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MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:01 pm

Posted by Bonobobananas


Hi all, a quick question for you. As a lover of all things Mizuno, in looking for a new 3 wood I'm interested in the MP650. I'm slightly concerned though as I had the MP630 which was great if I was nailing it on a good day but I found really unforgiving so I got rid.

I currently have an R11 15.5 (down to 14.5) with a stiff UST Attas 7 shaft. I hate the idea of the gap behind the RBZ which will presumably fill up with muck between shots and the Mizzy 650 has good write ups: is it a forgiving club for off centre strikes? 

Many thanks

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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:43 pm

Posted by Bonobobananas


Sorry I should have said driver SS around 95-100mph fairly smooth transition so any shaft advice would also be welcome :)
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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:53 pm

Posted by BigPete


The short answer is no - not really.

It is really aimed at the better player. I had a 15* which was amazing when hit well but that wasn't very often for me. Woods definitely aren't a strong part of my game though. I also have a ti (630) 5 wood that I get on with a bit better but probably due to the extra loft. 

There are harder to hit woods out there but there are certainly easier ones - like the jpx825

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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:14 pm

Posted by Deemac


I have an MP650 3-wood and find it pretty middle of the road in terms of how easy it is to hit. Neither easy nor too difficult.
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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:39 pm

Posted by Bonobobananas


Deemac wrote:

I have an MP650 3-wood and find it pretty middle of the road in terms of how easy it is to hit. Neither easy nor too difficult.


Did you have a Ti MP630? What would be helpful for me would be a playability comparison, as I said my experience with the 630 worries me.

Thanks all for replies so far :)
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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:42 pm

Posted by Deemac


No - sorry, went from the F60 to the MP650.
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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:51 pm

Posted by Bonobobananas


Ok thanks anyway DM. The 650 does look an attractive club, although the other thing that slightly puts me off is the sheer glossiness, like it might dazzle a bit on a bright day. Not a problem in this weather though (see I didn't mention Scotland ;) ).

I think I just need to get it on the range and hit it although when they tape these things up they never feel the same.
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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:32 am

Posted by freddy


Bonobobananas wrote:

Deemac wrote:

I have an MP650 3-wood and find it pretty middle of the road in terms of how easy it is to hit. Neither easy nor too difficult.


Did you have a Ti MP630? What would be helpful for me would be a playability comparison, as I said my experience with the 630 worries me.

Thanks all for replies so far :)


The 650 is more forgiving than the MP Ti, that was one of the least forgiving 3 woods i've owned. The 650 sits a touch open too, so it is helpful if your miss is left. The stock shaft is pretty low launching, so you may want to try it before you plan to buy one off the rack.

If you are looking for forgiveness and something that is easier to launch, then the JPX800/825 is a better option.
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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:41 pm

Posted by OhBoy!


Last week was v cold in London so I took time at a driving range to compare 3 and 5 woods in each of MX700 / MP650 / JPX825 / TM RBZ (all with standard / regular shafts).
Briefly, MX700 was most forgiving / workable, with nice draw. MP650 has most penetrating (but lower) straight flight (but also harder to control), whereas JPX825 and TM RBZ had near identical flights.  Both were straight (and higher than MX700 / MP 650) but with less workability than MX700. For (my) choice, it would have to be (1) MX700, (2) JPX825, (3) TM RBZ and (4) MP650 (but only 'cause I'm not good enough to hit them).
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Re: MP650 fairway: forgiving or not?

Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:17 pm

Posted by MizunoWI


Im going to say not.  Shortly after Xmas I bought a MP-650 driver, 3H and 4H.  They were beautiful clubs but the fade bias wasnt for me.  I normall hit a draw and every shot with these things was a block.  Im now back with a JPX driver, MX-700 3-wood and JPX Fli-Hi hybrid and am much more able to hit better shots.
Nothing against the 650s.  Theyre great clubs for the right player but you need to have some serious game in order to get the most out of them.
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