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THE CLUB REPORT! – Mizuno MP-69 Irons

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:: A More Playable Blade

While we (im)patiently await the arrival of the latest round of irons from Mizuno; a lineup that includes the JPX-825 Series, the MP-64, and a brand new design, the MP-H4, we wanted to remind you about the latest “iconic Mizuno Muscle Back iron“. The MP-69 was released about this time last year, and will remain the current model at the top of Mizuno’s lineup for at least another season.

The MP-69 is the first Mizuno iron to feature 4D Muscle Design. 4D is a “strategic weighting system” that allows Mizuno engineers to maintain the perfect center of gravity in each clubhead. As is almost always the case with the latest and greatest, 4D helps deliver “unmatched ball and trajectory control”.

What this all boils down to is a serious effort by Mizuno to produce, what I suppose you call, a more playable blade. While the pursuit, and possibly the achievement, of perfection is admirable, as you’ll see, 4D Technology has some visual implications that may not appeal to the really serious golfer looking for a really serious muscle back.

Mizuno MP-69 Closeup

Stock Shaft: TrueTemper Dynamic Gold S300
Stock Grip: Mizuno/Golf Pride MP-21 Round

As you can see from the table above, the MP-69s are not available in a left-handed model. These type of things almost always boil down to supply and demand, and in this case, nature hasn’t supplied enough left-handed golfers to demand Mizuno produce the MP-69s for them. Sorry guys. It it is, as we say, what it is.

:: Key Differences (from the MP-68)

One of the things our readers always ask is “how exactly is the new(er) model different from the old one. We took the question to Mizuno, and here’s what they told us:

  • More mass behind the impact area throughout the set, which provides a more solid feel.
  • Tour inspired sole grind for more versatility without negatively impacting bounce
  • 4D Muscle which optimizes the size, shape, and thickness distribution of the Muscle pad throughout the set for easier launching long irons and penetrating workable short irons. (more on this in a bit)

:: Target Golfer Handicap

+6 to 7

*Truth be told a +6 handicap is probably going to break 80 with a bag full of croquet mallets and those inverted candy cane things they play field hockey with. So take the listed range as Mizuno’s way of telling you that to get the best results out of the MP-69 you’d better be a damn good ball striker.

:: Looks

From a purely aesthetic perspective, there is very little, if anything not to love about the Mizuno MP-69 muscle back. Unlike some other blade styles on the market today, the lines on the MP-69 are soft, and flow perfectly. There’s not a single harsh edge anywhere in the set. The slight depression where Mizuno is stamped, a signature of Mizuno’s blades, adds a little definition to an already stunning muscle back design.

If there’s a knock visually it’s the super-high glare chrome finish Mizuno elected to use. In the right (or wrong) light, it can be almost blinding. I would much prefer they finished them in the same black nickel they use on some of their wedges, and frankly, I don’t think I’m alone.

Finish aside, the long irons in particular are Kate Upton in lingerie ; drop dead sexy.

Somewhere along the way (to my eye it’s the transition between the 6 iron and the 7 iron), the set, literally, begins to take on an entire new shape. As part of the 4D design – as the irons grow in length and loft – the head gets larger, and the shape takes on a more rounded appearance.

Now Mizuno engineers are pretty smart guys, but they’re likely not men of whimsy, so you can bet the progressive design of the MP-69 wasn’t done just for the hell of it. The primary feature of the design is that allows for a thinner muscle towards the top of the long irons (lower COG, aids in higher launch, etc.), and thicker muscle on the top of the short irons (higher COG, increased feel, and control).

From a technical standpoint the design accomplishes exactly what it’s supposed to do, however, it comes at a price. As I mentioned, the shape change is fairly dramatic as the set progresses from long irons to short. The result is, to my eye anyway, long irons that look like classic blades, paired with larger, more rounded short iron heads that closely resemble Mizuno’s wedge lineup.

Don’t get me wrong, the transition is subtle from iron to iron, but when you’re holding the 3-iron next to the PW in isolation, the difference is fairly dramatic.

As one of our testers said to me, “If you can hit this [4-iron], why would you want something like this [PW]“?

