Mizuno MX-100 Irons
The Mizuno MX-100 Irons, released in 2008, are designed to be game improving clubs aimed at mid and higher handicappers. Mizuno made these irons with the intention that they would be very easy to hit, while offering great forgiveness.
At first glance they are very nice irons to look at. They have a nice design and some very nice graphics on the cavity.
As with most Mizuno irons there are a variety of shafts available, both in graphite and steel. The MX-100s we put to the test were equipped with MX Lite steel shafts in stiff flex.
If you would like to know more information about the specifications and shafts available for the Mizuno MX-100 irons. Then you can find this information at the Mizuno Golf website.
Probably the first thing most players will notice when they first hold the MX-100 irons is that, despite having larger heads, they are quite light-weight. If you're not used to lighter clubs it may take a few swings to get used to.
But in terms of performance, the large heads on these irons really did help to make them very easy to hit, most players should have no problem launching the golf ball with the MX-100s.
And this was generally the case through the whole set. Higher handicappers who prefer to have hybrids in their bag as opposed to intimidating long irons, may have that point of view changed after trying these clubs out.
Whether it's off the fairway or the tee, the longer Mizuno MX-100 irons are probably some of the easiest to hit long irons ever made.
Admittedly the large cavity can be seen at times when looking down at address on some of the longer irons. But this is only a bit distracting for a while, it just takes a bit of getting used to.
We didn't quite find these Mizuno irons as forgiving as what we thought they'd be. Some reasonable forgiveness was there but definitely not as much as on some other game improving irons on the market.
A slight miss-hit will still produce a reasonable shot, but if you're quite a bit away from the sweet spot with a strike. Your shot is not likely to be landing around your desired target area.
However the distance and power these irons produce cannot be faulted. Though the ball flight is often a tad on the higher side, these irons can carry the golf ball a very long way when hit well.
And for the approach shots that do find their target and land on the green. The higher ball flight produced by the Mizuno MX-100 irons really helps give the ball a softer landing. Providing that the greens aren't bone dry, most well hit shots should stop relatively quickly.
As far as game improvement irons go, the MX-100s in our opinion are one of the longest around, and can definitely make the game of golf more enjoyable, and easier, for a newcomer or a higher handicapper.
They pretty much do the job they're meant to. They are easy to hit and do offer a reasonable amount of forgiveness. Even some mid or lower handicap players shouldn't be put off by the stigma of using a game improvement iron.
At most places in 2012, there is a considerable difference between the price of the steel shaft and the graphite shaft models.
The steel shaft models are generally priced at around £200 or $320, with the graphite shaft Mizuno MX-100 irons usually going for around £300 or $480.
It's up to each player to make their own mind up about whether the extra money is worth it for graphite shafts. But we'd recommend that most players stick with steel shafts here, because overall they are better value for money.
|Looks || 8/10|
|Easy To Hit ||10/10|
|Forgiveness || 7/10|
|Control || 8/10|
|Workability || 7/10|
|Value For Money || 8/10|