Mizuno MP18 Irons Review

Mizuno irons have been the gold standard in the business for decades, catering to better golfers who want a true forged iron that has familiar playability and aesthetics. When you arrive at the first tee and your playing opponent has a set of Mizuno irons in the bag it's typically wise to be conservative with your wagers.

The Mizuno name represents a golfer who can control his distance on approach shots and is accustomed to finding his or her ball on the green near the flagstick. With its latest MP series of irons, Mizuno has continued this tradition. Each model offers a slightly different look and varying levels of forgiveness. Mixing and matching the different models is expected as most players prefer additional workability in the short irons and maximum forgiveness in the long irons. You'll find all the bases covered in the MP 18 family of irons.  We'll look at each club in our comprehensive Mizuno MP18 Irons review.

First up, the Ferrari of golf clubs:

Mizuno MP18 Irons Review

Mizuno MP-18 8PC Iron Set - Steel

Pros

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    This is a beautiful muscleback iron, featuring a thin top line and tremendous feedback on solid strikes.
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    The compact design looks terrific behind the ball. No distractions whatsoever.

Cons

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    The short irons (7-PW) in particular are very small and might make some golfers uncomfortable.

Key Features

With the Mizuno MP18 irons, the manufacturer returned to tried-and-true technology that has worked so well for them and pleased generations of golfers. The clubs were created on the computer but given to the YORO, who helped design previous models, for the final refinement.

The MP18 irons are 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel that is Grain Flow Forged. The difference with these irons compared to previous models is they are HD or High Density forging. The grain is concentrated during the forging process, giving the golfer greater feedback.

Visually, these irons have no distractions. All graphics on the club are painted white. This gives the MP-18 irons a unique look, not only when compared to the other MP models, but also to other manufacturers' irons throughout the industry. The MP 18s are one of the smaller irons than their previous muscleback sets in the MP line. It's also worth noting these irons are only available for right-handed golfers.

The club designers also altered the way they blended the heel of the club from the shaft, which creates an appearance of less offset which should again appeal to better golfers. And by better golfers we mean this club is going to look great to the person with professional aspirations.

Distance

These aren't necessarily going to be the longest irons on the market. Golfers seeking pure ball speed and ball speed alone would probably be wise to look elsewhere.

Workability

Mizuno's blade irons geared for low-handicap players who are confident in their ability to find the center of the clubface on a consistent basis. Thanks to the reduced offset, hitting low draws and high fades should come easily for the accomplished golfer.

Forgiveness

While the improvements in technology have made the clubs more forgiving than some previous models, if you're looking for forgiveness, the MP-18 is not at the top of your list.

Review

The MP18 irons are just what most golfers have come to expect from the top of the line models in the manufacturer's long, rich history. They are no-frills iron.

Mizuno MP 18 SC Irons review

Mizuno MP-18 SC 8PC Iron Set - Steel

Pros

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    The split cavity design creates increased forgiveness without sacrificing the clean topline.
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    A slightly lower center of gravity improves launch on solid and off-center hits.

Cons

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    This is being really picky, but the face on the SC irons is slightly longer than on the MP 18s.

Key Features

The SC irons feature a sleek, yet functional split cavity design which enables the club to still look and feel like a blade, while offering enhanced forgiveness through the set.

The MP-18 SC irons are slightly longer from heel-to-toe than the MP-18 irons. Altogether, they are 0.5 millimeters taller and the soles are 1.5 millimeters wider. The specs are almost identical to the MP-18s other than the swing weight in the longer irons. The offset is also the same which should make it easy for a golfer to blend these irons seamlessly into a combo set with any of the other MP series irons, in particular the MP-18s.

Distance

Again, if you're looking for sheer speed and distance the MP-18 SC irons probably won't be your first choice. However, when compared to other top line players' clubs the distance numbers compare favorably.

Workability

You're not going to sacrifice much, if any, workability with the MP-18 SC irons, and those low strikes will turn out just fine, sending shots on a high, pure trajectory. (Not that any of us ever hit the golf ball low on the clubface). Hitting draws and fades should come as easily as falling out of bed and hitting the floor.

Forgiveness

The golfer who is looking for a little help should get along just fine with the MP-18 SC irons with their slightly larger club face and split cavity design. Mizuno irons are going to feel 'butter soft' as the six-time major champion Nick Faldo once described them. But us mere weekend warriors need a little forgiveness from time to time when our swings go awry. Look down at these irons and you'll feel like a proven player. Make a less than perfect swing and you'll still be happy with the result.

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The MP-18 SC irons will fit easily into the bag of most good players. They aren't game improvement irons by any means, but the technology will work in the players favor.

Mizuno MP 18 MMC Irons

Mizuno MP-18 MMC 7PC Iron Set - Steel

Pros

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    A low center of gravity creates high launch
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    A larger face enables golfers to receive forgiveness on off-center hits.
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    The thin topline is appealing to low-handicap golfers.

Cons

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    The MMC irons might not appeal to golfers who are looking for supreme workability.

Key Features

By using a multi-material construction (which is where the MMC comes from in the name), the weight has been moved to the center of the clubheads in the MP-18 MMC irons. Like the others in the series, they are also Grain Flow Forged from 1025E. The tweak in technology enhances the moment of inertia (MOI) and also, continuing a trend throughout the set, increases the forgiveness. They added 20 grams of tungsten, which is a denser material than steel, into the toe section of the irons. There is also an 8-gram titanium insert behind the club face and toward the heel section of the club.

Also setting the MMC apart, is that if offers slightly more offset than the MP-18 and MP-18 SC models while delivering lofts that are two degrees stronger. Again, this enables golfers to easily mix and match the sets without having to adjust to a different feel. Such seamless integration is one of the highlights of this entire model of irons.

