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ULTIMATE REVIEW! – Mizuno MP-59 Irons

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For my money, the Mizuno MP-59′s are the best looking set of cavity back irons we’ve received in quite some time, if not ever. I honestly believe they are the best looking iron on the market in their class.  If you’re looking for a forged cavity back that offers a little bit of forgiveness, outstanding feel, and equally outstanding performance, based on what I’ve seen, for less than $1000 I don’t really see how you can do any better.

Mizuno MP-59 Irons

(Written By: GolfSpy T) Few things in the golf equipment world puzzle me more than the reality that Mizuno isn’t the single biggest name in irons.  Don’t get me wrong, we have seen some positively brilliant irons over the last couple of seasons from Titleist, Adams, and several others, but if you want to talk absolute class across an entire lineup, with enough unique designs to satisfy all ability levels and “suits your eye” preferences, nobody…and I mean nobody else in the industry delivers like Mizuno.

And yet, Mizuno isn’t the #1 iron on tour. And that’s fine. I think most of you here probably understand that tour counts are driven largely by dollars. Having the most clubs in play is basically as simple as paying the most to have your clubs played by the best in the world. Mizuno isn’t the #1 brand of irons among the average crowd either. You can chalk that up to a relatively limited amount of advertising coupled with a prevailing notion that forged irons (which make up the lion’s share of the Mizuno lineup) are less forgiving and more difficult to hit than cast cavity backs. Pffft.

With all due deference to yesteryear, the forging of forgiveness has come along way, and while the MP-59s we’re discussing here are far from the pinnacle of forgiveness, not only do they get the damn job done, they’re an iron I’m excited to tell you is my personal absolute favorite among all the cavity backs we’ve put through this comprehensive review process.

Tell Us What You Think!

  • Why don’t you play Mizuno irons, is there something wrong with you?
  • Would you seriously consider replacing your current gamers with the Mizuno MP-59s?
  • When you hear the name Mizuno what comes to mind?

The Marketing Angle

We don’t like to get too bogged down in the marketing speak. You guys can get that stuff anywhere. We’re working on some ideas for sprucing this up a bit, but until we get that implemented, I’m just going to drop a few bullet points on you that I find at lest a little interesting.

  • Titanium forged into the muscle cavity creates a 5% larger sweet area (compared to MP-58).
  • Mizuno calls the sweet spot the sweet area.
  • Mizuno’s Forged TI Muscle Teechnology ™ delivers increased forgiveness in a shape prefered by better players (and hacks like me).
  • The world’s #1, Luke Donald, just put the MP-59s in his bag (bold move considering his old irons helped make him #1).

How We Tested

To find out more about how we test our irons: CLICK HERE

Radius-Based Scoring

For more information on our “Radius Based Scoring System”: CLICK HERE


Material Composition: 1025E “Pure Select” mild carbon steel

Though the stock shaft offering is TrueTemper’s DynamicGold, we tested with Project X shafts in 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0 flex.

PERFORMANCE SCORING

The Mizuno MP-59s are the 3rd iron in total, and the 2nd designed for better players that we’ve put through our revised testing system.

Short Iron Performance

When testing with short irons (8-iron, 9-iron, or PW) our testers missed the target by an overall average of 22.59 feet. When we remove our least accurate tester from the equation, that average improves to 21.51 feet. Overall a total of 12 shots from 5 different golfers came to rest within 10 feet of the cup, which is what we consider birdie distance.

Dispersion patterns showed a slight bias to the left side of the target, and as they usually are, the biggest misses were to that same general direction.

When distance is separated from accuracy we find that our testers missed the distance (long/short) by an average of 12.85 feet. With the tester least able to control his distance removed from the equation, the number improves to 11.58 feet.

When we examine how close our testers came to the center line, our data shows that the average miss was 15.3 feet from the center target. Once again, removing the least accurate tester improves average accuracy to 14.04 feet.

Comparatively speaking, the raw numbers are very similar to what our testers achieved during our test of the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons. In fact total short iron performance differs by only one one-hundredth of a point, which to me speaks to the absolute class of both irons.

Short Iron Performance Score: 90.10

Middle Iron Performance

With targets set to comfortable middle iron distances, our testers missed the pin by an average of 29.63 feet. When we exclude the low man and revise the number, accuracy improves to 28.34 feet. Once again, the results are very similar to what we’ve seen previously.

If we examine the data a bit more closely to look for true birdie opportunities we discover that our testers placed a total of 11 shots within 15 feet. This equals the number of solid birdie opportunities we had during our Wilson test, however; we’d be remiss not to point out that our senior tester was not available to participate in the previous test.

With the middle irons, for whatever reason our testers weren’t quite able to dial in distance as much as they would have liked. Our testers missed the target distance by an average of 18.75 feet, with the majority of misses, not surprisingly, falling short, and to the right. The overall miss was bumped up significantly by one tester who missed the distance by an average of nearly 30 feet. With his numbers removed from the equation, the overall distanced missed improves significantly to 16.56 feet.

When we look at left right deviation, we find that our testers missed the center of the target line by an average of 19.00 feet. Once again if we ignore our least accurate testers, the numbers again improve significantly (16.92 feet).

Overall, while this isn’t the most accurate our testers have been from short iron distances, the results are still very, very good.

Middle Iron Performance Score: 89.68

Long Iron Performance

While we’ve balanced our formulas, such that the expectation is each golfer will post similar scores with short, middle, and long irons, it’s not unusual for golfers who struggle with long irons to see a significant decline in score when faced with longer shots. While that certainly happened to one of our testers (he struggled to such a degree that his score was actually 12 points lower than what he posted with mid-irons; the biggest drop-off we’ve seen so far), 2 of our testers actually posted their best scores with the long irons.

When asked to explain the relative ease with which they were able to hit the clubs, both essentially said the same thing, “I don’t know…it just felt good”.

Looking at the averages, our testers missed the hole by an average of 46.22 feet. As we mentioned, we had a single tester who struggled mightily from the distance (missing by an average of over 90 feet). When his less than stellar numbers are removed from the equation, the group average improves significantly to 36.85 feet.

Surprisingly, our testers still managed to post 12 shots within 20 feet, which from long iron distance should be considered legitimate Birdie, and sometimes, Eagle opportunities. It should be mentioned that 9 of those 12 shots came from only two golfers.

Looking purely at distance we find that our testers missed the distance by an average of 30.6 feet. With our struggling (more like floundering) golfer removed, the group average improves by nearly 6 feet to 24.9 feet.

When we look at the distance from center (without regard for total distance), we see that our testers missed the center-line by an average of 28.85 feet. Once again, with the hapless swinger removed, that number improves significantly to 22.75 feet.

Long Iron Performance Score: 88.89

Performance Notes

What’s simply impossible to see from the data is that the MP-59 played, based on who was swinging it, almost like two different sets of irons. While the expectation is that a forged player’s cavity back with close to standard lofts (some might consider the short irons slightly jacked up) would play shorter. In the case of roughly half of our golfers, that proved to be more or less true, as testers found they had to take more club to get the distance.

For another golfer, distances were right in line with what he’d expect from nearly any iron we test. That said, two of our testers actually said they felt like the Mizuno MP-59s flew longer than other clubs they’ve tested. Speaking only for myself, I found it a challenge to hit my short iron distance (125) with a pitching wedge. Perfectly, or near perfectly struck balls were better suited to a 135 distance.

With a nice, smooth swing (which the MP-59s basically forced me to take), the results were outstanding at all distances, though certainly not for all of our test subjects.

MGS OVERALL PERFORMANCE SCORE: 89.83

The Interactive Data

The charts below show the individual and group averages (black dotted line) for each shot our golfers took during our test of the the Mizuno MP-59 Irons. You can click on each of 3 tabs (Mizuno MP-59 – Short Irons, Mizuno MP-59 – Mid Irons, Mizuno MP-59 - Long Irons) you can see where each shot came to rest on our virtual driving range, and the raw data (averages) for each of our testers. Hovering over any point will give you all the details of that particular shot. You can use the filters on the right-hand side to show and hide individual golfer based on handicap and proximity to the pin.

