Mizuno MP-18 MB Irons Review

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The Mizuno MP-18 MB irons are beautiful, and they have breath-taking feel.  You will need your A-game to play these.

Introduction

A new set of blades is sure to light up golf social media, but the Mizuno MP-18s have had a special kind of buzz.  Since we first saw pictures of them in pro’s bags a few months back, gear nerds have been going gaga for them.  It’s not hard to see why – they’re as clean looking as irons can be.  The question is, does a set belong in your bag?

Looks

It won’t take more than a cursory look at the comments on Instagram, Twitter, or in the forums to know that the Mizuno MP-18 irons have struck a chord with golfers.  It’s been a non-stop stream of fire and eyeball emojis.

What surprised me when I first got them in hand was that the top line is a little thicker than I expected.  It’s still plenty thin – no one will confuse it for a GI iron – but it’s not an old school butter knife.

The other elements are exactly what you’d expect: virtually no offset, compact blade length, and killer looks in the bag.  Not that it’s surprising, but Mizuno still deserves a tip of the hat for keeping this blade clean on the back.  If you need to add some color, you can paint fill the “running bird” logo, but I think this look is perfection.

Sound & Feel

The MP-18 irons live up to the tagline “Nothing feels like a Mizuno.”  When you catch a ball on the center of the face, the feel is spectacular: soft, responsive, with a touch of crispness to keep it from being mushy.  If you try one, you’ll immediately understand why people play blades – it’s this feel.

What’s nice about the MP-18 MB is that it doesn’t feel too punishing on mishits.  The feedback is exemplary – you’ll be able to locate your strikes with extreme precision – but missed shots don’t sting like they can on other blades.

Performance

If you were hoping for a surprise in this section, you’re going to be disappointed.  The Mizuno MP-18 irons are pure blades, and they demand your best.  On centered strikes, they send the ball a long way on a strong, beautiful trajectory.  When you miss, you’ll see the ball speed and distance dip.

What did surprise me about the MP-18s is how consistent the launch and spin were on small misses.  With other blades, a thin shot can launch in the single digits with huge spin.  These Mizunos aren’t going to cover up a shot off the bottom groove, but a slightly thin shot still launches high with a penetrating flight.

The allure of gaming the MP-18 MBs is that you have absolute control over your ball.  From the long irons through the pitching wedge, you will not get a single result that will surprises you.  If you’re a player with the skill to hit all the shapes and trajectories, these irons will deliver.

Conclusion

If you’re a high end ball striker, it doesn’t get much better than the Mizuno MP-18 MB irons.  These are among the best feeling irons on the market, they look sensational, and they’ll give you total control of your golf ball.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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17 Comments

  1. I noticed that quality club makers like srixon and mizuno use dynamic gold shafts. I own a set of Srixon 545 that came with r300 dynamic gold.
    Is there a reason why use a lot of them.

    • Matt Saternus

      Robin,

      Dynamic Gold is certainly a quality product, but I think it’s the stock shaft in so many clubs simply because it’s been a reliable default option for so long. Success begets more success because it’s something every player knows and has used.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Aksel Nielsen

    Will you review the mmc version aswell ?

  3. Hi Matt,
    Nice review, I always love Mizuno .
    How do you compare these with your Miura blades MB 001 that you tested last year?

    Thank you,

    • Matt Saternus

      Richard,

      It’s just a matter of preference between the two – which feel you prefer and what shape you like. For me, the Miura wins on feel, but I can see others preferring the Mizuno.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. I’ve been working hard in the bay this winter to shave off the last 2 points from my index, and I have never been more ready for a season to start. I’m playing DCI 962s that I got off Ebay and new irons are definitely coming soon. This is obviously my first foray into the equipment jungle, and the thing that has me a little confused is the question of “forgiveness.” Reviewers always say things like “You will need your A-game to play these” when reviewing blades or even cavity backs like the SCs. The GolfTec near me has the Mizuno MBs and the Callaway Apex MBs and I have been toying with them. What, in your opinion, defines a “mis-hit”? I’ll catch it 1/2″ inside center every third or fourth shot and still get a nice flight and acceptable distance. I definitely know I missed it but nobody else on the course would (unless I tell them). I love the way MBs look and feel, and I think I have the game for them. A tight draw is my stock shot, but I can move it left to right when I have to. I was hitting 150 yard knockdown 7 irons today one after another. The pros at GT are talking about JPX 900s for me. Nice clubs but I’m not in love with them.

    What should I do?

    • Matt Saternus

      Andy,

      If you’ve hit the clubs yourself, seen results that you’re happy with, and you like the look and feel, what’s the question? :)

      When I talk about forgiveness, the main thing I’m looking at is distance loss. With a blade, you’re going to lose more distance on the same miss compared to a cavity back. If that’s not a big deal, or you don’t miss that often, then play the blades.

      Also, this: https://pluggedingolf.com/should-you-play-blades/

      Best,

      Matt

      • Thanks for the reply Matt. Interesting article. Score definitely matters. Maybe there’s a blended bag in my future.

  5. How would you compare these clubs to the Taylormade P730s in terms of feel and forgiveness?

    • Matt Saternus

      Vic,

      I didn’t test the P730, but my guess is that they’re very similar in forgiveness.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Nick Moss

    Do you happen to know the blade lengths of the MB vs SC? Thank you!

  7. How would you compare to the MP-29?

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      I don’t have enough experience with the MP-29’s to make a good comparison.

      Best,

      Matt

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