MX-23 Golf Irons
On 2010-05-03, VA Golfer rated this a 5...(8690)
Par or Better Believe the hype! Purchased Mizuno MX-23 set off ebay based solely on internet reviews and 2 acquantances who swear by Mizuno. First swing with the 7 iron and it was like no other iron I've ever hit. Get steel shafts for pinpoint accuracy. I was even hitting the 3and4 well by just amping up my tempo at the bottom of the swing for added club head speed. Nothing not to like! Top notch. Use iron head covers for extra TLC as forged irons can be fragile. To avoid rust just make sure clubs are not wet before using covers.
If you want a game improvement iron and already have a good smooth swing, get these clubs. They are easy to hit. Just put the club behind the ball and pretend you're taking a practice swing. Forget the ball is there and then watch it fly high and straight.
On 2006-04-20, walking is golf, cart is recreation rated this a 5...(6818)
Rifle shaft, stiff flex Playing for 20 years. For irons, I have plenty of distance, but haven't had enough pin seeking iron shots. 70's Bought this unit at Nevada Bob's The mx-23 Mizuno irons are long and straight. I shoot in the high 70s and was torn between these and the mp-32s, known more as a player's club. I tested both, and went with my gut. These clubs are easy to launch for 10-20 handicaps, but for the lower handicappers who aren't scratch you can control your ball flight. Unlike some of the new technology, you still have the ability to move the ball left and right. Great feedback. Once you go forged, you never go back... I'll be a nitpicker here. The mp 60 was better around the green, but not by much. I'm not stupid..I know you score around the greens. But the difference was so minimal it didn't outweigh the pinpoint accuracy. Unless you hit the ball so well you could hit blades, stick with this unit. Great looking iron set that sets up well. Mizuno forging is fantastic.
If you want to see a play, you go to Broadway. If you want to see beauty, you go to the Grand Canyon. If you want to buy irons, you get Mizuno. It's true, they are the best. For me, and you if you shoot between 75-90 and want to get better, get the mx-23. If you hit a solid ball and score well, get the mp-32.
On 2005-12-02, Bluebomber rated this a 5...(6458)
Been playing about 30 years to a 10 handicap. I enjoy a good challenge and have played some pretty tough courses in Florida, Myrtle Beach, and New Mexico rated in the Top 100. I'm a straight hitter of about average length. 80's I saw plenty of reviews of this club so I decided to demo a set at a local golf store.
Wow....from the first swing, I knew I wanted them. There's no comparison to forged once you've hit them. I've played Callaway X14's, Lynx Black Cat, and Hogan Edge (the originals), but the MX-23's have them all beat, hands down. Their feel, playability, craftsmanship, and look...all superb. I paid $630...well-spent.
Everything !!! The feel is near-spiritual, and they look fantastic, too. The first time out, I was hitting the ball about 5 yards further than my Callaways; after a few more rounds, I was an easy club longer, and if I push it just a little, I can smack it pretty well; I hit a 7 iron almost 170 yards yesterday. Maybe it's the club, or maybe the confidence I have in them...I just know I'm hitting it farther and with better results. I played in a 20-35 mph wind last week and found no problem hitting punch shots long, straight, and low.
The third time I played, I hit a couple of shots stiff...within 3 feet of the hole. That just raises my confidence in the club. Haven't found anything yet. Not wild about the grips, but I change them about once a year anyway, so it's not a major issue. Absolutely top notch all around. They're almost a work of art rather than a golf instrument. Mizuno has a reputation for high quality and it's well-deserved. If these ever get damaged or stolen, I'll get myself another set of Mizuno's.
Buy them. Buy them now. Give yourself a treat. If you have a game and swing that's reasonably "servicable", then you can use these clubs. Once you used forged, you'll say goodbye to cast clubs forever.
On 2005-11-21, bluebomber rated this a 5...(6425)
I've been playing 20 years with a 10 handicap 80's I bought these clubs at a store in Maryland for slightly less than full retail. They are, by far, the best club I've ever used. I've had Tommy Armour 845's, Lynx Black Cat, Callaway X14's, and Hogan Edge (the originals). Forged is absolutely the only way to go if you have the game for them. These clubs have balance, feel, craftsmanship, and most of all, they play extremely well. First time out, I was hitting the ball about 10 yards further and my only problem was flying over the green with my approach until I got used to the extra distance. Not a thing. If I could rate them higher, I would !!! The craftmanship is superb all the way around. Mizuno knows how to make clubs !!!
Buy them! Buy them !! Buy them !! You won't regret it. My biggest mistake was waiting so long to get them.
