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The Mizuno MP-20 MMC irons have good-not-great looks and feel while providing slightly more forgiveness than the MP-20 blades.
The MP-20 MMC irons are the middle child of the fall 2019 Mizuno line-up. They’re neither as beautiful as the MP-20 blades (review HERE) nor as forgiving as the MP-20 HMB (review HERE). Are these irons a perfect compromise or a tweener without a clear audience? We tested them to find out.
At address, the MMC looks more like the MP-20 blade than the HMB. There’s not too much offset, and the top line is only marginally thicker than the blade.
In the bag, the MP-20 MMC is the busiest of the MP-20 irons. There’s a shallow cavity that dominates most of the back, a shiny chrome badge near the sole, and five small bits of branding. Individually, the running bird logo, “MP-20,” “MMC,” “Tungsten,” and “Titanium” aren’t over the top, but this iron would look much cleaner with fewer words.
Sound & Feel
The previous generation of the MMC had a feel that was noticeably firmer than what golfers expect from Mizuno. That continues to be true in the MP-20 MMC. When you miss the sweet spot, the ball feels hard and heavy on the face. Centered shots feel fine but are not rewarding like they are in the MP-20 blade.
One advantage to the hard feel of mishits is that it makes the feedback very clear. Both your hands and your ears will know instantly when you’ve made a poor swing.
In exchange for giving away the looks and feel of the MP-20 blade, the MMC player is supposed to get more forgiveness. While the MMC is certainly easier to hit than the MP-20 blade, the level of forgiveness is uninspiring. You don’t need to move far into the toe or heel to lose an entire club of distance, and thin shots tend to fly on life threatening trajectories.
When struck pure, the Mizuno MP-20 MMC is a solid performer. It has very good ball speed for a traditional looking iron. The spin is slightly lower than the MP-20 blade and a touch higher than the MP-20 HMB. In the broader picture, it’s a fairly low spinning iron better suited to player who already create a lot of spin.
For me, the Mizuno MP-20 MMC iron is an unsatisfying tweener. It’s not as rewarding to hit as a true blade, nor does it have the forgiveness of many players cavity backs. The slightly strong lofts and low spin also make it an interesting puzzle from a fitting perspective. While I’m sure the MMC will find fans among the Mizuno faithful, I’m left confused as to the necessity of this offering.