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Irons to touch your soul: The new Mizuno MP-18 Iron family

10/08/2017

 

Mizuno, the Japanese equipment manufacturer long renowned for its beautiful, industry-leading forged irons, is proud to announce the launch of three new MP-18 iron models, designed to help find the artist in every player.

 

 

The launch of the new MP-18s heralds a new era in players’ irons, and is set to enhance Mizuno’s reputation even further when they arrive at retail in September 2017. With three distinct models and head types there is greater scope than ever before for better players to mix and match models to create the perfect set for their needs.

 

MP-18 / The Craftsmen’s Muscleback

Sculpted by the brand’s YORO master craftsmen, the MP-18 is a throwback to the muscle-backs of Mizuno's past. A shorter blade length, cambered top line and steep progression into sharp, compact wedges are all hallmarks of Mizuno’s master clubmakers, who have honed their skills on the irons of countless Major winners over the years.

 

 

"We significantly shifted the balance of science and art with the MP-18s,” says Chris Voshall, Senior Club Engineer. “You can instantly notice a greater input from the master craftsmen in that the MP-18 is more like the blades that made Mizuno famous - just more precise in its flow and manufacturing. At impact, this is just about perfection.”

 

MP-18 SC / The Player's Cavity Back

The SC (Split Cavity) model is a compact cavity back. The slightly wider, cambered sole brings a greater degree of playability than the muscle-back, although thin, tapered top lines, short head lengths and smaller wedges mean this is still very much a tour-ready iron.

 

Compared to the MP-18 muscle-back, the heads are just 0.5mm taller - with the YORO signature low heel design - and the top lines just 1mm thicker, again with a refined camber. The pitching wedge is also smaller than the other irons in the set.

 

MP-18 MMC / Multi-Material Construction

The final member of the new MP-18 iron family is the MMC, the fruits of a three-year project lead by Mizuno’s YORO master craftsmen to develop a highly stable, forgiving multi-metal construction iron, which also satisfied their aesthetic desires and demands at address. Even with both lightweight titanium and heavier tungsten components sealed within its 1025E mild carbon steel head, the MP-18 MMC maintains a similar 'tour ready' profile and size to the MP-18 SC.

 

 

"The MP-18 MMC is the first multi-material MP iron built in the vision of our master clubmakers, which sets standards for looks and aesthetics that this kind of multi-metal construction typically prohibits,” says Voshall. “It extended our normal two-year development cycle by a full year - but raising the bar that little bit higher delivered a landmark iron."

 

MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi / The Player’s Long Iron

The MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi is the finishing touch to the new MP-18 family – the long iron replacement now used by every Mizuno tour player that offers a higher-flying option from long range with steeper landing angles. The latest Fli-Hi’s sleek new profile now envelopes a Maraging steel face, a Tungsten toe weight and an internal pocket for enhanced ball speed and ease of use.

 

 

"The Fli-Hi is very much a fixture now on tour,” says Voshall. “Even the most classically minded players have converted to the #2 and #3 iron replacements. These are worlds away from heavily offset 'game improvement' hybrids - but much easier than a traditional long iron to flight and land in firm conditions."

 

For further information on the new MP-18 iron family and Mizuno’s full range of golf equipment, apparel and accessories visit: golf.mizunoeurope.com.

 

RRPs and options

MP-18 £135/€175 per iron

Available: #3-PW, Right Hand only

MP-18 SC £135/€175 per iron

Available: #3-PW, Left and Right Hand

MP-18 MMC £150/€195 per iron

Available: #4-PW, Right Hand Only

MP18 MMC Fli-Hi £150/€195 per iron

Available: #2, #3, #4, #5, Right Hand only