Following the successful Mizuno JPX850 irons comes its improved replacement in the form of the Mizuno JPX900 irons. Known for its craftsmanship and heritage in golf club making and forging, Mizuno has continued to innovate and push boundaries when it comes to materials and design in assisting a wide spectrum of players hit more accurate approach shots.
Where the JPX850 line had two iron models in the form of the JPX850 and the JPX850 Forged, the JPX900 series has three models – the JPX900 Tour, JPX900 Forged and JPX900 Hot Metal, each with very distinctive performance attributes, made possible by their unique base materials.
Mizuno JPX900 Hot Metal
Arguably the most groundbreaking of the three new irons, the JPX900 Hot Metal is made from Mizuno’s newest material called Chromoly 4140M. It combines very high ball speeds you tend to get from woods with the bendability of a forged iron. The secret to this special new material is its versatility, which not only paves the way to Mizuno’s thinnest ever cup face for extra distance, but also remains soft and bendable in the hosel for precise lie angle adjustments.
This is the largest of the three new Mizuno JPX900 irons, making it the most forgiving and confidence-inspiring behind the ball. The wedges within the set also have their own material – a softer X30 steel that offers all the feel and precision around the greens that every ability of golfer demands.
“It’s great for a designer when a new material like Chromoly comes into play,” Chris Voshall, Senior Golf Club Engineer at Mizuno, told GM. “It opens up a world of new avenues for us. We’ve been looking for a material that gives a little more pop from the face, but without the hardness that stops us bending the neck for custom- fitting. Chromoly opened that door.”
Available from September 2016, the Mizuno JPX900 Hot Metal iron has an RRP of £105 per iron.
Mizuno JPX900 Forged
The JPX900 Forged is the second generation of Mizuno’s Forged irons to use Boron-infused steel, which allows a soft-feeling forged iron to produce higher ball speeds. Whereas Mizuno’s first generation of Boron steel irons used a uniform, thinner face to generate more distance, the JPX900 Forged pushes the technology forward with a multi-thickness face.
The JPX900 Forged also boasts a milled pocket, which enhances energy transfer over a wider impact area without compromising on Mizuno’s signature feel. The extended pocket cavity allows 21.5g of weight to be redistributed to the extreme corners of the PowerFrame for added stability and reduced distance loss on mishits. The midsize profile will still appeal to professional and elite players, with the shorter irons from 8-GW more compact for extra precision and control at the scoring end of the bag.
“If we could only make one iron for the world’s golfers to play, it would probably be the JPX900 Forged,” Voshall continues. “It’s beautifully shaped and compact enough for a tour player to throw in the bag, but also incredibly quick off the face and loses very little from mishits. There’s almost no compromise to make in any direction.”
Available from September, the Mizuno JPX900 Forged iron has an RRP of £120 per iron.
Mizuno JPX900 Tour
The JPX900 Tour irons is Grain Flow Forged from the same single billet of 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel used in the MP 5 iron. This design creates the softest feel of the three JPX900 irons and combines it with advanced stability and off-centre forgiveness courtesy of more weight being pushed to the extremities of the head’s PowerFrame.
This classic Mizuno player’s iron boasts a satin finish, straighter lines and a toe profile that combines with a compact face and narrow tapered sole to promote crisp ball-striking, excellent workability and enhanced trajectory control.
“The JPX900 Tour is a really surprising iron,” Chris Voshall told GM. “Feel wise, it’s a genuine throwback Mizuno – incredibly pure at impact. But the straighter lines and reinforced framework are very current, giving the 900 Tour a really playable look and the ability to perform on off-centre strikes.”
Available from September, the Mizuno JPX900 Tour iron has an RRP of £120 per iron.
For further information on the new JPX900 Series plus Mizuno’s full range of golf equipment visit golf.mizunoeurope.com.