Expert Review: Mizuno MP 225 IronsPublished on 05/21/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the iron, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the iron, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
The Mizuno MP 225 is a high-launch, high-ball speed iron set to help golfers hit the ball further and create higher ball flights. In addition, these irons are a higher launching and more forgiving version of the MP 221 irons.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 Mizuno MP 225
- Loft setting: Standard
- Shaft type: Project X 6.5 Rifle
- Shaft flex: X-stiff
- Average score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-High
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Club swing speed: 7 iron-95mph
- When I bought the club: May 2022
- Days tested: 60+
- Where I’ve used it: TrackMan and GC4 simulators and various golf courses
- Weather and wind conditions: Wind, rain, and warm and cold climates
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a small head size and hollow body irons to help launch the ball higher and increase the ball speed. I also wanted the iron to have a great feel, design, and sound.
Why I chose this club
I chose the Mizuno MP 225 irons over the TaylorMade P790 irons because I liked the design more. They are a more aesthetically pleasing iron with better performance, consistency, distance, and feel.
What I love about it
- Distance: The Mizuno MP 225 irons are very long. Due to the hollow body construction and strong lofts, the iron is lighter than a typical blade allowing for increased swing speeds. This increased swing speed helps increase distance, making these irons extremely long for the clubhead size.
- Forgiveness: These irons are very forgiving due to the increased tungsten weighting to create a deeper and lower center of gravity. A lower center of gravity pushed back deep into the clubhead helps increase launch while also creating a larger sweet spot to make these irons more forgiving. I have hit shots out of the iron's toe and heel and found they still go very straight, and only very bad swings create bad misses.
- Feel: These irons feel really good when hit out of the sweet spot. They have a copper underlay behind the clubface, creating a softer feel at impact, allowing for better feedback and a soft, responsive feel. The only problem with the feel of these irons is that mishit shots feel dead and dull due to the hollow body iron head.
- Workability: These irons are not nearly as workable as a blade like the MP 221 or Titleist MB irons. However, these are the most workable on the market for this category of iron (hollow body). I found no problems shaping the ball left or right and controlling launch numbers to hit flighted or higher golf shots.
- Shaft Feel: The Project X rifle shafts have my favorite feel out of any iron shafts. These shafts do not have a designated kick point, and as a result, the whole shaft feels very stiff and string through the golf ball, which is perfect for my faster aggressive swing.
- Shaft Performance: The Project X 6.5 shaft is perfect for me due to my faster swing speeds. The extra weight helps prevent the ball from spinning too much and keeps the launch angle lower. These shafts are also extremely responsive, which allows me to feel where the golf club is at all points in my swing to help hit the center of the face more often.
- Aesthetic Appeal: These irons are beautiful with a full satin brush finish, giving a sleek, simple design. Additionally, this finish helps reduce the glare from the sun, which many players will love. Mizuno has some of the best-looking irons ever created, and this iron set is no different—beautiful irons that all players will love.
- Launch Angle: The MP 225 irons are designed to be a high launch iron for players who struggle to get the ball in the air. As a result, the center of gravity is moved back and low on the club to create a higher launch angle on all shots. These irons are perfect for golfers who need help launching the ball higher to land softer into greens to lower scores.
- Spin: These irons are nothing special when it comes to spin. They do not drastically decrease spin to increase distance and do not increase standard spin to increase forgiveness. As a result, this iron falls right in the middle of the spin category and consistently produces optimal spin numbers to maximize my scores.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Sound: These irons sound firm and strong, like they are compressing the golf ball perfectly every time. However, on off-center strikes and mishits, the hollow body iron design creates a very dull and dead sound that is not appealing to the ears. Overall these irons sound fine, but most hollow body irons have a poor sound on mishit shots.
- Adjustability: There is no adjustability once the clubs are purchased, aside from bringing them to a local golf shop to use the loft machine to adjust the loft or lie.
- Grip Feel: These irons come with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips, which are great for the first month of use. However, after a short while, the grip wears out and becomes very slick. I recommend the MCC of Z-Grip from Golf Pride because they last longer.
Best shot with this club
The best shot I hit with these irons was on a par 3 at my home golf course. The par 3 was 182 yards, and I hit the 8 iron. I hit a little fade, starting it on the left side of the green and turning it back towards the back left pin location. The ball landed right next to the pin, and from my point of view, it looked like it lipped out but ultimately ended up a foot from the pin for a tap in birdie.
Value for the money vs. other options
The closest competitor to the MP 225 irons is the TaylorMade P790 irons. The MP 225s and P790s cost roughly $1,300, which means the differences in value come down to the performance. I think the MP 225 irons look better and have a much better feel. Furthermore, the Mizuno MP 225 irons launch higher and go a few yards further with each iron. As a result, I recommend the Mizuno MP 225 irons as the best hollow body iron on the market, but if someone is looking for a cheaper set, then the Mizuno MP-20 HMB irons are the previous model which can be bought used for around $600-700.
The Mizuno MP 225 irons are great for golfers of all skill levels looking to increase distance and launch angle to help lower scores. In addition, these irons are great for any golfer who wants a small, blade-like head shape with added forgiveness and launch.