I had one of the first sets of TP irons in the UK (the only place you could get them was from Barry Willet at St George's Hill GC in Surrey) - They were made for me & cost a fortune then, @ £400 iirc when a full set of irons & woods was about £199 - I kept them for about 3 years & sold them for what I paid for them
Since then I veered off Mizuno & played with numerous other top brands until Mizuno introduced their first cavity back (forged) iron in 2000 (MX20) - I played those for 10 years (& still have them!) - After retiring I had plenty of spare time to work on my game & try loads of Mizuno irons - I have bought / sold dozens of sets - I currently play MP4's (but it is only Wednesday!) - I can't argue that the MP32's are a classic, though as you say the 33's get more rave reviews ...
Hi Steve ... Thanks for the kind words! - I managed to play to 7hcp while still working, but retirement gave me the opportunity to practice as well as play, hence the Cat 1 status - NUT is a long way away from me, but if I find myself in the area for some reason I will take you up on the offer of a game - Likewise if you are ever "dann saaff" I'd be more than happy to sign you in at Guildford or New Forest ...
Seve is also a big hero of mine - I witnessed an amazing exhibition by him when he opened a course in NI when he was in his prime, but my favourite story involving him was told by Tony Johnstone while on Sky commentary duties - It goes as follows (some nice person already posted it on another forum!) ... Paul
"Sometime in the early 90s, Seve was partnered with Tony Johnstone in a European tour event (possibly Portugal?). Anyway, over the course of this round, Seve is hitting it all over the place, and by 2/3 of the way through the round has asked for 4 rulings and gotten relief every time, much to Johnstone's annoyance.
On the 14th/15th, a semi-blind dogleg left over the brow of a hill, both players overdraw it through the dogleg into the trees. When they arrive down the hole, one ball is sitting just to the left of a big tree (allowing a normal-ish second shot) and the other ball is absolutely dead behind the tree, virtually touching it.
TJ approaches the second ball, and asks Seve if he thinks a mark near it is a rabbit scraping. No, says Seve.
Tony then addresses the ball in a ridiculously convoluted way, and gets his foot just about touching a dirt path. Can I get relief now, asks TJ? No, says Seve.
Lastly, Tony questions whether or not the area is in fact GUR. No, no, no, says Seve.
TJ: "So there's no way you can get relief from here?"
SB: "No Tony"
TJ: GOOD, BECAUSE IT'S YOUR BALL!"
My first experience with Mizuno was T-Zoid Trues. Played numerous sets. Currently own sets of MP 29s, 30s, 32s (the best!), 37s, 59s. Played with 33s many years but sold them. In process of rehabing my game and swing after back surgery. The clubs I hit the best are the 32s, and,,, the Trues.
Currently on MP18SC (and really like) I have still kept my MP5 set, which I love the look of and love to play. But, I wish I had kept my MX300 with stock XP S300 shafts. Great clubs, consistent, decent distance and also soft to hit. Not overly pretty compared to the best looking Mizzy irons, but a lot better than other OEM mid handicap/game improver clubs.