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Mizuno launches new JPX919 Tour, Hot Metal and Forged irons

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We knew Mizuno’s new JPX919 irons were coming soon when they popped up on the USGA Conforming Clubs list and GolfWRX Members were going crazy back in July. Our Two Guys Talking Golf podcast proceeded to dissect every millimeter of the photos. Then recently, Mizuno promised JPX919 irons on August 29 in a cryptic Tweet.

Now, all of the speculation is over. Mizuno has officially announced its new line of JPX919 clubs. The family consists of JPX919 Tour irons — the successors to the popular JPX-900 Tour irons that Brooks Koepka has now won three major with — JPX919 Forged irons, and JPX919 Hot Metal irons. The irons are now available through the Mizuno Performance Fitting System.

Each of the irons are designed with different metals and for different golfers. We have all of the information for you highlighted below, including photos of each of the irons.

In addition, we welcomed Chris Voshall, Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer, back onto our Gear Dive podcast to get into the new JPX919 line. Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

See more photos of the Mizuno JPX919 irons in our forums.

JPX919 Tour irons

Mizuno’s JPX-900 Tour irons were initially designed with Brooks Koepka in mind, which is funny, because he’s now won three majors with those irons in the bag (2017 and 2018 U.S. Open, and 2018 PGA Championship). If you’re interested in hearing that full story, Voshall told it in-depth on our Gear Dive podcast.

The JPX919 Tour irons are the successors to those irons. They’re also Grain-Flow Forged from 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel for a soft feel, but the new versions are slightly smaller and more compact. According to Mizuno, the top edges have been narrowed by 10 percent compared to the JPX-900 Tour irons. Despite being made with a more compact shape, however, Mizuno says the irons offer “surprising stability for a compact players’ iron,” according to a press release.

That’s because the irons have a “stability frame” that maximizes weight distribution for off-center hits, and it also reinforces the topline and toe areas for sound/vibration dampening. The soles have also been made wider, but with more camber for enhanced playability, according to Mizuno.

They also have a zero-glare Pearl Brush finish.

The JPX919 Tour irons will be available in right-hand only, and will sell for $1,200 in an 8-piece set (3-PW), or $150 per club.

JPX919 Tour Specs

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JPX919 Hot Metal irons

While the JPX919 Tour irons are made from 1025E, the JPX919 Hot metal irons are made from High Strength Chromoly 4140M. The new Hot Metals have multi-thickness faces for greater ball speeds, and one-piece face cups. Like the JPX919 Tour irons, the Hot Metal irons have a stability frame to enhance stability at impact, but they also have Sound Ribs that are designed to to “hit specific vibration patterns that ensure a satisfying sensation,” according to Mizuno.

“The most impressive thing about the JPX919 Hot Metal is the launch control and flight apex,” says Voshall. “The extra ball speed and distance doesn’t come from low-flying bullets – we work the design backwards from the correct landing angles. These are irons for the golf course, not just the launch monitor!”

Also, the JPX919 Hot Metals have set-matching gap, sand a lob wedges that are made from softer X30 steel; the wedges have precision milled grooves for greater spin control, as well.

These irons are available in both left-handed and right-handed, and they will for $1,000 in 8-piece sets (4-LW), or $125 per club.

JPX919 Hot Metal

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JPX919 Forged irons

Mizuno’s JPX919 forged irons are made with a new engineering process; they’re “reverse milled,” meaning they’re CNC-milled from the sole up, thus creating a “larger area of minimum face thickness,” according to Mizuno. The result? The company’s “fastest ever one-piece forged irons in terms of measured ball speed.”

The JPX919 Forged irons are forged from 1025B mild carbon steel; Boron is infused into the steel, making it 30 percent stronger, according to Mizuno. The additional strength allows for a wider milling across the back of the face, according to Mizuno, which leads to greater energy transfer into the ball.

Mizuno’s JPX919-Forged irons will be available in both right-handed and left-handed. They will sell for $1,300 in an 8-piece set (4-GW), or for $163 per club.

JPX919 Forged

See more photos of the Mizuno JPX919 irons in our forums.

