.

Weights and flexes

  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 40 (R2, R, S Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 50 (R, S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 60 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 70 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 80 (S, TX Flex)
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Forum Thread of the Day: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 9ironiscash who asked fellow members what they thought about Mizuno’s 919 forged ironsOur members dish out their experiences gaming the irons, with the majority of WRXers answering with a resounding yes to 9ironiscash’s original question.

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

  • Gmack1973: “I think the 919 forged are great irons. I play to a handicap of 4 and think I’m not a bad ball striker. I had the tours 6-pw, and they were great but a bit unforgiving if you don’t get them out the middle. I now have 919 forged 4 – PW and couldnt be happier. They have the Nippon Modus 120 stiff shafts.”
  • Gofguy224: “They are great irons! Had them for about a month and I’ve already shot 3 of my lowest scores ever! Very forgiving and they feel buttery soft
  • chjyner: “The whole 919 range is probably the best on the market “
  • PowerCobra98: “I like them. Moved from Apex 19’s into 919 Forged. I’ll likely be looking at a set of MP20 HMB’s though.”

Entire Thread: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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