Mizuno

#NOTHING FEELS LIKE A MIZUNO

In 1933, Mizuno engaged in the manufacture of golf equipment – its first products named Starline. Mizuno opened a small factory based near Osaka, Japan, in 1934 for making baseball bats, balls, and uniforms, as well as for manufacturing golf clubs and skis. The company continued to expand into other areas of sports and began manufacturing tennis equipment in 1943. Mizuno’s international reputation for producing the finest quality sports equipment was established in the 1970s’ when it started to export its golf clubs to Europe.

At that time irons were usually forged from a single mould and would emerge rough-and-ready and in need of plenty of hand grinding – a process that created inconsistency. A tour pro might need to order ten sets to find nine irons he was happy to use.

Mizuno’s forging process, which used two moulds, was more precise and required only minimum hand grinding. Consistency was much greater from head to head, resulting in more predictable performance on the course.

In the 1990’s the emergence of CAD design lead most manufacturers to switch to a casting process to manufacture its irons. Mizuno bucked the trend by investing further in its patented Grain Flow Forging process – aware that casting was inferior when it came to producing precise club heads.

Whilst other manufacturers relied on the payment of players to use their equipment, Mizuno invested in precise manufacturing techniques to ensure that tour players would want to play its irons by choice. Mizuno irons were regularly the most played brand on both the US PGA and European Tours.

Tour Operations Manager Alex Thorne explains “Mizuno’s standard equipment is widely acknowledged to be of a quality that any tour player could use straight from the box. That's why so many players coming through the ranks and big names in-between sponsorship deals play Mizuno. These are the players whose equipment choices count most. We’ve had major winners playing Mizuno irons without payment – often in another manufacturer’s bag.”

One well-known player won on the PGA Tour with Mizuno irons bought at the local pro shop. Arguably the best player the game has ever seen played Mizuno irons through college and when winning his first major.

“When we do sign players to represent us – the key is the same authenticity and consistency Mizuno applies to everything else. Sir Nick Faldo won all six majors with Mizuno equipment, and Luke Donald played our irons from a very young age and throughout his college career. The heads they play come from the same production line that supplies our customers – so they could walk to their local pro shop and order an identical set. That’s what sets Mizuno apart from everyone else.”

MIZUNO JPX-919 SERIES

JPX 919 line with a traditional look and impressive technologies that make the three new models worth a serious look for players of all handicap levels.

JPX-919 TOUR

A more compact, streamlined evolution of Mizunos' standout tour iron of 2017/18, re-establishing Mizuno as the iron of choice on Tour. The JPX919 Tour is surprisingly stable for its size, demonstrated in its tight distance patterns from off centre strikes - the critical benchmark for elite level shotmakers. Grain Flow Forged HD (High Density) from a single billet of 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel in Hiroshima Japan - for the softest, purest Mizuno feel yet.

JPX-919 FORGED

With a new reverse milled clubface, the JPX919 Forged is Mizuno's fastest ever forging in measured ball speed. Balanced with Mizuno's trademark workability and elevated Grain Flow Forged HD feedback - the JPX919 Forged is also Mizuno's most versatile iron. In the hands of a tour player searching a distance equalizer, or an amateur wanting feedback to evolve their game - the streamlined JPX919 delivers on every level.

JPX-919 HOT METAL

A benchmark in iron design - the JPX919 Hot Metal combines an incredible balance of launch speed and soft, controllable landing angles. The use of a high strength Chromoly 4140M and seamless cup face construction produces the highest ball speed from any Mizuno iron. Mizuno's new stability frame ensures that each iron within the set produces the correct flight apex - with landing angles steep enough to control shots into the green. A smaller 'Pro' version with reduced offset will offer Chromoly ball speed and performance to players with a more traditional eye.

Mizuno ST180 & GT180 Woods

Approaching the science of driving head-on, the ST180 has a simple weight forward, low-spin profile, engineered to reduce spin rates. The new GT180 is a more sophisticated design with an expanded capacity to manipulate weight throughout the head – ideal for fitting studios and players looking to squeeze the last few yards from their swings.

GT180 Driver

The new GT180 is the ultimate fine tunable driver with the dual ability to squeeze every last yard from your drives and evolve with your swing. Built on a platform of faster than ever ball speeds the GT180 boasts an expanded range of draw, neutral and fade settings in low, mid and high spin flights.