SUBJECTIVE SCORING

Looks

Just because we’ve moved to a less complicated subjective scoring model doesn’t mean I’m always going to agree with my testers. While it’s hard to argue with a score in the A+ range, I must admit being confounded by our two testers who rated the MP-59s below a 9. Personally, I gave them a 10, as I honestly believe they are the best looking iron on the market in their class.

Based on its place in the Mizuno lineup, the design of the Mizuno MP-59′s is flawlessly executed. Sure, there will be some who might prefer a thinner topline (though it’s far from thick on the 59), or less offset, but if that’s what you’re looking for, well…that’s why the MP-63s and MP-69s exist. When looking at the current MP lineup; based on Mizuno’s own handicap-based differentiation system, the MP-59 is second only to the MP-53 in terms of forgiveness and playability. Though you might not know it from hitting them, shotmaking isn’t the only design aspect baked into of the 59′s.

More often than not, and insert detracts from the appearance of an iron (particularly a players iron), In the case of the Mizuno MP-59s, however; the Titanium insert actually provides a subtle and appealing contrast to the rest of the back.

Quite frankly, I don’t know what Mizuno could have done differently to make the MP-59s any more visually appealing. For my money, the Mizuno MP-59′s are the best looking set of cavity back irons we’ve received in quite some time, if not ever.

MGS Looks Score: 96.75

Sound & Feel

If soft feel is your thing, consistently, and almost without fail, nobody in the iron game does it better than Mizuno. Our testing process affords me the opportunity to not only test, but also observe the sound (and to a lesser extent the feel) of the irons we test.

Not only do I experience impact for myself, I listen as others hit the clubs. While I suppose you could chalk it up to that harmonic impact technology, and sound of feel stuff, there is no denying that Mizunos simply sound different than most anything else we test. Some clubs sound like they’re hitting golf balls, others like they’re hitting rocks. The Mizunos…impact on purely struck balls sounds like a subtle puff of air, like smacking a marshmallow.

“A Beautiful symphony to my ears” – Mark C.

While as you might imagine, feel scores were exceptionally high (try perfect under our system), one tester pointed out that mishits can be a bit harsh.

“There’s a spot high on the toe side that’ll shake the filling out of your head” – Tim S.

While there’s always room to disagree one way or another, quite frankly, we still don’t think there are many who do feel nearly as well, let alone better than Mizuno. The MP-59s are certainly no exception.  Score for these is as high as they can go, a 100%.

MGS Feel Score: 100.00!

Perceived Forgiveness

Though the MP-59 ranks among the most forgiving in the MP lineup, forgiveness is largely why the JPX lineup exists. So while the MP-59s did surprise some of our testers by how willing the irons are to look over small mistakes, bad swings still produce big misses.

Tim felt his mishits “died quickly”, while Dan added that they’re probably not the most forgiving club on the market today. While that’s certainly true, given their market placement, they’re not really supposed to be. And while I’m inclined to agree with our tester’s overall assessment, my feeling is that if you like the design (and know what you’re getting into), there’s nothing particularly unforgiving about the MP-59s, and nothing at all that would dissuade me from wanting to put them in my bag.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 83.31

Likelihood of Purchase

If you want to know what I think…I’ll tell you without hesitation that the Mizuno MP-59′s are an iron I would absolutely purchase without the slightest of hesitation. On my personal “hot list”, they easily rank as one of the top 3 irons I’ve had the pleasure to test for MyGolfSpy (more on that in a bit). But that’s just me.

Normally, when LOP scores start to dip it’s because of something specific about the club(s) that our testers don’t like. Sometimes it’s the cosmetic stuff (finish, graphics), sometimes it’s an aspect of the design (offset, topline), and sometimes our testers just don’t like the damn club.

The MP-59 is a bit unique in that, although you can argue the LOP score is solid), the dips didn’t come from anything directly related to club itself. What the testers who rated it lower told us is, that although the really (really, really) like the club, they just don’t feel like it’s the best fit for them.

Fair enough.

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 88.69

As I’ve tried to make abundantly clear, this is yet another Mizuno iron I absolutely love (probably my favorite of any I’ve reviewed). While the overall subjective score is very, very good, it’s actually not as high as some we’ve seen. And while I would suggest the MP-59 should be near perfect for everything but forgiveness, the reality is Mizuno has painted itself into a bit of a corner where subjective scoring is concerned.

The reality is, we’ve seen enough Mizuno irons (and wedges) that our expectations have become unrealistically high. I basically expect Mizuno to produce a great looking, great feeling iron because, with very few exceptions, that’s all I’ve ever known them to do. There are almost no surprises left to be had where Mizuno is concerned, which makes it next to impossible for a Mizuno iron to exceed expectations. And exceeding expectations is nearly the only way to achieve a perfect subjective score.

TOTAL SUBJECTIVE SCORE: 93.69

CONCLUSION

Even before testing was complete, before publication of this review, I’d received more questions about the Mizuno MP-59s than any other club we’ve ever had in for testing. One of those questions came from a reader, who plays Miura CB-501s as his gamers. He basically asked me to compare the two because he’s seriously considering jumping to the 59′s. What I told him, and what I’m telling you is that my 501′s were custom fit and customized from toe to grip 100% for me. I wouldn’t trade them for any iron in the world…BUT…

We look at and test a lot of irons. And of the irons we’ve tested, apart from my gamers, there have only been exactly two sets that have truly impressed me to the point that I’d actually consider putting them in a backup bag (or mounting them on my wall) and taking them out for the occasional round of golf simply because I love hitting them. The Mizuno MP-59′s is absolutely one of those sets. And while I can’t override my testers, I personally give them my highest recommendation.

If you’re looking for a forged cavity back that offers a little bit of forgiveness, outstanding feel, and equally outstanding performance, based on what I’ve seen, for less than $1000 I don’t really see how you can do any better.

MGS TOTAL SCORE: 90.01

 

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UgoDerosa December 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

Great write up! I recently acquired my MP-59′s and while I don’t have much course time with them yet, I will say I am extremely impressed with this set. My gamers are the MB2′s and I love those as well, so I may just alternate between the two sets for fun. I thought the overall score would be just a touch higher, but I suppose this just goes to show that irons in particular are very much subject to personal preferences.

One small typo at the beginning in the specs: I believe it should read the MP-59′s have a 5% larger sweet spot as compared to the MP-58′s.

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GolfSpy T December 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

Ugo – Thanks for the comment (and for pointing out one my more ridiculous typos.. it’s fixed). It’s always interesting to see how different types of players hit different irons. Obviously if it were just me assigning scores based on my own feelings, the MP-59s would have scored better – at least in the subjective portion. Still…under our system, I don’t think you’ll see many As (we’ve been fortunate to test two sets of very nice irons back to back).

It’s funny you mention the MB2s. That’s the one other set we’ve fully tested that I absolutely love.

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UgoDerosa December 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

Oh, one other thing: if you put the MP-63 and MP-59′s next to each other, at least to my eyes, the 63′s have a thinner top line. However, according to the specs on Mizuno’s website, the 59′s supposedly have a thinner top line than the 63′s.