Ultimately, I do believe the guys at Mizuno know what they’re doing, but 4D as a key design element might leave some purists shaking their heads.

Mizuno MP-69 PW vs. 3-iron

:: Sound and Feel

There are probably a few of you out there who don’t by into Mizuno’s whole Sound of Feel, Harmonic Impact Tuning thing. You’ll tell me it’s all marketing, steel is steel, and that all irons basically feel (and sound) the same.

Now absolutely golfers will believe whatever they want to believe. We see it every day. It’s this unwavering belief in what we want to be true (rather than what is true) that explains why the average golfer thinks he averages 250 yards with his driver, when in reality the actual average golfer’s average drive is probably closer to 220.

Of course, we’re talking about Mizuno MP-69 irons here, and well, the feel they produce is not average…it’s exceptional (see what I did there?). Now certainly what constitutes best is open for discussion, but if you’re looking for buttery soft, welcome to the Land O’ Lakes; the search begins and ends with Mizuno.

The MP-69s I tested were no different in that respect, and that’s exceptional considering my sample set was outfitted with Project X 6.0 shafts (not exactly the I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter of golf shafts). The good news is that in addition to tried and true DynamicGold shafts, Mizuno now offers both KBS Tour and KBS C-Tapes, so assuming they’re a good fit for you, you can probably squeeze even more feel (nebulous a concept as it may be) out of them.

As with any true blade, mis-hits, particularly those low on the face, or out on the toe, can be downright punishing (distance, yes…but I’m talking about physically punishing). The toe…a groove low…it hurts. Better golfers call that feedback. Some of us call it pain.

Balls struck high on the face are noticeably softer, though not as sweet as perfectly centered contact, and given the choice, I’d rather miss it high than anywhere else on the face.

Mizuno MP-69 6-iron

:: Performance

I spent an exceptional amount of time with the MP-69 trying to convince myself that anybody can hit blades. It’s a good story, and while I consistently hit them (the iron always makes contact with the ball), not surprisingly I didn’t always hit them well.

Look, blades…even most well-designed, optimized every which way blades are less forgiving that cavity backs, and super game improvement irons. There’s a reason why guys like Luke Donald play variations of what we call Player’s Cavity Backs like the MP-59, and now the MP-64. The margin for error here is tight, and missing on any part of the club face is going to cost you pronounced distance.

If on a Sunday afternoon the cost of coming up short on an iron shot is a golf ball and a stroke, it ain’t no thing. If, however, the cost is a couple hundred grand and noticeably fewer FedEx points, well…then perhaps playing something that lets you get away with a bit more might make sense. The best players in the world aren’t perfect. Even Luke Donald misses from time to time.

Despite what we’ve been lead to believe, shaping shots is a matter of physics, and gear affect not withstanding, absolutely it is as possible to do it with game-improvement irons as it is with blades. GI designs aren’t what they are necessarily to limit shot shaping, they’re designed to limit accidental shot shaping, which is an entirely different animal (like a duck hook).

That said, if you’re looking for a club that allows you to move the ball right to left, or left to right to varying degrees, the MP-69 can absolutely get the job done. I had absolutely no trouble moving the ball in either direction, and varying the trajectory with the MP-69s.

Again, I didn’t always get the exact results I wanted, but the limiting factor here is ball striking ability, not the irons. Did I mention the MP-69 is a ball-striker’s iron? Almost goes without saying, doesn’t it?

Mizuno MP-69 Muscleback

:: The Takeaway

While I don’t believe handicap always makes for a great fitting tool, when considering the MP-69s you really have to be honest with yourself about your ball striking ability. The MP-69 isn’t an iron for the average ball striker. It’s probably not even an iron for a very good ball striker. Exceptional ball strikers looking for an exceptional beautiful iron that offers exceptional feel, well…the MP-69 is for you.

More than anyone else perhaps, the MP-69 is for the guy who wants to play blades because he simply loves a compact head, clean lines, and the feel that can only come from a muscleback.

