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LAUNCH PICS! – 2012 Mizuno Line-Up

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Operation: 2012 Mizuno Intel

Earlier this week a lucky MyGolfSpy forum member (we’ll just call him GolfSpy_J for now) got the chance to go down to Atlanta and check out the Mizuno Demo Day….and do a little MGS intel work.

Code Name: RoadRunner

Mission was simple: Test out as much of the new Mizuno gear as possible and shoot tons of pics…then report back to the readers with your findings.  And here were GolfSpy_J’s findings.

Enjoy!

2012 Mizuno MP-R12 Wedges (Notes)

  • The R&D guys called the finish a “mullet” finish.  Business (Satin) in the front and Party (Chrome) in the back.
  • Progressive grinds as the loft increases.
  • 50* has a killed leading edge with a slight relief on the trailing edge.  Very narrow sole.
  • 52* same as the 50*
  • 54* slight C-grind with trailing edge, toe, and heel relief.  Narrow effective sole.
  • 56* slight C-grind with trailing edge, toe, and heel relief.  A little wider sole than the 54* with a blunted leading edge.
  • 58* C-grind with trailing edge, toe, and heel relief.  A medium width sole with blunted leading edge.
  • 60* very pronounced C-grind.  Wide sole with a slight blunted leading edge.
  • 64* extreme C-grind.  Very wide sole with a slight blunted leading edge.

All wedges have a higher COG with a thicker top flange.  This is too keep the ball from riding up the face.  Very similar design feature to the Fourteen wedges.

FOR MORE PICS OF THE MIZUNO MP-R12 WEDGES: CLICK HERE


2012 Mizuno JPX Wedges (Notes)

  • Great feeling wedge.  Feels very similar to the same click from a Vokey or Cleveland.
  • Superb turf interaction.  All wedges have a killed leading edge with trailing edge relief.  Provides a lot of camber.
  • These wedges are much better for a digger type swing.
  • Fantastic shape that is somewhere in between a teardrop and round wedge.
  • Solid distance control.
  • The wedges were forgiving but they still felt very solid.
  • Slight touch of offset but nothing drastic.  No more than a Vokey.

FOR MORE PICS OF THE MIZUNO JPX WEDGES: CLICK HERE


2012 Mizuno MP-59 Irons (Notes)

  • The muscle has been altered to fit a titanium insert directly behind the ball.  It provides mass behind the ball while moving weight to the perimeter of the iron.
  • Leading edge is more blunted than previous models, especially from the middle of the face to the heel of the golf club.  This allows for better turf interaction.
  • The sole is wider than previous model.
  • Trailing edge relief provides a smooth exit for the head out of the divot.
  • The muscle is progressive.  As the set moves from 3 iron to PW, the muscle moves the COG from low to high.  This helps establish more forgiveness.
  • Bounce was on the low side but the blunted leading edge prevented the iron from digging.
  • Slightly more offset than the MP-69.
  • Roadrunner logo was moved from the bottom to the back flange, which keeps the sole cleaner.
  • Low/Mid ball flight.  This was a real pleasant surprise because I expected a higher ball flight that would be tougher to control.

FOR MORE PICS OF THE MIZUNO MP-59 IRONS: CLICK HERE


2012 Mizuno MP-69 Irons (Notes)

  • The muscle is a lot bigger than pictures show.  It provides a lot of mass behind the ball.
  • Leading edge is more blunted than previous models, especially from the middle of the face to the heel of the golf club.  This allows for better turf interaction.
  • Trailing edge relief provides a smooth exit for the head out of the divot.
  • The muscle is progressive.  As the set moves from 3 iron to PW, the muscle moves the COG from low to high.  This helps establish some forgiveness.
  • Roadrunner logo was moved from the bottom to the back flange, which keeps the sole cleaner.
  • Low/Mid ball flight.

FOR MORE PICS OF THE MIZUNO MP-69 IRONS: CLICK HERE


2012 Mizuno JPX-800 HD Irons (Notes)

  • Does exactly what it sets out to achieve, super game improvement performance in attractive packaging.
  • Progressive pocket cavities in the irons create higher launch as you move up in the irons.
  • The offset wasn’t as much as some other SGI irons.
  • Not a lot of bounce on the irons.
  • The sole was pretty wide but the trailing edge had tons of relief. This improves turf interaction significantly.  They do not feel like shovels.
  • Very muted feel.
  • The JPX Fli-Hi hybrids are included in the set.

FOR MORE PICS OF THE MIZUNO JPX-800 HD IRONS: CLICK HERE


2012 Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi Hybrid (Notes)

  • Biggest surprise of the day.  Imagine the PING G15 hybrid that resists the temptation to hook.
  • Some offset but not as much as the PING.
  • It has a medium ball flight.  There were no spinners that went too high.
  • Had a great feel.  Ball sprung off the face like a hollow club but it still felt solid like an iron.
  • The sole was a little too thick for my taste.  The trailing edge relief was not quite enough.
  • The short small ferrule made the club look cheap.
  • Very heavy sole.
  • Wish they made it in a 2 iron.
  • The True Temper XP is a solid performer in the hybrid.

FOR MORE PICS OF THE MIZUNO JPX Fli-Hi HYBRIDS: CLICK HERE


 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

John August 13, 2011 at 6:26 am

Great information… Thanks. I am sure you really enjoyed this demo day

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The youth low handicapper August 13, 2011 at 9:14 am

jeez stop hating on ping i have the k15s and their fine

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Christopher August 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

JPX-800 HD Irons, HD? Even golf equipment is going High-Definition.

The 59′s and 69′s look fantastic, the 59′s look high-tech for a players club. The wedges look great as well I really like the partially shiny finish. I miss chrome wedges.

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Jim Lee August 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

Great pics. Wish I was there to test it out myself, but the plane tickets will be expensive flying from Asia to the States.
Question: What does the bounce really mean? Does that mean that it bounce so many time? So no bounce would be best?

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chris August 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

thinking some of those will be mine by xmas…59′s or 69′s is the tough part

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Neal August 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I really like the look of the MP-59 irons… very clean, but distinctive

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Matt August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Mizuno just consistently makes great looking and feeling irons. I wouldn’t buy any other brand of irons. Currently I got the MP-52….due an upgrade in a season or two. The MP-53 and MP-59 are hard to choose between. Im not a huge fan of the hybrid looks-but I got an MX-700 hybrid and its very hot off the face, so who knows. The MR-12 wedges look nice and clean

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Iraqi Dinar News August 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

Those new R-12 wedges looks awesome. Good pic of Charles sportin Mizuno. He was a good addition.

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Jim August 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

MP62′s are the greatest!

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Tim November 24, 2011 at 7:28 am

Just ordered the R12s yesterday and can’t wait to get them in my hands, also ordered the MP-630 Fast Track driver. I bought the MP 53s earlier this year so all I need to have all Mizunos is replace my Taylormade 7 and 5 woods. Love the Mizuno line and plan on playing them from now on.
My purchases had a lot to do with your reviews, great site with great pics, thanks for all you do.

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