Mizuno Pro 223 Vs Taylormade P790 Irons Review

Two exceptionally crafted forged irons on display today both offering better golfers a more attractive profile at address while delivering more distance and forgiveness attributes than would would expect.

The Mizuno Pro 223 are grain flow forged in Japan and are Forged Cavity Back Iron’s aimed at the best players in the game alongside low handicappers.

The Taylormade P790’s are the most successful forged irons ever released by Taylormade. Upgrade in 2021 for the third time, these are hollow body players distance irons which offer feel, distance and forgivness for Mid to Low handicappers or anyboy who strikes their irons well.

Mizuno Pro 223 Irons Overview

The Mizuno Pro 223 irons can be considered as the smaller version of the very successful JPX921 forged irons.

The JPX921’s signified the first time that Mizuno were able to work with their Chromoly steel in the forging process which lead to a big increase in ball speeds. The Mizuno 223’s have taken this to the next level albeit in a smaller more compact shape.

Mizuno know that COR is more important in the longers irons and the 4 -7 are gain flow forged with a microslot low in the face for more distance and forgiveness.

The 8 – GW have a 1 piece construction of 1025 High Strength steel and have more focus around control and stopping power around the greens where the loft of the club and descent angle are going to play a more important role.

There is also nikel inside the chrome finish to also enhance the feel which is pure forged and butter soft.

The goal of the irons is to give tour players and low handicappers the feel, profile and workability they want with the extra distance they didn’t know they needed to tackle bigger and more extended courses.

The Taylormade P790 Irons Overview

The Taylormade P790’s really need no introduction for lovers of golf clubs around the world, they have spawned an entire hollow body players distance iron market single handedly.

The 2021 is by far the best and the speed foam air inside is the star of the show. The current speed foam is 69% lighter than the previous model and the thin wall construction is 39% thinner.

The saved weighted is added as Tungsten perimeter weighting to expand the sweet spot and the progressive inverted cone technology ensures that shots anywhere on the face are gonna have an optimal launch.

The hollow body design, The Forged L Face insert and the thru slot speed pocket provide excellent rebound speed and flex in the face leading to impressive distances for an iron of this profile.

The Theu Slot also provides optimal launch for strikes low on the face while progressive ICT technology stretches the sweet spot to every area on the face.

Expect these clubs to be long, forgiving, workable, high launching and soft feeling. The have a bigger head than the Mizuno 223’s but still very sleek in comparison with a game improvement iron.

Overall The 223’s are reserved for a small number of players who want the forged feel, shelf appeal and workability of a forged players iron with some unexpected distance thrown into the mix. Low single digit handicappers and tour pros.

The P790’s are not game improvement but still very forgiving for their profile, they have the soft forged feel with plenty of forgiveness and are going to suit mid to low handicappers and those who are looking to try out a more compact iron without sacrifcing distance and forgivness.

Taylormade P790 Irons

Category – Forged Irons

Mizuno Pro 223 Irons

Category: Forged Players Cavity Irons

Taylormade P790 – First Impressions

The first thing to notice about the P790 irons is the compact, forged heads that come in a shape and style that will suit the better players.

Despite the players feel of the irons, they also come packed with technology that will add distance and forgiveness like the Thru Slot speed pocket, speed foam and inverted cone technology which allows more flex on impact.

The forged irons are actually a hollow construction, filled with speed foam which allows much greater distances to be achieved than the original P790’s and the tungsten weighting keeps the CG low for an easy launch for an iron of this type.

The original P790 irons, released in 2017, were definitely for the players but with the remodelling in 2019 and 2021, these can also be used for mid handicappers looking to test the waters of players irons.

All in all, definitely not for the high handicappers.

Mizuno Pro 223 Irons – First Impressions

A first introduction for the legendary Mizuno Pro series to the Western Markets. These are compact players cavity irons that have the profile that tour players demand coupled with the distance they didn’t know they needed.

While the pro series had been reserved for Japanese markets until now, the surging popularity that Mizuno have enjoyed in recent years has lead to their most prestigious family of irons making it to the west and they don’t disappoint.

Forged in Hiroshima, Japan, the 223’s are built with tour players in mind with their compact heads and despite the players profile, there is a ton of technology driving these irons to deliver distance, control, consistency and workability as well.

The 4 – 7 irons are built is a different way as the importance of COR diminishes and the importance of loft increases in the scoring irons.

The 4 – 7 irons have a Forged Chromoly face that is only 2.4mm (The JPX921 Forged is 2.6mm) thick and works with the Microslot inside the bevelled back edge to offer fast ball speeds, flex and a better rebound.

The 8 – GW have a 1 piece, 1025 mild carbon steel, grain flow forged construction and sport wider soles and longer blade as loft becomes more of a determining factor and these precise irons offer high launch, distance a steep descent angle for stopping power on the greens.

There is a microlayer of copper underneath the Nickel Chrome coating which lends to tour level feel and the irons have been accoustically primed to sound perfect on impact.

These irons are reserved for the better players only and with the compact shape it is very unlikely that mid handicappers will feel comfortable with these irons.

P790 Irons – Selling Points

  • 2 Tungsten Weights For Low COG
  • Co Molded Cavity Badge For No Vibrations
  • Lots Of Loft In The Clubs
  • Flexible Hinge And Variable Face Thickness
  • Forgiving And Consistent

Mizuno Pro 223 Irons Selling Points

  • Players Cavity Back Irons Aimed At Tour Players
  • Enhanced Ball Speeds For Extended And Longer Courses
  • Fast Chromoly Face
  • Microlsot Tungsten Weighting For Launch And Distance
  • More Workability In The Scoring Irons
  • Long And High Launching With Excellent Stopping Power
  • Forged In Hiroshima & Crafted For The Best Players

Who Are The P790 Irons For

The P790 irons will be most effective for the better players and certain mid handicappers who want to work the ball a bit more.

If you are looking for a blend of feel and distance, these are going to be the perfect irons for you.

If you are just starting out in the game, you would be better off with a game improvement iron.

Taylormade P Family Of Irons

The P790 UDI is a driving iron with minimal offset and a straighter top line for incredible distance.

The P790 TI range has more distance and forgiveness built in, so worth a look for those more on the mid handicapper side of the scale.

Distance: 92/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 89/100

Feel And Control: 96/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who are the Mizuno 223 Irons for?

The Pro 223’s are for the best players on tour and low single digit handicappers. Dont be fooled by the cavity back design, these irons offer the workabilty, control and consistency that will suit only the best golfers around.

This is the first time that Mizuno have released their pro series in the US and UK markets and are reserved for those who like the best craftsmanship and the buttersoft feeling of the grain flow forging process from Hiroshima, Japan

The Mizuno Pro Family of Irons

The 223’s are the upgrade to the MP-20 MMC irons but they are smaller and more compact with a faster face thanks to the Chromoly face and microslot.

The Irons can be considered a smaller version of the very popular JPX921 Forged irons which have thicker faces and are more forgiving.

The Mizuno Pro 225 is a hollow body players iron that is going to be longer and more forgiving than the 223’s but more workable than the bigger JPX921 Forged. The 225 are premium irons that have nailed the shape with distance brief of the players distance iron market.

The Mizuno Pro 221 are forged blades that don’t back any extreme bells or whistles but offer those better players all the forged feel and workability from the legendary Japanese forging process. Partly due to the lofts, they will be shorter and more owrkable than the 223’s

The Miuno pro set is aimed at the better players, offering the upmost quality. The 225’s will offer the best performance for most golfers and the a combination of more forgiving long irons with the Pro series short irons will suit many elite level players.

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 97/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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