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

Great review T!…As I’ve stated in other posts, I have played Mizuno since 1986 & currently have a combo set comprised of 3-6i MP-63s & 7-PW MP-68s…I won a set of 58s two seasons ago, & for whatever reason, I fell in love with the look..At the time I had a complete set of 68s in my bag though I was set, before I’d even hit a shot, to replace ‘em with the 58s..Only problem was I couldn’t hit the 58s nearly as consistently as the 68s..Let me say that I play to a 4.2, playing 4 times/week with short game/putting practice 2 times/week..My point is, this shouldn’t have been the case…I even had the PX Flighted 6.5 shafts, my favorite shaft, in them, though I also hit the TT S400s..Didn’t matter..I know it’s me, cuz if you google them, I don’t think you’ll find a review that doesn’t say that the 58s are the greatest thing since sliced bread though not for me so I put ‘em in the closet.. Long story short, I had the opportunity to hit the MP-59s about a month ago & due to my experience with the 58s, I passed..Well, I was on the practice tee with a buddy that just bought the 59s & he ran up to the clubhouse to grab his phone & I picked up his 7i & hit a ball..WOW!..Hit another..and another..Bottom line, I went up to the pro shop & ordered a set..Incredible irons!!..I’m finishing the season with my combo set & these will be in the bag in the spring…I don’t know why the 59s performed soooo much better for me than the 58s, other than I’m a little more of a head case than I give myself credit for, yet if you are seriously looking for a premier set of forged cavity/muscle back irons, you owe it to yourself to hit these..I’ve hit the new Adams, Nike & Titliest irons & while they are nice, simply put, they are not Mizuno & they are not the MP-59..Nuff said…A happy & healthy Holiday season to all..Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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Jordan December 22, 2011 at 5:28 am

I thought your gamers were the Adam’s pro gold irons?

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

Jordan, they were in ’09(June)-10..The grooves on my 5, 7, 8 & PW were worn down so I started looking for another set on the computer..I’ve never bought “used” on the computer & I wasn’t comfortable shelling out $400-600 for clubs unseen so I had the MP-68s as back up & I just bought the 63s last fall(’10) & put together a combo set..I did buy a set of Pro Gold (black) from the rep supposedly out of the tour van but they didn’t “feel” the same as my Golds..The specs & everything were identical so it was obviously in my head…It was one of those things were I loved the look & my ego told me I’ll “make ‘em work”…Didn’t happen…That being said, they’re gorgous & I love lookin at ‘em, I just can’t get my preferred ball flight…If any contributors to MGS have a set of Golds in “like new”(9-10) I’d take ‘em for the right price..Have a good one…Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

Jordan, if it’s not apparent, I’m a club whore, especially with Mizuno, though I’ve got more drivers & putters than any 4 sane people would ever have..Like I said, I just got the 59s & I’m gonna be shelving basically two great sets of irons(63s & 68s), though the great thing about Mizuno is I could pull either set out in 5-6 years & they would stand up against whatever is out there, provided I still had the game to hit ‘em..Have a great holiday season & year ahead…Fairway & Greens 4ever….

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

Jordan, looking @ my comment above I mistated when I said I had MP-68s in my bag..The Pro Golds replaced my 67s..I’m so used to writing about the 68s I incorrectly put them in..FWIW, I liked the 67s least af any of the Mizzys I’ve played..I was very pleasently surprised w/the 68s..I wasn’t a fan of their Cut Muscle design(67s) & the 68s seemed to be a mix of the MP-14s & MP-32s, arguably their greatest designs..Anyway sorry about the mistake…Fairways & Greens 4ever…

Richard P. Jacobs II December 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

Also, great find T on Luke Donald…He was playing the MP-62s even though he was very, very involved in the testing & design of the 63s, though he never put them in his bag..The fact that he apparently pulled the trigger on the 59s speaks volumes for the irons….Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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stevenhw8 December 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Waiting for winter to end and I’ll go for my first Mizuno fitting. I’m a beginner so I always thought forged irons were out of my league.
I’m a hacker and I ended this season with a 15 HCP. I’m probably not good enough for the MP-59 so I thought maybe I can give the MP-53 a go.
I don’t know a single person who dislikes Mizuno irons. It’s like they have a 100% satisfaction rate. Can’t go wrong with these!

The only question now is… MP53 or MP59… or wait for the MP54 next year? What a dilemma!

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Jordan December 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

59′s!

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R.P. Jacobs II December 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

If you’re a legitimate 15, you should have no problems with either the 59s or 53s…They both will make you work torwards a consistent, reproducable swing, which you may already have though they will improve it..Personally, I found the 53s to be a little more forgiving though I thought the 59s had a much better feel..That’s just me…They are both great irons…As I said above, the 59s are going to replace the 63/68s in my bag & before I hit the 59s, I couldn’t see myself playing any of the 50 series irons…The 59s are that good..No, they are incredible & I’m not prone to hyperbole…A lot of people talk about playing Mizuno, yet very few do..If you’re serious about Mizuno, hit ‘em & pick ‘em..To wait for the MP-54(If they continue to extend the line), hell, if ya wait another year, you can get the replacement for the 59s..Think how incredible they’ll be!..lol…No Dude, pull the trigger..Once you play them, you’ll never look back, & with the possible exception of Miura or one or two of the other Japanese forging houses, there is no company who can touch their forgings, & even those companies can’t compete with Mizuno for $800-1000…Fairways & Greens 4ever…

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Jordan December 22, 2011 at 7:20 am

Whats your take on the 69 vs the 59? I found the two to be extremely similar, and don’t really understand why anyone would choose the 59′s over the 69′s. Both demand a consistent swing anyway.

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GolfSpy T December 22, 2011 at 7:37 am

Jordan – I’ve been knocking a set of 69s around for a while now. I absolutely love them (although I wish the finish wasn’t quite as shiny), but I think the answer to your question is quite simply forgiveness. In my opinion there’s enough of it in the 59s where you could make a case for stretching Mizuno’s handicap recommendation out a little bit. While they are far from a super GI, or even GI club, to me they play more like a transitional iron (mid to mid-high handicapper looking to take the next step with his game). Little mistakes on less than perfect swings aren’t overly punishing.

With the 69s, it’s a different story. Did I mention I love them…anyway, the margin for error is much, much tighter with the 69s. Mizuno caps out their recommended handicap range for the 69s at 7, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone above that (unless one happens to be a very good ball striker with a suspect game off the tee or around the greens). With the 69s, you feel every miss (both in terms of feedback and result). That being said, I’ve I was ordering a set of Mizuno’s today, I’d be tempted to do 4-7 MP-59s, and 8-PW, 69s.

Richard P. Jacobs II December 22, 2011 at 10:27 am

There’s not much to add to GS T’s comment…I’ve swung the 69s though I haven’t hit balls with them..I’ve been playing the 68s in 7i-PW…The only difference that I can see between the 68s & 69s is the “muscle pad” configuration on the back of the blade though T would probably know if there’s any spec change..Since I saw so little difference, I didn’t really look @ the 69s..For me, there’s no feeling like bringing my right-left ball path in w/a 7i MP-63..I’m a little off, but it’s almost as good as sex…almost…Though I’ve just had my 3rd shoulder surgery(left) & my swing’s a little flatter & I’ve lost 2-3 mph off my irons & the 59s give me my preffered trajectory/flight a little easier than the 68s..I’m hoping that my swing change is temporary though I can think of a lot worse things than being “condemned” to hitting the 59s..lol..Depending on your game & what iron you’re replacing, T said it best, the 59s are a great transition iron, & they are definately more forgiving, though Charles Howell III & Luke Donald are hitting them so they could also be called a “destination” iron..What the hell?,,,I’ve gone 38 hrs w/out sleep so please bear with me..Fairways & Greens 4ever…

Richard P. Jacobs II January 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Jordan,as a follow-up to my comment below & since I’ve got 8 rounds under my belt with the 59s since I wrote that, although you asked about the 69s(which I haven’t hit), and there isn’t much difference between them & the 68s(which I’ve played, 7i-PW), I would say that the biggest difference between the 68s/69s & the 59s is forgiveness & trajectory..When I miss, I usually miss towards the toe, & my direction & distance is better with the 59s..My swing’s a little flatter now & that peripheral weight in the 59s(& even the 63s) gives me a higher, yet still penetratrating flight…I had my 63s/68s strengthened 2′, ex., 5i-25′, 7i-33′, though I haven’t touched the 59s, nor do I intend to..You made a comment on this page about not being a fan of mixed sets & it’s kinda funny cuz although I have the 59s in my bag, If I switched back to the 60 series, I’d just use my set of 63s instead of mixing em(63s & 68s) like I have in the past because when I hit the 63/68 7 irons together, I can’t really tell the difference in well hit balls, only when I don’t “pure” it, & then I prefer the 63, so I don’t really know why the hell I mixed em..probably cuz I could..lol,,,The 63s are not really talked about here, though I think they’re a hellava an iron,,If ya get the chance, hit em..They’re impressive..My best..Fairways & Greens 4ever…

Ryan December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I have a set of MP59′s with the KBS Tour C taper S+ shafts. Without a doubt the best club I have ever put in my bag. Can’t wait for the spring.

