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Golf Monthly Verdict

These new Mizuno blades have quite small heads and if you aren't used to scoring on your average saturday afternoon, they probably aren't for you. The feel and workability offered by the short irons are the real stamp of quality - that and the classic blade look. In the bag and behind the ball these beautiful but you'll need to find a consistently sweet strike to reap the benefits.

Reasons to buy
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    Stunning to look at offer good playability

Reasons to avoid
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    The small heads might seem to hard to hit for many

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A thin top-line with a hint of the powerful, forgiving strike you're going to achieve when you look at the back. The short irons look appealing to hit sitting tight behind the ball at address but the long irons need a confident and committed stroke. The cut-muscle design means a centre of gravity 25% deeper than the MP-33s which Mizuno says enhances stability and distance control. Forged with neutral bias designed for high-sailing long irons and penetrating mid to short irons

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

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