Mizuno, having not launched a driver in the UK for two years, are launching two later this year ? the MP-600 and MX-560.
The 460cc MP-600 (pictured) is aimed at the better player with a classic address look and neutral face angle. The most striking feature is its ?Fast Track? system that allows you to reposition two 8g weights along a slot in the rear sole, allowing for 15 different trajectory settings.
The MX-560 is designed for wider playability with a sloped crown design that boosts moment of inertia, and a head size that hits the maximum legal volume and dimensions. Face angles also become slightly more closed in the higher lofts for further help in countering any slice tendencies
GM initial verdict: Good to see Mizuno back in the driver market. The two drivers sound very different ? the MX-560 loud, yet not too tinny, and the MP-600 more solid with a bit of oomph at impact. Initial testing on the simulators at Urban Golf yielded some pretty long and straight hitting, but if your handicap is in double figures you?re probably going to find the MX-560 a slightly easier proposition.
8.5, 9.5 or 10.5 lofts
8.5, 9.5, 10.5 or 12 lofts
Exsar DS3 shaft plus other custom options in both models
Available October/November 2007 (MX-560 a little earlier than the MP-600)
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 instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and 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 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
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
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