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Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima, Japan, the new MP-20 family comprises of the MP-20 MB, MP-20 MMC and MP-20 HMB, each has its own unique appeal and like recent models in both the MP and JPX range can be blended into custom combo sets, the soft copper plating beneath a protective nickel chrome delivers that legendary TN87 feedback and feel.
MP-20 MB is a pure muscleback influenced by Mizuno’s most revered blades like the TP9s and 11s, MP 15s and TN87s using a Grain Flow Forged HD from a single billet of 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel.
The MP-20 MMC is the pros cavity iron and is the second-generation of Mizuno’s multi-material concept, also forged from 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel but has a thinner topline. The MMC shares the same chassis, set flow and proportions as the MP-20 MB, but with enhanced playability by utilising a titanium muscle plate and tungsten sole weight.
MP-20 HMB is a hollow-headed ‘Hybrid Muscle Back’ with a tour-ready profile that features Mizuno’s forged Chromoly material in the face, neck and utilises two 12g tungsten weights helping forgiveness and stability. The design is inspired by the rise in popularity of long iron replacements on tour but takes that a step further by extending the concept down to the wedges.
Just when you thought the feel of a Mizuno couldn’t get any better at impact, they come up with their copper technology and as I watch my warm up 9-iron on the range fly through the air, it’s the strike that has me buzzing. It’s like a hot knife through butter, it just seems to melt into the back of the ball and feels so pure.
I am testing a blended set with MB PW-7 irons, MMC 6-4 irons and HMB 3-2 iron. One of the main design features that strikes me is the HMB 3 and 2 irons, as they look like a bladed MB iron, the only difference you will notice between these and the muscle back is the wider sole and slightly wider top line, but they look perfectly matched with their finishes.
I am really enjoying the way you can combine all three models of the MP 20s, being able to use the lower irons to work the ball into greens, moving to the longer irons utilising the MMC and the HMBs forgiveness on those off-centre strikes. I would suggest you get fitted not only to find the shaft that gets the most out of your swing, but also the make-up of your set so you can mix the three models to get the most from your golf game. No matter what model or combination you decide on, I am confident that you will love every minute of playing the new MP 20s from the sound at impact to the feel as the blade sends the ball towards its target, they really are that good.