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Mizuno’s latest X-factor winner...

One of the star products at the recent PGA Merchandise Show at Orlando was the Mizuno MX-700 series – the first ever matched range of drivers, fairways and hybrids from the company which continues to be a rising force in the metalwood market. Unlike its many rivals who continue to focus on adjustability, the MX-700 showcases a ‘hot metal’ construction using exotic alloys whose grain structure can be manipulated to display particular mechanical properties that can improve performance. 

In the case of the driver, the use of the advanced Ti9 grade of titanium  creates a 3mm thin face that allows for more flexibility specifically in the sole-to-crown plane (rather than heel-to-toe), traditionally the most rigid area that limits the scope for maximizing ball-speed. 

The driver is designed to suit many categories of golfers thanks to the three loft options (9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees) that incorporate various head design nuances as well as shaft differences. 

The fairways and hybrid continue the theme – this time with a lightweight ES230 steel face plasma-welded to the body, but again allowing for an expanded COR area that Mizuno claims is some 20 per cent larger than equivalent sized rivals.

As well as being impressed by the distance and dispersion during our initial tests at the Orlando Demo Day, we were pleasantly surprised by the pleasing sound at impact – particularly for a geometric driver with a large ‘footprint’. 

Guide: driver £199; fairway £119; hybrid £109. www.mizunoeurope.com

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