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Mizuno irons are known for their incredible feel and unforgiving nature. They are also the benchmark by which all forged irons are judged. However, despite their remarkable sound, feel, and looks, their punishing nature keeps most average players away. Some advances have been made with the likes of the MP-60, MP-15, and JPX, but these compromised on the sexy appeal and buttery feel that Mizzys are revered for. So, Mizuno set out to design a club that offered forgiveness but in the classic Mizuno shape and looks. The goal was also to have a classic iron that could handle these aggressive modern course layouts. The result; the MP-H5. Continue reading this Mizuno MP H5 irons review to find out more.
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A Sleek Update
The MP-H5 succeeds the MP-H4 which came out a few years back. The H4 irons were considered by many Mizuno loyalists as let-downs since despite offering more forgiveness, the look just wasn’t right. There is something wrong with a bulky Mizuno. However, the MP-H5s improve on this shortcoming as they feature a trimmed blade like look with the same level of forgiveness as the H4.
A major talking point about the MP H5 is their aggressive flow technology with the long irons being full hollow while the short irons are half hollow. According to Mizuno, this design achieves the perfect compromise of playability and forgiveness.
Don’t get me wrong; yes, these Mizzys do offer forgiveness, but they are still targeted at players who can strike the ball dead center and handle feedback from mishits.
Therefore if you are in pursuit of a set of irons for those belligerent course layouts, an iron that will deliver higher controllable ball flight, and attack those demanding pin positions with its steep soft landings, then you might want to take a look at these MP-H5s.
Tech-wise there has never been much going on in the Mizuno's. They have always maintained their simplicity which is what drives their cult-like following. However, the MP-H5s, much like all other irons in the MP-H series, were not going to follow this design.
In the long irons i.e. the 1 to 6 irons (yes you can have a 1 and a 2 iron), the MP-H5s feature a full hollow construction design with a high COR maraging steel face, while from the 7 iron through to the PW the irons feature a half hollow 1025 E grain flow forged design which allows for easy launch, soft and consistent feel. The steel face on the long irons allows for easy launch, long and consistent distance.
The MP-H5 also features a cambered trailing edge on the sole which provides the benefits of a wider sole with the interaction and flexibility of a thinner sole.
The tech above may seem modest but for a Mizuno, which is known for little to no technology, there is quite a lot going on in these irons.
Looks and Build
Simple, clean, and beautiful is the only way to describe the MP-H5s. When designing the H5s, the goal was to have a set of irons with the forgiveness of the H4 but still true to the characteristics of the MP series. This, they did with quite some flair.
The simplicity is quite visible on these irons as they do not burden you with flourishes. The only badges on these irons are a Mizuno Runbird logo and an MP-H5 stamp on the top of the club, the iron number on the sole, and a Mizuno wordmark in the cavity; simply gorgeous.
As if this isn’t enough, Mizuno goes on to incorporate two different finishing on the irons which is just exquisite. A brushed finish in the cavity and a chrome finish on the rest of the club.
Unlike the H4 which was bulky and not what many considered a classic Mizzy, the MP-H5 features a thin top line and a compact profile. However, the thin top line leaves some of the hollow parts of the long irons rear visible at address which might put off purists. Nevertheless, the scoring irons are quite tranquil to look at and should be fine for the pickiest players.
The simplicity, delightful finishing, and Mizuno’s ability to fit a game improver into a blade-like iron are more than enough to win these irons the best-dressed award. Nonetheless, they go on to top it off with what is possibly the best looking shaft in golf (KBS Tour C-taper Lite) presenting an amazing package.
True to all Mizuno features - simple with classic lines and great looks. Definitely larger than most MPs but do a remarkable job of concealing it.
Sound and Feel
Mizuno has done some remarkable job on the feel and sound of the MP-H5s as they are consistent throughout the set. This is quite the achievement as these irons feature two different constructions with the 7 to the PW being grain flow forged irons and the 1 to 6 iron featuring a different construction.
The ‘thud’ sound from these irons is in line with the MP series and quite pleasant. The feel, on the other hand, is soft and buttery on center strikes and when we were expecting harsh feedback on mishits, we were surprised that the response wasn’t as severe.
Feel as good as most Mizuno irons in the MP series.
The Mizuno MP-H5s are better player game improver irons and are known for their hallmark feature “launch forgiveness”; i.e. they will assist both in achieving more height and forgiveness.
These irons are not the longest out there but are at par with most irons. However, their consistency is unrivaled (which is what most players are looking for) with very little distance lost on mishits.
They are also fantastic when it comes to turf interaction. Smaller clubs tend to get stuck in the rough while bigger clubs are difficult to get through the grass; the MP-H5s sit perfectly in between and will perform well both on the grass and in the rough.
Another point of interest with the MP-H5s is how they offer more speed and a higher launch. The speed is the same as the MP-15 but a bit slower than the JPX 850.
As for flight, they have a higher flight and a well-behaved spin than the MP-15 but quite similar to the JPX 850. This higher flight and controllable spin can be attributed to the deeper CG thanks to the hollow construction.
Other than the deeper CG, the Mizuno MP-H5 use the KBS Tour C-Taper Lite 110 steel shaft that is 20 grams lighter than a dynamic gold stiff flex. This lighter shaft helps increase the club head speed which improves the launch and speed.
Regarding forgiveness and accuracy, these irons are definitely some of the more forgiving Mizunos. However, they are not magic irons and if you have a hard time with your long irons, you will continue facing the same issues with the MP-H5s.
If you are a high handicapper or mid handicapper on the higher end, you might want to stay away from these irons. The MP-H5s are for better players who want steeper landing angles to confront those aggressive modern courses with a smidgen of forgiveness.
The Final Verdict
When they were launched, the identity of the MP-H5s was not quite clear cut. Were they a viable full set or just long iron replacements? Well, now it’s clear that tour players will definitely use them since they fit the bill: handsome, fantastic sound and feel, consistent distance, workable, and forgiving. However, the line for amateurs isn’t quite clear.
If forgiveness is all you’re interested in, then I would advise the cheaper JPX 850. For driving irons, I would go with the MP-H4s as they are better looking. I know this is contradictory but bear with me. Overall, the MP-H5s are better looking than the H4s. However, when it comes to the driving irons, the H4s trump the H5s.
By and large, a great set that all Mizuno stalwarts will love. On a scale of 5, the Mizuno MP-H5s are a 4.2. May the fore be with you!