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Mizuno’s 2013 Iron Lineup: Function and Feel

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Mizuno makes a full line of golf equipment, but the company is best known in the golf world for its premium irons.

Most of the buzz comes from Mizuno’s compact forged irons that are popular with tour players and low-handicappers around the globe, but the company has also made several game improvement models in recent years that have been a hit with mid- and high-handicappers.

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For 2013, Mizuno has released four different iron models that will cover everyone from tour players to high handicappers. The lineup includes two players irons, the MP-64 and JPX-825 Pro, which will appeal to low-to-mid handicappers, as well as the MP-H4 and JPX-825 — extremely long and easy to hit clubs that will work well for golfers of all abilities.

In typical Mizuno fashion, three out of four of the irons are made using the company’s “Grain Flow” forging process. The lone hold out, the JPX-825, is the longest and most forgiving iron Mizuno has ever made, and offers the clean looks golfers expect from a Mizuno game improvement club.

Check out our full breakdown of Mizuno’s 2013 iron lineup below.

MP-64 Irons

The Story: With the MP-64, Mizuno engineers set out to make the best-feeling iron possible. The result was a Diamond Muscle design that placed more weight behind the sweet spot, bringing back the soft, solid feel at impact that has made Mizuno the irons of choice for many serious golfers for decades.

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The MP-64s are used on the PGA Tour by Mizuno Staffers Luke Donald and Charles Howell III, but you don’t need to be a tour player to game them. They have bigger, deeper cavities in the long irons that make those clubs easier to hit, as well as more meat behind the sweet spot in the shorter irons that gives shots a flatter, more controllable trajectory.

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Construction: Grain Flow Forged 1025E “Pure Select” Mild Carbon Steel
6 Iron Loft: 30 degrees
Stock Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300
Handicap Range: +2 to 10
Price: $999

Click here to read the full MP-64 Iron review

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Click here to read the full MP-64 Iron review

 

Mizuno JPX-825 Pro

The Story: The JPX-825 Pro irons have larger, deeper cavities than the MP-64, which are CNC milled to allow engineers as much as 17 grams of discretionary weight to move to the heel and toe sections of the club for more forgiveness, particularly in the long irons.

But these irons are stamped “Pro” for a reason. Mizuno returned much of the discretionary to the area behind the sweet spot in the short irons, providing better feel and workability. They also feature a “tour confirmed triple cut sole design” that Mizuno says creates ideal turf interaction from anywhere on the course.

Click here to read the full Mizuno JPX-825 Pro Review

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Construction: Grain Flow Forged 1025E “Pure Select” Mild Carbon Steel
6 Iron Loft: 29 degrees
Stock Shaft: True Temper Dynalite Gold XP (R300, S300)
Handicap Range: 6 to 18
Price: $899

Click here to read the full Mizuno JPX-825 Pro Review

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Click here to read the full Mizuno JPX-825 Pro Review

 

Mizuno MP-H4 Irons

The Story: The MP-H4 are actually three different types of irons — the 2 through 4 irons have a hybrid-like hollow construction, the 5 through 7 irons feature a smaller hollow area and the 8 through PW have no hollow area. This creates high-COR, high-launching long irons and more precise short irons that are bridged by the “half-hallow” mid irons.

The blend of feel and function has made the MP-H4’s a popular long-iron alternative for tour players, and a hit for golfers who don’t want to sacrifice feel, but need a wider sole and more forgiveness than the JPX-825 Pros can provide.

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Construction: Grain Flow Forged 4315 Mild Carbon Steel
6 Iron Loft: 30 degrees
Stock Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300
Handicap Range: 2 to 14
Price: $1099

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Mizuno JPX-825 Irons

The Story: The JPX-825 have extreme heel-toe weighting and extremely high-COR faces in the long and mid irons, making them the longest and most forgiving irons in Mizuno history. But the 8 iron, 9 iron and pitching wedge have slightly less hot faces to give golfers more control and workability.

