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Mizuno MP-20 irons

Are the new Mizuno MP-20 irons as good as they look?

Mizuno's biggest change to their new irons is something you can't even see. Hannah Holden explains all
 

Mizuno MP-20 irons review: NCG verdict

MP-20 MB

There is no offset on these clubs and the topline is so narrow it looks like you could cut butter with these clubs. These look great at address but I did find with the longer irons the smaller look was slightly intimidating.

The feel off these clubs is exceptional. My back to front dispersion with these irons was great and I only saw a 5 yard difference from shot to shot. This is definitely important in the shorter scoring clubs where you know you can go at tight pins because your distance control is so tight.

Personally I felt I would benefit from having a club with slightly more ball speed and forgiveness in the longer irons. Some of my mis-strikes I felt I lost too much distance with this compared to other models in the MP-20 range. If I was to put these in play I would probably carry these from PW to 8-iron and then swap into the HMB from 7 up to 5-iron. The great thing about this range of irons is the shaping has been matched and proportioned throughout each model. This mean you can make up a combo set without seeing too much of a drastic difference between each model.

Mizuno MP-20 irons

MP-20 HMB

Even through these are a players distance iron they definitely still have a blade like feel in there shape and styling. Over the ball you can see the slightly thicker topline and increased offset. Visually I would say this is the bulkiest model in the range but still a small compact iron compared to other distance irons on the market.

The irons produced a solid strike but with a soft feel, it was easy to feel the increased ball speed that was created compared to the MB. In fact with some shots I was gaining 20 yards with this club over the MB. I was also achieving a slightly higher ball flight that what I saw in the MB’s.

Despite the increased ball speed and slightly larger profile I still felt I had really good control and shot making ability. Mizuno have done a great job of creating a club that provides more distance but doesn’t compromise on feel.

I think we will see this used as a long iron replacement a lot out on tour.

Mizuno MP-20 irons

MP-20 MMC

Instantly I could feel there was more ball speed and forgiveness in these clubs but didn’t really feel like I lost much feel. I would say it fell in the middle of the MB and HMB in terms of distance. Initially I was flying this further than the HMB but that was due to strike differences between the two, once I hit more shots it was evident the HMB’s travelled the furthest.

This was probably the club I had the most consistent strikes with throughout testing. I think this was down to the looks of the club just suiting my eye, the slightly thicker topline gave me more confidence over the ball. I also really liked the feel off the KBS Tour shaft in this iron.

The titanium muscle pad definitely gave me more forgiveness on my off centre strikes and overall I found I had a really tight dispersion with these irons. 

Out of the MP-20 range this is definitely the club that performed the best for me across the board.

The details

Available: Pre-sale September 5, 2019

RRP: £150 per iron (MP-20 MB); £165 per iron (MP-20 MMC); £180 per iron (MP-20 HMB); £1,240 3-PW set (MP-20 SEL)

More information: Mizuno website

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below or you can tweet me.

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Hannah Holden

hannah holden

Hannah Holden is the Equipment and Instruction Editor here at National Club Golfer. If you’re looking to improve your game, by changing your golf swing or upgrading your golf equipment she’ll have the answers.

As well as writing lots of features and reviews you can find her on our YouTube channel giving you insights on the latest rules, clubs and tips to improve your golf game.

Hannah is a member at Alwoodley golf club. You will either find her here or driving up and down the country playing in a variety of elite amateur events.

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