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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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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

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Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases TaylorMade’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The covers have impressed our members, who are hoping that the new additions will now come to retail.

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

  • Green In Reg: “Name your price TM!”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are super cool. Would be sweet if they did one for every major college.”
  • Titletown: “Those are great.”

Entire Thread: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Justin Thomas’ winning WITB: 2019 BMW Championship

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

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3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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