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To keep the JPX-825’s from feeling like shovels, Mizuno engineers added a multi-material electroform badge that tunes sound and feel, which is as cool looking as it is functional.
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Construction: Cast
6 Iron Loft: 28 degrees
Stock Shaft: True Temper Dynalite Gold XP (R300, S300)
Handicap Range: 10 to 28
Price: $699
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Comparison Photos (all but MP-64)

 

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Cavity Design. Top to bottom: JPX-825, MP-H4, JPX-825 Pro.

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Sole design and width. From Left to right: JPX-825, MP-H4, JPX 825 Pro.

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View at address. From Left to right: JPX-825, MP-H4, JPX 825 Pro.

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  1. PMonty

    Dec 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    A bit late with this response; in the past two months I’ve hit almost every Mizuno and Titleist trying to find the perfect feel and distance as I’m getting older; I’m 65 with a 3 handicap and had to give up my 210 AP2’s due to loss of distance with Project X reg shafts. Not strong enough to flex the shaft. The shaft is the key and the head to me is secondary. I found the Mizuno jpx 825’s to have a great feel and great distance with the NS 950 shaft; 10 to 15 yds longer than my old Ap2’s and 5-7 yds longer than the 825 pros. I found the AP1’s with the DG Reg shaft to be heavy and clunky; lacking feel. The Adams CB2’s with the NS 850 gh shaft were sweet; great distance and high ball flight with a sweet feel.

    • DMC

      Dec 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      I don’t like to rain on anyone’s parade, but the reason you picked up 10-15 yards on the 710 AP2s is because the JPX-825s are 3 degrees stronger loft, unless either set is being customized. Folks should be aware that this is the common reason “new” iron sets are longer than old ones, not major design improvements.

  2. golfa8

    Jul 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Had a set of 825’s with graphite shafts. They are 1″ longer than standard which is how Mizuno does it with graphite. Just be aware of that and stand tall or choke down.

  3. gary

    May 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

    i have mx900 irons now what new irons would compare to them

  4. Nutinpa

    May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Has anyone tried and compared the current JPX 825 Pros…vs. the MPH4s? I have a 6-7 year old set of MX 23s and looking to upgrade and stay in the Mizuno “family”…while seeking a hint of more forgiveness. In other words, stay with what I enjoy playing while finding a club that is a bit easier to hit. I an not worrying about “working the ball” directinally – just to hit it on the green! Thanks for any input you may offer!

    • Upinthismufu

      May 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

      I recently purchased a set of MP H4s (4-PW) with the Nippon NS Pro 950s. I am a Mizuno ‘homer’ as my last four sets have been MP 14s (DG S300), MP 32/60s Combo Set (Project X 6.0), & MP 68s w/ (KBS Tour S). The MP 4s are definitely not your typical Mizuno iron, but they are a great choice for those who are ready to sacrifice a little of that ‘buttery’ feel for MUCH better mishit results. Looking down at the 4-iron it’s a little clunky but it also provides peace of mind that you don’t have to make that ‘perfect’ swing that a lot of the MP long irons require. In fact, I would say that looking down at my H4 4-iron provides me the same level of confidence that I would have over my MP 68 6-iron. Mis-hits are unbelievable with these clubs, and the ball is so easy to get in the air with the longer irons. Even high toe shots that were dead off of my 68s aren’t that bad off of the H4s. So to sum it up, don’t look at the H4s unless you are willing to sacrifice the ‘tuning fork’ feel for MUCH better mis-hits. BTW I did demo the JPX 825 Pros (KBS Pro S) and didn’t find them any easier to hit than any of my previous MPs.

    • weem

      Jul 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

      I have both sets and play off 12. first observation is that the MPH4s are 2 degrees more loft so they are higher but shorter. My sense is that the JPX’s are easier to hit through the whole range because the attacking irons with the MPH’s ( 8 onwards ) are very hard to hit by comparison. Id rather have stuck with the pro series and moved directly into the MP range with the 50’s ranges ( 53 or 59 )and have consistent feel through the clubs the MPH’s are a bit all over the place
      good luck

    • Erik

      Jul 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      I now have the 825 pros (1″ long) and absolutely love them. I was previously hitting the titleist 695cb forged irons. I am a 18 handicapper and I have been piping these irons down the fairways. I am hitting my 5 iron longer than my uncle hits his 3 wood. I’m hitting the pw about 140. I would highly recommend these to any golfer.

