Mizuno is mainly recognized as a premium golf club maker. Their irons are considered to be among the best in the world and they are a definite leader in the forged iron market.
One of the clubs that we get the most emails about however is the Mizuno MX-17 which ironically is not part of the forged iron family and fits in more as a mid-range club.
Most people will tell you that the MX-17 is just a cast version of the MX-23 but it isn’t. The MX-17 is definitely more of a game improvement style iron than the 23. The 17 has an extremely low center of gravity, the lowest of any Mizuno club ever built, a lot of offset, big sweetspot, and a wide sole and topline. All of these combine to make the MX-17 a very forgiving iron, and with an undercut cavity this iron features most of the characteristics present in today’s game improvement irons. The MX-17 is available in True Temper Dynalite Gold steel or Mizuno Exsar Blue graphite shafts. The Dynalite Gold is suitable for most players but the Exsar only for low swing speed players.
While the MX-23 from Mizuno is designed for forgiveness and control with a great feel the MX-17 is designed for ultimate forgiveness. It is a club that targets the recreational/high handicap group. As expected it lacks the same great feel that is present in the Mizuno forgings but it also comes in at a much lower price tag. The MX-17 is a decent iron but the Cleveland TA6 and Nike NDS irons are a better club at a lower price.
Overall Rating – 60%
Target Handicap – 15+
Ball Flight – High
Offset – Maximum
Finish – Mirror Satin
Construction – Cast Stainless Steel
Stock Shafts – True Temper Dynalite Gold steel, Mizuno Exsar Blue graphite