On 2005-06-22, mr_divots rated this a 5...(5700)
Serious player for 4 seasons now. Current 9.0 handicap. 80's Purchased new off Ebay from Waveland golf. Saved $200 off retail cost. Shipped to me direct from Mizuno with my custom specs. I owned a set of MP-33's, but they were a little much to handle, even when I was down to a 7 handicap. I missed the soft forged feel, but wanted a more forgiving design. These have been a joy to hit. The long irons are almost like forged hybrids they are so easy to hit. The mid and short irons have progressively reduced cavities to allow for more shaping of shots with the scoring irons. I went with Dynalite Gold shafts w/ sensicore. Despite being a slightly lighter shaft, these are still D4 swingweight and have a substantial feel about them. The forged feel is sweet. The sole widths are wider and hard to hit it fat. This is nice, as I play soft conditions alot and have a steeper swing. The one little picky thing is that with the "pocket" cavities in the long irons, it's hard to get them dry when cleaning them. Need to fold the corner of a towel to get it in there. No big deal. Those same cavities make them SOOOO easy to hit, it is well worth it. Nice to look at, even nicer to hit. So far, I couldn't be happier with them. One nice change was that Mizuno now imprints the serial numbers (apparently via a laser) on the clubhead itself, rather than on the plastic hosels, giving them a cleaner look.
These are a fine set of irons, suitable for a wide range of golfers. Probably too much correction built in for scratch players, but mid-single digit up to 20 cappers can certainly appreciate these. Die-hard blade players probably won't like their look, but they are certainly more streamlined than most game-improvement sets. I think if a person wants to experience forged clubs, but wants the benefit of forgiveness, these are perfect.
On 2004-07-28, ??? rated this a 5...(3951)
Got this great set off of a friend of mine who works on the mizuno tour van. He gave them to me for $800. Not bad considering that they were off of a tour van and fit correctly for my specs. First off I would like to say that I am 14 years old and a 2 handicap golfer. I used to play a set of rdh blades by henry griffitts. I liked the feel and control of blades, but every other kid that is my age is playing cavity backs. I figued I would give these a try and see what cav's are all about. HOLY S#!T is all I can say about these irons. I got them equiped with the rifle project x shafts in a 7.0(xx-stiff) flex and I will never think about another set of irons for a while. I have added at least 15-20 yards with these. I used to hit a 7 iron 180 yards, now I hit it about 195-200 yards(swing speed 120MPH) NOTHING!! Perfect, the look and feel of these irons is the best.
Best irons out there
On 2004-06-15, freddd rated this a 5...(3767)
Bought at local pro shop demo day. Paid $475 for 5 through PW. I'm using Mizuno Fli-his 21 and 24 degree for 3 and 4 irons. As a 55y/o with a 6 handicap index (and rising), it was time to accept the inevitable and get more "playability" features in my bag. I had been using Ping I3+ Blades. I had forgotten how sweet forged blades feel! These clubs are traditional-looking but very forgiving.They are 8-10 yards longer than my Pings. Nothing. Ordered these with S300 shafts and Winn grips. They arrived in six days.
As a blade player growing up, I'd forgotten the pure feel of a well-struck forged iron after twenty years of playing cast clubs. These are easier to get airborn and hit solidly than my Pings.
On 2004-05-12, Philip rated this a 5...(3640)
Purchased off ebay for $500.00 These clubs look great. Very classy and a solid feel. I am a 7 handicap and I had a set of Ping i3 irons before and these MX-23's are a full club longer than the pings. These are very straight and very forgiving as well. I have played Mizuno irons before and I don't know why I ever changed. Forged irons are so much better than cast. I have heard some negative things about the grips; however, I like the grips and the dynalite shafts. Overall, a super set of irons that I would recommend to any golfer. Not a thing! Forged clubs provide fantastic feel, superior distance and control. These clubs are beautiful to look at, set up nice to the ball and feel very good in my hands. Finally, they are the most forgiving clubs I have ever hit.
I would recommend these irons to anyone looking to improve their game, including low, mid and high handicappers.
On 2004-02-26, Ken Brankline rated this a 5...(2947)
I recently purchased a set of Mizuno MX-23
irons (3-PW) fron Chili Country Club (near Rochester, NY) for $475.00.
I had been using Callaway X-14 irons, which I had been happy with, but decided on switching to forged irons for improved feel.
The club pro who had been giving me lessons, suggest the Mizuno clubs along with a few other brands. I hit them all quite extensively and was most happy with the Mizuno clubs. The feedback from the forged club is greater than the cast clubs without sacraficing forgiveness. The ball seemed to jump off of the club face with an almost effortless swing. There really wasn't anything to dislike about these clubs. The clubs appeared and felt both solid as well as attractive. All construction seemed to be first rate.
