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The Mizuno MP-18 MMC irons are the most forgiving of the new MP-18 irons. Multi material construction creates a different feel.
If you’re including the MMC FLI HI, Mizuno released four different irons this past fall. You would be forgiven for wondering if that leads to some overlap. We tested the MP-18 MMC against the other irons in the Mizuno line up to see how much they stand apart from the others.
The Mizuno MP-18 MMC irons are designed to blend into a set with the MP-18 MBs and the MP-18 SCs. The top line is slightly thicker than the MP-18 SC, and there’s a bit more offset. Next to the SC, the MMC looks pretty similar, but it’s noticeably different than the MB. Overall, it’s still a good looking player’s iron.
In the bag, the MMC is every bit as clean as the MB and SC. The titanium plate near the sole puts a little more chrome on the back compared to the other two, but the paint-free look is still very classy.
Sound & Feel
The feel of the MMC is good, but it’s noticeably different than the MP-18 MB or MP-18 SC. On flush shots, the MMC produces a firmer feel than the other two irons. The sound is more “click-y” which enhances that harder feel. In the larger scope of things, this is still an iron with above average feel, but, for me, it falls short next to its brothers.
Launch monitor testing showed me that the MP-18 SC provided a lot of forgiveness compared to the MB. Stepping from the SC to the MMC, the gap is not nearly as large. Mishits toward the toe or heel had 1 or occasionally 2 MPH more ball speed with the MMC than the SC. While that’s not nothing, I don’t know that it’s the kind of difference you would notice on the course.
Where the MMC did impress me was in launch and spin. Launch and spin numbers were nearly identical from the MMC to the SC to the MB. This allows you to create your blended set based on the forgiveness you want without needing to worry about different ball flights and bad yardage gaps.
The MMC also allowed for all the shot shaping that the MB and SC did. If you have the ability, the MMC can help you create any trajectory or curvature that you want.
For me, the MP-18 MB is as good as any blade on the market. I think the MP-18 SC hits the sweet spot in terms of blending forgiveness with stellar looks and feel. When lined up against those two irons, the MP-18 MMC falls a little flat. The jump in forgiveness from the SC to the MMC isn’t huge, but there is a noticeable loss in terms of looks and feel. If you need a lot of extra help in the long irons, I think the MP-18 MMC FLI HI is the way to go.