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Mizuno Golf - Q&A Chat With Senior Engineer Chris Voshall - April 29th; You Can Ask Questions Now!
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April 29, 2015
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Hey guys! Thanks for being here and I really look forward to answering as many questions as I can about whatever you want to know!

Just a little bit about me, I've been at Mizuno for 11 years as a Testing Engineer and a Club Designer. Some of the products I've worked on include the JPX850 Driver, JPX EZ FW/Hybrid, MP57, 58, 58, 62, 63, 64, 54, T4 Wedges, T5 Wedges, JPX Wedges, and more!

I'm also fortunate enough to get to work very closely with our Tour staff. Enough blabbing by me, Post away!

April 29, 2015
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Hey Chris, thanks for doing this, my question is about product cycles, when you design a new set of irons, how long are you looking at from conception to actual fabrication? And do you usually have a life cycle for your irons?

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Oh yeah, and I do some of the videos. Ha!

Thanks for the links!

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Hey Chris, thanks for doing this, my question is about product cycles, when you design a new set of irons, how long are you looking at from conception to actual fabrication? And do you usually have a life cycle for your irons?

 

So we're pretty good about keeping our 2 year life cycles, but typically we are working about 2 years out in advance. For example, today's work in the office was prepping some prototypes for a 2017 iron....looks pretty sweet btw!

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Hi Chris..

What is the biggest challenge in working with tour pros at the top level and finding ways to help them with club designs?

 

Tour pros are interesting in that they are each looking for something different. Luke Donald, for example, is always slow to change. He doesn't like to tinker. If his 6 iron goes 187, he wants his new one to go 187. His main concern is typically feel and turf interaction. Stacy Lewis, on the other hand, is mostly looking for height. She loves seeing something come in with a little steeper landing angle as long as its not doing so with exess spin. Then they're CHIII, he just like new clubs! He's a tech nerd like me who loves to see what is out there and understand what all the different technologies mean to a player. As far as how that relates to club design, you just really need to know your stuff with working with pros. They are at the top of their game for a reason, they know what they are talking about. It's always a fun challenge working with players and it's helpful to know what each person typically wants beforehand.

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wilster2.0 said
Question for Chris

Ive played Mizuno irons for the last few years , and love the design , style and feel of the clubs , I'm just curious as to why Mizuno are a little less aggressive when it comes to advertising . I would argue that Mizuno irons are as good as you can get , but why aren't you telling everyone else this Wink

Thanks for your support through the years! Mizuno has a long tradition of great clubs and great success at the highest levels (number one iron on tour for 9 straight years until one of our competitors decided to buy that claim). The reason we are a little bit smaller in terms of marketing really boils down to how we spend our money. We would much prefer to dump all of our extra margin dollars into bettering the product rather than paying to try to shout the loudest. We do some advertising, but to start forking out the big bucks like some of the other guys....we'd rather spend that money elsewhere, where it matters, in the technologies! That's why we always say that when you hit our clubs, we win!

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Hi Chris, 

I have just completed a Masters in Biomechanics. How do you look at the effects of the club design on the golfer? What variables? 

Thank you. 

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CaseyW said
Hi Chris, 

I have just completed a Masters in Biomechanics. How do you look at the effects of the club design on the golfer? What variables? 

Thank you. 

That's an interesting question. In terms of how the club designs effect the golfer, we look mostly and specs/weighting and ensure that they are in line with what golfers actually need. We we so many competitors make clubs super long/light for the average guy because it tests well out on a robot, but in actuality, A club typically work biomechanically with a golfer better if it's shorter and more mid weight. It's even better if it's custom fit! Great question!

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rusty_macfarland said
Hi Christopher thank you for being here. Long time lurker, finally signed up for the forum since you're doing this so thank you and welcome.
What shaft would you recommend for someone with a driver speed of appx. 147 mph?  Everything I try gets me stuck in the slot.  I will take the answer off air.

Great question RUSTY! Haha. At 147mph swing speed, I'd try a telephone pole. Should work best.

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