Mizuno is renowned for producing some of the best forged irons on the golf market and has many players on professional tours worldwide using its irons by choice. When it comes to producing utility irons to complement the full sets, Mizuno has managed to do this with ease in the past, and the latest MP-18 MMC Fli Hi utility irons continue this trend.
The blend of an increased launch, more forgiveness on mishits and improved distance makes these utility irons perfect for any golfer looking to replace traditional long irons, and even as far down the set as your 6-iron.
However, when fitted with a custom shaft the MP-18 MMC Fli Hi offers high levels of workability too for the better golfer, hence why it is referred to as “The Players Long Iron”. The look and feel of the MP-18 MMC Fli Hi utility iron is premium and inspires confidence when addressing the ball.
We reviewed the MP-18 MMC Fli Hi utility iron as part of our Best Driving Iron assessment.
Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi Utility Irons
The Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli Hi utility iron is one of the better feeling long-iron replacements on the market. It isn’t forged like the rest of the irons sets in the MP-18 range, but its multi-material construction is so precisely designed and built that it offers a better feel than any other cast iron and is almost as soft as the forged Callaway Apex UT. Just like the many previous generations of Fli Hi irons, the MP-18 MMC Fli Hi has been designed to seamlessly replace the harder to hit long irons in the MP-18 blades, the MP-18 SC and MP-18 MMC irons with a look that is very similar at address. The slightly longer clubhead from heel to toe and a 1-millimeter thicker topline helps to achieve such similarities, with the multi-material design ensuring more forgiveness and an overall better performance for your long game.
Pros and Cons
- Incredible feel. The design of these clubs and the materials used in construction give these utility irons a soft, forged feel, despite being cast.
- The selection of lofts available means you can even replace your 6 iron with a MP-18 MMC Fli Hi.
- The look at address is very similar to the rest of the MP-18 irons with a slightly thicker topline and marginally more offset to add forgiveness to the club.
- A port in the toe of the club allows for weight to be added to the clubhead to adjust the swingweight should a custom shaft be installed.
- Outstanding value. The price of these utility irons won’t break the bank, especially when purchased as extras to replace long irons in your set.
- The stock lightweight steel shaft is great for players with mid to slow swing speeds, but will need to be switched out for better players.
- The loft options are very strong compared to traditional long irons and can lead to distance gapping issues if you have traditional lofts in the rest of your clubs.
|Product Details||Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi Utility Irons|
|Launch RRP||$150.00 Check Price: GlobalGolf.com | WorldwideGolfShops.com | Amazon|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Lofts||16.5°, 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°|
|Length||37.25”-39.25” depending on loft|
|Shaft Type and Name||Steel – KBS C-Taper Lite|
Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi Utility Irons Detailed Review
Mizuno has really been on a great wicket in the last few years when it comes to its production of golf equipment. And while the woods and wedges don’t feature much in a popularity contest, it’s the brand’s irons that are often the most sought after and are fast becoming the choice of many tour professionals around the world.
The latest MP-18 range extends the brand’s outstanding record of producing premium irons for all golfers and the MMC Fli Hi makes it even easier to get the best performance out of your entire set.
Built to launch the ball higher and further than traditional long irons, the MP-18 MMC Fli Hi utility irons are the perfect replacement for your 3, 4, 5 and even 6-iron in your traditional set, with a lower lofted 2-iron version also available.
This replaces your lower lofted hybrid or higher lofted fairway wood for those days when you want more workability and a more penetrating flight. The look and feel of the Fli Hi is supposed to be as close to that of the rest of the MP-18 irons in the range, and it truly is close enough despite being a cast construction.
However, that slight difference in feel is made up by the definite improvement in performance over your traditional long iron.
Anything built in the Mizuno factory cannot be faulted and the Fli Hi is definitely no different. The clubhead consists of a stainless steel body with a hollow muscle pad and a heavy tungsten toe insert. This pushes the centre of gravity very low and deep into the clubhead to produce the high launch and low spin that results in more distance.
These design factors along with the lengthened profile also increase the MOI for much more consistency on mishits. The Maraging steel face insert is much stronger than traditional stainless steel and therefore can be made thinner to increase the ballspeed at impact, and once again this increases distance even for players with slow swingspeeds.
Control & Performance
As mentioned before the lengthened clubhead profile means a bigger hitting area and this means much more consistency even on mishits.
The lack of offset and thinner than usual topline definitely makes the club look more workable for the better player, but it is by no means less forgiving for the higher handicapped golfer seeking a high and straight ballflight. The stock steel shaft ensures that forgiveness and distance is at a premium.
Design & Appearance
When placing a MP-18 MMC Fli Hi utility iron at address you will find it very difficult to see much difference to the normal MP-18 irons, including even the blades.
The biggest difference will be the length of the clubhead, but even so, it’s not siginificant enough to be distracting.
The multi-material design ensures a better feel and much better performance on mishits, while the satin finish reduces glare and gives off a much more premium look and feel.
Value for Money
This is probably the best part of the entire utility iron. These MP-18 MMC Fli Hi irons are some of the most affordable on the market and offer arguably better performance than many others.
When purchasing more than one Fli Hi from Mizuno, you will get even better prices and in some cases you will be able to order them as direct replacements for the traditional long irons in a full Mizuno set.