Mizuno Pro 243 Irons Review – Are They Blades, Forgiving, What Handicap?
“The Mizuno Pro 243 irons are the product of a stronger collaboration between the design and manufacturing teams over at Mizuno.”
The forging process has its limitations.
Usually, you can’t get a lot of nuance and detail when you forge clubs – especially when you’re forging clubs from a single piece of steel.
This limits head shaping details.
But Mizuno has found a way to precision-forge the Mizuno Pro 243 irons so that they perform as well as they feel.
Let’s take a closer look at one of the latest iron offerings from Mizuno.
What Handicap Are the Mizuno Pro 243 Irons for?
“Don’t let the cavity back design fool you. The Mizuno Pro 243 irons are not for high handicappers.”
Despite the considerable cavity depth, the Mizuno Pro 243 irons have a compact head shape, thin topline and a visually thin sole. On top of all that, the blade lengths are fairly short.
There is also 0.138” offset in the 4-iron so the entire set looks pretty closed up behind the ball. The Mizuno Pro 243 irons appear to be for low handicappers who have no trouble making consistent contact.
It’s safe to say that the Mizuno Pro 243 irons would benefit players in the 5-10 handicap range.
Are the Mizuno Pro 243 Irons Blades?
“The Mizuno Pro 243 irons are tour cavity back irons.”
The Mizuno Pro 241 irons are the blades in the new lineup and will offer more precise feel at the expense of distance.
Still, the Mizuno Pro 243 irons are tour cavity irons which means they are compact and yield about as much workability as you can get from cavity irons.
Are the Mizuno Pro 243’s Forged?
“Yes. The Mizuno Pro 243 irons feature Mizuno’s iconic grain flow forging.”
The entire set undergoes a meticulous one-piece forging process but the materials vary.
For instance, the long to mid irons (4-7) are forged from 4120 grade chromoly while the short irons (8-GW) are forged from 1025E mild carbon steel.
Are the Mizuno Pro 243 Irons Forgiving?
“The Mizuno Pro 243 irons were not designed for forgiveness.”
The emphasis with these irons is incredible feel and control.
The cavity back design does do a lot to increase MOI and help straighten out errant shots; but these are not the irons for you if you struggle to make consistent contact.
The more forgiving irons in the new Pro lineup are the Pro 245 hollow body irons.
While the 245’s certainly offer a bit more forgiveness than the Mizuno Pro 243’s, you still shouldn’t expect them to be as lenient as true game improvement irons.