Released in late 2009, the Mizuno MP-58 irons are an extremely impressive looking set of clubs. Designed and intended to offer the workability and feel that the better golfers crave, along with a certain amount of forgiveness at the same time.
Quite a lot of technology has gone into the design and manufacture of the clubs, in order to achieve this combination.
More information on the technology can be found at the Mizuno Golf website, but to quote a summary from the site:
"An 11 gram Titanium insert, forged directly into the outer muscle of the MP-58, increases thickness behind impact for a unique solid feel whilst dramatically increasing perimeter weighting for stability from off centre hits.
A thinner top line and sole (than the retired MP-57) anchor the MP-58’s COG close to the clubface – ensuring that increased forgiveness is not created at the expense of a penetrating ball flight or workability."
But moving on from the technology, as is usually the case with Mizuno golf clubs, there is a large selection of shafts for golfers to choose from to suit their own golf game and needs.
The set of MP-58s that we put into practice were equipped with Dynamic Gold R300 shafts in stiff flex.
Players that do try out the Mizuno MP-58 irons will likely notice quite quickly that they pretty much look like full on blade irons at address, though the top line here is perhaps a bit thicker.
Despite being aimed at the better standard of golfer though, these Mizuno irons actually weren't all that difficult to hit, and when hit well really do feel incredibly smooth at impact.
Anyone who has a settled and consistent golf swing, as most low handicappers do, really shouldn't have much trouble striking the ball fairly well with the MP-58s.
The shorter and mid irons in particular do seem to offer the reasonable level of forgiveness that Mizuno intended, and as such they can become very effective weapons for taking on tricky approach shots.
However it's definitely the case that with regards to the longer irons, bad swings and poor strikes will definitely be punished to a certain degree, sometimes moderately, sometimes very severely.
So while the 8 iron for example might let you off with a miss-hit here and there, most people will find that the longer Mizuno MP-58 irons will take no prisoners.
The result of this is that the clubs do provide any golfer using them with a great amount of workability and control. Whether your preference is to regularly draw or fade your iron shots, both are playable with equal ease using these Mizuno irons.
The MP-58s really will appeal to players who like to play a lot of different shot types in their game, such is the great workability of them.
Despite the ball flight being quite penetrating and more on the low side a lot of the time, the MP-58 irons are also very good for controlling the golf ball and bringing it to a steady, soft landing on the green.
Not just in the shorter irons, but also in the mid to lower irons as well. Providing a shot has been struck relatively well, even longer approach shots needn't be as intimidating as they could be, knowing you have an iron in your hands that you can trust.
Power and distance is perhaps not so much an important factor to look at in an iron. But the Mizuno MP-58 irons are fairly impressive in this department. The penetrating ball flight seems to help give an extra 10 yards or so of carry than what a lot of other newer irons can give, even in windier conditions.
To sum up, the MP-58s are a very impressive addition to the family of Mizuno irons. They offer the quality and performance that may golfers have come to expect from Mizuno golf equipment. Get personally fitted with the right specifications and it's unlikely that many people will be disappointed.
Another good thing to note is that the price has come down slightly since initial release. As of 2012, a brand new set of Mizuno MP-58 irons is generally priced at around £400 or $640.
|Easy To Hit||7/10|
|Value For Money||7/10|