Like the Tour the Forged also features a “stability frame” design with a stronger toe area and topline for increased stability on off-center hits and a new more durable Pearl Brush finish.
Since Mizuno irons were number one on Tour back in the 90’s anchored by Nick Faldo Tiger Woods and numerous others who appreciated the buttery forged feel of the MP-14 and MP-29 models purists have held the brand in exceptionally high esteem.
The new TS2 features several design elements that contribute to making it significantly longer than the previous 917 D2 including an extremely thin titanium crown that’s approximately 20% thinner.
The new Z H85 hybrids are designed with a larger profile for more confidence at address and more overall forgiveness. The same stepped crown design featured on the Z-series fairways is also in play with the hybrids producing a lower CG for improved launch and distance characteristics.
Now Mizuno is launching a newly revamped JPX 919 line with a traditional look and impressive technologies that make the three new models worth a serious look for players of all handicap levels.
But when the company introduced the JPX line a few years back some questioned the look of the matte finish and where the new sticks fit in with the vaunted MP line.
Comfort is maximized through the use of Puma’s proprietary Ignite foam in the midsole a design that also provides energy return with each step as well as plenty of stability during the swing.
In addition a Crown Step design lowers the CG allowing for improved launch characteristics. The Z F85 comes standard with a Project X HZRDUS Red 65 shaft and is available in 13.5° 15° and 18°.
The newest version also features a forged construction similar to the Z 585 and Z 785 irons but is built with a hollow club head and high-strength face insert that allows the club to behave more like a wood. What this means is higher launch higher flight and more distance for a wide variety of players.
Start at address so you can ensure that you have a flatstick that fits your body and posture. Unlike full-swing clubs that droop and bend significantly in a dynamic motion putters stay about the same during the stroke so getting a length and loft that complement your setup is an important first step.
In addition the Z 785 comes stock with the exceptional Project X HZRDUS Black shaft which is hand made in San Diego for the utmost consistency (fyi – they go for about $300 in the aftermarket). For those considering this good-looking new stick it promotes a more boring low-spin trajectory and enhanced workability over the non-adjustable Z 585 model.
A slightly rounded toe shape and wider area in the front of the shoe improve traction and comfort while foam sockliners mold to your feet for improved fit. The Sport BOOST 3 is also built with an “Energy Sling” design that helps direct energy transfer more efficiently.