Few companies generate the kind of buzz Mizuno does when announcing new products. Good looks, quality production processes, and using quality materials are traits the company is known for. The upcoming release of the Mizuno MP-18 irons is no different. We introduce you to the 4 new models in the MP-18 irons line, their features, how you can combine them and why there is so much excitement about them.
MP-18 Irons: Models
The 4 models in the MP-18 line are the MP-18, MP-18 SC, MP-18 MMC, and MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi. The first 3 irons are “standard irons” and share a few features. The MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi irons are hybrid irons, giving you the forgiveness of a hybrid with the look of an iron.
Mizuno uses 1025E Pure Select Carbon steel in the MP-18, MP-18 SC, and MP-18 MMC irons. This steel has 6 times tighter tolerances to make it purer than other carbon steels. Mizuno also uses a new grain flow forging process, called Grain Flow Forged HD. The “HD” stands for High Density. The old Grain Flow Forging process created a long, continuous grain structure. The new process differs from the old by creating a tighter grain density, especially in the impact area, giving the MP-18 irons their soft, solid feel. These irons also share a satin nickel chrome finish that doesn’t produce a glare. Now, a closer look at each iron.
The MP-18 is a pure blade, appealing to the best ball strikers. Its short blade length, minimal offset, and thin rolled top line inspire shot-making ability. The MP-18 is available in 3-PW, however only in right-hand.
The “SC” stands for split cavity. A slightly bigger head than the MP-18 and cavity make the MP-18 SC more forgiving. The sole on the MP-18 SC is also wider and more rounded, helping it get through the turf better. These irons are geared for very good players that want just a touch of forgiveness. Righties and Lefties can get these beauties in 3-PW.
Moving along the forgiveness scale, next is the MP-18 MMC. Made with multiple materials (the “MMC” part), ball striking isn’t as much of a priority with these irons. A 20-gram tungsten weight in the toe increases the size of the sweet spot and the MOI. Placing the weight low moves the CG closer to the center (better sweet spot) and gets the ball in the easier as well. An 8-gram titanium weight is forged into the back of the club. This weight makes the iron more forgiving by moving weight to the outside of the club. Right-handed players can choose from 4-PW.
The MP-18 MMC has a similar profile to the MP-18 SC, with the added material for forgiveness mentioned above.
MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Mizuno fans remember the “Fli-Hi” name and will be impressed with the newest iteration. The MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi have a hollow body construction, pushing the CG low and deep for a high launch. As in the MP-18 MMC, the Fli-Hi has a 20-gram tungsten weight in the toe to increase the MOI. Unique to this club is its 1770 Maraging Steel face. This steel is super strong, letting engineers make the face thin. A thin face flexes more and increases ball speed for more distance.
Righties can buy the MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi in 2-6 irons.
The lofts on each MP-18 model make combining models easy. Get a little more forgiveness in the long irons and more control in the short irons. One possible set makeup is 3 and 4 MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi irons, 5-PW MP-18 SC. Mizuno also offers many shaft and grip upgrades at no charge.
After only a few swings with these gorgeous clubs, you understand why nothing feels like a Mizuno. The hype is definitely real.
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