As a 12 handicap, I won’t tell you the MP-69s are in my bag, and truthfully, most of my lower single digit handicap friends keep more forgiving irons in their bags too. Now if you’re considering a combo set (something Mizuno makes incredibly easy to put together) then it’s not out of the realm of reason to think that most mid-high single digit handicap golfers (and even some low two digit handicap golfers) could successfully replace their short irons with MP-69s. Paired with the new MP-64 or the JPX-825 Pros, ummm…so damn tempting.

What I love most about the MP-69 irons is that they provide a subtle reminder that golf is a beautiful game and it’s supposed to be fun.

The Good

  • One of a dwindling number of true musclebacks still being produced by a major golf club manufacturer
  • Offers the buttery soft feel we’ve come to expect from Mizuno
  • Beautifully classic blade design, particularly in the longer irons
  • Generally sexy (like Kate Upton…I think we covered this already)

The Bad

  • Progressive muscle design lacks continuity of shape, and results in short irons that don’t quite look like blades at address
  • High-glare chrome finish
  • Like most blades, the margin for error is small, and misses result in noticeable distance loss, and potentially, stiff penalties

:: MP-69 Product Video

:: Mizuno MP-69 Photo Gallery

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Rev Kev September 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

You’re mocking me with this review, aren’t you! I’m trying to not think about Mizuno or say about nine other golf related companies and you had to publish this one today.

Tanks for nottin Danny!!!!!! (I actually went to high school with the girl who said that line in the move – she was in animal house too – I don’t which was her best performance, one of those rolls or Guys and Dolls Junior Year.)

I love you guys – as always great stuff. And I’m guessing you did this on purpose just for all of us who are in the contest finals. You’re the best.

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Bubba G September 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

I hit them at a golf store in the demo room and they feel like a hot knife through butter.

I’m still playing the MP33′s because I’m frugal like that and I just might have to rationalize buying a set of these because they are sweet.

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BK in Wisconsin September 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

WOW….those are pretty…..but the 2-tone face….not so much.

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GolfSpy T September 6, 2012 at 8:15 am

The matte finish on the face helps kill some of the glare. Definitely necessary considering the way the rest of the club is finished.

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Tim September 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

OK where’s my demo set? They sure look sweet! But I guess I’m just a little biased to blades!

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Jerry Foley September 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

I suspect Mizuno’s design is a result of many customers buying “blended” sets of their great clubs. I can’t tell you how old my MP30/MP33″s are but I just can’t replace them as I hit them straight and can shape almost any shot with them. As I have aged I have found that I have lost distance since the shafts are 6.0 Rifle’s and are way too stiff for my swing speed but the upside is the stiffness contributes to even straighter ballflight. Many Mizuno fans I am told buy blended sets and perhaps the factory just decided to put a more engineered blended set together? And the argument over “game improvement” vs “blade” will always be with us I’m afraid. The argument goes like this; “blades are harder to hit but when hit correctly produce a better ballflight. Game improvement irons are easier to hit but don’t offer as much feedback and cannot shape a shot as well”. Just look at many of the swing devices on the market like the “Tour Striker” that are designed to “force” you to hit the ball more consistently on a precise sweet spot. This is the essence of blade design. Certainly if you demo a blade and you are not a great swinger “yet” you will have trouble consistently hitting shots and will tell yourself “these are not for me”. No one picks up blades and hits them well initially. You have to “learn” and the learning happens with practice and good feedback. I contend that cavity backs only prolong the learning process not shorten it. I am 65 and remember growing up hitting balls in my backyard with antique clubs my Mom had from her youth. “Talk about BLADES”! If you didn’t hit them right your hands stung with pain. Now that’s one way to learn.

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stevenhw8 September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

Sorry, I had to Google Kate Upton :)

OK, now I agree.

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Scott M September 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

I tried not to look at these when they first came out, since I had just bought the MP-68′s less than a year before and did not want to have a reason to change. I really do love my MP-68′s and the only drawback that I see is as statedin the article, they are really polished and I have been blided by the reflection off the toe of the club once or twice.

It looks like they also changed to stronger lofts from the 6 iron to PW with a 5 degree gap between the 5 and 6 versus a 4 degree change eveerywhere else. Seems like that would make a range gap to me.

I still have not played any iron that has a better feel on a well struck shot than the Mizuno MP-68′s, but they do punish you on a mis-hit. It is actually painful on a thin hit. Instant Feedback ;) that gets your attention.

