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Mizuno unveils new Pro 221, 223, 225 and Fli-Hi irons

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Mizuno has introduced its new Pro 221, 223, 225 and Fli-Hi irons which will hit retail on February 3rd, 2022.

“The concept of Mizuno Pro can be misunderstood – we’re not trying to design instant classics or works of art. Mizuno just hides technology incredibly well. This could be perceived as the ultimate betrayal of Mizuno Pro. But the true essence has always been to make history – not be stuck in it.” – Chris Voshall, Product Manager, Mizuno Golf.

The Mizuno Pro 221 is a new muscleback iron inspired by iconic Mizuno blades of the past. The Pro 223 is an elite players cavity iron, while the Pro 225 is a hot metal blade design.

Mizuno Pro 221

The Pro 221 irons have been bevelled for the appearance of a shorter face profile and narrower top line but without loss of mass in the upper blade.

The 221’s are more compact in the scoring irons than their predecessors while also featuring Mizuno’s shortest CG/shaft axis, which is consistent from 3-iron to PW, in design to allow for controlled shot shaping through the set.

Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima, Japan, they feature a soft copper underlay in a bid to provide a classic, smooth Mizuno feel at impact.

“We’re obviously working in small increments on a Mizuno muscleback – we have to dig quite deep to get any negative feedback. The copper underlay and Grain Flow forging was such a great foundation on the MP-20. Players with a good eye will enjoy the subtle shape changes through the set – especially the 8, 9, PW” – David Llewellyn– Director of R&D for Mizuno

Price: $187.50 per iron

Mizuno Pro 223

The Mizuno Pro 223 irons conceal a ball speed-enhancing construction within the frame of a compact players cavity.

A completely new technology platform from 4-7 iron combines Mizuno’s tested Chromoly Forging and Flow Micro-Slot – An innovation designed to produce extreme ball speeds from a small tour-ready profile.

The irons deliver a face thickness of just 2.4mm (vs 2.6mm JPX921 Forged), and from 8-PW, the Pro 223 irons are constructed from 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel in a bid to offer excellent precision and control.

“The good way to look at the new Mizuno Pro 223 is that we shrunk the JPX921 Forged technology platform to the profile of one of our small player’s cavities – comparable to the MP-62, MP-64 or MP.” – David Llewellyn.

Price: $187.50 per iron

Mizuno Pro 225

The Mizuno Pro 225 represents the second generation of Mizuno’s Hot Metal Blade and is designed to be the most playable of the Mizuno Pro series. The iron is more compact than the original and features a revised Cortech multi-thickness face in a bid to produce even quicker ball speeds.

The Hot Metal Blade design features Grain Flow Forged 4135 Chromoly in the face and neck in the 2-8 iron – consistently 0.2mm thinner across the face. This combines with a COR Forged Hollow Body and 28.5g Tungsten weight in the 2-7 iron in a bid to produce a higher, more stable flight and enhanced ball speed.

 

In the 9-PW, 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel is used with stabilizing back weight in design for greater precision and a more penetrating flight.

“The original Hot Metal Blade was the extension of our hybrid iron technology into a full bladed look set. The new Mizuno Pro 225 pushes the profile and size deeper in the realms of the tour – but commits more fully to the pursuit of ball speed,” – David Llewellyn Director of R&D

Price: $187.50 per iron

Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi

A long iron replacement with a priority on ball speed – the Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi is designed to be played with a graphite shaft. 

The Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi features a longer head length, a little extra offset and a wider sole than the Mizuno Pro 225 long irons and includes the brand’s first-ever Maraging MAS1C face in an iron – which is designed to deliver vastly increased ball speeds.

The Pro Fli-Hi comes in 2-4 iron and is right-hand only.

“Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve noticed that there are two types of tour player – those who predominantly use their long iron hybrids into greens and others who use them to hit more fairways. With the Mizuno Pro 225 and Fli-Hi, we’ve got options for both – or to meet changing demands players might encounter at different types of courses.” – Jeff Cook, PGA Tour Manager, Mizuno.

Price: $224.95 per iron

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Michael

    Dec 19, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Can a 10 handicapper game the 225’s with success?

  2. Pi

    Dec 11, 2021 at 3:15 am

    I bet Brooksy is annoyed right now..

    BTW, where are numbers 2 and 4?

  3. Steve

    Dec 9, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    it is noted for each at the bottom of the respective model $187.50

  4. Buzlin

    Dec 9, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome photos, but we need a topline view of the 221!

  5. Cdub

    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Any info available yet on price?

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Cobra unveils fourth-generation King Forged Tec and Tec X irons

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Cobra Golf has today introduced its fourth generation of its King Forged Tec irons that will hit retail on April 29, 2022.

The irons feature three significant improvements, including a 5-step forged body and face, a sleeker topline with reduced offset, and a lighter and softer foam in design for improved sound and feel. 

The new editions carry over a hollow body design with tungsten weighting and PwrShell technology that together bid to provide enhanced distance with improved stability in a more compact shape.

The 2022 irons debut a third model to the family with the Forged Tec X, which is designed to offer more forgiveness in a players’ game-improvement shape. 