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Clint December 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

Hi Ryan, What’s your swing speed? Are you a high ball hitter? What’s your previous set and ball flight compared to mp59′s?

Thanks

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Reg December 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

How is the ball flight? I’m deciding between the 53′s and 59. Looking at them I’m guessing they are low ball flight? Or at least lower than the 53′s.

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R.P. Jacobs II December 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

They are…Fairways and Greens 4ever….

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Rawtman January 8, 2012 at 2:57 am

Mate have the mp59s and they are simply the best ever ,also have a similar ball flight to the mp53″simply a sensational iron the Mizzy mp59″

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Gil Bloomer December 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Thank you for the great write-up. These clubs look awesome, just like most of the Mizuno clubs do. I know they make quality clubs and I’d love the experience of owning a set of these some day but they are a little pricey. C’mon lotto.

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Tony Lee December 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I graduated from the JPX Pro to the MP 59′s as a reward for dropping three strokes in 2011 (going from 15HCP to 12). Had them fitted one degree flat and 1 degree stronger, Nippon 750GH shafts. This is a love affair that I think will be in my bag for quite some time. Unlike the testers I find the MP59′s very very forgiving and (other than being fitted) a big part of that has to do with how these irons look.GolfSpy T is correct. These are perhaps the most beauitful irons I have ever had the chance to play, and that mentally has translated into me being extremly consistant with them. Ive noticed that I have become more aware of mishits and this has translated into a subconscience consistancy that I have never had with the JPX Pro’s. I jacked my lofts 1 degree because I was afraid that maybe I would lose some distance like some of the testers. I was happy with my JPX lofts so I wanted to make sure the MP’s matched those lofts. Interesting result of this is that I’m flying 10 yards further than my JPX Pro.s Not sure I would have done that if given the oppurtunity again. Can’t speak enough about these irons. Anyone going from large game improvement who wants to graduate into blades, these are the perfect transition iron. I can’t speak highly enough about these irons.

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R.P. Jacobs II December 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Congratulations…Sounds like you’re gonna be in single digits next summer…Fairways & Greens 4ever…

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stevenhw8 December 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

Reading your experience gives me some confidence about switching to the MP59. I’ll try the MP53 as well but the MP59 definitely look prettier!

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matt December 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I like mizuno irons alot they always have great feel and classic looks but these appear to have tumors

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RP Jacobs II January 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

What?……..

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Phil December 22, 2011 at 1:29 am

Great review! I just put a set of MP-59s in my bag last week(Got fitted on a Sunday, had them in the bag by the following Thursday!)and I gotta say these are the sweetest irons I’ve had. I came from MX-300s, so, I was familiar with Mizuno quality and feel, but these 59s take that to a whole new level. I agree with almost everything that you said. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of forgiveness that is available in the MP-59s. It’s not MX or JPX forgiving, but it’s close. You will definitely know when you mishit a shot, but I’m finding that my misses aren’t nearly as bad as they were and, in fact, I’m “getting away with it” more often when I do miss. Overall, I’ve never been happier with my clubs! Kudos to Mizuno and to you guys for a great write up.

A tumor? Really? Wow…

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tider992010 December 22, 2011 at 7:28 am

Great review. I’ve had a couple sets of Mizuno’s and loved them. These are great looking irons!

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Brian Ussery December 22, 2011 at 8:56 am

Interesting comment about the irons shaking “the filling out of your head” on a particular mis-hit. I found these to be exceptional irons in terms of both feel and performance, but had three distinct swings during ther time I was playing them that produced the most awful sound and feel that I can recall. Really, out of nowhere, I got a couple of these “zingers” that just seemed out of character for these clubs. Otherwise, these were excellent clubs that I would not hesitate to put in the bag. Gorgeous to look at and great fun to play. Exactly what you would expect from a mizuno.

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jeacul December 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

Another gr8 Golf Spy review…although I don’t play the 59′s…(20 index) I became a “Mizuno Man” last year when I purchased the MX1000 irons. Take it from a “geeze”…these are flat out the best & easiest to hit irons I’ve ever owned ( Adams & Callaway) previously.

Unless you’re going the “Miura” (my dream club) route….it just doesn’t get any better than the Mizuno lineup !!!!

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Glenn D May 22, 2012 at 3:39 am

Mate I play off 19-20 with mp59 ns pro 750 and can tell you I hit the ball better than any GI iron,they make you feel more confident and so good to look at on address,go get measured up,the other thing is I play 5i to PW so I’m not hitting 2-4i ,I carry 2 hybrids and driver,perfect set up.

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Garry December 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I play the MP-59 with KBS Tour Stiff shafts. Excellant player iron. I find them easy to control the trajectory & shaping the ball. Super feel. You know where you are hitting the ball on the face for instant feedback. A player can’t go wrong with a set ot MP-59… The player that can’t quite handle the 59′s.. lOOk at the Mizuno JPX-800 Pros.. another sweet set of sticks Mizuno has out.

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James December 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Anyone able to comment on forgiveness comparison of mp32 v mp59 v mp53? How much a difference if any between 32s and 59s. I have played mp32 for about 4 years and they are very worn. I can’t decide between the 59s and 53s.

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Jordan December 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I use to play the 53′s, but I would choose the 59′s any day over the 53′s. Mark Crossfield has a different opinion though, http://youtu.be/3qkbxW8SiHA.

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stevenhw8 December 23, 2011 at 1:23 am

Why? What’s your index?

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Jordan December 23, 2011 at 6:43 am

15,

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Jordan December 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

But I like the looks of the 59′s over the 53′s. Thinner top line, slightly more blade like, and slightly different sound. IMO iron play is one of the most rewarding in golf, if not the most rewarding. Hitting knock down shots is second to none. Simply put, the 59′s offer more assurance IMHO!

kevin jones December 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Stunning looking clubs,when swung felt ballanced like no other club i’ve tried loads of other clubs theres no going away from muzuno now.

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Jordan December 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Why don’t you play Mizuno irons, is there something wrong with you? No, I play Miura’s, but Mizuno is the only other iron I’d play.

Would you seriously consider replacing your current gamers with the Mizuno MP-59s? Yes, I’m that guy.

When you hear the name Mizuno what comes to mind? Running shoes.

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Brian Cass December 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I’ve hit the Miura 501 CB and the 301 CB and I have to tell you, I prefer the MP63…flat out the best feeling iron I’ve ever hit (I currently hit the Cobra S3 Pro CB because it’s a darn solid club and less offset than any other forged CB out there with the exception of the Wilson V2 coming out…the Wilson has next to no offset for a forged cavity and the least of ANY OEM).

To me the Titleist 710 CB and the Mizzy MP63 feel softer than Miura. Such a joke that Miura wont’ tell you what metal they use in the forging process….all a part of their smoke and mirrors routine so they can charge you stupid amounts of money. Mizuno, Titleist, Wilson…they all tell you what type of metal is used 25C, 1025, 1025E, 1020 etc. Miura says their forging process is the best with no voids or air pockets in the steel. I think it’s all BS and that it’s just a way for them to bend over the American market as the Japanese market has likely figured this out already. MANY clubs forged or cast feel as good or better than Miuras when you pure a ball…period (some will obviously disagree). Few clubs LOOK as nice as a Miura…that I’ll give you. When was the last time you paid out your ying yang for something and the manufacturer had the balls (or rocketballz) not to tell you what it was made out of???? I call it the mystery of Miura…good enough for KJ Choi and Nick Price….but that’s about it on tour…and it’s NOT because they don’t pay their players….they are simply NOT far better clubs than our dom0estic OEM’s offerings….period.

