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Mizuno MX-1000 Irons Review

Each year consumers are inundated with new iron sets and it can get extremely confusing as to what set will work best for what type of golfer you are. Mizuno has taken a unique approach into the idea by having a larger amount of options to fit just about any player out there, but one type of golfer always seemed to be left out of the bunch in our opinion, from the Mizuno line of irons and that was the golfer looking for maximum forgiveness without sacrificing a lot of the feel and performance that Mizuno irons are synonymous with. In the inaugural issue of THP: The Magazine, we got a chance to take a look at the Mizuno MX-1000 irons and came away extremely impressed and wanted to be able to do a full review for our readers of the website as well.

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The new MX-1000 Hot Metal irons were developed with a super high COR and a massive MOI for AMAZING DISTANCE AND FORGIVENESS. The Hot Metal construction of the MX-1000 is created by plasma welding a thin, hot, ES230 maraging steel face to a high tech stainless steel body. This exotic construction delivers COR numbers that reach the legal limit, which results in incredible distance for your iron shots. Moreover, Hollow Technology construction with internal extreme MOI weighting creates a super low and deep COG, which delivers an easy, high and straight ball flight. The MX-1000 with Hot Metal technology is the longest and straightest iron we have ever developed, and it is sure to take your game to a whole new level.

*Hot Metal construction provides amazing distance and forgiveness
*Hollow Technology construction with optimized internal weighting for maximum forgiveness and an easy, high launch
*Two-toned durable double nickel chrome plated finish and finely detailed electroformed medallion
*Modified U-grooves; which conform to the Condition of competition 2010, produce the ideal spin rate for maximum playability in all conditions.
*Aggressively beveled sole design for maximum forgiveness and consistent playability from all types of lies.

The MX-1000 irons look different than just about any Mizuno iron before them. They offer a slightly larger club head, closer to that of most Game Improvement (GI) irons and a thicker topline as well. The finish is on the clubs is a wonderful anti-glare satin look that has no issues at all in the sun light. The sole of the club is beveled towards the cavity and shows off the classic Mizuno logo and the iron number. Inside the cavity is where this club separates itself from almost every Mizuno we have seen previously. Black and yellow color scheme matching that of the MX-700 driver we reviewed last year the MX-1000 irons are seemingly more busy than most we have come to enjoy from this brand over the years. Not necessarily in a bad way, just different than those classic and elegant looks we have come to expect from this line of clubs. The overall package is a great blend of classic lines and edges with a modern twist that wreaks of technology.

Slightly Thicker Topline & Sole

Forgiveness and performance, is it possible to have this kind of blend in a GI iron? Mizuno believes that you can with what they are billing as their “longest and straightest” iron to date. On the range we found the creative thoughts behind the MX-1000s to be true as these irons offered a nice high ball flight and were straight as an arrow. As a single digit handicap golfer that plays different irons each week, I still prefer the straight ball rather than having the ability to move it left and right, but with this set, I had no issue producing draws and/or fades with each shot. Something we do not see often with GI irons and was a very pleasant surprise. In the hands of the testers, more than 80% (out of 14 golfers) said that they were getting more distance with the MX-1000 irons than that of their current set. I was not one of them however. I did not see a distance increase, but did not see a decrease either.

The feel is where the Mizuno irons shined in my hands as the clubs offer incredible feedback and perhaps unlike any other GI set I have previously tested in that regards. As is expected with most Mizuno irons, they offer an incredibly soft feel at impact and tremendous feedback on your missed shots. Where they differentiated themselves from many other Mizuno irons is that when you do miss, the added forgiveness is incredibly helpful and keeps the shots on line like the best of them.

One of the local testers that tried the MX-1000 irons out on the course was kind enough to post his findings on the irons both on the actual course and the range before the round. Click here to check out his forum post in which he details his thoughts on feel, performance, forgiveness, and more.

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I was able to put these in my bag for multiple rounds as well as countless range sessions and each time out, I try and find something wrong with them to no avail. The MX-1000 irons from Mizuno offer a rare blend of forgiveness and feel that we just do not see very often. Feel is a very subjective topic, but when you have almost every person that tries the set come back and say “These feel incredible”, you know you are onto something.

The ball flight is extremely high, but it was not one in which the ball falls out of the sky and loses distance because of it. We found the flight to be perfect for the forgiveness and performance that these clubs offer. The irons were fitted with the True Temper GS95 shaft and it works in perfect harmony with the club head to produce a shot selection that would make just about any golfer happy. One issue that myself and a few others had with the clubs was the stock grip. It was a little too slick for what some liked, but that is an easy and inexpensive fix.

