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No matter what the object great design just shines through and as I take one of the MP-5 irons out of its box they are everything the photos said they would be and more. The classic shape, the beautiful chrome finish and my first close-up look at the new channel back design, it’s like running your fingers along the body work of a Ferrari.
I have always had so such respect for the craftsmanship Mizuno produces from when I first purchased my TP-9s and every time they introduce a new iron with technology that helps improve our game and consistency, they still manage to keep those classic lines, but the design somehow fits right within this moment in time. And I once again salute Mizuno’s skill and workmanship.
Mizuno describe the new “Channel Back” concept as sitting between a blade and a cavity. What is not in question from this 1025E Grain Flow Forged Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel design is the amount of extra forgiveness the “Channel Back” gives you. The MP-5 offers you all the workability you get from a blade with the forgiveness of a compact forged cavity back iron.
The channel back design has helped Mizuno keep plenty of weight behind the sweet spot for that solid feel and strike at impact, while allowing them to relocate more mass to other parts of the head to increase stability, performance and forgiveness on off-centre strikes.
But what has been a clever trick is that it is progressive through the set to give you the best launch angles achievable from each club, with the channel being higher in the shorter irons to offer a more penetrating controllable ball flight while in the long irons there is more weight lower in the head to increase the launch angle.
Having tested the MP-25 and now the MP-5 I am astounded at how much forgiveness the MP-5 blade has to offer, the new channel back design really works.
Like most Mizuno blades I loved the look and design of the MP-5 range and the sound and feel at impact was meaty with that sweet spot right behind the ball. I really come into the ball from a step angle – well that is what trackman tells me – so I get a high ball flight anyway,
but with the penetration and power you get behind the MP-5s it certainly gives you that knowing smile after impact as it jets through the air.
It looks like a powerful club when it sits behind the ball and with a pleasing top line and the chrome finish, the MP-5s just exude class and precision. It is a club you should definitely test and that extra bit of forgiveness in there now, may just tip your decision.