Why pay $225.00 per golf club (for me $1,350.00 for 4-9 iron) when I can pay less than $700.00 for Wilson V2 or even less than that for 710 CB’s/Cobra S3 CB’s/MP63′s?????? So I can own Miura’s before I die??? No thanks….not buying the Miura-san hype.

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Jordan December 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

They use 1025, same as Mizuno. The feel of the Miura is an acquired taste, similar to the taste of beer, you have to have a good round to truly appreciate it. The quality is hands down the best, the consistency is hands down the best. Your right, I don’t have what the pro’s play, I have something better! I will admit that I am partial to Mizuno though, they were my first forged iron, and that will always have a special mental hold on me.

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GolfSpy T December 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

Brian – With Miura I don’t think anyone would argue there’s a huge performance gap. What impresses me most is that Miura delivers on spec…always. A good builder can get any set of quality irons to spec (or close), but off the rack, it simple doesn’t happen. KJ Choi and Nick Price play them because it is their preference, but I do believe Miura starts with a higher quality component. Bigger OEMs have contracted Miura to make irons for their tour pros. Retief Goosen is confirmed to have won a US Open with Miura, and while Miura won’t comment about it, there is strong evidence to suggest that Tiger Woods at one time played with Miura forged clubs. TaylorMade even contracted then them to forge their 300 series irons. One has to wonder why companies already know for producing quality product would look to Miura unless there was something distinctly special about Miura-San’s product.

That said…for several hundred dollar less you can get yourself an absolutely brilliant set of irons. And cards on the table…if I didn’t have a set of irons 100% built from me from toe to grip, the 59s would be in my bag (at least until the 64s come out).

Regarding feel Miura vs. Mizuno vs…. I’m inclined to agree with Jordan. Mizuno offers the softer forging (soft butter). Miura is more like refrigerated butter (very similar to AP2/710s), I suppose.

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

Oh God, here we go again…Golf Clubs Cost vs. Value, Part III…T, good butter analogy…Fairways & Greens 4ever…

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm

FWIW, along with the pros that you all have mentioned as playing Miura, two other pros played them in winning the Masters, Ian Woosnam in 1991 & Jose Maria Olazabal in 1994…Regarding TW/Miura, yes, Miura did in fact manufacture irons for Tiger/Titleist in a Limited Edition…Titleist brought its own dies & design and Miura’s contribution was its 14 step manufacturing process, much of which is unique & proprietary…This can be verified on Miura’s site…It’s obvious that Katsuhiro Miura does not believe in the “buy a bag” strategy so widely used on the pro tours..His simple response to Miura’s lack of heavy marketing & virtually non-existent tour(s) presence was a simple “The good players will find us”..As I’ve said in other posts, I wouldn’t be so quick to judge a company’s quality because they choose not to “buy a bag(s)”…With Miura’s target market, this would be a waste of good dollars..Dollars that could be better spent on product development & manufacturing…Just as most people can’t afford to spend $100K+ for an automobile, they can’t spend $225($1500-2000/set) for irons…So, it’s easier to attack the product…Are Miura irons worth $225/club & $1500-2000/set?…Obviously they are or they wouldn’t be in business..Nuff said…Have a safe, healthy & prosperous New Years…Fairways & Greens 4ever…..

Richard P. Jacobs II December 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

To read more about Miura & also their working with Tiger, go to http://www.torquegolf.com & click on the first box that says Miura Forged & has a picture of Katsuhiro Miura in his work apron in upper left hand corner..interesting read…Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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Jordan December 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Good info!

Brian Cass December 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I love the attention Mizuno pays to the sole grinds on the MP59, 63′s and 69′s. No other OEM really does that, they all have very bland looking soles with essentially zero grind work/relief.

Mizuno looks at every angle and they deserve props for that…a very blade like sole for a player’s CB which I really like.

I agree with golf spy that Mizuno really should be seen in more bags of single digits…”trouble” is that Titleist is such a solid club as well and is so entrenched in the domestic market with junior and college players/marketing etc.

If you compare a 710 CB with let’s say Luke Donald’s former club the MP 62, you’re looking at very small differences and nearly identical golf clubs in a lot of areas. Both feel great with Mizuno maybe slightly more buttery to me.

Good enough for Luke Donald…nuff said. Impressed that he has shifted to the MP59…after a year like that, who the hell switches irons?

Getting a V2 Wilson 6 iron in the mail from a Wilson rep…cannot wait to hit that sucker to see if it stacks up against MP63/710 CB/Cobra S3 CB. I have a feeling I’m going to be dropping some coin on them.

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GolfSpy T December 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

Brian – Outstanding point about the sole grind. Nobody gives it the attention that Mizuno does, and while most probably play nearly ever iron shot straight up, Mizuno gives you a ton of versatility to play whatever shot the situation calls for.

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

Brian, great point regarding the sole grind…That was the big thing that I didn’t really care for with the Staff FG Tours…There was no bevel on the lead/trail edge..They adressed that with the V2s, though I still prefer Mizuno’s cut….Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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DANIEL STONE December 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

hi golf spy,

firtly apologies my caps key is playing up, hence everthing in lower case.

please give me your honest take on your 2 most recent iron tests. i’m in the market
for a new set of clubs. of the wilsons and the mizunos which ones do you prefer ???.
if this helps your answer i’m 66 play of a steady 14/16 h/cap. i did play the old wilson
fat shafts years ago and loved them. my first irons ever were mizunos. they were great.

also i would like your opinionon drivers. i’m a ping fan, but not palying them right now.
i just hit my friends g15, 30 yards past my own nike driver. not just once but 5 times.
so i was pretty impressed. but there is also a g20 on the market. how would you rate them
against each other. i can’t find any tests to compare them.

i would aprreaciate your reply.

keep up the good work.

rgds,

daniel stone.

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GolfSpy T December 23, 2011 at 6:26 am

Daniel,

We had 6 testers for the MP-59s and 5 of those same 6 for the Wilson review (unfortunately our senior tester wasn’t available when we tested those). Prior to the MP-59s, our senior tester had never played a set of forged irons. He came away very surprised not only be the outstanding feel, but the generally playability of the 59s (his index is similar to yours).

That said, I think it’s fair to say that some of our testers prefer the Wilson’s. The upside is that there’s absolutely no way you can go wrong with either set. If I had to play either set for the rest of my life, I’d be happy with either, but if you’re asking me personally, given the choice, my preference is for the 59s, though not by a huge margin.

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Tom Crisan December 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Last March 2011 I was torn between the Mizuno MP-53 and the JPX-800 Pro irons. In the end I purchased a set of custom fitted Mizuno JPX-800 Pro. Great irons, played well all season. But then I saw a preview of the new MP-59′s, I went back to my local pro “Tim Johnson” at Tam O’Shanter GC in western PA just before Thanksgiving and had Tim order the MP-59′s with the same specs as the JPX’s, I have played 9 times before winter set in and believe me these irons will never leave my bag. Absolutely the very best, good distance, good consistancy, very solid with excellent feel!!!! I encourage anyone who is in the market to take a serious hard look, hit a few shots and you won’t have to look any further. Make the switch you won’t regret it………..

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stevenhw8 December 23, 2011 at 1:28 am

What do you play off?
Why did you choose the JPX 800 Pro over the MP53?
I’m facing the same dilemma now, so any feedback is appreciated.