During my testing I was able to transition to these clubs nicely from other sets that we have been testing and the biggest reason for that was the forgiveness. The weighting that these offer really work hard to square the club face up at impact and when it simply cannot happen, the added forgiveness keeps the ball as straight as you can expect from an iron.

Mizuno really has come to the market with a 2010 lineup that is as strong as any out there. There is an iron for just about every golfer in their stable and the MX-1000 we believe was the last puzzle piece missing for those golfers that wanted to experience incredible feel without sacrificing the forgiveness that they need when their game is off just a little bit. Combining feel, performance, and forgiveness in one package is never an easy thing to accomplish, but Mizuno has been able to do just that. The retail price is going to be about $1000, so it is on the higher end. For more information on this set or any other set in their lineup, check out the Mizuno website at www.mizunousa.com.

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Josh B.

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  • So what to buy? Mizuno MX-1000 or Callaway Diablo Edge?
    Also: I’m a new player.

  • That is solely up to the player. Hit them both and see which one works better for your swing. If I were you and a new player, I would start cheap and put the money towards lessons first. Just my opinion.

  • Great review. I personally love the look of these and sounds like the performance is there in a very forgiving package. Thanks for showing these to us JB!

  • Nice write-up JB.

    I came away after playing these being a fan. This is one of those rare cases where the distance increase was too much for me and would have left me with a 25 yard gap between my gap wedge and pitching wedge. I loved the high straight ball flight and ability to work the ball if you wanted.

    I think anyone that is in the market for new irons should give these a test run.

  • Would you still give the nod to the Machspeed irons over the MX-1000’s ?

  • EJ,
    Totally different irons. Im not sure comparing them does either justice. One is more forgiving and less workable and hte other offers more of a blend.

  • If you have tried the MX-900 and/or MX-950 irons, how does the MX-1000 compare ?

  • Erwin,
    We found them to feel very different than the previous models. Softer. They were also longer in distance by a good half of a club.

  • I liked this review and the forum review as well. About the being more “busy”, you don’t notice it at address,so that wouldn’t bother me. Also, I like the way they look anyway!

  • You said comparing them wouldnt do them justice, one is more forgiving and less workable, (this the machspeed?) and the mx-1000 would be more of a blend?

  • computergeek,
    That is correct. The MachSpeeds are borderline SGI rather than GI and the comparisons really do not do either club justice. They are very different irons.

  • It might be time to replace the RAC’s. I really love the look of the 200’s but my game would probably benefit more from these.

  • Hey,

    I always enjoy your reviews. Can you sum up what the HIGHER handicap testers felt about these irons? Are they even in the same class as the Diablo, Machspeed, Rapture V2, etc?? These seem to me to be a club for the low double digit handicapper and better. Am I wrong or mis-reading your review?

  • Nalajr,
    As with all GI irons, they are adding forgiveness and will assist just about any player of higher handicaps. Some of those clubs you mention border on SGI which are ultra forgiving and are used by players that struggle with off center hits more frequently. These irons will be fine for most high handicappers.

  • Great review! Please compare these to the MX 300 for a 12 handicap.

  • Moe,
    They are different irons completely. The MX-300s have a smaller club head, less offset, thinner top line and are geared more towards a players iron. The MX-1000 adds more forgiveness on mis-hits for a person wanting to hit it high and straight.

  • I have AP1’s with KBS shafts, how would you compare the MX1000 to the AP1’s in terms of forgiveness & feel. 10 hcap with less time to play, looking for straight, long & forgiving with decent feel.


  • I just bought these and am an 18 handicap and I tested the 1000’s as well as V2’s and Diablos. I can hit the ball fairly far (6 iron/180) but can sometimes struggle with consistency of my ball striking which can lead to off target shots more often than I would like.

    Granted, I only spent about two hours hitting balls with the three sets of clubs on the grass range but the Mizuno’s were in my mind the best of the three clubs. By far. I was not all that impressed with the Diablos and the V2’s were good but the club was a little more difficult to position @ address than the Mizunos. Also, the weighting of the 1000’s was what ultimately sealed the deal for me.

    They are not cheap @ $125 per club but the fitter I used included the shaft and grip upgrade at n/c to help ease the pain. It’s a steep price to pay for new sticks but I plan on hitting them for at least 8-10 years so the cost will be worth it!

