Everything You Need To Know: Mizuno MP-15, MP-H5, JPX-850 Forged, and JPX-850 Irons


Mizuno is the leader in golf performance and customization. They’re all about performance and that’s why the name Mizuno brings high standards and the new irons for this year don’t disappoint. They’re adding two new iron sets to the game enhancement line (MP) and two to the game improvement line (JPX). Let’s take a look and see what’s new!

Have you ever found yourself looking at more forgiving irons, but realized you didn’t want to sacrifice looks and take away from shot-shaping ability? The Mizuno MP-15 is the answer.

The Mizuno MP-15 iron set is forged from a unique blend of multi-materials. No one else in the industry can do it. Mizuno takes the 1025 elite “pure select” carbon steel and titanium, and forges the materials together. Since the materials cool at different speeds the steel “wraps around” the titanium and “locks” it into place. Typically, when there are two or more materials used, companies weld them together, but with Mizuno, there are no welds or adhesives used on this iron. This is a rare feat and only Mizuno possess the capabilities to pull this off.

“The MP-15 blends the best elements of two great tour irons – the MP-59 and MP-64. A really compact player’s iron, but with stability from off center strikes to provide the player forgiveness when they need it.” Tetsuya Kanayama, Senior R&D Team Member

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The Mizuno MP-15 irons feature a Ti Muscle construction. This construction is based around a titanium muscle insert, which ultimately increases forgiveness and provides a solid feel at impact. To fit the 3D titanium insert into the back of the club head, Mizuno needed to carve out space, and by doing so took out 38 grams of weight. The 3D titanium insert only weighs 10 grams (because titanium is lighter than steel) allowing Mizuno to increase the weight in the toe and heel portions of the golf club. This discretionary weight increased the moment of inertia (MOI) by 10% versus the MP-64.

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The Mizuno MP-15 iron set is available in 3 iron through PW, with the True Temper Dynamic Gold as the stock shaft. However, there are other shafts available through custom options. Choosing any of the custom options won’t delay your next round either, as Mizuno hangs their hat on having the best custom option in the business, selection and time-wise.

The Mizuno MP-15 will best suit players with a handicap between 0-4.

Do you find yourself with long approach shots into greens that are firm and fast? Those conditions make it nearly impossible to put the golf ball close to the flag because it’s tough to hit long irons high and precise. Well, Mizuno has the iron set you’re looking for; the MP-H5.

The Mizuno MP-H5 iron set has an aggressive flowing center of gravity (CG), sole thickness, and MOI. These design elements create high forgiveness in the long irons and control and workability in the short irons, which many players are looking for.

“The MP-H5 will suit players who have grown up on traditional irons, but don’t want to be left behind on distance and technology. Launch Forgiveness is one of the hottest trends on the professional tours, and now you can add it to your bag as well.” Chuck Couch, VP of Product Management

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The 1 (Yes, I said 1) through 6 iron feature a full hollow design. This construction creates a low sweet spot with a deep COG for a nice high launch. The 7 through PW feature a half hollow design, forged from 1025E carbon steel. The combination of the half hollow construction and forged material will create a blended performance of high launch with a soft and solid feel at impact.

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The Mizuno MP-H5 iron set is available in 1 iron through PW, with the KBS C Taper Lite as the stock shaft. However, there are other shafts available through custom options.

The Mizuno MP-H5 will best suit players with a handicap between 0-8.

Do you find yourself needing to upgrade to keep up with innovation, but you can’t make the switch because you need that traditional looking iron? Leave it to Mizuno to create a solution, and it’s wildly innovative, a first of its kind. The JPX 850 Forged iron is designed with Boron, that element you learned about in science class.

The biggest buzz about the JPX 850 Forged iron is the Boron used during the forging process. It’s a new material that is 30% stronger than the traditional 1025E steel that Mizuno typically uses. This stronger material allows for a thin face, which produces extremely fast ball speeds for long distance shots. While the material is stronger and produces more distance, it simultaneously delivers that soft and consistent feel at impact that Mizuno is known for.