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Jordan December 23, 2011 at 7:04 am

I’ve been reading your posts, and sounds like you are really battling between the 53 vs 59. No one can decide that for you, hit em both. They are both great irons, I just prefer the 59 over the 53 (PERSONAL PREFERENCE). You really can’t go wrong with either. Which ever you have that mental attraction to, followed by good results to confirm that connection. Bada boom bada bing and you have your next iron.

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stevenhw8 December 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thanks for your input! Got my fitting booked for the end of January :D Can’t wait to try them both!

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Jordan December 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Let us know what you choose, and how it goes. Enjoy!

UgoDerosa December 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

I read another popular golf forum’s review of the MP59′s yesterday. Suffice it to say, MGS’s review made the other forum’s review read like a 20 second “sound bite” infomercial. So bad was the other forum’s review, that I don’t think I will bother surfing that site in the future (think Golf Digest Annual Equipment Review- but a more watered down lite version).

Again, kudos to MGS for the best, most informative and unbiased reviews on the ‘net.

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Jordan December 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

I second that, MGS is on point when it comes to reviews. I assembled my entire bag with the help of MGS. In fact I was waiting on the MP 59 review to post before I pulled the trigger, BRAVO ZULU MGS!

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UgoDerosa December 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

Oh, and the other site was not ‘wrx…

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Dan m. December 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hey what is the difference between the 50′s series and 60′s series.

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UgoDerosa December 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

In general terms, the difference is just a diminishing set of game improvement enhancements to the club model in question, with the 50 series being easier to launch and being more forgiving than the 60 series counterparts. Wider soles, more offset, lower center of gravity, more perimeter weighting in the 50 series as compared to the 60 series. So the 50 series will, for the majority of golfers, be easier to hit than the 60 series. These differences are all relative however. The 50 series are not game improvement clubs per se. The 50 series are still for more accomplished players/swings. The MX and JPX series are the game improvement models.

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Dan m. December 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Thanks

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JGolf December 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Can anyone compare the 52 to the 53 and/or 59?

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

The 52s were Mizuno’s initial foray into the “forgivable” player’s iron market…As is usually the case with 1st/2nd generation products, the MP-53s are more refined, though if the price is right, the 52s are a great club in their own right…In a nutshell, the 53s are more forgivable than either the MP-58s or MP-59s..With the 53s, 3-7i have a milled “pocket” cavity, with the 8-PW being their diamond cut muscle split cavity…This design gives you a lower center of gravity so you should theoretically get the ball up easier with the 53s & that peripheral weight helps if you don’t hit the ball center strike..They have the largest MOI(moment of inertia) of any MP iron, including the MP-59s..In a nutshell, this makes them the most forgiving MP iron that Mizuno has ever manufactured…Although the lofts are identical with the 53s & 59s, the offset is less on the 59s from the 7-9i…Theoretically this means that getting the ball airborne relys more on you than the club, with the 53s giving you more help than than the 59s..I found the feel of the 59s to be similar to what I was getting with the 63s/68s(split set)..I hit the 53s about 1/2 club further, which I attribute to the pocket cavity & lower cog..Where the separation occured with me was on feel..Unlike alot of these guys, I can’t tell butter from margerine, though I could “feel” the difference between the 53s & the 59s, with my preference being the 59s..That said, my father, who plays to an 8, thought the 53s felt better so go figure..In the end, it’s a balance between forgiveness vs. feel..You can’t go wrong with either club..The best to ya…Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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warren December 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I am a 12 handicap, really don’t know if I should buy the 59′s or 69′s. Any comments on choice?

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Jordan December 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Not a big fan of combo sets, but 59/69 combo makes sense.

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Go with the 59s….Fairways & Greens 4ever……

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Ryan December 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm

With a 5 iron, around 105 and I hit it extremely high. My last set was the Callaway x22 tour with the project x 6.5 flighted shafts. I wanted to get back to a more traditional club. Before the callaway’s I had taylormade 300′s and then RAC MB’s.

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Clint December 25, 2011 at 3:31 am

I play mp62′s with project x 6.5 tipped .5″. We have the same club speed. I hit a pretty high draw and need a little help from equipment to lower flight. I tested the mp59′s with KBS tours X flex and averaged around 28º launch angle with a 6 iron.

Did you see a decrease in height with your new set? your observation hitting off grass or range mats?

Thank you so much.

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jerry foley December 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Ive been playing Zunos for ever and just cant find a replacement set. Once you find something and it performs why change? My combo set (30/32) has Rifle shafts which contribute to the look and feel as well. I never try to convince others to play Mizuno but quite a few players I know have switched and they seem to stay with them. I would say that better players seem to really like Mizuno and the funny thing is they all play different drivers so it is not a brand thing. About half play Mizuno wedges and half others. This is purely anecdotal but my conclusion from pure observation is Mizuno irons are a definite choice for low handicappers and it is more of a performance issue because if it were just a brand image thing those players would also play their wedges and drivers as well. Every year I do a Demo Day or two and hit most of the various brands. I always wind up back at the Mizuno tent for irons and the Callaway tent for drivers.

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Dave December 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

Merry Christmas-Hi I am 10 years old and play off 22 would you recommend these irons to me.

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Richard P. Jacobs II December 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Merry Christmas Dave & a happy & healthy New Year to ya…You might want to hit the Mizuno JPX-800s or 800 Pros…Both will give you more help in getting the ball up & out as you grow & develop a higher swing speed..The 800 Pros have a more refined look & are forged though the 800s(cast) are a nice looking cub also & will definately help your game…Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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Ryan December 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

Clint, I hit them off grass, not a mat. Example, my 5iron was always extremely high and about 200 with my last set. Now it just bores through the air. The flight is much more penetrating and was around 215. I can’t give you exact launch conditions, have not been on a monitor with these yet. I can tell you that I was extremely happy with flight, definitely was not a high floater.

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Clint December 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

That’s great news Ryan. Thanks again.

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Rawtman January 4, 2012 at 3:45 am

First set of Mizzy mp59 ,playing from 18 to 21 handicap and absolutely luv them. They are pretty forgiving unless you totally miss it.got mine 1deg flat with Nippon ns pro 950 Stiff ,sensational feel sound and distance

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Rich January 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

I currently have r9tp irons, but am interested in the mp 59′s. Has anyone played with both and can they provide a comparison in terms of distance, forgiveness (heel hits, toe hits, thin hits, etc.), and consistency?

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Philly February 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I play to a 6 and currently play MP 57 straight off the rack. I want to get a set of 59′s… Do you recommend I get custom fit. I only ask because I play well with the stock clubs that I have but always hear people talk about the importance of getting fitted… Any suggestions? Much appreciated!

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Ejmick March 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

Fitting is essential. Just correctly tweaking the lie up or down 1-2 degrees can vastly improve your fairways/greens hit. So many variables make a huge difference. Then there’s the process of trying different shafts—that’s an amazing eye-opener. And changing from the old standby Dynamic Gold to the correct KBS can change your life. If you’re in Philly, try the guys at Golfsmith in Willow Grove—great staff and facilities.

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Dace February 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

Hi, using a set of TP19 … still ..
Thinking of MP 59…are they worth the change?
Play off 5 .
National Fitting center a must?

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J Croz February 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

hello fellow golf addicts!

I’m struggling with my next purchase as well. I’m considering the jpxpro,mp53,mp59 (and god for bid the ap2 712) I probably need to just pull the trigger and enjoy whatever I get…

I’m currently hitting the mp-57. I have a 7.2 index now, was as low as a 5 last season. the 57′s are my 2nd set of clubs ever. I really learned to love the game of golf with the mp57′s and feel like mizuno can be my only choice for my next set. I started with the cobra SSI. I purchased both sets based on looks. with the 57′s I wanted to make my swing/game fit the club, not vice versa. I’m hoping to continue the improvement trend, and move my index to a 3 this season. I want a club that is at least as forgiving as the mp57, or better yet, more forgiving (don’t want to go the opposite direction) after watching Mark Crossline I thought the mp53 might be the better club for me. I also got a little spooked based on the “NOT” comment in the equipment issue of golf digest for the MP59 suggesting that several irons in the “players” category were more forgiving.

