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FIRST LOOK: Mizuno JPX-825 Drivers, Fairway Woods & Hybrids

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GolfWRX captured these pictures of the new Mizuno 825 Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids at The Black Course prior to The Barclays.  Let us know what you think.

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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  1. Ira Shoff

    Dec 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    never hit a driver so high, nor so consistantly. All the Best.

  2. Alan

    Oct 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Played with the JPX 825 driver today to test one out. I have never hit a straighter drive than before, distance will improve upon more practice but look and feel just excellent. Bought one after one round, highly recommend.

    • Harry

      Nov 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Like you i used the demo driver today and never hit a bad drive really easy to hit and looks well.I still want to try R11s then i`ll decide but great club.Have gone off my white superfast 2.0.

  3. Bill

    Sep 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Been playing the Mizuno 630 Fast Track driver for a bit over a year now with the Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft. At age 62, and having played the game since I was 12, I’m a traditionalist. In fact, until I put the Mizuno in my bag, I was playing Louisville Golf persimmon drivers, albeit with state of the art graphite shafts. Tried many titanium drivers over the years, but never found anything that was so clearly superior that I was tempted to give up my real woods–their look, sound, feel & workability always surpassed the titanium monstrosities that I tried. With the superb shafts Louisville uses, their length was just a few yards less than the tis and their dispersion was much better. The Mizuno changed my mind. At 440 cc and a very compact shape, its size is acceptable. Its sound, feel, workability and length are remarkable. As many reviewers said, they are not for high handicappers. But for a player who strikes the ball consistently well–something my persimmons required me to do–they yield real benefits. I consistently hit the Mizuno 20 to 25 yards further than I did with my persimmons, the dispersion is about the same and the sound and feel are better than any titanium I ever tried before, even Titleist. Not as sweet as persimmon, but close. These newer Mizunos appear from the photos to have a lot in common with my 630s. If they do in real life, I suspect Mizuno has another fine club on its hands. However, as the comments of others show, they probably won’t sell very well. Therefore, at the end of the year some players will likely be able to purchase them as I did mine at a terrific discount. I also have the same model year strong 3 and 5woods and the 2 & 3 hybrids by Mizuno. They work great for me. Sticking with my Tommy Armour Silver Scot blades for now, however. Tradition, you know.

  4. Rob

    Aug 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Looking good, Mizuno!

  5. DraysClay

    Aug 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I use to have Mizuno woods not anymore. They just don’t stack up to the other companies. I now have the Ping i20 driver, great woods. I love their irons and have the MP-63’s…awesome sticks!

  6. alex

    Aug 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    heeeey

  7. alex

    Aug 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Woooow

  8. Dolph Lundgrenade

    Aug 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    These look like excellent player’s options. Ordering the 3 wood and driver tout suite! These may not be for 15 + handicaps, but everyone else should definitely hit them on the course before buying anything else! The new 913 driver from Tit are pretty competitive though!

  9. blopar

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    me no likee. Mizuno has never made a wood worth a darn. what are the over the counter shaft options by the way??

  10. Kalervo

    Aug 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I just love the old JPX800 3 Wood. Propably the stick I have most confidence with. Can’t wait to test this one also!

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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The hottest blade irons in golf right now

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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