124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2


Mizuno Pro 223

Hot List Gold 2023

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: Although it strongly resembles a players cavity-back iron, this design makes a more brazen push toward distance. Notably, the long and middle irons are forged from a variant of chromoly steel—the same metal at the root of the company’s Hot Metal game-improvement iron—to boost distance and to spread out the yardage gaps in the clubs where the gaps tend to be more compressed. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: Legend has it that Mizuno founder Rihachi Mizuno required the company’s baseballs to bounce precisely to his eye level—4 feet, 5 inches—when dropped from a height of 16.5 feet, or they were rejected. Such dedication to precision continues in this iron. Consider the hidden milled slots in the soles of the 4- through 7-iron. Those slot shapes are distinct for each iron—the slot on the 4-iron is wider and deeper to enhance distance. The slots on the 5- and 6-iron are slightly T-shape to provide a measure of heel-toe weighting, and the slot on the 7-iron is as thin as possible to smooth the transition to the one-piece forgings used in the 8- and 9-iron and pitching wedge. Some might say this set is ahead of its time. We say it’s a potential template for players irons right now. Read  more >>

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Price: Mizuno Pro 223 $188 (per iron)
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Look / Sound / Feel


* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
"Little rocket ships. I got 10-12 more yards on my 5-iron. Man do they go. These provide a tremendous amount of distance help."
Handicap, 0
"It looks like a piece of jewelry. Short irons are superb. The thin shots were still up to spec. That's a place where a mediocre shot normally hurts you, but not with these."
Handicap, 0
"A ball-strikers dream. A really authoritative pop at impact but very easy to control the clubhead through the turf. If you like to shape shots, it’s your club."
Handicap, 8
Club Specs
Models Dexterity Price
Mizuno Pro 223 Left Hand / Right Hand $188

Mizuno Pro 223

Name Loft Length
5I 25.00 38.00
7I 32.00 37.00
PW 46.00 35.50

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