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2013 Mizuno JPX-825 Driver, Fairway woods & Hybrids

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Mizuno JPX-825 Woods

JPX-825 Driver

The Mizuno JPX-825 driver provides higher ball speeds and lower spin than the company’s previous driver, the MP-650, according to a Mizuno press release.

The driver is constructed with a new chemical etching process that makes the crown thinner, which lowers the center of gravity (CG). It also has Mizuno’s CORTECH face, which has varying thicknesses in different regions to provide faster ball speeds across the face, as well as two internal weights that are placed low and deep in the head to provide stability.

“The JPX-825 Driver incorporates technologies designed to forgive both vertical and toe/heel mishits,” according to Dick Lyons, vice president and general manager of Mizuno’s USA golf division. “That means that even when you miss it high, low, left or right of center, you’re still going to get superior distance and keep the ball in play. We also worked to make the look of the driver more aggressive and cosmetically appealing so that it will suit the eye of golfers as they look down at it.”

Available Lofts:  9.5, 10.5 (All Right-Hand Only)

Shaft:  Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye 55

Grip:  Golf Pride M-31 58 Round

Suggested Retail Price: $299.99

JPX-825 Fairway Woods

Like the JPX-825 driver, the JPX-825 fairway woods have a square face angle and internal weighting that makes the head stable on mishits. An L-shaped maraging multi-thickness face design creates a trampoline effect that increases COR and maximizes distance, according to the press release. The clubs also have a thin crown and a thick-soled stainless steel body that is beveled for better turf interaction than previous models. Mizuno used its Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.), as well as PGA Tour feedback to help ensure the JPX-825 Fairway Woods deliver a solid and powerful sound at impact.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide golfers with a wood family that will deliver long, controllable distance and a solid sound at impact,” Lyons said. “We feel strongly that the new JPX-825 Fairway Woods will appeal to a broad audience with its fresh, aggressive looks and superior performance.”

Available Lofts:  15, 18 (All Right-Hand Only)

Shaft:  Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye 65

Grip:  Golf Pride M-31 58 Round

Suggested Retail Price: NA

JPX-825 Hybrids

The JPX-825 Hybrids have the same beveled-sole design and H.I.T. as the JPX-825 Fairway Woods for better turf interaction and solid impact sound. They also has a square face angle. They are larger than previous hybrids from Mizuno, with an L-shaped maraging multi-thickness face design and a thin crown with a thick-soled stainless steel body.

“Our new hybrids offer an ideal combination of technologies to create and extremely forgiving club that delivers consistently long distance with accuracy,” Lyons said.

Available Lofts: 16, 19, 22, 25 (All Right-Hand Only)

Shaft:  Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye 75

Grip:  Golf Pride M-31 58 Round

Suggested Retail Price: $189.99

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. MBAISLEY

    Sep 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I just bought a MP-650 with the stock Orochi blue shaft in stiff flex. It’s a GREAT driver.

    I hit it 10 to 20 yards further than the R1 (and I tried every shaft option TM offers), 20 yards further than the 913D3 (same thing on shafts), and 20 yards further than the newest Callaway models.

    Plus, it has a fantastic sound and feel….. which are big factors for me on the driver. Maybe not factors for other folks. The MP-650 may be the best sounding driver available in the last 10 years.

    I just don’t think Mizuno gets as much attention on their woods because they don’t market them as effectively or as forcefully as their irons. Boy, they sure know how to make (and market) those forged irons!!

  2. kickngoals

    Jun 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I have been on the lookout for a new driver to replace my old TM burner for about 3 months.I have tried all the latest TM drivers & dont like them now, so far the Callaway xhot was my pick until at the range the other day decided to try the Mizuno JPX825 9.5 and wow loved it even though it doesnt have all the bells & whistles of other new drivers i dont care for it,so went back again yesterday just to feel again and it is so straight and long that i will pick up my new driver Saturday morning on my way to play cant wait to get it on the course now.

  3. Brockohol

    Jun 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Anytime I am at a demo day or looking at Mizuno stuff in store they always have such bland shaft options. Obviously you can typically order whatever you want but when you see some of the better shafts and different options in all the other major brands, Mizuno just gives me the impression “meh, buy it, dont buy it…we dont care. Were just making woods because we have to.”
    I know I am in the minority of wanting to hit a stiffer shaft and being a club geek and all. Most guys are content with the low kick 60 gram OEM shaft, which is fine. But if you want to get people talking about your stuff you have to go the extra mile and they certainly dont.

  4. dave

    Mar 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    after 15 years as a callaway guy. this year i will be all mizuno. irons and driver. hit the jpx 825 Driver 9.5 and 10.5 and what a great club. wow the feel is spot on the sound is sweet. the ball just jumps of the face. taylormade, ping, corba, and callaway are all very good clubs. but the jpx 825 Driver was the best fit for me. no need for all that sales crap that dont realy work as far as lofts , open, close face bs. i had my r 11s last year and played 5 rounds with it before i sold it. all you guy and gals need to hit this club to see for your self. Mizuno you won me over at last.

  5. gunmetal

    Jan 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    This day and age, the only way Mizuno can sell woods is if they get some type of tour presence. I can’t think of one of their staffers that plays their drivers or other woods. It’s probably great and performs up there with everything else, but until they start shelling out clams to their staff, people will just think ho hum about their drivers. They’re probably okay with this as their irons do fine and I’m sure Golf is a small piece what with Baseball and all the other stuff they do.

  6. adrian

    Dec 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    the driver and the woods werent a success for me. definetely missed something there mizuno.

    however the hybrid is money. i currently use adams idea a12 and my 3 hybrid is 200 avg distance, not to say tht occasionally i get it to 212. i went in to golfsmith and tried it out . amazing feel and look. let alone consistent. i hit 215 avg with 230 being my max several times. off the deck it picks up the ball really well. went straight into the bag. even ordered a 16* and hit 245 – 255 off the tee!!!! new driver? idk.

  7. Matt

    Nov 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Saw the new JPX-825’s in a local shop here in CT. Both the Driver and hybrids look amazing to look down at. Could very well go all mizuno bag next year to match my custom MP-64’s and MPT-11’s.

  8. Joe Golfer

    Nov 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

    jgpl states that Mizuno has a complete lack of understand that they need more custom shaft options to broaden appeal.
    Most buyers go to a store and never even ask about the custom options available, as there is an upcharge for customization in many cases. Most buyers simply aren’t aware enough.
    That said, Mizuno does offer several alternate shafts.
    Just because this one review lists only the Fujikura Orichi Blue Eye shaft doesn’t mean that other shafts aren’t being offered or available.
    Before making the comment, look at the MizunoUSA.com website and you’ll see that there are several custom options available, such as a different Fujikura model shaft for lower trajectory, several Mitsubishi Diamana shafts (Blue Board and White Board in different weights), Project X graphite shafts (Blue and Black models), Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue, and also the Exsar shafts, which are Mizuno’s in house brand (and which are actually high quality shafts).

  9. jgpl

    Nov 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Probably a great driver destined to failure.

    Complete lack of or understanding from Mizuno that they need to offer a good range of custom and exotic shafts like other OEM’s to broaden the appeal.

  10. Matt Dailey

    Nov 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I love their irons. I wish they’d get with the program on their woods and hybrids.. I hit one of their hybrids last week. To my surprise it wasn’t bad, but there are other hybrids out there that feel better and go longer.

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  12. Stephen Palywoda

    Nov 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Mizuno again ignore the lefty golfers!!!

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black
  • Waterproof full grain leather
    2-year waterproof guarantee
  • thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept 2 NB

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Scotty Cameron T5W

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

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