Mizuno CLK Hybrid
A stunning hybrid that performs as well as it looks. A fantastic hybrid option for anyone who has traditionally stuck with long irons
Beautiful, classic shape but with some neat modern styling. Provided consistently strong distances as well as easy-to-launch performance
Less confident ball-strikers might struggle with the compact shape. Also comes with a premium price-tag
In this Mizuno CLK Hybrid review, Neil Tappin takes a look at the latest metalwood release from the brand to see how the performance stacks up...
Any Mizuno CLK hybrid review will start by concentrating on the looks. This strikes a fantastic balance between having a classic, compact shape but with some attractive modern styling. The space-grey crown colour is a thing of beauty that suits this compact shape well. Both in the bag and behind the ball this is a real winner in the looks department - but the truth is, we wouldn't expect anything less from Mizuno.
It was in the performance where this Mizuno CLK hybrid really started to impress. This is a mid-launching hybrid but we were pleased that Mizuno resisted the temptation to make this too low-spinning. This is something we see occasionally that can make clubs long on a launch monitor but less versatile out on the course. It spins well and as a result, the ball hangs in the air. I tested this in the 19˚ option and an average of 233 yards is excellent. More impressive however was how consistent those distances were. Just 13 yards between my longest and shortest shots means this is a great club for attacking greens. The technology that helps maintain off-centre ball speed, really works.
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Mizuno CLK Hybrid Review: Verdict
When you look at both the aesthetics and the performance, it is clear this is a premium hybrid. At £245 it certainly has the price-tag to match. However, with an adjustable loft sleeve that offers nine different set up options, there is no reason why any golfer wouldn't be able to find one that fits in perfectly at the top end of the bag. If you are a confident ball-striker looking for a hybrid to replace a redundant long iron, we would urge you to take the Mizuno CLK hybrid for a test. You'll be surprised by how much extra performance is on offer from such a compact, sleek shape.
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In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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