I guess I’m wondering if anyone can comment on the mp59′s forgiveness compared to the MP57. not sure that is possible…..

thanks again for the great review and follow up posts.. you have given me lots to think about!

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UgoDerosa February 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My thoughts on the comparison of the forgiveness between the 57′s and 59′s: I own the 59′s with DGS300, but my playing partner has the 57′s shafted with Tour Concept S3. I have hit his 57′s quite a bit at the outdoor range, and on a few holes. I don’t have alot of time yet with my 59′s. With that as background, I believe the 57′s are just a touch more forgiving than the 59′s. 59′s have decent forgiveness for a player’s CB though. It sounds like 53′s may be the call for you if you want to move to a bit more forgiving club. Just my two cents, others may have other thoughts or opinions. Can’t go wrong with 53′s or 59′s.

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UgoDerosa February 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I just posted in the Adams MB2 comments section on this site, but thought I would post here as well. I am an iron ‘ho and right now have the MB2′s, MP59′s, MP32′s and A12Pro’s.

I have been playing the MB2′s since last summer. I still LOVE the MB2′s, and continue to believe they are the best irons on the planet. However, the MP59′s may give them a run for the money this spring. I bought the MP59′s late in the season and don’t have nearly as much time as I do with the MB2′s, but I have been hitting the MP59′s at the driving range (heated, outdoor range) and some rounds as well.

For now, the MB2′s stand at the top of the mountain for me. This could be a very close race though once warmer weather returns. I am extremely impressed with the feel of the 59′s, but what I like best is the sole grind. The 59′s have outstanding turf interaction for me.

Cheers

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J Croz February 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

thanks for the response…

I might wait until I can hit both clubs outside. hitting inside doesn’t give me a ton of feedback… the 53′s had a slightly higher launch angle over the 59′s, but nothing significant. I tend to hit the ball low anyway, but I think I prefer a little lower ball flight. (i’m currently hitting project x shaft, I might go to KBS tour if I want to get a little more height that way)

anyway, I love my mp57s from 7iron up. they are consistent and workable and I don’t need any help. I think I could handle blades from 7 to PW. However, When my game is not on, I struggle with the 4 and 5 iron regularly and the 6 is only okay. who knows, that might be true regardless of what club I play. Mark Crossfield compared the two clubs and made it sound like the 53 would help in the longer irons with a little extra launch and keep the yardage gaps consistent. I prefer a shaft a little on the stiff side for me when it comes to the scoring clubs, but I think it might hurt me in the longer irons. I think I would fair better in the 4 and 5 with a little more flex. that could be more of a problem for me than which club head I play….

oh well, just glad the only thing I’m really worried about right now is which clubs I will start the season with! another month and I’m playing golf!!!

if I base the decision on looks alone, the 59′s win for sure.

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J Croz March 3, 2012 at 6:54 am

well, I had a fitting at local golf tec last night by the national mizuno rep. He recommended either a full set of mp 59′s, or if I want a little more forgiveness in the 4 and 5 iron, play the mp 53 in those and the 59′s the rest of the way up the bag. I hadn’t thought of a combo set with 53′s and 59′s…

this was second time on the shaft optimizer in a month. slightly different results. last night the guy suggested the DG xp x100 soft stepped. I was a little surprised. I did hit it great the three or four swings I had with hit. I’ve played the project x 6.0 for 5 years. this seems like a big change… maybe it isn’t. the second option was the project x 6.0 with the KBS tour x stiff soft stepped #3.

now the shaft choice has me concerned. not sure if I just place the order or wait until I get outside with different shafts again…

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Twopiece March 6, 2012 at 4:25 am

I’ve demoed the mp-53 extensively and am about to pull the trigger on them. I strike them well and can send them left and right decently. The 59 also catch my eye but I’m not sure about my ability to strike them. Primary aim of moving from MX irons to MP irons is to improve ball striking to Luke Donald standards.

Am I being silly by considering the MP53 in 5.6.7 and MP59 in 8.9.PW? I really like the MP53 cavity design, but am not sure if there is any benefit in doing a 53/59 combo like this. Will the difference in feel between the irons do me harm? Anyone that has combo-ed these irons?

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J Croz March 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I decided against doing a combo with the 53/59′s. went with 59′s from 4 to pw. I stuck with project x 6.0, but soft stepped it once just to try and get a little more launch in long clubs. hopefully I don’t really notice much of a difference. playing great right now with the 6.0′s in my mp57′s.

can’t wait for that mizuno box to show up. got a new gap wedge too!!!!

thanks for all the help everybody…

i’ll let you know how the first round goes.

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Ejmick March 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

I’m a 53-year old 14 who has fallen hard for the 59′s with soft-stepped stiff KBS Tours. Also really like the new Ping i20′s. Results in a very good simulator have favored the 59′s, although the i20′s could care less if I made a poor swing. I realize these are very different irons and I’m wondering if I should opt for the forgiving i20′s at this point in my career? Anyone compared these outside in real conditions?

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Jordan March 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Ejmick,
That’s a tough selection there! The i20′s and mp 59′s are the only clubs to have come close to taking out my cb 501′s. It depends on what your trying to get out of the club, forgiveness=i20, playability=59, durability=i20, feel=59. Both are above par in what they are designed to do. But I’d suppose that if I had the extra loot, I’d get both, only to probably continue to game my 501′s. Both sets have a win on tour (Wilson and Donald). Sounds like your still quite capable of gaming the lesser club here, so go with what looks, feels, performs best for you. Im sure they will be enjoyed either way.

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Ejmick March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Jordan, thanks for all your input. Just returned from my last fitting session and went for the i20′s. Although I loved the feel of the 59′s, the i20′s were certainly the best feeling cast club I’ve ever tried and I was amazed with the results I was getting from them. Will post again once I’ve got a few rounds logged; thanks again!

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Jordan March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Ejmick,
Indeed! Did you stick with the kbs shaft in your new i20′s? Do let us know how that combo performs for you. You made a wise choice, and I feel they will exceed your expectations. I’ll agree with you on the best feeling cast club. I’ve never cared too much for ping, but couldn’t resist the hype of the i20. Needless to say I was extremely impressed, a very unique set of clubs. Infact the entire i20 lineup is impressive, probably the best IMO this season (honorable mention for mp 650 line).

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Ejmick March 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Yes, including the soft-stepped KBS Tours was by far the easiest choice I had to make. At the same time, however, those shafts made the overall selection process much more difficult. The reason for this is that every time I substituted any maker’s stock shaft for the KBS, I was amazed at the difference the KBS makes. Then it became a matter of splitting hairs over dispersion patterns and which clubs had the best misses; that last factor went to Ping so that was that. And I would add that although I believe Ping has improved their new stock shaft over the previous AWT, it still pales in comparison to the KBS; well worth the upgrade, in my opinion. Hope Ping is quick about shipping these out!

Ejmick March 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Prematurely hit the “submit” button; last message may have been confusing. I meant to say that “every time I substituted the KBS shaft for any maker’s stock shaft” I was amazed at the difference KBS makes…

J Croz March 14, 2012 at 6:41 am

so, after two trips to the range and one round with the new mp 59′s, here is what I can say. First, like everything else Mizuno makes, they are nice clubs. slightly less forgiving than my old mp 57, but not enough to make a difference. when you consider workability and the sole grind, they are better sticks. I thought the mp 53′s were by far the most forgiving club in the mp line. I think if you aren’t below a 10, the help you get with the mp 53′s outweighs any workability you might get with the 59′s.

