Not long ago we had a look at the Mizuno MP-57 irons, geared toward the mid to lower handicap player. Today we will be taking a close look at Mizuno‘s offering for the higher handicap player, the MX-950. The MX-950 is a mixed hybrid/iron set with a ton of forgiveness and the quality you would expect from Mizuno. The question is, do they have that same Mizuno feel?

The Mizuno MX-950 Iron Set

Background

MIZUNO’s goal in the creation of the new MX-950 was to deliver the most friendly game improvement iron set with no limit on cutting edge Technology. The new MX-950 irons are a breakthrough HYBRID DESIGNED set, with the unique ability to be custom built to your individual specifications. The MX-950’s are ideal for the mid to high handicap player who is looking for ease of launch, unparalleled forgiveness and maximum game improvement playability.

Multiple technologies and three distinct head designs deliver seamless game improvement performance.

  • Lie and Loft adjustable #3 and #4 hybrids feature internal high density tungsten weights to create massive MOI values that deliver high, straight and ultra forgiving shots.
  • Exclusive Grain Flow Forged® 4135 high strength steel #5 through #7 Hollow Technology hybrid irons also feature internal high density tungsten weights that are located at the lowest and deepest area of the cavity to deliver solid, forgiving and consistent shots.
  • Exclusive Grain Flow Forged® 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel #8 through LW for pin seeking accuracy with soft, solid and consistent feel in your one-piece scoring irons.
  • Seamless custom fitting integration so that your set flows perfectly from #3 to LW to deliver maximum playability.
  • H.E.M.I. COGâ„¢ design philosophy in each iron for maximum energy transfer from club head to ball.
  • Durable Double Nickel Chrome plating or with mirror satin finish, on the #5 through LW, provides durability and eliminates glare.
  • Modified U-grooves produce the ideal spin rate, for maximum playability in all conditions.
  • Extreme wide sole design for forgiveness and consistent playability from all types of lies.
Mizuno MX-950 Specifications

Look and Feel

MX-950 vs MP-57

MX-950 (left) vs MP-57 (right) 7 Iron at Address

Let’s jump right in and get to what is probably the first question any Mizuno lover would have….how do they feel? Made of 1025E mild Steel in the shorter irons, the MX-950 irons are remarkably soft for a super game improvement iron with such a thick top line and deep cavity. The longer irons are forged from a different type of steel and made with a hollow back, that while still offering a little feel to them, are more along the lines of the dead feel you would expect from most super game improvement irons. So while you may not have that super buttery soft feel of the MP line of irons, the 8-PW in the MX-950 is pretty decent. I could tell where I missed the sweet spot on those irons. I had a good idea of flush contact when I got the ball on the sweet spot. So, all in all, not bad. The 5-7, like I said, more like any other super game improvement. They felt a little like the Callaway X-20s in that range.

Look wise, the MX-950s feature a deep channel cavity on the back side and quite a thick topline. The little X effect in the back of the club with the blue inlays is eye pleasing. I also liked the satin finish of the clubs, it is very soft and luxurious looking. I think Mizuno has done the rest of their line justice with this set. The MP line is so simple and elegant. Typically you see a lot of FLASH with super game improvement irons, and Mizuno put a few touches of that in these clubs, but did not go overboard.

The hybrids included in the set (#3/#4) have an interesting look and feel to them. They have a little bit of a swoop back, which reminds me, in some way, of the Cleveland HiBORE XL series. I actually like that. It reminds me of an iron, and I find it aids in lining up shots, and reminds me that I am swinging a hybrid not a fairway wood. Strange how the mind works, I know. The hybrids had a nice solid thud feel to them and look pretty sharp in the bag. Even the head covers are sleek looking, I love the blue/white Mizuno color scheme, so that was nice to see on the head covers.

Mizuno MX-950-7

Performance

One thing I always love about super game improvement irons is the feeling you get when you first pick one up. You really feel as if you could close your eyes and take a complete hack at the ball and get it going straight. Obviously, that isn’t always the case, but these clubs are pretty easy to hit straight. Put a reasonable swing on the ball, and like most clubs in this category, it is going to fly high and straight, perhaps with a little draw. My first hit with one of these clubs was actually on the course, I took the 6 iron out on a 188 yard par 3. Took a couple warm up swings, then teed the ball up and took a crack at the ball. The ball launched high and floated up in the air in a nice little 5 yard draw. I knew the hit was pretty solid, but, feedback was a little muted, as I mentioned earlier about the longer irons. So, well struck ball…things are good. How about on the poor shots?

MX-950 vs MP-57
MP-57 (left) vs MX-950(right) PW
Mizuno MX-950-8
MX-950 #4 Hybrid

Hits off the heel and toe are, as expected, extremely forgiving with these clubs. Heel hits getting about as much distance as one off the center of the face. Toe shots, leaking a little for me, with a club or so of lost distance. Very thin shots were still quite low for me, though amazingly enough seemed to get quite a lot of roll. The wide sole helps if you have a tendency to hit fat shots, though I was still able to hit some super chunky shots off the soggy early spring ground here in the North East.

In the end, if you are coming in square to the ball, and just happen to hit it out on the toe or heel or happen to hit it a little fat or thin, these clubs will keep that ball headed toward your target. If you have a huge over the top move, and come to the ball with a wide open club face, the ball is still going to slice a mile. However, the club does seem to have some extra weighting in the heel, and has a fair amount of offset in the longer irons. This should help square up the club face for those of you who find yourself in the right rough often.

Conclusion

For someone looking for a lot of forgiveness in their game, the MX-950 irons from Mizuno should be a part of your club search. If you regularly shoot over the mid 90s, and are just looking with help to hit the ball higher and straighter…these clubs could very well help you out. As with all of these Super Game Improvement irons, no they will not fix your 30 yard slice, nor will they prevent you from topping the ball…however, if you have a somewhat decent, repeatable swing, but just have trouble consistently hitting the sweet spot…these clubs could save you some strokes.

As with all the irons I review, I would strongly suggest going to your local pro shop or golf retailer and try out these irons, preferably on the course, or at least on a grass range. You’ll want to know how they feel in your hands. I can say this much, they are as forgiving as any of the other Super Game Improvement irons I have reviewed over the past 6 months, and quite possibly the nicest feeling of the bunch.

Mizuno MX-950-13

If you are looking to work on your swing, and improve your ball striking, I still say the real ‘game improvement’ irons are a set of blades where you can instantly feel the misses…and are rewarded with a buttery soft feel on solid contact. Consider picking yourself up an old Mizuno MP-33 7 iron to practice with, or heck, a mixed set of MP-57 scoring irons and more forgiving MX-950s in your longer irons would not be a bad option.

Find the MX-950 on eBay – $500-$899
Mizuno MX-950 with Steel Shafts – $899

Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 3:41 am March 28, 2008
Richard
Author

Man, those are some really stylish clubs.

I can’t believe how modern clubs can look these days.

Might have to check them them out myself…great review!

Rich

Harvey Specter
Posted at 9:10 am March 28, 2008
Sean
Author

Thanks Richard, definitely have a look at them in person, they are very sharp looking. Not too over the top, still pretty classy looking.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 5:28 pm November 11, 2010
b
Author

Your review sold me on these irons and I shot my first bogey free round with these irons. I love my Mizuno’s. http://www.oobgolf.com/golfers/score.php?id=1380881

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