Lots of feedback and plenty of workability mean these are a dream for highly skilled players. Anyone with older sets of Mizuno blades will struggle to justify an upgrade. PGA Pro verdict This classic blade design ?looked great throughout the set, and felt consistent on ?flight and trajectory. It was ?easy to move both ways, and ?I found knock-down shots easy to hit with the long irons. Feel on impact was solid, and the ?4D design lets you know the centre of gravity is optimised for each club. A great iron for anyone who likes to work the ball in flight. Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach John Jacobs
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The Mizuno MP-69 is a pure muscle-back with the same profile and offset as the MP-68. A new 4D muscle pad in the back of the club is more pronounced and locates weight strategically from 3-iron to pitching wedge. This means the shorter irons are designed to appear cleaner and more compact and have a higher centre of gravity for better trajectory control. The trailing edge of the sole features a bevel on it to allow for a cleaner exit from the turf.
The Mizuno MP-69 irons will suit confident ball-strikers who want plenty of feedback.
When it comes to muscle-back designs the major manufacturers are never going to make huge changes. This is the case with the Mizunon MP-69 and the only real differences are a slightly larger muscle-back and a bevelled back edge. This won't change the target audience, but very good ball-strikers will notice slightly more forgiveness and better performance in the long irons, particularly on firm turf. Fans of classic blades know what they get from Mizuno, which is a great feel and workability.
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 TSi2 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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