Mizuno has always been a brand synonymous for classic design and tour proven performance, but 2016 could be their best year to date.
The “Channel Back” design keeps thickness behind impact for blade like feel, but moves enough mass to create stability from off centre strikes.
The MP-25 is the first to start with a pre-determined tour dictated profile and then engineer ball speed, rather than cramming a distance technology into a smaller shell. A Boron injected steel billet allows the engineering of a Micro-Slot pocket cavity (3-6 iron) for greater ball speeds.
A unique set of more forgiving irons (from 1-iron to Pitching Wedge) using “Full Hollow” technology (1-6 iron) designed for forgiveness without compromising the classic Mizuno looks.
The “Full-Hollow” concept is a response to the modern golf courses. Tour players looking for more vertical landings angles have instigated the move into forgiving equipment tailored to suit the more critical eye.
An enticing midsize profile, with sharply visible sole grinds for imagination and creativity around the green. These wedges were put into play by Luke Donald in the BMW PGA Championship 2015.
Mizuno’s Quad Cut Grooves are CNC Milled after the forging process to ensure every single wedge sits just inside the USGA’s groove limits.
The JPX EZ Driver is a large footprint, high launching, low spinning driver that is also adjustable – and was put into play by Luke Donald at the BMW PGA Championship 2015. Previous moveable weight drivers have generally been difficult to hit (due to weight used for additional tracks and weight ports). The JPX EZ changes everything with a simple 3 weight system and forgiveness levels normal of a non-adjustable models.
Mizuno are definitely making some eye-catching equipment that now has the forgiveness factor to appeal to the mass market. Mizuno deserve a lot of credit for finding a way of introducing forgiveness without compromising its classic looks and tour proven performance.
Rob Brooks (Golf Nation).