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WRX Spotted: Mitsubishi MMT iron shaft

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It’s U.S. Open week, and with the best players in the world all in one place at Pebble Beach, it’s the perfect time for West Coast-based companies to bring out some of the new gear for testing. In the case of shafts: Mitsubishi Chemical is debuting the new MMT: Metal Mesh Technology iron shaft.

We reached out to Mitsubishi and they were happy to supply the full rundown on the new shaft currently wrapping up the testing phase;

“MMT stands for Metal Mesh Technology, an exciting, new innovation that expands the potential for composite iron shaft construction,” says Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA GOLF. “It’s born from more than 30-years of composite shaft mastery at MCA – with the technology actually originating in our Archery Division – and opens up new avenues for our continued cutting-edge exploration.”

“Designed to maximize the benefits of both composite and steel performance, MMT takes full advantage of the Mitsubishi end-to-end manufacturing approach. As layers of prepreg are stacked to build the shaft’s core, a section of unique Metal Mesh is integrated towards the tip. This Metal Mesh – made up of individually braided strands of 304 Stainless Steel – improves the density and stability of the shaft. Together this yields a finely tuned, highly responsive shaft that still provides the consistent launch and spin control needed for precise iron play.

If you think you’ve heard MCA talk about a braided shaft before you are correct. They utilized this same technology (or at least part of it) in the OT, a shaft that was comprised entirely of braided strands of graphite. From an unfinished standpoint the OT was, and still is, one of the coolest shafts EVER made!

What’s interesting about this new shaft is that not only does the steel MMT add stability, but it also adds weight to the tip section. As an experienced builder, one of the biggest difficulties with graphite shafts especially in lighter weight models is that it is difficult to achieve a desired swing weight, or at least something in the range of what was fit, as mass decreases, it’s simple math. But by Mitsubishi Chemical using the much heavier material in the lower end and tip of the shaft, it should be easier to create the feeling of mass at the end of the club, something many players desire.

Currently being tested as a final prototype in taper tip the Parallel version be released this summer and available through MCA GOLF authorized retailers and dealers nationwide, with a suggested retail price of $90.00 USD.

MMT Iron with Parallel Tips will be available in five weights from 40g to 80g. With a Tour taper coming later in 2019.

Weights and flexes

  • MMT Iron 40 (L Flex)
  • MMT Iron 50 (L Flex)
  • MMT Iron 60 (A, R Flex)
  • MMT Iron 70 (R Flex)
  • MMT Iron 80 (R, S Flex)

Profile: Mid launch and mid spin

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Pingback: Arnold Palmer Invitational Tour Truck Report: Rickie’s iron experiments continue, MMT train rolls on, Rose tests a ton – GolfWRX

  2. Curt

    Jun 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Sounds like a Steelfiber.

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What did your handicap do after changing irons? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the impact new irons had on their game and handicap. WRXer ‘2Down’ kicks off the thread with his recent experience, saying

“I changed Irons a bit ago, and while I haven’t seen a huge change, I believe things have stayed the same, and that’s a good thing. 

First and foremost I have maintained a fairly low handicap as I age. I think that, in a similar fashion, while I’m not longer with driver X from nowadays compared to the ago days. Driver I am near as long as I once was. Modern drivers have helped me stay long, so far. Now I believe the same is true with my irons, modern distance drivers and irons have helped me.”

And our members have been sharing their different experiences 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.

  • Jamie_Tee: “Gained 2 strokes per round. More shaft than head, but I’ve got a combo that allows me to hit the shots I see.”
  • Spankapotomusredux: “Cobra F9 OL. Dropped my handicap from 24 to 19 since March of this year. Regularly hitting the mid 80s this year for the first time in 20 years. Not fair to put it solely on iron play, however. I updated my whole bag when I started playing regularly again for the first time in a few years.”
  • North Butte: “My handicap is three strokes lower than it was four months ago, that was when I most recently changed irons. There’s been more going on than just that equipment change, though. I’ve adopted a slightly different way of playing short game shots in that same time frame. Taking a couple golf lessons for the first time since before COVID has to have helped, as well. But I’d say, conservatively, there surely has to be at least a stroke or so of that improvement due to the clubs. Not enough to get excited about but it ain’t nothing!”
  • Jifmoli: “No change. Went from SGI clubs to GI clubs but hc stayed the same. I did drop 9 strokes last year but that’s because I found a golden tip for chipping.”
  • lefthack: “Nothing, but my level of enjoyment has improved 3 points.”

Entire Thread: “What did your handicap do after changing irons?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/28/21): Srixon ZX7 irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Srixon ZX7 irons.

From the seller (@Champ2430): “Srixon ZX7 set 4-PW. KBS TGI 100 shafts hard stepped one time. +.25 with GP TV Midsize plus 4 grips. Used for about 5-6 rounds with an equal amount of range sessions. Lower clubs show a little more wear then other. Overall great shape with very little bag chatter or wear. These were over $1300 on Srixon but I notice they don’t even let you order graphite anymore. Price – $775.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Srixon ZX7 irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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How many adjustable clubs in your bag? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing adjustable clubs. WRXer ‘tannyhoban’ has one adjustable club in the bag (driver) and is curious to see how popular the feature is amongst fellow members who have been sharing their setups 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.

  • Tiptx1122: “I have my epic Max driver and my Epic Max 3W and 5W as those have moveable weights. Oh, I forgot my Piertti Potenza Elite putter has changeable weights too.”
  • lefthack: “3, but I haven’t adjusted anything other than the lie angle. Driver, 5 wood, and utility 3 iron.”
  • ChipNRun: “I was shocked to find only two: my driver and my hybrid. The season prior to COVID, the driver, 3W, 7W, and two hybrids were all adjustable. Driver and hybrid are now both different models.”
  • CpatainPat: “Zero.”

Entire Thread: “How many adjustable clubs in your bag?”

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