Gear & EquipmentOctober 9, 2014

Is Mizuno's 'Hitogami' another sign the 1-iron is making comeback?

The 1-iron, which Lee Trevino once suggested only God could hit, might be making a comeback. TaylorMade introduced a 16-degree version of its UDI driving iron this summer, and now Mizuno is offering a 16-degree 1-iron as part of its MP-H5 iron line.

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The MP-H5 uses a thin, 1770 maraging-steel face welded to a hollow, stainless-steel body with internal weighting deep and low for higher flight. "We're seeing a shift in better players' bags from hybrids to more split sets with long-iron replacements," says Mizuno club engineer Chris Voshall.

The iron is also engraved with the Japanese kubuki-theater term Hitogami, or "human-god." Trevino just might approve.

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