Luke back to No.1 with new Mizuno irons

Englishman praises his new MP-59s

Golfmagic Equipment
Tue, 20 Mar 2012

Luke Donald’s playoff victory at the Transitions Championship not only regained his World No.1 status but vindicated his switch to Mizuno’s MP-59s.

The Englishman, who wielded the MP-62s to claim both money list titles on the PGA and European Tour in 2011, opted for the MP-59s on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January.

After being dethroned by Rory McIlroy, following a slow start to 2012 with just one top-10 finish in his opening four events, Donald has dispelled speculation that an off-season equipment change would be detrimental to his game.

The 34-year-old from High Wycombe, who battled Jim Furyk, Robert Garrigus and Bae Sang-Moon in a four-man playoff at the Copperhead course in Florida, dismantled his opponents at the first extra hole when he fired a 7-iron approach from 159 yards out the rough to within five-feet of the pin at the re-played 18th.

“That 7-iron came out perfectly,” said Donald, who enters his 41st week as World No.1.

“To get a win so quickly with the new irons, shows that we made a sound decision to change.

“The whole point was to find an iron with the same control and shot shape as my old MP-62s but with a touch more forgiveness. That’s why we switched to the MP-59s. That last shot was good early payback.”

The thickness of the MP-59 head, says Mizuno, is governed by a lightweight titanium insert that is forged directly inside the clubhead for a one-piece feel. The thicker material ensures that centred strikes, like Donald’s on the first extra hole, are rewarded with solid impact.

Donald, who fired a flawless final-round 66, found 67% of the greens in regulation at the Innisbrook Resort and ranked inside the top ten in fairways hit and putts per round.

On the European Tour, Julien Quesne became the first 2011 Challenge Tour graduate to breakthrough in 2012 at the Open de Andalucia. The Frenchman finished two shots clear on 17-under and found 83.3% of the greens in regulation at Aloha Golf Club with his PING S56 irons.

Meanwhile, Ladies World No.1 Yani Tseng smashed yet more records on the LPGA Tour sporting the Adams Speedline driver and 3-wood and Idea a7 irons.

What’s in the winners’ bags

Luke Donald

Driver: TaylorMade RocketBallz (9.5-degree; ACCRA XC65)
Fairway wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15-degree; ACCRA XC75)
Hybrid: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17-degree; Aldila NV Hybrid 85X)
Irons (3-PW): Mizuno MP-59 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300)
Wedges: Mizuno MP T-11 (54 and 60-degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Julien Quesne

Driver: TaylorMade R11 (9-degree; Motore Speeder Fujukura 7.0)
Fairway wood: TaylorMade R11 (14.5-degree; UST Mamiya Atlas 7X)
Hybrid: TaylorMade R11 (18-degree; UST Mamiya Atlas 85X)
Irons (3-PW): PING S56
Wedges: PING Tour S (52 and 58-degree)
Putter: Yes! Callie
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Yani Tseng

Driver: Adams Speedline 9032LS (9.5-degree)
Fairway Wood: Adams Speedline 3-wood (14-degree)
Hybrids: Adams Idea a7 (19- & 22-degree)
Irons (4-PW): Adams Idea Tech A4
Wedges: Callaway X Tour (52- & 58-degree)
Putter: TaylorMade Rossa Daytona
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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