Mizuno Pro 245 Irons Review – Are They Good for High & Mid Handicappers?

Mizuno Pro 245 Irons

“The Mizuno Pro 245 irons offer distance in a package that looks incredibly sleek.”

Most people associate Mizuno irons with player’s performance blades.

But that might change dramatically when people start playing the Mizuno Pro 245 irons.

The Mizuno Pro 245’s bring the distance in a way that few Mizuno irons have done before.

But is distance all these irons have to offer?

And what handicap are the Mizuno Pro 245 irons for? Find out in the following review.

What Handicap Are the Mizuno Pro 245 Irons for?

“The Mizuno Pro 245 irons would be ideal for mid handicappers who need more stopping power from a distance iron.”

The problem with most distance irons is that they will simply roll past the green. That’s because the recent trend among distance irons is low spin.

Low spin is great if you can loft your ball to the clouds; but for mid handicappers with a mid trajectory, low spin can be a problem.

The Mizuno Pro 245 irons produced nice spin numbers which increased stopping power.

So they are great for mid handicappers who want help not only with distance; but with trajectory and stopping power as well.

Are the Mizuno Pro 245’s Forged?

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“You better believe it.”

Like any good Mizuno irons, the Mizuno Pro 245s are grain flow forged at the Mizuno plant in HIroshima.

Irons 2-8 are forged from 4135 chromoly while irons 9-GW are forged from 1025E carbon steel.

Are the Mizuno Pro 245 Irons Forgiving?

“Moderately. The hollow body design definitely makes for easy distance and the suspended tungsten weighting makes more of the face viable.”

But the overall profile of the Mizuno Pro 245 irons is compact – similar to the Pro 225s. So you still have to be fairly accurate with your swing path.

But the hollow-body construction along with a suspended internal weight (which allows for a “free-floating” face) do help you squeeze more distance out of your toe-side mis-hits and thin shots.

Mizuno Pro 245 Irons

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Category: Player’s Distance Irons

Mizuno Pro 245 Irons – First Impressions

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“My first impression of the Mizuno Pro 245 irons was that they looked shockingly similar to the Mizuno Pro 225’s.”

In fact, I set both of them down beside each other and could barely tell the difference.

The scoring lines and hitting in the Mizuno Pro 245 irons are a little lighter in color than the 225’s; but other than that, the 245’s are as compact as the 225’s.

The good news about all that is that the Mizuno Pro 245 irons truly do look like blades even though they technically aren’t blades.

So you get that clean, blade-like look at address with the bonus of a true distance boost.

Irons 2-7 in this set have a suspended tungsten weight which allows for a lower CG without inhibiting face flex.

As a result I was getting great ball speed – 117.4 MPH with the 7-iron on average.

But in the scoring irons, you have a 1025E semi-hollow body with a 17-4 stainless steel back piece to help control the flight a bit more and get the CG a bit higher.

This provides a more solid feel, better feedback and better overall control over spin and launch.

The Mizuno Pro 245 irons also produced near-immediate distance for me. Within the first three swings I was averaging a carry distance of 170.5 yards with the 7-iron.

But what surprised me even more than the distance were the spin rates.

As a player’s distance iron, I was expecting some low spin numbers. But my average spin rate with the Mizuno Pro 245 7-iron was 5200 RPMs.

And keep in mind that these are relatively strong-lofted irons – the 7-iron checks in at 30°.

Mizuno Pro 245 Irons Selling Points

  • Long irons are forged from chromoly
  • Scoring irons are forged from 1025E carbon steel
  • Hollow body design
  • Suspended tungsten weighting in the long irons
  • Increased bounce angle for better turf interaction
  • 17-4 stainless steel back piece in the scoring irons
  • 431 stainless steel back piece in the long irons
  • Blade-like appearance

Who Are the Mizuno Pro 245 Irons for?

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“The Mizuno Pro 245 irons are for the player that really wants the look of blades with the performance of distance irons.”

I can imagine that 13-about 22 handicappers will really like these irons. Of course, as Mizuno irons, the short irons are very workable.

You can feel every nuance of your contact and get a keen sense of overall control.

But it’s the mid and long irons that really impressed me. They will be great for mid and high-ish handicappers who need help staying on the green.

They also don’t look like your typical player’s distance irons.

They aren’t as compact as blades; but everything else is blade-like. The top line is thin, the soles are compact and the offset is nearly non-existent.

The Mizuno Pro 245’s would be great for the player who isn’t quite ready to graduate to blades; but still wants blade-like feel, looks and performance.

The Mizuno Pro Family of Irons

The Mizuno Pro 225 irons have a nearly  identical profile to the Mizuno Pro 245’s.

They also share the same grain-flow forging and hollow body design. But the Pro 225’s spin a bit lower than the Mizuno Pro 245’s and have a more penetrating flight.

Distance: 97/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel & Control: 98/100

Mizuno Pro 245 Irons

Overall Score: 96/100


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