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2014 Mizuno MP-54 Irons Review

2014 Mizuno MP-54 Irons Review

New Mizuno MP-54 Irons Series: $999.99

Mizuno Golf continues to take its irons to the next level.

You wonder how manufacturers can improve year after year, but Mizuno continues to surprise consumers by melding modern forgiveness with traditional feel and workability with the new Mizuno MP-54 Irons. In my opinion, the classy, traditional-style head is more appealing to the 0- to 12-handicap player, despite being a cavity-back club.

The Mizuno MP-54 Irons have forged heads with a chrome finish, a very simple look. With the 3 to 7 irons, you’ll find a deep-cavity look for forgiveness — which leaves the 8 iron to pitching wedge as more solid-muscle type irons.

And when comparing the new Mizuno MP-54 against the rest of the golf industry, such as the Callaway Apex and Titleist AP2, the MP-54 Irons still will be more forgiving.

“We were really aggressive with the back bevel, even though it’s thicker to give you that deeper center of gravity we beveled it off really hard and put camber on it, so it will play more like a blade sole where it can get in and get out really easily,” says Chris Voshall, Mizuno engineer.

Looks (4 out of 5 stars)

When holding the head in hand, the first thing you’ll notice is the thick top line, a slight offset face at address and a bit of cavity to give that extra forgiveness. Although the Mizuno MP-54 Irons set has a thicker sole than your MP-4 and MP-64, it still finds its way through the rough.  

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Based off of the look of the club, I would guess a good amount of PGA Tour players will have the Mizuno MP-54 in their bag by the end of the year.

Performance, Sound and Feel (4 out of 5 stars)

The overall performance of the Mizuno MP-54 Iron set was better than I expected. Yes, the shots that were hit out on the toe still performed at an average level — staying on track with good distance. This comes from the deep cavity and wider sole.

If the shot was hit flush, you could work the ball, similar to a blade or a player-type club. I like how you can hear where you hit it on the face. Sticking with the Dynamic Gold X-100  shaft, I was happy with the trajectory and ball flight — keeping it low and under control.

The overall performance of the iron is similar to the Callaway Apex Pro, but due to the beveled sole and fact that the iron is forged from 1025 “pure select” carbon steel for softness, I would recommend the Mizuno MP-54 Irons over any other club in its class.

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Final Thoughts

People have come to a realization that forgiveness is better. And Mizuno took the MP-54 iron and put a label on it: “traditional aggressive.”

Although the MP-54 looks like your traditional forged Mizuno iron, you’ll add an element of forgiveness along with improved trajectory control. It has everything that I’m looking for — all the forgiveness in the world, but with so much more feel and workability.

I will get fit for the Mizuno MP-54 Irons set with X-100 DG shafts to lower ball flight and trajectory.

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