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The Power Frame Cavity gives the entire face the ability to flex at impact by pushing the weight of the iron to the 4 corners of the club for increased ball speeds and distance. The Mizuno JPX 850 Forged irons also feature a CNC pocket cavity. This creates a deep COG for a higher launch and increased ball speeds on the 4 through 7 irons, were you’ll need distance the most.

“This is distance generated by genuine technology, rather than just cranking lofts or using longer shafts. It used to be that you had to give up distance to play a forged iron…but with the JPX-850 Forged you no longer have to.” Chris Voshall, Senior Engineer

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The Mizuno JPX 850 Forged iron set is available in 4 iron through GW, with the True Temper XP as the stock shaft. However, there are other shafts available through custom options.

The Mizuno JPX 850 Forged will best suit players with a handicap between 6-16.

Do you find yourself lacking distance? The Mizuno JPX 850 is full of power! This iron is the longest iron in golf.

The Mizuno JPX 850 iron set features the same Power Frame Cavity found in the JPX 850 Forged, but this iron set incorporates the Dual Max COR Pocket, and not the CNC pocket cavity. The Dual Max COR Pockets are located at the topline and sole of the golf club, situated behind the face and in the cavity of the design. These pockets increase the rebound area of the golf club for maximum distance.

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The JPX 850 irons also feature a Dual Relief Zone Sole which allows for ideal turf interaction from all variety of lies leading to solid ball striking.

“Simply increasing ball speed is not our goal – making it happen within a manageable head size is the real challenge. With the Power Frame we were able to take ball speeds to a completely different level – all while keeping it hand in hand with a nice feel and a level of workability.” Tetsuya Kanayama, Senior R&D Team Member

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The Mizuno JPX 850 iron set is available in 4 iron through GW, with the True Temper XP as the stock shaft. However, there are other shafts available through custom options.

The Mizuno JPX 850 will best suit players with a handicap between 8-18.

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Tee It Up With The Little Pro: Ch 4

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Bel-Air Country Club conjures up images of movie stars, and so many played golf here – Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, and many other well known personalities have graced the grill room and pro shop. It was a heady experience for a Mississippi boy taking his first job as head golf professional. It has been a great opportunity for me and everyone at Bel-Air has supported me from the beginning. They encouraged me to pursue my playing career and provided so many opportunities for me to do so.

We have two great institutions in our neighborhood, Bel-Air Country Club and UCLA. In 1975, when I was invited to coach the golf team at UCLA, the membership at Bel-Air made it possible for me to fulfill two of my greatest passions, teaching and coaching golf. During my 15 years as coach at UCLA, I was privileged to coach 16 All Americans, win a National Championship, and most importantly develop life long friendships with so many wonderful student athletes. Now, on to the next tee box.

In our last lesson, we identified Ball Placement relative to the forward foot should be constant and that the rear foot moves narrower or wider according to the type of shot at hand. We are then faced with the question; “How wide should the stance be?”

Two great players against whom I competed many times come to mind when contemplating this as they were polar opposites in their physical stature and swing planes. The great American amateur William C. “Bill” Campbell and the great Canadian professional Moe Norman.

Bill Campbell was well over 6 feet in height with a statuesque build that suited his tall, straight frame and a rather upright golf swing. His stance was quite narrow with his right foot positioned very close to his left. This narrow stance accommodated his classic, high, vertical swing quite nicely.

Moe Norman, considered by many to be the greatest ball striker ever to play golf, was of average height, about 5 foot 7 inches tall, with a muscular broader development, with slightly bowed legs. His natural structure demanded that he assume a wider stance with his right, or rear leg. This foundation made for a shorter, wider, flatter swing plane.

Quite a contrast in these two different styles, yet both proved to be imminently successful. Each player assumed the stance and swing that made them most comfortable and effective with their shotmaking. Two divergent styles of stance and swing that best suited each player’s physicality.

Each player must assume the stance that makes them the most comfortable and athletic so that the swing can be repeated as effortlessly as possible, while keeping the ball placement precisely and consistently positioned opposite the forward heel. The stance will narrow slightly and progressively as the shots required become shorter in distance.  This is accomplished by moving the rear foot closer to the lead foot, keeping the ball placement constant.

