Mizuno Pro 241 Irons Review – Are They Blades, Forgiving, What Handicap?

Mizuno Pro 241 Irons

“The Mizuno Pro 241 irons replace the 221’s and represent some pretty nice improvements.”

The Mizuno Pro 241 irons are the latest offerings from the storied Japanese manufacturer.

Present in them are some of the features we have come to expect from Mizuno including grain flow forging.

But who are these irons for and do they deserve a spot in your bag? Read on to find out.

What Handicap Are The Mizuno Pro 241 Irons for?

“If you can center these irons, they are so so fun to hit.”

But that’s a big qualifier. Can you center the Mizuno Pro 241s?

They have short blade lengths and a compact overall profile – even as, in true Mizuno fashion, the profile is rounded out a bit more compared to other blades like the Titleist 620 MBs.

So you have to be accurate. For that reason I would say the Mizuno Pro 241s are for scratch and single-digit handicappers.

Are the Mizuno Pro 241 Irons Blades?

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“Most definitely.”

The Mizuno Pro 241s are some of the nicest representations of bladed irons currently on the market.

They have a clean muscle back design, thin topline and minimal offset.

Are the Mizuno Pro 241 Irons Forged?

“The Mizuno Pro 241 irons undergo the classic grain flow forging process that Mizuno has become known for.”

These irons are forged from a single piece of 1025E select carbon steel in Mizuno’s exclusive facility in Hiroshima, Japan.

Are the Mizuno Pro 241 Irons Forgiving?

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“One feature we have to take note of here is the increased bounce angle.”

The Mizuno Pro 241s feature a bounce angle increased by one degree in the long irons and two degrees in the scoring irons.

I was noticing that I was taking much smaller divots during testing – whether with the wedges or the long irons.

Even when I bottomed-out too early, I wasn’t digging very much.  So in terms of turf interaction, the Mizuno Pro 241s are surprisingly forgiving.

Mizuno Pro 241 Irons

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Category: Muscle Back Blades

Mizuno Pro 241 Irons – First Impressions

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“I was struck by the aggressive tapering of these blades.”

They are compact and even with rounder edges than most blades, look like really inviting irons.

And unlike the other new Pro irons which feature multi-material construction, all the irons in the Mizuno Pro 241 set are forged from 1025E carbon steel.

For me, that meant a consistently soft and responsive feel throughout the set. The Mizuno Pro 241’s also feature a soft copper underlayer to enhance the overall feel.

And the feel is one of the first things I really liked about these irons.

Again, even when I bottomed-out a bit too early, I still got a nice solid feel at impact and was able to manage a nice little cut.

I attributed that to the acute feel from the amazing forged, single-piece construction of these irons.

Almost immediately, I was burning the 7-iron for 170 yards of carry, 120 MPH ball speed and spin in the 7,000 RPM range.

I was very satisfied with the overall performance after just a couple of warm-up swings.

As you get down to the scoring irons, you will notice that the blade lengths shrink down quite a bit.

The short irons are super compact and I cannot stress that enough. The offset is about the width of a follicle of hair and the scoring lines pretty much make up the entirety of the blade.

That all being said, the scoring irons are supremely workable. What Mizuna has done with the 241 irons, and since they are geared towards better players, is move more mass behind the hitting zone.

So you get a slightly higher CG throughout the set and amazing distance when you flush these irons.

Even with a shaft setup that clearly wasn’t for me, I was getting really good carry and was able to flight the ball at will thanks to the slightly higher CG.

In the end, I was able to work the ball left and right, up and down which is exactly what you want from blades.

Overall I was really pleased with the workability, surprised by the near-immediate distance I was getting and thrilled with the turf interaction.

As a player who digs much deeper than I like to admit, I was getting very good flight, spin and distance even when I hit the ball fat.

Mizuno Pro 241 Irons Selling Points

  • One-piece grain flow forged from 1025E carbon steel
  • Increased bounce angle
  • Soft copper underlay
  • Excellent blade design
  • Very compact short irons
  • Full satin brush finish
  • Aggressive blade tapering
  • More mass moved behind the hitting zone

Who Are the Mizuno Pro 241 Irons for?

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The Mizuno Pro 241 irons are great for low handicappers who want to be able to work the ball while getting excellent feel and response.

And if you’re anything like me and tend to dig, you will absolutely love these irons.

They shrunk my divots and produced more favorable lies for me even when I wasn’t on my A-game.

But make no mistake about it, you have to be able to flush the ball consistently with these irons.

The short irons in this set are very compact so accuracy is a must if you want any kind of control or distance from these irons.

But if you can currently manage blades pretty well, the Mizuno Pro 241 irons will reward you with buttery feel, acute workability and distance you probably wouldn’t expect from blades.

The Mizuno Pro 241s currently retail for around $1400.

The Mizuno Pro Family of Irons

“The new Pro line also features the 243 and 245 irons.”

The 243s and 245s feature multi-material construction. The 243’s are slightly larger than the 241s while the 245 irons are the player’s distance entry into the pro line and are the biggest in terms of profile.

Distance: 97/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 98/100

Mizuno Pro 241 Irons

Overall Score: 96/100


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