Set the GT180 up to make the very most of the swing you have. Then tweak over the season to keep pace with your swing changes and conditions.

Mizuno’s Wave sole commits every available gram of weight low, towards the face – dropping spin rates for even the fastest, downward ball strikers. Our first Wave sole in a driver also allows the ST180 to contract and expand on impact – increasing energy imparted to the ball. With a new Forged SP700 Ti Face the GT180 accelerates ball speeds noticeably past is predecessors.

The ultimate customizable fairway wood – with ability to vastly reduce or increase spin rates as the situation dictates. An evolution of both the Mizuno Wave sole and sliding weight – reduces the lower end of spin rates for a more efficient trajectory at higher ball speeds.

Our hugely amplified Wave sole commits every available gram of weight low, towards the face – dropping spin rates for even the fastest, downward ball strikers. The Wave sole also allows the ST180 to contract and expand on impact – increasing energy imparted to the ball. The flatter, more efficient flight keeps the faster, high energy 1770 Maraging Steel face under full control.

THE ALL NEW MIZUNO MP-18 

IRONS TO TOUCH YOUR SOUL

Refined by our master craftsmen in YORO Japan – the MP-18s are inspired by every great player to pure a Mizuno iron since 1933.  The master mould of every head checked and adapted to the satisfaction of our most experienced clubmakers – including the legendary Turbo.  Three models Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima Japan designed to mix and match within a custom set.  To find the artist in every player.

Mizuno MP-18 / The Craftsmen’s Muscleback

Sculpted by our YORO master craftsmen, the MP-18 is a throwback to the muscle-backs of Mizuno’s past. A shorter blade length, cambered top line and steep progression into sharp, compact wedges are the marks of our master clubmakers – who honed their skills on the irons of major winners. Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima Japan for the most colourful feedback imaginable.  3-PW / Right hand only.
“You can sense Turbo’s signature on the MP-18s – they remind me of the blades we worked on together all those years ago.” – Nick Faldo, Six-time Major winner

MIZUNO MP-18 SC / THE PLAYER’S CAVITY BACK

A compact cavity back – sensitively reworked by the same Master Craftsmen who created multiple major winning iron sets. A slightly wider, cambered sole makes this more playable than the muscle back. Though the thin, tapered top line, short head length and smaller wedges mean this is very much a tour-ready iron. Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima for the most colourful feedback through impact.
“The MP-18 SC is an iron that combines a lot of practical needs – stability, workability and softness at impact with our craftsmen’s desire for immaculate looks over the ball. Although the sole is a little wider than the muscle back, from every playing position, the two models blend beautifully as a mixed set.” Chris Voshall, Senior Engineer

Mizuno MP-18 MMC / Multi-Metal Cavity 

A three-year project lead by our Yoro master craftsmen to develop a highly stable, forgiving multi-metal construction iron – which satisfied their aesthetic demands at address.  Even with both lightweight Titanium and heavier tungsten parts sealed within its 1025E mild carbon steel head, the MP-18 MMC maintains a similar ‘tour ready’ profile and size to the MP-18 SC.
“The MP-18 MMC is the first multi-material MP iron built in the vision of our master clubmakers – which set standards for looks and aesthetics that this kind of multi-metal construction typically prohibits.   It extended our normal two-year development cycle by a full year – but raising the bar that little bit higher delivered this landmark iron.”  Chris Voshall, Senior Engineer.

MP-18 MMC FLI-HI / THE PLAYER’S LONG IRON 

The finishing touch to an MP-18 set – the long iron replacement now used by every Mizuno tour player.   A higher flying option with steeper landing angles, engineered with a profile acceptable to our Yoro master clubmakers.  The sleek new profile now envelopes a Maraging steel face, Tungsten toe weight and internal pocket for enhanced ball speed and ease of use.  RH only / 2-5 iron.
“The Fli-Hi is very much a fixture on tour now – even the most classically minded players have converted to the #2 and #3 iron replacements.  These are worlds away from heavily offset ‘game improvement’ hybrids – but much easier than a traditional long iron to flight and land in firm conditions.”   Chris Voshall, Senior Engineer.