As the player settles in to this comfortable stance, weight distribution becomes an important consideration. Weight transfer and shift while maintaining good balance is directly influenced by how the player distributes his or her weight at address.

The player should set up with about the same amount of weight on each foot, except with a 60 – 40 percent ratio, with 60% placed on the rear foot when the shot calls for more distance. This will help ensure shifting of weight onto the rear foot during the backswing and, in turn, will assist proper forward thrusting of the legs during the downswing, delivering a descending stroke. For shorter pitch shots, chip shots and bunker play around the green, the weight distribution at address should be reversed, favoring the forward foot with about the same 60 – 40 percent ratio.

The knees should be slightly flexed so that the weight settles equally between the ball and heel of each foot. At no time during the swing should the weight be allowed to move onto the toes. This would cause the player to sway forward toward the ball leading to wayward shots.

Centrifugal force during the swing pulls the player toward the ball and onto the toes, keeping the weight properly distributed between the balls and heels will resist this outward tug.

One other tip that will help resist lateral sway is to point the rear knee slightly  inward at address so that the player swings against the inside of the rear leg, bracing against allowing the weight shift to move over the rear foot. This pointing of the knee also is a preview of the proper thrusting of the leg to start the downswing so it serves a dual purpose.

All of the “Set Up” essentials we have covered thus far; Posture, Balance, Ball Placement, Stance Width, and Weight Distribution will ensure that the player is in position to make a smooth, athletic, consistent, swing. The remaining essential, Alignment, will help direct the ball on the proper trajectory and direction.

Contrary to popular belief, I do not subscribe to the concept that alignment of the feet have a significant impact on shot direction. Ball flight and direction are a function of the club handle, which is controlled by the direction and path of the forearms and the positioning of the club face. Since the arms are connected to the shoulders, I do believe that proper alignment of the shoulders at address will improve your shot making accuracy.

Most golfers tend to set up with their shoulders slightly open, or pointing to the left for right handed players and to the right for left handed players. The shoulder line at address should be parallel to your target line.  Ball placement off the forward foot causes this natural rotation of the shoulders.

In order to “square” the shoulders, imagine a line extending from the target through the ball and align the shoulders to this imaginary line. A very slight rotation of the shoulders during address will set them properly. Aligning the shoulders this way will enable you to move the handle of the club down this parallel path.

There are many great players such as Gary Player that played from a closed stance (when the lead foot is positioned forward of the target line), and an equal number of other champions such as Fred Couples, that play from an open position (when the lead foot is positioned backward of the target line). They all have one thing in common; at address, their shoulders are parallel to their target line.

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adidas Climachill: The Coolest Shirt Ever Made


The adidas Climachill apparel will keep you cool in more ways than one. It’s meticulously constructed with woven titanium fibers and aluminum dots to keep your body temperature cool when you start feeling the heat. It’s also going to on the cutting edge of fashion.

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The adidas Climachill Chest Print polo is a shirt that looks great and feels amazing. It is constructed of 100% polyester and features superior moisture management with Climachill hydrophilic finished fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin for quick evaporation. Other features of the shirt include self- collar, open-hem sleeve, contrast piping on shoulder and sleeve and contrast adidas brandmark at front right shoulder with the Climachill brandmark on back neck.

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This adidas Climachill Print polo is another shirt that will have you looking great. It is constructed of 100% polyester and features superior moisture management with Climachill hydrophilic finished fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin for quick evaporation. Other features of the shirt include self- collar, open-hem sleeve, contrast piping on front shoulder and contrast adidas brandmark on front left chest with the Climachill brandmark on back neck.

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The adidas Climachill Stripe Block polo is another addition to the Climachill line that will keep you feeling cool while looking stylish. It is constructed of 100% polyester and features superior moisture management with Climachill hydrophilic finished fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin for quick evaporation. Other features of the shirt include anti-roll, rib-knit collar, open-hem sleeve, block stripe design and contrast adidas brandmark at front right shoulder with the Climachill brandmark on back neck.

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