Many players get into golf by playing game-improvement irons and, sure enough, their games improve. Then what?
That was the question Mizuno's designers and engineers asked themselves. Their answer: the new MP-54 irons, the follow-up to Mizuno's MP-53 set.
"Over the past several years, Mizuno's MP iron category has expanded to a point where consumers expect a 'player' iron look and feel with the forgiveness of today's technologically advanced equipment," said Vice President of Product Management Chuck Couch of the challenge Mizuno faced.
The MP-54s are created for better players – those with handicaps from scratch up to about 12 – who want a bit more forgiveness than classic blades provide. At various stages of development and testing, Mizuno staff players including Luke Donald, Charles Howell III and Jonathan Byrd provided their feedback.
What makes them unique is the ''Milled Step Muscle'' in the 3-iron through 7-iron. As is the case with many Mizuno clubs, each MP-54 is forged from mild carbon steel, and the 3- through 7-irons feature a thick muscleback with a 4-millimeter-wide slot.
This Milled Step Muscle allowed the engineers to reposition the removed weight around the head's perimeter, which increases stability on off-center hits. It also creates a deeper center of gravity for more forgiveness and a higher ball flight, all while maintaining the necessary heft behind the ball to deliver a solid impact.
The scoring irons – 8-iron down through pitching wedge – don't have the slot. Instead, they feature Mizuno's Solid Muscle Design – essentially, a solid clubhead, thicker in its bottom half, to improve playability. Those attributes also are enhanced by a perimeter grind on both the heel and toe, and the clubs feature Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.), in which Mizuno's engineers tune the clubhead design to maximize feel and feedback.
By comparison, Mizuno says the MP-54 clubheads will be about the same size as the MP-53s, but will offer a more heavily beveled sole for cleaner turf interaction. And, of course, the cavity cut into the MP-54s gives them a lower center of gravity than the MP-53s.
The MP-54s will be available at retail on Sept. 9 in both right-handed and left-handed models, and will carry a suggested retail price of $999.99. They come outfitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts and Golf Pride M-31 58 round grips, though a variety of custom shafts and grips also are available. Custom set make-ups also can be assembled from in mixed or combo sets or with MP-H4 long irons.
For more information, visit www.mizunogolf.com.
How many times have you started a round, played a few holes and wished you could just go back to the first tee and start over? That's what the PGA Tour did today.
The third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship got under way as planned this morning, but rain and lightning brought play to a halt around 8:45 a.m. ET. After the weather finally cleared up a couple hours later, officials decided to throw out all the scores and restart the round from scratch.
Zach Johnson and Stuart Appleby, in the first group, had reached the sixth hole when play was halted. A total of 14 players had teed off.
The restart also saw the players re-paired – instead of twosomes off the first tee as originally planned, they were grouped in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees at TPC Boston. They also are being allowed to lift, clean and place their balls.
If you're wondering, this is the second event this season in which the PGA Tour has re-started a round – it happened twice at the season-opening Hyundai Championship in January.
The threat of scattered thunderstorms remains this afternoon, and actually the chance of rain increases as the afternoon goes forward, according to the PGA Tour.
Monday's forecast also calls for a 60 percent chance of rain, and as a result, the final-round tee times already have been moved up. The players again will be grouped in threesomes off the first and 10th tees, with tee times running from about 8:00-10:00 a.m. ET.