Released in 2008, the Mizuno MP-52 Irons are a fairly recent addition to the iron market. Designed with the aim of offering a combination of forgiveness and workability to the better golfer.
Right away the clubs do have the look of a serious players iron, there's no bright and fancy graphics displayed on these clubs.
There are a variety of shafts on offer, most retailers stock the Dynamic Gold standard steel shafts, and the Project X Rifle Steel shafts. The models we tested were fitted with the Rifle regular flex shafts.
More information on the shafts and specifications available for the MP-52 irons can be found at the Mizuno Golf website.
Along with looking very nice in the bag, the Mizuno MP-52 irons also look good at address, they give you the feeling that they're just saying "hit me". You almost think you're looking down at a blade iron.
And when you're swinging well, the Mizuno MP-52 irons really are a joy to hit, the sound was so crisp and the feeling so smooth at impact.
Pure struck shots with the longer irons look fantastic in the air, and this is with the added bonus of the longer MP-52 irons being surprisingly quite easy to hit. In comparison to many other iron sets that are also aimed at better players.
When you don't catch a shot right, you still get a relatively decent result, due to the reliable forgiveness of these irons. But generally you do often see a slight loss in distance, though it's not really by a huge amount.
The Mizuno MP-52s admittedly weren't particularly long irons through-out the set, they don't carry the golf ball overly far. But the trajectory that they often produce is so nice to watch that you really won't care about that much, or probably even notice.
In terms of control and workability, well, the MP-52s do what they say on the tin. A good, competent golfer who knows what they're doing will have no trouble at all in obtaining their desired shot type with these clubs.
Shaping shots with the MP-52s is just so effortless. Some clubs in other iron sets can require a bit of effort and strength to get a good fade or draw out of them. But these irons at times almost seem to do the work for you when required.
Talking in terms of knocking down pins, a better player could really start leaving themselves some genuinely make-able birdie putts quite regularly.
Distance control with these irons is also so easy, they were so consistent right through the set for yardage. Players who have a repetitive and good, consistent golf swing could really shoot some good scores with these irons in their bag.
The MP-52 Irons overall are a set of clubs that are forgiving enough for mid handicappers, but also offer enough control and workability for the better players.
We feel the MP-52s are one of Mizuno's best iron sets to date. Anyone who plays fairly regularly and is looking for a new iron, should strongly consider trying out these clubs.
In terms of value for money, the price isn't really too bad considering what the clubs can give you in terms of performance. As of 2012 a set of the MP-52s brand new generally costs around £280 or $448.
|Easy To Hit||8/10|
|Value For Money||7/10|