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Barbajo September 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

“Mizuno engineers are pretty smart guys, but they’re likely not men of whimsy.” —

That’s the MGS line of the year right there!

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Rick Strohm September 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I personally love high bright finish chrome…the brighter the better!!!

I hate a dull black finish.

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joel goodman September 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I AM PLAYING MP68 MIZUNOS WITH NIPPON PRO 950 R SHAFTS. i AM 77 YEARS OLD AND INDEX CURRENTLY 5.9 ON GOLFNET (you can verify). THE RECENT MIZUNO BLADES-ANY NUMBER STYLE, ARE SO SUPERIOR TO ANYTHING I HAVE EVER PLAYED. YES, YOU HAVE TO HIT THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FACE, BUT IT REALLY ISN’T THAT TOUGH. THE FEW OFF CENTER HITS MAKE YOU PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND I THINK, MAKE YOU A BETTER PLAYER. DON’T BE AFRAID TO PLAY A REAL “PLAYERS IRON” THE REWARDS IN PERFORMANCE AND FEEL JUSTIFY THE FEW–”OH SHXTS”

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Andy Cleland September 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I have played these for the last 6 months. they are way better than my mp33′s no questions about it. they are a little softer, and the workability is awesome. there is no glare at all. In fact I have 3 black nickel vokey wedges that are the worst for glare. trust me these are the best mizuno irons you will ever hit!!

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Brian September 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

I’ve hit these and the 68′s and they are absolutely fantastic feeling golf clubs. I far prefer these to Miuras which to me feel firmer and not anywhere near as soft (to my hands). My question is why should I use these if Luke Donald, Jonathan Byrd and Charles Howell the III don’t. I think Overton may be the only Mizuno guy playing straight blades. Luke, Byrd and Howell are not big guys but they are world class ball strikers. The fact they don’t use these tells me I shouldn’t. Used to hit 300 range balls per week. Now lucky to hit 150. They are fantastic sticks, there is no arguing that. Mizuno created some artwork here.

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RP Jacobs II September 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

Excellent article, beautiful pictures…Though I’m reminded of Andy Warhol’s comment early in his career when he took pictures of models & beautiful actresses & someone commented on how stunning his pictures were, and how did he get those particular shots and he laughed & said, “It’s really quite simple, look who I’m taking pictures of..All I have to do is not screw it up”…

Anyway, great pics…Now the irons…Make no mistake, they are beautiful..Absotutely…Mizuno has never made a muscle-back that wasn’t..Ever…The question is, are they “better” than the 68s..Not…..Absolutely…First, and those that play MBs, please bear with me, however there is very little that can done from model to model that is really going to be a technological advancement…A muscle-back, and to use an over used cliche, is what it is…

That being said, it is much easier to screw up a great MB, than it is to improve it, especialy when you’re Mizuno, and you’ve flirted with perfection time & time again…A brief summary of those times:TP-9(early model), MP-14, TN-87(VERY Limited Edition), MP-33 & MP-68s…The 87s were designed by Tommy Nakijima in 1987..These are the irons that Faldo & Seve won their majors with from ’87-91…Not the 29s, which were the retail version of the 87s…I do not believe that a human can attain perfection, however the 87s were as close to nirvana as Mizuno has ever or will ever come..While I didn’t own a set(that’s a whole ‘nother story..lol), I did get to hit and play one for about a month…

The 14s & the 33s were the finest retail sets ever designed…Absolutely…The major theme in Mizuno’s design mision is that they will never release an iron unless it is an improvement over the iron it is to replace..Obviously, whether that is the case is open to conjecture & debate..However, after having played Mizzy MBs for the past 26+ years, I can say that the 68s are the best that Mizuno has to offer..They were a technologically superior next generation MP-33…

Designing an iron like the 68 brings with it a great burden..What next?…Not to get into the technical superiority of the 68s over the 69s, though I will touch on the main one for me, and one that was brought up above..Great find & summary, BTW..Only one who plays an MB or knows MBs inside & out would pick up on this..”This” is what I call “GI creep”..Especially in the scoring irons..It’s also visible in their new wedges, the 14s, and that’s why I’ll be staying withe 14s…

The 3-D technology was fantastic..It moved the “muscle pad” where it needed to be…The 4-D muscle pad?…More is not better..If you want that, go to the 53s, 59s, 64s or the H4s…No, Mizzy had a hell of a job in front of ‘em after the 68s…And don’t get me wrong…The 69s are a great iron..Unfortunately, for me, great is not good enough…Not after the MP-68s….