  5. tbone

    May 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Any chance of a review on the JPX 825 non pros?

  6. James

    May 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    So the only club options for left handed players are game improvement irons!?!?

    Give us at least one option.

    • Ron MH

      Jun 25, 2013 at 12:56 am

      I feel your pain, man. I resorted to buying used Mizunos for my lefty fix. I was hoping the MP-64 would show up for lefties – no love from Mizuno. So, I bought some MP-57’s. They’d get my money if they offered the product.

      • J.A.

        Aug 11, 2013 at 1:28 am

        I REALLY wish they made left handed irons that weren’t for high handicappers. LOVE LOVE LOVE my MP-52’s but I’m looking to get new ones because mine are so used. Bought them brand new, they’ve gotten the use!!

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Anirban Lahiri WITB 2020

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  • WITB accurate as of January 2020

Driver (two models): Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 M.S.I. 60 TX

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3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, DS OptiFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX

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5-wood: Ping G410 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

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Hybrid: PXG 0317 X (22 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi MMT UT 105 TX

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Irons: Srixon Z 785 (4), Srixon Z 945 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7  (50-12M)
*We were unable to photograph Lahiri’s other wedges

Putter: Toulon Design Austin Stroke Lab

Putter: OnOff Prototype

 

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A Deep Dive: The equipment timeline of David Duval, 1993-2001

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Like Tiger, David Toms, and Fred Couples there are certain players that I have been obsessed with for years. If you go to my Instagram, you can see it in plain sight. When it comes to DD it was more than the what, it was the why, the how that sparked my curiosity. Let’s face it, in 2000 with the Mossimo gear, Oakley shades, jacked-up physique, and on Titleist staff, was there ever a cooler looking player?

No. There wasn’t or isn’t.

That’s where my interest in Larry Bobka came about. I saw David and Larry walking the fairways of Sahalee at the ’98 PGA Championship.

At the time, I was already knee-deep in David Duval fandom but that experience took me over the top. Bobka had a handful of clubs in his hands and would pass DD a 970 3-wood, Duval would give it a rip and the two would discuss while walking down the fairway. Of all my time watching live golf, I have never been so awestruck.

This is an homage to David’s equipment during his prime/healthy years on the PGA Tour. From his early days with Mizuno, into the Titleist days, and finally Nike.

1993-1995 Mizuno

*This was an interesting time for Duval from an equipment standpoint. The pattern of mixing sets to put together his bag began and it was the time he transitioned from persimmon (Wood Bros driver) into metal woods. It was also the beginning of his long relationship with Scotty Cameron, a relationship that still stands today.

What was in the bag

Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner 8.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (*he also played with the Bubble XHKP Prototype)

3-wood

King Cobra @14 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

TaylorMade Tour Issue Spoon @13  w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Irons

1993: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1994: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1995: (2,3) Mizuno TC-29, (4-PW) Mizuno TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Mizuno Pro (53, 58) with Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport (35 inches, 71 lie, 4 degrees of loft)

Ball: Titleist Tour Balata 100

Glove: Mizuno Pro

1996-2000 Titleist

The beginning of the Titleist years started off quietly. There wasn’t any new product launched and David wasn’t quite the star he would become 12-18 months later. However, it gave Titleist the opportunity to get to know DD and his overall preferences, which aren’t dramatic but certainly unique. He didn’t win in 1996 but did qualify for the Presidents Cup Team and finished that event off at 4-0. So the buzz was going in the right direction and his peers certainly took notice.

It was 1997 that things took off on all fronts and it was the year that Titleist made David Duval the face of the DCI brand and with that decision spawned the greatest cast players cavity ever: the 962B—and also equipped David Duval to go on a 3-year run that was surpassed by only Tiger Woods.