Forged Tec and Tec One Length irons

These irons fall into the “player’s distance” category and are designed for better players in the low to mid handicap range.

The Tec irons reveal a thinner topline and reduced offset to create a preferred players look at address. A hollow body design is filled with a lighter and softer foam material to promote more distance while maintaining great sound, feel and feedback.

Each iron in the set features a forged PwrShell Face in design to create maximum speed and high launch. A 20g tungsten toe weight centers the CG behind the sweet spot for pure feeling ball strikes with added stability on off-center hits. The Forged TEC One Length irons are configured with a constant, 7-iron length setup. 

The Forged Tec X

The new addition from Cobra is the Forged Tec’s more forgiving counterpart that is designed for mid to higher handicaps and paves the way for a new category of player’s “game-improvement” irons.

The iron features a lower CG design, lower profile, a slightly thicker topline, and stronger lofts than the Forged Tec irons.

The Tec X also features a hollow body and foam insert but utilizes a massive 65g tungsten weight (45g more than Tec) to lower CG in design to maximize stability for higher launch despite the stronger lofts.

The Forged Tec variable length irons cost $1,199 (steel) and $1,299 (graphite) and are available in a 7-piece (4-PW) set in right hand (left-hand available through custom).

The Forged Tec One Length irons cost $1,199 (steel) and $1,299 (graphite) and are available in a 7- piece (5-PW) set in stiff and regular, in right hand (LH and graphite options are available through custom). 

The Forged Tec X irons cost $1,199 (steel) and $1,299 (graphite) and come stock in a 7-piece (4-PW and 5-GW) set in stiff and Reg in RH (LH available through custom) in both steel and graphite options.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/15/22): Limited Bettinardi x Malbon Gold BB8 TRI Fat Cat

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At GolfWRX, 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 – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Limited Bettinardi x Malbon Gold BB8 TRI Fat Cat

 

From the seller (@Timchi): “Limited Edition, only 3 gold putters made. BB8 TRI DASS putter. Double barber pole neck (this is the only one in this release with this neck, making it truly a 1/1). Fat Cat headcover included. New in box and in plastic. Brand New. Numbered 00/15  (1-15 are silver, 0, 00, 000 are gold). Asking $3900 obo (shipping CONUS included). Not looking for trades.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Limited Bettinardi x Malbon Gold BB8 TRI Fat Cat 

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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PXG introduces new Gen5 drivers, fairway woods and hybrids

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PXG has today introduced its new Gen5 family of woods and hybrids that feature an increased moment of inertia (MOI), faster ball speeds, longer distances, and tighter dispersion, according to the company. 

The new drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids all contain a Full Aluminum Vapor (AV) Carbon Fiber Crown, an Internal Supported Weight Structure, Precision Weighting Technology, and Robotic Polishing.

The lightweight crown, made entirely from high-grade carbon fiber, is designed to help save critical mass, while the AV Technology stiffens the structure and reduces energy loss.

The Supported Weight Structure is designed to dampen harsh vibrations at impact while producing higher modal frequencies to deliver a dynamic feel and gratifying sound. 

Precision Weighting Technology pushes mass to the extreme perimeter to drastically increase MOI, while Robotic Polishing, a high-precision process, aims to ensure the bulge and roll radii are held to the tightest tolerances to produce ideal ball flight even on off-center hits.

PXG 0311 Drivers

Unique to the Gen5 driver is a High-Speed Ti412 Face and Variable Face Design. The titanium alloy face material has an exceptionally high yield strength and a low elastic modulus that is designed to generate significant face deflection resulting in ultra-fast ball speeds.

The variable thickness face features internal topographic geometries that bid to help reduce mass and enhance ball speeds while also increasing durability.

The new drivers are available in two models:

The standard PXG 0311 Gen5 driver presents a comfortable, traditional head shape, tall, deep face, and low-spin design to deliver maximum ball speed and distance.

The PXG 0311 XF Gen5 driver offers a confidence-inspiring head shape, a larger face that expands the hitting zone, and a mid-spin design for added forgiveness.

PXG 0311 Fairways & Hybrids

The Gen5 fairways and hybrids are made from a high-strength AM355 steel body material in a bid to create a high-performance head design with ideal launch and spin characteristics.

The body material is coupled with an HT1770 stainless steel high-speed, squared face that is designed to promote maximum ball speeds.

Both the Gen5 fairways and GEN5 hybrids are available in two distinct models:

Standard PXG 0311 Gen5 fairways and PXG 0311 Gen5 hybrids feature a low-spin head with a comfortable shape at address. A flat sole design keeps mass low and pushes weight to the perimeter in design for increased forgiveness. 

Generating an incredibly high MOI, the PXG 0311 XF Gen5 fairways and 0311 XF Gen5 hybrids offer mid-spin options to deliver a confidence-inspiring head shape. A Railed Sole Geometry is paired with a forgiveness-enhancing flat sole design in a bid to offer improved turf interaction, especially for those with a steep angle of attack.

Both the fairways and hybrids are priced at $379 each, while the drivers cost $499 each.

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