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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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WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones

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AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Headphones

Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.

Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones

Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.

Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz

While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.

While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.

Very impressed.

One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.

While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter

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Product: Miura KM-009 putter

Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”

Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter

When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.

The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!

The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.

On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.

Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.

The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.

The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.

Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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.

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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