11 October 2017
Four Models with Four Advantages
Mizuno presents its new MP-18 line. The full line of MP-18s consists of the muscleback MP-18, the MP-18 SC (split cavity), the MP-18 MMC (multi-material construction), and the MP-18 MMC FLI-HI. Each new model is equipped with an improved version of Mizuno's well-known Grain Flow Forging process called GFF HD, which now has an even higher density material for even better feel than past MP models.
Each of the new models is designed with set mixing in mind, meaning that the irons can be blended seamlessly to provide the exact mixture of performance any player needs to optimize their game.
The standard MP-18, which is a traditional muscleback blade with a slightly wider sole than the previous MP-4 model, provides more playability and forgiveness in a slightly more compact head shape. The MP-18 SC is for players who want a bit more forgiveness. It offers an 11% larger sweet spot than the MP-18 muscleback, a slightly longer blade length, and a thicker topline.
The new MP-18 MMC and the MMC FLI-HI are the most forgiving and longest irons. The MMC has the same sole width as the SC and a slightly larger blade size but due to a more advanced construction, provides similar launch characteristics with stronger lofts, producing lower spin and longer carry distances. However, the MMC design is a combination of a soft GFF HD carbon steel body with an 8g titanium section in the bottom of the cavity and a 20g tungsten plug in the toe of the long irons (4-7). This combination moves more weight to the perimeter of the clubhead while also increasing MOI, forgiveness, and launch angles.
Like the MMC, the MP-18 MMC FLI-HI features a multi-material construction that improves ball speed and forgiveness. The FLI-HI is built with a soft, high-strength steel body, thin maraging steel face, and 20g tungsten toe weight that increases MOI and forgiveness. A tungsten weight, which is located in a deep internal pocket in the clubhead, results in a lower sweet spot, lower spin rates, and a Tour-like, boring trajectory.
The new MP-18 irons are intended for any player who still loves traditional looks, feel, and playability, but wants the added benefit of new technologies.