Again, great write-up & pics…For those new to MGS, this is what seperates them from the rest of the pack…..

Fairways & Greens 4ever…..

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RP Jacobs II September 7, 2012 at 7:29 am

I Meant to say that I’ll be staying with the MP-T11 wedges……

Fairways & Greens 4ever….

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Brian September 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

Charles Howell III hitting new 825 JPX pros 4-6 iron and MP 64′s (or 59′s) 7-9 I think.

If he took a pass on 69′s that tells me he wants something more forgiving or that gives him more elevation….or both.

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RP Jacobs II September 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

Brian, yea Howell III has a combo set consisting of the 825s & 59s…He grew up on Ping and said that while he loves the look of the 69s & 64s, he wants the forgiveness of the 825s & the 59s give him….

Fairways & Greens 4ever……

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Brian September 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

RP-pretty nuts that Chucky 3 sticks as good as he is, a world class golfer would pass on these but these guys obviously know through hours of testing that the 69′s just aren’t for them. I’m looking forward to hitting the 825 pros and 64′s. As for looks and feel, the 69′s can’t be beat in my opinion. 712mb’s and 710 mb’s are damn solid but these have more technology built in.

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RP Jacobs II September 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Brian, a lot of these younger guys started playing in the last 15-20 years, with Ping in the picture(Howell’s first set) and the other companies followed suite with a mid-high hdcper friendly iron…So, even though they moved away from them as they grew & improved, from a visual/mental standpoint, they can look down and see more metal and not be bothered…

When I picked up my first club in ’67, it was a Staff Dynapower blade..Though there were other companies, all that was offered wee muscle back blades…I went from the Dynapower to the Hogan Directors then the Staff FG17s then to Mizzy in ’86…Point is, all I’ve ever looked down at is a muscle back..So for me, it’s no big deal because that’s all I’ve know..

I mean, it took me a month to get used to the 63s, which I bagged for a coupple of months last year, and those are hardly shovels..lol..I tried the 800s, which are beautiful irons, and it just bothered the hell outa me..It’s me, it’s mental & I know I got issues…lol…

However, as long as I’ve got enough swing speed to get ‘em up, I’m gonna keep playin ‘em…

Plus, they are sooooooo damn purdy…..

Fairways & Greens 4ever…….

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finalist September 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Those look good. When I was building my Scratchs I spent a lot of time hitting everything available at retail, and I really enjoyed how KBS shafts and MPs pair together for a really good feel.

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Chris Gauss September 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

I have had these in my bag since late June and just love them. As a .something-1.something index most of the year I play a fair amount of decent but not great golf. I know there are other clubs out there I could hit higher and longer, but I have always liked “working” my way around a golf course. I’m a very creative feel type player and find the 69s match the way I see a golf course. If you are interested in a sledgehammer there are plenty out there, but these are definitely for the golfer who prefers an artist’s brush.

FYI I have played various iterations of Srixon CB forgings for last 5 years or so

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aubs October 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Great irons. More forgiveness than you would think for a blade on thin shots. Used to use Ping Eye 2 which were great but mp 69 are spectacular. If you are a good ball striker you will barely feel the ball off the club. Used to have a old set of blades growing up and these are much more forgiving considering they are a blade. A little intimidating at first but once I got used to them I will never go back!!! Tried the mp 59 as well as ap 2 and liked these better.

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Jim A November 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

All summer I’ve been rotating between the MP69, MP33s, Titleist 690s, and KZG ZOs. Each definitely has its own character, strengths, and weaknesses, though I tend to favor the 690s simply because I’m a picker/slider and, of the all the models, the low muscle of the 690 is the most forgiving on my thin misses. The MP33s never seemed to be generous enough in that regard. But I tended to play them in cooler temps because they have a superior feel in the cold.

