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GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno Pro 223 irons at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

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The PGA Tour is in Las Vegas this week for the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and Rory Sabbatini has made his way to Sin City with a new set of irons in the bag: Mizuno’s Pro 223 iron model.

The Olympic Silver medalist most recently had Mizuno’s MP-20 MMC (5-PW) and Hot Metal Pro (4) irons in the bag but has switched into the brand’s new 223 model, which is expected to be released at retail next February.

Per Mizuno, the new 223 irons are “built for speed, but sized for the tour,” with a smaller profile than the company’s MP-20 MMC model and some additional technology borrowing from the HMB platform under the hood. We’ve heard rumors of thinner faces, beveled soles, and particular attention paid to the size and construction of the scoring irons in a bid to land Pro 223s in more, well, pros’ bags. 

Not surprisingly, many of the member comments on the Sabbatini WITB thread mention the 223s, including Foreleft, who says “I am really looking forward to hitting the 223’s. Think they will tick a lot of the boxes for what I look for in an iron.”

BunkersAreBigCups writes: “Oh boy, that 223 looks beautiful at address…”

Check out more photos of Sabbatini’s bag at the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in our forums here and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Jack Nash

    Oct 6, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    They always build the best looking irons.

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Rory Sabbatini WITB 2021 (October, Mizuno Pro 223 irons)

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Rory Sabbatini WITB accurate as of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Prototype

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

5-wood: Titleist TSi3 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV 85 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue (19.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue HB 9 X

Irons: Mizuno JPX-919 Hot Metal Pro (4), Mizuno Pro 223 (5-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Prototype (4)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-08M, 60-04L)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 Onyx

Putter: Scotty Cameron T-11.5 Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Plus4, MCC Plus4

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Keith Mitchell WITB 2021 (October)

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  • Keith Mitchell what’s in the bag accurate as of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. 

Driver: Mizuno ST-Z (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 6.5 75

3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 90 TX

7-wood: Titleist TS2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 90 TX

Irons: Mizuno Pro 225 (2), Mizuno Pro 221 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 54-10S), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks 2021 Proto (59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour

Grips: Golf Pride Victory

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Has new gear ever improved your short game? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing new equipment that has had a major impact on their short game. WRXer ‘Mookieb10’ has seen significant improvements with new gear at the top of his bag but has struggled to find equipment to help his short game and kicks off the thread saying:

“I thought equipment makes a difference on the margins until I hit a G400 Max driver. It’s improved my driving handicap over every club I’d ever used by 3 strokes. I’m in a really happy place from tee to green, around a .5-1.5 handicap. From 20 yards and in I’m getting comfortable with my wedges, sticking with some Jaws Forged wedges and seeing success. 

But on the greens I’m horrific. Like a 18 handicap. I’ve tried to stick with an Odyssey Ten all year with no luck. I’m worse than ever. I’m resigned to the fact that less*ns may be my best option. Anyone ever have a putter that completely changed their putting, or does having the touch of a pedo resign me to battling the flat stick in perpetuity?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and 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.

  • lazyjc4: “Absolutely. The PM grind wedges I use now have made me much better around the greens. My bunker play has improved dramatically, and I have chipped in/lipped out more times the past two seasons than I ever have before. I’ve completely changed my strategies on par fives and short par fours to get as close to the green as possible because of them.”
  • TLUBulldogGolf: “Correct grinds helped tremendously with the wedges. My putting improved when I found a style that worked for me, generally a mallet/larger blade with a plumber neck.”
  • MattM97: “This is where a putter fitting could really help you. I know some guys would say lessons, but if you have an ill-fitting putter if the ball isn’t rolling well, it won’t matter. Like for me, I found out I need 1-1.5 degrees of loft on my putters. I would never know this without a fitting and just continue with the standard 3° like everyone else.”
  • deh: “What has helped me- (1) Heavier wedge shafts (2) Getting a putter that fits my stroke and using the “saw” grip.”
  • alkal11: “The PM Grind and now the Hi-Toe has significantly improved my game. I also think your wedge shafts weighting is very important to get right. I went heavier, and I’m seeing much better ball flights and better gaps.”

Entire Thread: “Has new gear ever improved your short game?”

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