Hence the deep dive article I wrote up earlier this month

What was in the bag

Driver

1996

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

1997

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

King Cobra Deep Face 9 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100, True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ Fujikura Prototype X

1998

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

1999: Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) @ 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

2000: Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

3-wood

1996

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1997 

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1998

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X


Callaway Steelhead 3+ @13 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Titleist 970 (Dark Grey Head) @13 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (only tested this one)

1999

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Cobra Gravity Back 14.5T w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Irons

1996

(2-PW) Titleist DD Blank Prototype w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

(2-PW) Titleist DCI Black “B” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

*This prototype set was a blank set of the DCI Black “B” but with sole modifications. 

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: (2,3) Titleist DCI Black (4-PW) Titleist DCI 962B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

*David liked the original prototype version of DG Sensicore X100 that had weight removed from the center of shaft to create better feel and a slightly higher trajectory

24 Feb 2000: David Duval watches the ball after hitting it during the World Match-Play Championships at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport

Wedges

1996: (52 @53, 58) Mizuno Pro, (56 @57) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1997: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG, (58) Titleist Bobka Grind, (57 @58) Cobra Trusty Rusty w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1998: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTGw/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1999: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

2000: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER

1996: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport 1 35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft, Scotty Cameron Long Slant Neck Laguna Custom (double welded neck)

1997: Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2, Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

1998, 1999, 2000: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

2001: Nike Golf and The Open Championship

The relationship with Titleist Golf ended quickly and when David showed up to Kapalua with a non-Titleist stand bag the rumor mill went nuts. The story (although super speculative) was that David opted out in the middle of a $4.5 million per year deal with Acushnet, a lawsuit followed, but Davids’s stance was that he had a marquee player clause that allowed him to walk if he wasn’t “marquee” aka highest-paid.

Apparently he had a point, Acushnet had recently inked big deals with Davis Love and Phil Mickelson leading someone on the outside to do the math. However, I’m not an attorney, wasn’t there, and have no clue what the legality of any of it was. Point is, he walked and landed at Nike with a new head-to-toe contract. 

 

DRIVER:

Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975E Prototype 8.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Nike Titanium w/ True Temper EI-70 II Tour X (pictured below)

Nike Titanium Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (featured image)

3 WOOD:

Callaway Steelhead Plus 4+ @15 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Nike Prototype @14 degrees w/ True Temper EI-70 Tour X

Sonartec/Excedo (SS-03 head) Driving Cavity @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

IRONS:

(2-PW) Titleist 990B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

(2-PW) Nike Prototype “DD” Grind MB w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

(2) Titleist DCI Black w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

 

WEDGES: 

(53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

(53,58) Nike DD Grind w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

SPEC TALK

Over the years the one constant was David’s iron and wedge specs. As a shut-faced player he has always favored traditional lofts in his irons. However, a cool thing to note is his lie angles remained constant 59.5 (2-4), 60 (5-9). The running theory here was being a shallow (low hands) and shut faced player, keeping the lie angles at a constant (flatter) lie angle allowed him to feel like his angle of attack could remain the same for each iron. It’s just a feeling but that’s what he did. If the “why of it” is true, it looks like he was doing Bryson things before Bryson did.

David Duval Iron/Wedge Specs

Loft/Lie/Length/SW

  • 2-17/59.5/40.25/D5
  • 3-20.5/59.5/39 1/6/D4
  • 4-24/59.5/38 9/16/D4
  • 5-27/60/38 1/16/D4
  • 6-30.5/60/ 37 9/16/D4
  • 7-35/60/37 1/16/D4
  • 8-39/60/36 9/16/D4
  • 9-43/60/36 5/16/D4
  • P-47/61/36/ 1/16/D5
  • GW-53/62/35 5/8/D4
  • LW-58/62/35 9/16/D6

Whew…since this prolific run, David transitioned into some interesting projects with smaller companies like Scratch, B.I.G Golf (AKA Bio-engineered in Germany), back to the mainstream with Nike, and most currently Cobra Golf.

I hope you all enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, Duval is not only fascinating from a career standpoint but digging into the equipment of DD has been quite the experience.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

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.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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