Mizuno MP Fli-hi irons review

Occasional long game woes saw GM's Jezz Ellwood on the phone to check out the availability of a Mizuno MP Fli-Hi 2-iron to complement the obedient 3 and 4-irons already in his bag...

Mizuno MP FL-HI

A recent spate of random long-range shots hurting good scores big-time towards the end of rounds got me thinking about the clubs occupying all spots between driver and 3-iron in my bag. I’ve been happy with my Callaway Hyper X driver all year, and it would take something special to force my Mizuno MP Fli-Hi 3 and 4-irons out. But in between, each and every club that’s at some stage won a place in my bag has betrayed me in my hour of need, with the resulting doubles leaving me clamouring for a restorative double or two in the bar afterwards.

After speaking to the nice people at Mizuno and Ping about my woes, each came up with potential solutions. Ping felt a different shaft in my G10 3-wood might help, and also offered a Rapture V2 utility with the same shaft to sit between 3-wood and 3-iron, but my Mizuno request was straight to the point – do you make a 2-iron to match my MP Fli-Hi 3 and 4-irons?

The answer, pleasingly, was yes, and a few days later it was sitting in my bag, replacing the Mizuno F-50 4-wood with which I’d been enjoying a love-hate relationship.

Now I know a 2-iron flies directly in the face of all utility club advice offered during my time as equipment editor, but let’s be honest - this is no ordinary 2-iron. Its wide, rounded sole imbues it with distinctly utility-like properties.

Anyway, its on-course debut has been and gone and I can categorically state it’s staying in the bag! I feel confident with it off tee and fairway, and, just as I’d hoped, it’s perfect on holes where I don’t want to hit a wood, but sense 3-iron may be leaving me too far back. Best of all, on normal swings I know it’s going to move gently right to left, and on dodgy ones, the worst I’ll do is block it rather than slice it.

The 2-iron is dead; long live the 2-iron!

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf

Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response