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Mizuno Irons Dominate 2014 Golf Digest and Golf World's Hot List

Wednesday, February 26 2014 5:26 PM

Mizuno Dominates Iron Categories, Taking 8 Gold Medals Across Golf Digest And Golf World's 2014 Hot Lists

Mizuno earns top honors in "Game Improvement," "Super Game-Improvement," and "Player" iron categories for JPX EZ, JPX EZ Forged, MP-H4, MP-4, MP-54 and MP-64

Norcross, Ga. - (February X, 2014) - Mizuno USA, the global leader in iron performance, has once again left an indelible mark on Golf Digest's annual Hot List, but this year, it didn't end there. Golf World, the magazine's sister publication, issued its own 2014 Players Hot List, focused solely on equipment designed for more-skilled players and judged by a panel of such. In total, Mizuno earned an unparalleled eight gold medals for "game-improvement," "super game-improvement" and "players" irons categories, across both versions of the prestigious annual equipment guide. 

Mizuno introduced its JPX line of game-improvement irons in 2011, with a clear-cut mission to solidify the same superior position it holds in forged player irons, for its cast game-improvement irons. The results of this year's Golf Digest and Golf World Hot Lists illustrate in grand fashion that this important mission is clearly being accomplished. 

This is the third straight year Mizuno has earned gold status for the superior design and performance of its JPX game-improvement irons in Golf Digest's Hot List, this year for the 2014 iron release of the JPX EZ and JPX EZ Forged, along with the MP-H4 line. The JPX EZ line promises the largest sweet spot in golf, and clearly from the Hot List results, that's not an exaggeration. Long known for producing the world's finest forged irons, Mizuno's player's irons certainly weren't outshined, with the MP-54 and MP-64 lines earning gold medals across both Golf Digest and Golf World Hot Lists, and the MP-4 irons earning gold in Golf World's Players Hot List.

"We've typically had strong success over the years with the Hot List, but this year is special because it reinforces our expertise in the game-improvement category," said Chuck Couch, VP of Product Management, Golf Division, Mizuno USA. "Our R&D team raised their game to another level with the JPX EZ, producing the largest sweet spot in golf and providing high handicappers the confidence to make the game easier than ever. We aimed to deliver superior irons to golfers at every level, and recognition like this certainly validates that." 

Following is a summary of Mizuno's 2014 Hot List reviews:

JPX EZ - Gold Medal - Golf Digest- 'Super Game Improvement' Iron
• "These irons perform as well as they look." - Middle Handicapper 
• "I definitely got some distance that I didn't have before hitting these." - High Handicapper 
• "A tweener super game-improvement iron that can help the high-handicapper and the player trending toward a sub-15 handicap. - Golf Digest 

JPX EZ Forged - Gold Medal - Golf Digest - 'Game Improvement' Iron
• "Leave it to Mizuno to produce an iron for mid-handicappers that offers the sensation of a scratch-players club at impact." - Golf Digest
• "The research the company does in the area of sound and feel is a bonus that golfers of all ability levels will appreciate." - Golf Digest

MP-H4 - Gold Medal - Golf Digest - 'Game Improvement' Iron
• "When we say "advancing the category," this is what we mean. This set is smartly devised to provide golfers with the right amount of help with each individual iron." - Golf Digest
• "The trajectory is almost the same on every hit. That is a sign of a good club." - Middle Handicapper 

MP-4 - Gold Medal - Golf World - 'Players' Irons
• "This goes back to Mizuno's heyday. It's old-school looks with the benefits of modern engineering." - Low Handicapper
• "I couldn't believe how forgiving this was for a pure blade." - Low Handicapper
• The "bulging muscle" is position lower in longer irons and extends higher as the clubs progress through the shorter irons, creating a lower sweet spot for the long irons and more shot making capabilities in the shorter irons. - Golf World "Hot List" 

MP-54 - Gold Medal - Golf Digest and Golf World - 'Players' Irons
• "The first strike with a 4-iron felt like a 7-iron-it was so easy to hit." Middle Handicapper 
• The "step muscle" design on the back helps enhance feel by making the lower portion of the face thicker" - Golf World 

MP-64 - Gold Medal - Golf Digest and Golf World - 'Players' Iron
• "I don't know what they did to the sole design, but it's almost impossible to hit it fat." Low Handicapper
• "Now I know why I missed forged clubs. These provide feedback galore. You really know when you put a good pass on the ball." - Middle Handicapper
• The company's "grain -flow" forging process has been around for some time, but there's no denying it produces some of the best-feeling irons in the game." - Golf World

For more information on any of these award-winning products from Mizuno, please visit www.mizunogolf.com

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