I prefer the feel of the mp 57′s over the mp 59′s. the mp 59′s are not as soft off the face and do have a little more of a clicky sound. it isn’t bad, it is just different. I think the mp 53′s are also closer to the mp 57′s in feel. (or may even feel softer) I guess if you haven’t played a mizuno club, the mp 59′s will be the best feeling club you have hit. just not exactly what I was expecting after 5 years with the 57′s. Distance seems similar, or perhaps a little longer than the 57′s. this is hard to judge as winds were 20-30 miles per hour each time I’ve hit them and I didn’t bring my laser. I’m also not sure, but I think the lofts on the 57′s are one degree weaker….

the biggest difference I’ve noticed is in the shaft. I didn’t think I would notice much with soft stepping the px6.0 one time. I do notice the club feels lighter and the ball is flying higher. I just need to get used to the difference. maybe in a couple months I will go back to my old shafts or look for something new….. I would strongly suggest everyone get a good fitting and take multiple swings with several shafts before making a decision. I think the shaft is more important than what club you end up with. (as long as you pick a mizuno!!!!)

thanks again for everyone who posted. have a good golf season!!!

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UgoDerosa March 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

One more follow-up post to my earlier post. The weather has been unseasonably warm so I have now been able to get some additional rounds in with the MP59′s. As mentioned in my earlier post, I have the MP59′s, Adams MB2′s and A12 Pro, and MP32 iron sets.

The MP59′s continue to impress me. Great turf interaction, terrific feel (albeit just a tad bit louder than other MP models), and strong performers. Having said that, the MB2′s are a better set (for me) in every category. Don’t shoot me, but I think the MB2′s feel better than the MP59′s. Also, the MB2′s have better turf interaction, are a touch easier for me to work the ball, and are easier for me to control overall. I am a mild digger (former life long sweeper) for what it is worth.

The MB2′s are the holy grail for me. Being a ho, I will continue to experiment with different iron sets but for the foreseeable future, it is the MB2′s for me, and it is not even close. Hand’s down, the MB2′s are absolutely the best iron set I have ever owned or hit.

One last comment on the 59′s: looks are deceiving. I see posts on other forums wherein people seem to complain about the feel of the 59′s. I suspect most of the people posting negative remarks about the feel of the 59′s are NOT hitting the sweet spot. The 59′s are a player’s CB. They are no more forgiving than the MP63′s. The should be compared to the Titleist CB’s, Cally X-Forged, Ping S-56 and other player’s CB’s. They should not be compared to AP2′s, i20′s, etc. which are semi-player’s irons with game improvement enhancements. Or, rather, one could compare them, but don’t be surprised if you don’t find the 59′s to be forgiving. If you are coming from AP2′s, or i20′s etc., you should be comparing those against the JPX 800 Pro (and perhaps the MP53), if you are trying to compare apples to apples.

Cheers

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Rob Birdienfool March 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Wow, I hit some mp59′s last weekend at Demo days and loved the 6 iron I was hitting. I currently play titleist Z Blends, Project X flighted 5.5′s, and am accustomed to a full muscleback in the 8-PW. How do you guys feel about the short irons in the MP59? Wouldnt you be missing a bit of feedback from not having a true muscleback in the short irons, or are the MP59s just so incredible that I dont need to do that. I’m a 5 handicap. Thanks in advance for the help!
I’ve always been a “Titleist” guy, but I think that era of my life is about to change !!!
Rob

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Jordan March 24, 2012 at 6:02 am

Hit the 69 alongside the 59, and you’ll have your answer.

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Julia May 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Great review, these irons seem really great and I look forward to trying them out. I am also very happy to try out the Wilson fg tour v2 irons. I was wondering which of theses two irons were more forgiving, the Wilson’s or the mizunos? I am a 5 handicap but am only 14 (girl) so I am not sure if I should take the more forgiving club because right now I own a set of nikes that are as forgiving as you can get. Thanks for the help, julia

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Johnson Hayes June 28, 2012 at 3:39 am

They look similar at address to my “old” Nakashima NP-1′s… I still think the NP-1′s have these covered in the looks department! (have played both and the difference in feel and playability was negligible… better to save my pennies and stick with what still works)

LOVE the always in-depth analyses by My Golf Spy, covering every element there is to cover… pleasure to read and dissect!

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Tiger Wu March 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm

A 2012 Golf Digest Hotlist Gold Award Winner and still 2013 Gold Award Winner, speak volume of MP59 feel, performance, look and quality! Enough said…

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Tom April 18, 2013 at 5:30 am

I have these irons also. I can just totally agree with you.
I still can’t believe why there are not more Mizuno iron players.
Because truly there isn’t a better players iron in the world.
The feel of these specific irons is just so sweet. I was fitted for the
KBS Tour C-tapper stiff+ shaft. Hell do they make a good match. 2degr. upright.

What i also think needs to be said is delivery time. After ordering them it took mizuno less then a week to get my specific order in the Netherlands and a week and 1 day to get them to the store. Pretty amazing, i carry Taylormade woods R11, also custom shafted, it took TM more than a month to deliver.

Can anyone tell me anything about Mizuno’s wedges?? thinking off ordering them also

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Robert Devino May 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Only one problem with the review. Labeling these irons as a cavity back is not accurate. It’s a tie muscle back. A cavity back iron doesn’t have anything behind a thin face. The great thing about the way this club is made is well one the grain forging. This creates a buttery feel. The heavy perimeter weighting which gives this club great forgiveness and last but not least is the Titanium muscle back giving this club a player’s club’s ability to work the ball! But it’s not a cavity back for sure even though it forgives like one!

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Tiger Wannabe August 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I am a 31 handicap, but the worst parts of my game are chipping, putting, and driving. The irons are far from perfect, but are the best part of my game, and I get the most joy from hitting sweet 8-PW shots to the pin from inside 125 yards (when they happen those shots just look and feel great and keep me coming back). I like ripping a drive 250 up the middle too (when that rarely happens), but there is less “magic” to that shot than sticking the pin with a short iron.

I have not had problems with trajectory, and contact is usually good. If anything, my 5-iron has a bit of a fade (that can become a slice on a really bad hit), and my 4-iron is very risky to play as it may slice some if trying to hit under the pressure of a round.

I was playing Mizuno MX-200s, which I very much liked, and are recommended for any golfer. They look quite thick still compared to the mp line, and I really wanted to get back to a thinner iron, as I like the look of them basically, and I started with an old set of hand-me-down Macgregor’s back in the day, so not afraid of blades, despite all the hype and snobbery about needing game-improvement irons if you have a high handicap.

They say MP 59 is for 13 handicap max, and MP 53 (now I suppose it will be 54) is easier to hit, so I wanted those, but could not get them.

I am in a town where trying the irons out before you buy is not possible, so I read reviews intently, and bought the 59′s, with the appropriate (Regular, SL dynamic gold shafts). I was afraid of the club heads would be too difficult to hit, and I was afraid I would not be able to launch with the SL dynamic gold shafts (they are supposed to be low trajectory, while my MX 200s had dynalites, which were high trajectory).

All fears unfounded — I was hitting the 5 iron extremely straight and long on the range, and could hit all other clubs fine as well (5 longest club in the set I bought). On the course, I screwed up some shots, but my setup, psychology, and swing was to blame not the irons! I was still able to stick a 9 iron on the green beside the pin from 120, and the trajectory had a better feel than my previous MX200s.

Irons feel excellent when you hit them really well, and feel okay when you hit them off. On the range, many were coming off the middle-toe area of the club (could tell from the location of the grass stains), but were none-the-less flying straight, and seeming to go a good long way. So if I can hit them, then any high-handicap who feels like irons are the favorite part of his/her game should give these a serious look too.

At least try them out if you can….

cheers, now to work down that handicap!

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Tom February 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm

After talking with a pro at my driving range I bought the 59′s replacing Callaway Razr X tours. I learned the game with Lynx Radius blades back in the 80′s & personally I can say this was the best move I have made in 20 years! My GIR improved almost immediately & striking a ball has never felt so good! I have honestly considered buying a 2nd & 3rd set to put up in case they were to stop making them some day! Enjoying the game more than ever! Thank you Mizuno!

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