The MX-23 seems to be a great new addition to the Mizuno line. They are a great feeling
forged club that also has a high degree of forgiveness. The club sets up well for me and instills a feeling of confidence standing over the ball which I feel is important. I ordered them in 2 degree upright and had the clubs in less than 10 days. I'd suggest them to anyone considering forged clubs in any handicap range.
On 2003-11-08, middlinggolfer rated this a 5...(2530)
Acquired from golf discount store for about $700 after a long search, several fitting sessions and on-course tests to confirm lie and swing speed including on-course testing of a half dozen different brands during an actual round. My index had stalled in the high single digits, and I was looking to correct chronic errors. Determined that I needed 1 degree flat despite my height, and shafts were a half step too stiff. I had been hitting Titleist 690CB with DGstiff shafts, but when I played against a mini-tour player who was playing x16's I realized I could use some of that forgiveness as well. Getting a new set would also let me step down to a slightly less stiff shaft, which I did by getting the Royal Precision Rifle Flighted shafts which give more choices than just Regular or Stiff. What I like best is the ability to get the shot correction on off-center hits that I was seeking without giving up the forged feel, especially on pure shots. Every game improvement club felt dead and clunky compared to a pure shot on my 690CBs, and I just could not bear to lose that sweet feel. This set gives me much more on errors but still gives the feel and feedback I want, probably due to the fact that it is a forged set. Everyone I talked to suggested that the factory grips were inadequate, so I had custom grips installed from the start. This is an oversight by Mizuno for such a fine set of clubs. Extra benefits: the club looks great in the bag and at address, and the chrome finish is clearly much more durable than the Titleist. I have played a couple of dozen rounds with these, and no scratches or dings yet. Not even on the sole. Not even from rocky sand. By this time my 690s already were showing significant wear on the faces and soles, playing the same course in pretty much the same conditions. I am not always on the short grass in the middle, so it is nice not to have the clubs get so dinged up when I have to something other than a sand wedge out of a bunker or hardpan dirt area.
I tried multiple "game improvement" clubs during actual rounds including Callaway x14 and x16 regular and pro, all current Ping models(played with Ping ISI nickel for years), Hogan CFT and Edge, Cobra SSI, MacGregor, alternate Titleist sets. You get the idea. This was the only set that gave me a true forged feel on the course like my beloved 690s, and also provided consistent shot correction on mishits. Every other set I tried only gave me one or the other, not both.
On 2003-10-23, Todd Michaels rated this a 5...(2482)
Aquired these on Ebay and was custom fitted using a questionaire via e-mail that was very interesting and positive in nature, as well as accurate!!!
I'm very happy that I did the custom fitting, being a tall, power hitter!!!
I aquired the Mizuno MX-23 irons to replace a set of Titleist 981's. Mainly because I wanted a forged iron that was nice to look at as well as forgiving, as well as easy to play ... I got that and more.
I paid $540 which included shipping, handling and insurance on the clubs. EVERYTHING!!!!
These are an AWESOME set of clubs and if you pay more than I did at a local pro shop or internet store ...your crazy!!!
They are easy to hit, lovely to look at, forgiving on mishits and feel even better on sweet spot hits. You can also move the ball where you need to with these irons as well as hit the ball further and straighter!
I've taken them out four times since I purchased them and my game has improved each time! I'm hitting a Pitching Wedge 150-175 yards easily, for Pete's Sake!!! Nothing!!! These are a beautiful set of clubs to look at and hit! The construction is second to none and the blue lettering makes for an even classier look!
The Mizuno MX-23 was not my first choice of irons originally! My first choices were the Callaway Pro Series X-16's and the Taylor Made RAC OS followed by the MX-23's.
But ...after hitting the clubs side by side, the choice was clear! The Mizuno MX-23's looked better, played better, felt better and were even cheaper in most instances! I hit the ball higher, straighter and further, with more accuracy & consistency ...than EVER!!!
Bottom line ...GIVE THEM A SWING!!!
On 2003-10-09, ATL rated this a 5...(2458)
Purchased in ATL, GA
Price paid- NOYB This is the first time I have played with a forged club, and I absolutely love it! The feedback on these clubs is incredible. When I miss-hit my shot, the club provides feedback without punishment on the results. The look is very classic, and I feel very confident at address. I am also hitting the ball a good 10-15 yards further with these clubs. Mizuno has put out another great product! Nothing! These irons are put together with excellence. The 3-7 irons have a space bar that provide great forgiveness, and the 8-PW offer more of a MB feel. This provides great ability to work the ball with the scoring irons.
Although the price for these clubs are around $700, I believe it is worth it. These clubs are classic, and they will be in my bag for a long time. I give these irons an excellent recommendation.