So I picked up a set of MP69s hoping a progressive muscle with grain flow forging would address both issues. In terms of forgiveness on thin misses, it does, but not to the extent of the 690s. But the more I played the MP69s, the less I was missing it thin, and more confident I grew with them.

So my next point of comparison would come when the temps drop into the 40s. When they finally did, I began rotating between them at the range, iron for iron, and began carrying mixed sets out on the course.

What I discovered it this. First, there is no comparison between the MP33 and MP69. The MP69 is far and away superior feeling. Except for the Mizzy stamp, I wouldn’t even know they’re both GFF’d. In fact, it wouldn’t be unfair to say, by comparison, hitting the MP33s in the cold feel like I’m beating a brick with a broomstick.

Second, between all of the sets, the MP69 was the only one not to suffer a loss of distance when with all the others I was losing 5-8 yards. I always thought that’s just the way it is, but I was stunned to discover that all these years I’ve been losing distance in the cold when it isn’t necessary.

With superior feel and no loss of distance, the MP69s might become the only set I carry, in-season or out-of-season.

[For those of you who are curious, the shaft in all of my sets is the Dynalite XP S300 soft stepped.]

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james December 11, 2012 at 4:25 am

I have hit these several times and as I came through Mizuno MP33, MP60, MP63 and ??? then I spend 12 months in the wilderness, playing Adams MB2, Miura CB202, Adams CB1 and Adams CMB and my iron play went down the drain. I also had a set op Founders Club CB Tour that I used inbetween the MP33 and MP60″s the where great. So then I sold all the Adams and the second hand Miura CB202 (that I had Fitted with C Typre and then KBS our and the TTDG X100) and the Mizuno feeling was missing. and I bought a combo set Mizuno mp 64 4 to 7 and MP69 8 to PW with my Mizuno TP 11 wedges. It took me 2 weeks and I am back playing not only the best irons on the market but back to very strong iron play. I went for the MP69 in the short irons as they are more compact than the MP64 and back to TTDG S300. I play of a 3 index and is 52 yrs old. dont understand why Charles Howel 111 would play the setup he uses. all in the head..

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Jim A December 11, 2012 at 5:15 am

I’m sure CH3 doesn’t play the MP-69′s for the same reason L.D. doesn’t. And I wouldn’t be surprised if playing the JPX’s is specifically part of his sponsorship deal.

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GE January 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I have owned theses since May 2012 – and I will say this about my choice of buying mizuno blades (other than my cousin owning the mp 34s) in the first place – its because I wanted to get better and I had a tall order to fill – I was shooting rounds in the low 90′s last year and with a lot of practice and understanding the feedback my irons gave me I understood that I needed to put a good swing into action to produce crisp contact with the irons, when I didn’t I knew right away, I felt it – like you said feedback not pain. After understanding how to hit them I shot the best round of my life 79 and now shoot low 80s – sometimes ill shoot a low 90 but consistently they are in the 80s. This year I am looking to consistently play in the 70s. I will never move to a different iron, I also moved to their wedges which again are awesome. I play a titleist driver and 3/4 titleist hybrid the rest Mizuno. Well done Mizuno!

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David Gilmore March 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I live in Morocco (Australian but live here) and you just cannot buy good golf equipment here. I was in Ireland in November and determined to buy a set of muscle backs as where I play is very windy and I wanted that penetrating flight. I wanted a set of Titleist Mbs 712s but they were not available where I was so I bought the MP69s with the DG S300 shafts.

When I first started using them I thought I had made a mistake, not because the irons weren’t great, in fact I thought they were just too good for me, I hit the ball really well and play off 5 and would be much lower except I am a shocking putter (please god have some mercy on me on the greens!)

It has taken me months to get used to these irons, ( I work on rotation out of West Africa on a 6 week on (with no golf) 3 week off rotation so I am hot and cold with playing)

The lack of offset is tough to get used to especially on the long irons.

Like any muscleback, hitting it thin or off centre hurts, though not so much in distance as other musclebacks.