  • Well Diablo and MX-1000 is same price here. What once are best?

  • Martin,
    There really are no best. THey are different irons and it will come down to personal preference. I found the Diablos are looking and more forgiving, but the Mizunos offered better feel and more workability. Check it out and make sure you are personally fit for whatever set you decide on.

  • thx, do you think i should more clubs? If so any suggestions?

  • That is perhaps a question better suited for the forum on the site. There are so many great sets out right now.

  • JB; Can you give comparisons to the 200 in terms of forgiveness by location on the club head and feel? Do you think this stock shaft works well for a tweener who hits medium to low shots? I am a 15-17 hcp.

  • Greg,
    The MX-1000s are much more forgiving. Off the toe and high on the club face the MX-1000s offer great forgiveness and the MX200s can just not match that. However they can match it and surpass them in workability.

  • You reviewed these Mizunos a couple of weeks after you reviewed the Nike Machspeed irons, and I’m intrigued by both reviews (I’m what might politely be called a “SGI” player in search of clubs.). So, my question is, which clubs would you choose for a SGI like me? Would you still have purchased the Nikes if you’d reviewed the clubs in reverse order (i.e., Mizunos first, Nikes second)? I’ve tried the Mizunos and I like them, but I’ve only tried the Nike Slingshots (not the Machspeeds) and honestly wasn’t that impressed with them. Thanks, Kim

  • Ditto on the great reviews. I’m a 15 handicapper, that now plays only occasionally. I have Ping I3s which I have loved and played for 10 years, but all my golfer buddies have been telling me the new irons are significantly better. I’ve been dying to test both the MX300 and the MX1000…given my handicap (and playing less than 10x/year), is one likely to be better for me than the other? My mishits are more typically a hook with the iron than not (I hit a 6 iron 170). Thanks!

  • E Lee,
    I would say the MX-1000s for the added forgiveness, but this might be a better question for some of our forum members.

  • I’m weighing between the forged mx-950, and the mx-1000 which I’ve tried at GolfSmith and really like. The Matby Playability factor has the mx-950 at 535 while the mx-1000 at 463 (less “playable”). I’ve not however a chance to actually try the 950, so I’m asking for your opinion. I’m also unclear whether forged vs non-forged matters. I’m a 20 handicap. Thanks.

  • I have recently purchased the mx1000″s wth gs95 shafts.. hdcap index 8.3 but lower in the past. these replaced my mx25’s and now have 10 rounds on the 1000’s. these are great clubs, especially for seniors like me. don’t get to practice as much as i used to. the look is passable, ball flight is high, straight,very good feel and feedback and sound, and at least one club longer. easy to draw or fade, though not like a blade ( is that bad??) still hit balls on the range with mx14’s and then play with these. it’s almost like cheating.
    all you low handicappers— get over it! dont be afraid to take advantage of the fine technology out there. this is another great mizuno product…

  • very nice review JB, if they weren’t so expensive I would have had them in my bag. I was wondering if you would have time to review the cobra s2 max irons any time soon? they seem to be great sgi’s as well and have a much nicer price point. so yeah would you be able to? would be greatly appreciated

  • crazzy,
    We would love to review the Cobra irons, but we can only review what has been sent to us and we requested the Cobra irons and they said they would prefer not having them reviewed. Not sure what that means, but it does mean we will not be reviewing them. Sorry.

  • thankyou admin for the quick response, greatly appreciate it! haha cobra got scared that a site with real reviews will expose the flaws in their clubs. thanks again!

  • i want a different shaft in these, im stuck between a few, the dynamic golf 300, ns. pro 950, project x 5,5.5 and 6 all steel, im a 10 handicap,nice swing speed not fast not slow, which will perform best in these irons?

  • Meat,
    Mizuno offers free shaft fittings at almost every store that sells these irons. It takes very little time. Shafts perform different for different swings. Getting your clubs fit for you would be the best way to figure out what shaft to get.

  • I had the MX-100’s and I was very well pleased with them until I hit the MX-1000. These are unbelieveable in that the ball flight is high but still they are longer and straighter than any club that I have ever tried before. The ball goes in one direction only–straight and a draw or cut shot is not a function of their design. I love them.

  • Could you compare the MX 1000-s to the JPX 800’s please?

  • I would be curious how they compare to the JPX 800’s as well…

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