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10 April 2018

This month, we conclude our series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). In our last blog post, we examined the irons range from Mizuno and tried to explain the differences between the multitude of MP, JPX, MX, etc. models. To refresh your memory, we narrowed down the models to the final six for this month’s shootout: (1) JPX-825 (game improvement CB) (2) MP-H4 (game improvement CB) (3) MP-15 (players CB) (4) MP-64 (players CB) (5) MP-4 (players MB) (6) MP-5 (players MB) …..

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22 February 2018

This and next month, we’ll conclude our series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). So far, we’ve taken a look at the irons range from Srixon, Bridgestone and Miura. We’ve saved (arguably) the best for last by focusing on the popular brand Mizuno. Mizuno is a historic brand in the irons category, and recognized by serious and casual golfers alike. Some of the game’s legends played their best golf using Mizuno irons, such as Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods (in his amateur …..

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21 January 2018

This month, we are taking a short break from our series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Two years ago (January 2016) , I wrote an article about clubs I wanted to try later that year. This month, I will take a similar approach and discuss the clubs I want to try in 2018. Most of the clubs I will discuss were released in the past 1-2 years, with only a couple of exceptions. This is keeping with the “mottainai” spirit (don’t …..

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07 December 2017

This month, we continue our series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). So far, we’ve taken a look at the irons from Srixon and Bridgestone. This month, we focus on the global brand Miura. The Miura brand is a very small and obscure player in the irons category, and mostly recognized by very serious golfers. Miura does not have any visible presence on the PGA, Champions or LPGA tours. The Korean golf pro K.J. Choi has played Miura irons off and on …..

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07 November 2017

Last month, we started a new series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The first OEM we looked at was Srixon. This month, we focus on another globally familiar brand: Bridgestone. I did write last month that I wasn’t going to look at Super Game Improvement (SGI) irons, but I’m making an exception this month because Bridgestone’s range is quite broad, and SGI irons do serve a valuable segment of the total golfing population. The Bridgestone brand is a relatively small player …..

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03 October 2017

This month, we start a new series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The models within the range we will review start with a Game Improvement (GI) Cavity Back (CB) model, then to a Players CB, and all the way down to a true Muscle Back (MB) blade. So-called Super Game Improvement (SGI) models will NOT be reviewed because I personally find them “clunky” and my ball striking is good enough to hit more compact irons. In fact, I have not played …..

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30 August 2017

This month, we conclude our series of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) clubs versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) clubs. So far, we’ve looked at irons, drivers, wedges and hybrids. Note that I am not doing a putter shootout because, as I’ve mentioned before, putters are very personal, and frankly there is no difference between a JDM putter and a USDM putter. Find a putter you like and don’t worry if it was made for the Japan market or the US market. This article covers the fairway wood – the 3-wood …..

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01 August 2017

This month, we continue our series of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) clubs versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) clubs. So far, we’ve looked at irons, drivers and wedges. This article covers hybrid, sometimes called “utility”, clubs. The hybrid/utility club, for the average golfer, is indispensable. It is designed to be easier to hit than a long iron, and its introduction in the early 2000’s became a real game changer. The long approach shot became easier almost overnight. The hybrids in my shootout this month have between 19 and 21.5 degrees …..

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27 June 2017

This month, we continue our series of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) clubs versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) clubs. So far, we’ve looked at irons and drivers. This article covers lofted (57 to 59 degrees in this case) wedges. The lofted wedge is an important club in any serious golfer’s bag. Even the best ball strikers in the world miss greens, and sometimes they “short side” themselves, and need a specialty club that allows them to get up and down easily. I specifically chose ~58 degrees but could’ve chosen 60 …..

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30 May 2017

Last month, we discussed the driver models (and shafts) that would take part in the shootout. Namely, on the USDM side, the “finalists” are: TaylorMade M1 (2016), Callaway XR16 Sub-Zero, Cobra King Ltd Pro (2016), and Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5. On the JDM side, the “finalists” are: Yamaha Inpres RMX Tourmodel (2014), TourStage X-Drive GR (2014), OnOff Labospec 358, and S-Yard T.388. All testing was performed outdoors on actual regulation length golf courses, in relatively calm conditions. On most occasions, both drivers were hit consecutively off the same tee box …..

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