Distance

Ball speed is a key component of the MP-18 MMC irons. These irons, while not considered a true blade by some purists, offer all of the look and feel of a blade while also offering enhanced distance and launch. The golfer who wants to have the clean look of a thin topline yet still get the reaction of additional distance. Lofts range from 22 degrees with a 4-iron to 46 degrees with a pitching wedge, with swingweights in the D2 and D3 range.

Forgiveness

The rearranged weighting, low center of gravity and expanded sweet spot combine to make the MP-18 MMC irons the most forgiving of the series - by far. Off center hits not only produce shots that fly close to true distance and also find the green, but they deliver little, to no vibration.

Workability

There are other irons in this series that enable players to work the ball more efficiently. However, it's not as if the golfer who chooses the wider sole and increased forgiveness of the MMC 18 is going to sacrifice completely his ability to work the ball into back left pins or hoist it over bunkers to tightly cut hole locations. These irons still have enough characteristics of a blade iron to enable even the average player to curve their shots on demand.

Review

The MP-18 MMC irons are just another option in this fine series of series of blades unveiled by Mizuno. They have many features that will appeal to golfers on the low end of the handicap spectrum.

Mizuno MP 18 Fli-Hi MMC Irons

Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli Hi Individual Iron - Steel

Pros

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    These are the long irons that everybody who struggles in that department has been craving.
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    Without sacrificing the blade look, the Fli-Hi irons give the best of forgiveness and playability.

Cons

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    These irons are only available from the 2-iron through the 6-iron.

Key Features

For the techies out there, according to Mizuno the MMC Fli-Hi Irons combine an X-30 steel body material club face made from Maraging 1770 HT steel.  This is a maximum strength material that capable of being made thinner, thus allowing for faster ball speeds.

In previous sets of the Fli-Hi, it was obvious the intent of the club, and the results could not be argued with. However, now with cambered toplines, which look thinner than the measurable distance, it creates a club that appeals to the eye of better players, according to the club designers at Mizuno. No different than the MP-MMC irons, the Fli-Hi has 20 grams of tungsten in the toe of the clubs. The insert is forged inside the cavity, sitting behind the face, which Mizuno says will help golfers hit higher iron shots featuring increased forgiveness.

Distance

The Fli-Hi irons will give everyone suitable distance on their shots from long range.

Forgiveness

This is exactly why you should turn to the Fli-Hi irons. Those off-center hits will still produce long, high shots that reach the target.

Workability

Look at it this way: If you're thinking about putting the Fli-Hi irons in the bag, you're not really concerned if you can hit a high draw or low fade into the green from long range.

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Golfers looking to put together a blended set - which is prevalent in bags on the PGA Tour this year - will be wise to look to the Fli-Hi irons to fill the long iron compartment of their golf bags. These clubs will give you a chance to reach the green in the 170-220 yard range, which can be a trouble spot for golfers of all levels.

Mizuno MP 18 Iron Series Comparison

The Mizuno blade irons over the years have made people want to slap their Mama because they feel so pure on a perfect strike and give the player the ability to hit all sorts of golf shots. Only ballstrikers need apply. This new wave of Mizuno irons fits the bill and lives up to the hype. The new Mizuno blade irons have taken the old school aesthetics - as one insider said, "these irons could have been designed 100 years ago," with modern technology.

First of all, you need to be realistic about your ability when selecting one of these irons.

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First of all, you need to be realistic about your ability when selecting one of these irons. If you didn't send in your application to the Web.com Tour qualifying school or make some serious money playing the game last year, don't even consider purchasing the MP 18 irons. Don't do it. You can think about it. But don't do it. There is no game improvement element in these irons, none whatsoever. They are geared toward the elite ballstriker who can command his golf ball under any circumstances. If that description does not fit your game, then you may look at these irons but do not touch!

The MP-18 SC Irons are also something a five handicap or lower should pursue. While they have some forgiving qualities that are appealing, they're not game improvement clubs in any way at all. They can give a scratch golfer a little bit of help, especially in the top end of the bag, however, there are other options on the market for golfers who are looking for their errant strikes to be rewarded.

Model

Distance

Forgiveness

Workability

Skill Level

Availability

MP 18

Average

That's not why you buy these irons

Easily Workable, Handles like a Ferrari

Very Good Ball Strikers

MP 18 SC

Average

A very slight amount of forgiveness

Very Workable

Aspiring  Good ball strikers

MP 18 MMC

Above Average

Most Forgiving of the Full Set Irons in the Series

It's possible to work the ball with these

Mid Single Digit to Mid Handicaps

MP 18 Fli-Hi MMC

Above Average

Excellent forgiveness

That's not the Point of these

Any Player who struggles with Long Irons

Say your handicap is in the 5-10 range and you really want a feel of a Mizuno in your hand. Then, perhaps the MP-18 MMC model is what you're pursuing. These clubs will provide a lot of blade like qualities but deliver the higher launch and increased forgiveness that's appealing. A scratch player might also benefit from these clubs.

But don't overlook the Fli-Hi irons! They can be a suitable choice for golfers of all skill levels, even low handicap golfers who need additional height on their long iron shots.

And, these clubs can all be mixed and matched, depending on your preferences of lofts and offsets. They were designed with that in mind and this avenue should be explored.

Summary

Mizuno irons stand alone in many ways. If you like Mizuno irons, you are probably not interested in what's available from other brands.  However, the new Taylor Made P790 irons or the latest Titleist AP models are solid competitors. But if you’ve already read this entire review, then I already know the butter soft feel of Mizuno Irons has you hooked.  Go ahead and pull the trigger and purchase that new set you’ve been wanting!  And while you're at it, go ahead and see if that new Mizuno driver should be in your bag as well.

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