The Mizuno MP-H4 follows on from the Fli-Hi irons which we have been big fans of. The original Fli-Hi was a classic, giving you extra forgiveness from a hollow long iron that you could blend into any MP iron set.
The Fli-Hi 2 was a little too much on the Hi side, but we feel that MP-H4 has got the franchise back where it should be.The hollow cavity is a little bigger now and on some of the longer irons you can see it at address which we are not keen on. Apart from that it looks like an MP on steroids with a large head and think top line that gives you the confidence that you won't be losing any fingers on a cold morning.
The sound and feel is excellent as you would expect from a forged iron. But it is the performance where the Mizuno MP-H4 comes into it's own. The flight is maybe a little higher than a normal iron, but it is easy to shape and the wider sole on some of the higher lofts make them very playable from the semi-rough.The sole is bevelled at the back so the effective area in contact with the ground is no more than a good sized cavity back iron. This makes it easy to use on links courses and the 2-iron version really comes into its own here as an ideal lay-up or wind hybrid.The 3 and probably 4 iron at 21 and 24 degrees should be in most players bags too.
The 5-iron version is maybe stretching it a little as the extra weight a the back maybe starts to take over too much in this model. However it is so easy to hit you may want to import the 6-PW which are going to be available in the USA.
Overall as we mentioned in our blog for hybrids for better players, we feel long iron replacements like the Mizuno MP-H4 are the way forward for better players. Well done Mizuno for bringing this range back.