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Game Improvement Irons

Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:20 am

Posted by Alexjardine


I'm in the market for a set of Mizuno game improvement irons. My current games are a set of Ping Eye2 +no+ so I am not particularly concerned with getting a really new set of irons. I'm a 25 handicap since getting back into golf and just looking for a set of beautiful Japanese steel. What are your favorite GI sets from Mizuno that can be snatched off ebay for <$500?
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Re: Game Improvement Irons

Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:15 pm

Posted by Celtic_Bil


Hi Alexjardine

This thread may be of help....

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Re: Game Improvement Irons

Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:39 pm

Posted by Kgrove


IMHO it's easy to get overly fixated on the model of irons while ignoring the shafts, but personally I find bigger differences between different shaft models than I do the irons themselves. Similarly, getting the correct lie on your irons has a bigger impact on your game than most beginners realize. For that reason, I'd recommend testing some shafts and find a couple  that feel good to you, then search for the most forgiving forged iron you can find that has one of those shafts available. By getting a forged iron, you can have the lie bent flat or upright to match your swing requirements. Many or most cast clubs can't be bent.

I know they made both the JPX 825 and 850 in a forged version... those would be good game improvement irons that could probably be found in your budget. There are several of the MP models that might be forgiving enough as well... MP25 and MP54 come to mind but they may be new enough models that its difficult to find one in your price range. I tend to play a less forgiving iron and have to admit I don't remember the model numbers on the more forgiving side of the spectrum.
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Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:18 am

Posted by Brattz


Kgrove wrote:

IMHO it's easy to get overly fixated on the model of irons while ignoring the shafts, but personally I find bigger differences between different shaft models than I do the irons themselves. Similarly, getting the correct lie on your irons has a bigger impact on your game than most beginners realize. For that reason, I'd recommend testing some shafts and find a couple  that feel good to you, then search for the most forgiving forged iron you can find that has one of those shafts available. By getting a forged iron, you can have the lie bent flat or upright to match your swing requirements. Many or most cast clubs can't be bent.

I know they made both the JPX 825 and 850 in a forged version... those would be good game improvement irons that could probably be found in your budget. There are several of the MP models that might be forgiving enough as well... MP25 and MP54 come to mind but they may be new enough models that its difficult to find one in your price range. I tend to play a less forgiving iron and have to admit I don't remember the model numbers on the more forgiving side of the spectrum.


Neither of the MP models mentioned are Game Improvement irons. They are better player irons with a bit of forgiveness. The JPX825 and JPX850 are a better recommendation 
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Re: Game Improvement Irons

Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:01 am

Posted by DCB


Don't overlook the JPX EZs probably the easiest club I've ever hit ;)
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Re: Game Improvement Irons

Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:27 pm

Posted by Kgrove


Brattz wrote:

Kgrove wrote:

IMHO it's easy to get overly fixated on the model of irons while ignoring the shafts, but personally I find bigger differences between different shaft models than I do the irons themselves. Similarly, getting the correct lie on your irons has a bigger impact on your game than most beginners realize. For that reason, I'd recommend testing some shafts and find a couple  that feel good to you, then search for the most forgiving forged iron you can find that has one of those shafts available. By getting a forged iron, you can have the lie bent flat or upright to match your swing requirements. Many or most cast clubs can't be bent.

I know they made both the JPX 825 and 850 in a forged version... those would be good game improvement irons that could probably be found in your budget. There are several of the MP models that might be forgiving enough as well... MP25 and MP54 come to mind but they may be new enough models that its difficult to find one in your price range. I tend to play a less forgiving iron and have to admit I don't remember the model numbers on the more forgiving side of the spectrum.


Neither of the MP models mentioned are Game Improvement irons. They are better player irons with a bit of forgiveness. The JPX825 and JPX850 are a better recommendation 


True statement, though "game improvement iron" is just a label. Forgiveness is a continuum and labeling a club a players club or game improvement is an arbitrary process. The MPs I mentioned will be a little less forgiving than the JPX 825 or 850, but in my opinion the differences are not huge. My primary point was that getting a shaft and lie angle that matches the swing is likely going to be more important than a difference as small as between a JPX825 and an MP25 or MP54. JPXEZ vs MP4? Now the head differences are relatively substantial... though personally I'd still much rather have a shaft and lie that's dead nuts to my swing than a better matched head attached to the wrong shaft.
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Re: Game Improvement Irons

Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:32 pm

Posted by Brattz


That wasn't the question asked by the poster.....
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Re: Game Improvement Irons

Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:43 am

Posted by streuner


Mizuno EZ irons out of the 2014 series are really cheap to buy and good irons if you can go with the massive offset of their heads. If the gunmetal colour is a problem, try to find jpx 800hd irons, beautyfull and cheap also. 
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