Introducing the phenomenal Mizuno MP-18 range from the Japanese brand
Mizuno says its MP-18 range heralds a ‘new era’ in players’ irons and is set to enhance its established reputation for exceptional forged irons. Grain Flow Forged in the brand’s Hiroshima plant and refined by Mizuno’s renowned master craftsmen - including the legendary ‘Turbo’ - in YORO, Japan, the MP-18s have been inspired by every great player to ‘pure’ a Mizuno iron since 1933.
Originally 3D designed by Mizuno’s R&D team, these sleek irons were then sent to the master craftsmen in Japan to put their signature finishing touches to them, grinding away portions of the clubhead to deliver an iron that harks back to classic Mizuno irons.
Brand ambassador Sir Nick Faldo said: “You can sense ‘Turbo’s’ signature on the MP-18s. They remind me of the blades we worked on together all those years ago.”
Mizuno is labelling the MP-18 as its ‘Craftsmen’s Muscleback’. A shorter blade length, cambered top line and steep progression into sharp, compact wedges are all hallmarks of Mizuno’s master clubmakers, who have honed their skills on the irons of countless major winners over the years.
“We significantly shifted the balance of science and art with the MP-18s,” explained senior club engineer Chris Voshall. “You can instantly notice a greater input from the master craftsmen in that the MP-18 is more like the blades that made Mizuno famous. At impact, this is just about perfection.”
Grain Flow Forged from a single billet of 1025 E Pure Select mild carbon steel, MP-18 irons have an even softer feel thanks to an evolved Grain Flow Forged HD (High Density) process that concentrates the grain in those billets more tightly for incredibly precise feedback.
The SC (Split Cavity) model is a compact cavity back. The slightly wider, cambered sole brings a greater degree of playability than the muscle-back, although thin, tapered top-lines, short head lengths and smaller wedges mean
this is still very much a tour-ready iron.
MP-18 SC irons are again the handiwork of Mizuno’s most experienced, skilled YORO craftsmen and are Grain Flow Forged from a single billet of 1025 E Pure Select mild carbon steel via the same HD process as the muscle-back for the same incredible, precise feedback.
Compared to the MP-18 muscle-back, the heads are just 0.5mm taller - with the YORO signature low heel design - and the top-lines just 1mm thicker, again with a refined camber. The pitching wedge is also smaller than the other irons in the set.
The final member of the new MP-18 iron family is the MMC (Multi-Material Construction). It has a stability-focused design, which uses lightweight Titanium (8g) and heavier Tungsten (20g) to deliver great off-centre performance, with the same high density feel as the other two models.
The short irons feature a dual-metal design, with the absence of the tungsten toe weight found in the longer irons keeping the scoring irons more workable.
The MMC model will fit seamlessly into any MP-18 split set, with the degree of offset carefully calculated to work equally well with a custom-built mixed set of either MP-18 and MP-18 SC, once lofts have been weakened to match either set.
MP-18 MMC Fli Hi
Mizuno’s latest utility iron is the finishing touch to the new MP-18 family. The latest Fli-Hi’s sleek new profile features a maraging steel face, a Tungsten toe weight and an internal pocket for enhanced ball speed and forgiveness.
The Fli-Hi’s Multi-Material stability design uses that lightweight maraging steel face and Tungsten toe weight (20g) to generate a high, stable ball flight, with the top-line again a mere 1mm thicker than in the corresponding MP-18 muscle-back.