Now I am going to tell you why these are fantastic irons

For the first time in my life I picked up a set of clubs that were better than my ability. While I am no tour player the clubs that I have had have never challenged me. So when I bought these and started hitting them I thought I had made a huge mistake (they are not cheap)

I stuck at it and these clubs have forced me to get better. Yes I had to change my swing, (took me a while to figure out that my swing was not good enough for these clubs) but after a while I figured out a few things about these clubs.

1 – Commitment – If you are not committed to the shot then you and going to screw up
2 – The centre or sweet spot is a little more towards the shaft or off centre than a GI iron
3 – I have had to shallow out my swing a little to get these irons right
4 – Wow when you get them right it is amazing
5 – They have forced me to straighten out my swing (this is the offset)
6 – I have to deliver the club face down the line and square or it slices like crazy or I pull the shot straight left if I close the club face too much (this is the stiff shaft not the iron itself)
7 – I thought I was a good ball striker until I bought these clubs and they are teaching me to improve
8 – I am improving and hitting shots I just cant believe that I could it.
9 – I am 49 years old and was looking for some irons for a specific (windy) situation and didn’t believe I was capable of improving until I bought these irons
10 – Be patient and the most important thing about these clubs is commitment, pick your shot and just hit it – you will be rewarded, any deceleration will be punished

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RP Jacobs II March 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

David,

Great post!!

Have a great season!!

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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John June 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Ok review, but I feel you are doing a disservice to the 69′s by having them reviewed by a 12 handicap. I hit these side by side with the 64′s on multiple occasions and I tried to like the 64′s better because they were supposed to be more forgiving but that is not what I found. In fact I found very little difference in forgiveness between the two, the major difference for me was that the 64′s flew slightly lower than the 69′s. I did lose a bit more distance on misses towards the toe but I actually had to work pretty hard to miss the 69. The weight just seemed to want to pull the center of the club into the back of the ball. The 69 was more forgiving than expected, flighted the ball higher, carried the ball farther, and was much much more consistent in every aspect of the numbers.

There have been comments made about players playing CB’s instead of MB’s and that obviously they want more forgiveness, this may be true in some instances, but players who are not on flat contracts like Tiger or Rory get paid based on what and how much equipment of a particular manufacturer they play, some manufacturers will pay more for putting a more amateur friendly in play because there is simply not as much demand for MB’s and weekend warriors want to play what their favorite pro plays. There is a bit of a stigma when it comes to blades and the demand just isn’t as high. Professional golf is all about selling stuff, make no mistake and pro’s will take the guaranteed money for playing what pay’s all day long.

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RP Jacobs II July 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

John, the 69s are so beefed up, there’s probably not much difference, if any, between them and the 64s, dimension wise.

If you liked the 69s, and if you you haven’t hadda chance to hit the 68s, do try to cuz you’ll love em compared to the 69s.

They’re truly a thing of beauty.

Thanx for postin

Have a great summer

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Frank A. McCafferty July 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Coupled with Mr. Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, the MP-69 has far exceeded any other club I have hit. At age 64, I’m told, you don’t trade in your Adams AOS7′s with senior shafts for Mizuno MP-69′s. Excuse me! Us older golfers can and will mature with age, like any good Wine, Olive Oil, Whiskey, Brandy we simply improve with age. For all you seeking “game improvement” a study of Mr. Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is inescapably the most bang for your buck than any gimmick that all the Club & Ball Manufacturers can promise you. Of course finding a Professional that lacks an ego is priceless as well!

I don’t spend anytime at the crowded Driving Range hitting off of plastic mats covering concrete, but go to my local Par 3 and when I hit my Irons from the box (fairway in my mind), I just envision myself in that position and that distance from the pin and go for it!

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RP Jacobs II July 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

That’s great that you’re playin the Mizzys!! None better!! Regarding Ben’s book, it is indeed a nice instructional piece, though he intentionally left some critical swing thoughts out of it because he did not want to hand his competitors a gift on a silver platter, and he wanted them to “dig it outa the dirt,” as he had. However, there are some good fundamental truths to be had.

Well, have a great summer and keep it in the short hair.

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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dr.cox August 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

hi rp jacobs II,

I do love ben hogans book. which swing thoughts having been left out are you referring to?

cheers,

doc c.

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