Last month, we tried (and loved!) the Mizuno JPX900 Driver, calling it one of the best drivers we’ve ever tested (see here for the review).
This month, the excitement (and quality) carries over as we review the family of irons: The JPX900 Tour, JPX900 Forged and the JPX900 Hot Metal. Each of these iron sets features different attributes, giving golfers of all levels something to choose from.
First off the tee (er, fairway) was the JPX900 Hot Metal, which features Mizuno’s newest material, Chromoly 4140M. This versatile new material allows engineers to construct a thinner face (for big distance) but also remains soft and bendable in the hosel for precise lie angle adjustments (for better clubfitting and customisation.)
From the first hit, this club felt amazing. There was plenty of pop off the face, and the ball simply took off. It felt almost impossible to mis-hit this iron, as even the shots from closer to the toe or heel still felt great. And the distances we achieved were truly epic. This club absolutely LAUNCHES the ball. The Chromoly material feels soft when hit, with a pleasing “click” on impact. Overall, it’s a great distance iron, with plenty of forgiveness. You’ll just have to get used to hitting the ball a really long way!
Next up was the JPX900 Forged. The use of Boron-infused steel results in a “soft-feeling” forged iron that lead to higher ball speeds (and distance). The club also boasts a “milled pocket”, which according to the engineers “enhances energy transfer over a wider impact area without compromising on feel”.
Regardless of all the tech-talk, to us mere mortals, this club is simply a standout. This is the set that could comfortably fit in most players’ bags, as it can benefit both the Tour player AND the average marker. Like Goldilocks testing out the three bears’ beds, this one felt “just right”. It was quick off the face, extremely workable and produced a sweet ball flight that simply zipped through the air. Similar to the Hot Metal, our mis-hits suffered very little in terms of distance and direction, but when we hit it pure…oh wow! Also, the shorter irons, from 8-GW, are more compact, allowing for extra precision in those all-important short game shots. Our approaches had heaps of control, and plenty of zip when the ball hit the greens. In short, these irons are spectacular.
Finally, we tested the JPX900 Tour. This is the player’s club. The iron for those of you with the skills that the rest of us only dream about.
Powerful, solid and stable, this club is pure performance. With a satin finish, compact face and tapered sole, it produces crisp ball-striking, complete workability and precise control. It features a clean and slender look at address, amazing balance throughout the swing, and an ultra-satisfying sound at impact…the way a club is supposed to sound. In the hands of an experienced golfer, the JPX900 Tour can feel like a magic wand, with pinpoint accuracy and intense trajectory control all within easy reach. It’s pure dynamite.
All told, the “family” of JPX900 irons were an absolute pleasure to hit. If you’re considering a new set of clubs, be sure to keep these in the mix.
JPX900 HOT METAL: $199.00 per iron (4-LW, right and left-handed)
JPX900 FORGED: $239.00 per iron (4-GW, right and left-handed)
JPX900 TOUR: $239.00 per iron (3-PW, right-handed only)