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38 Comments

  1. bruce

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:09 am

    All of the voices in the anti-Kavanagh demonstrations were women voices…. older and younger millennial man-hating man-bashing feminists marching, screaming, demonstrating against the rule of law. Men are silent, hiding, frightened. These crazed women hate old white men… their fathers. Hide on the golf course, cowards.

  2. Jack Nash

    Sep 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    They build the nicest looking irons.

  3. Brad

    Sep 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    “…the irons have a “stability frame” that maximizes weight distribution for off-center hits, and it also reinforces the topline and toe areas for sound/vibration dampening.”
    This is exactly the weight distribution on the PING ZING iron design.

    • roger

      Oct 2, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      If Miz had put a high density tungsten plug low in the toe to displace the lower density steel, the hollow cavity would be larger and more forgiving… believe it

  4. Pr

    Aug 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I dunno………. that cavity has been stretched so far into the hosel it looks weird………… is that even safe? I’d have to look at it in person to see what would happen in the loft-lie machine when I go to bend it…………

    • Thomas A

      Sep 4, 2018 at 9:55 am

      No definitely not safe. Mizuno definitely did not test and retest these irons. They just pressed some out, attached them to shafts and will keep their fingers crossed.

  5. Scott

    Aug 30, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Yawn…

  6. Eric

    Aug 30, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I know all the superlative “fastest, best, most stable” etc is just the usual recycled industry hooey, but ooh do I want ’em! I think my old JPX 825 pros may be out of the bag.

  7. Haak

    Aug 30, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Interesting loft gaps on the forged between 9-8-7 irons? Error in the table or no? Strange.

    • dtowngolf

      Aug 31, 2018 at 8:00 am

      This is a type by the staff. My catalog I have is not as stated in this article. The gaps are 4 degrees and the 8 is 36. Hope this helps

    • Jerry G

      Sep 14, 2018 at 12:54 am

      It’s 32, 36, 41, 46, 51

  8. Jay Beezy

    Aug 29, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t understand how and why companies are still trying to tout distance and jack lofts stronger which are much harder to hit for the average player. You then have a ridiculous 5-6 degree gap on scoring clubs and a tight spread on 4-5-6- thus eliminating those clubs as hittable for most mid handicappers. So they end up with 3-4 usable clubs per set (7-PW) with 15 yard distance gaps between them and that would be for someone who can hit it solid. Couple with that shoddy ball striking and you have sets that are basically worthless for non single digit players. You can either advertise distance or playability but not both. a 20* 4 iron on the hotmetal is hilarious. Just stop. Someone has to lead, and sadly even Titleist and Mizuno caved in. Caveman golf.

    • jgpl001

      Aug 30, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Absolutely spot on, well said

    • chance

      Sep 4, 2018 at 1:05 am

      Completely agree. I think people just want to be able to say they hit their 7 iron 190 yards. Rather sad that we’re in this odd phase of equipment coupled with distance hype marketing.

      • ~j~

        Sep 7, 2018 at 9:37 am

        Yup. Got a budy who went with the new M3 irons, claims now he hits his irons the same distances I do with my weaker-lofted Mizzys. Doesn’t seem to get it though when I tell him his lofts are all 3-4* stronger per club than mine.

        In all fairness he does hit them better, more accurate, than his former set. I’d rather have better accuracy and feel than a few extra yards though anyday.

  9. koober

    Aug 29, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    That badge on the Forged head looks like it was stuck on by my 5-year-old grandson. Macaroni art-worthy. Also, no Tour model for left-handers? Again?? You’re driving me to Srixon…

    • Andrew

      Aug 30, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Totally agree – so frustrating!! I would try/get those tours in a heartbeat if offered in left hand. I will look at the forged but it is frustrating. I’m old enougth to remember when the TP9 was the only ‘players’ club Mizuno had available to lefties (and of course i wanted the TP19!)

      • Chris H

        Sep 3, 2018 at 3:06 pm

        I’m with you too guys!! Tweeter this to Voshall who didn’t respond. Mizuno are simply not a viable option for me to even CONSIDER because the LH offerings suck. Another failure…

        • Jerry G

          Sep 14, 2018 at 12:56 am

          The forged are offered in LH

        • Steve

          Oct 8, 2018 at 1:32 pm

          Mizuno is in the business of turning a profit. There aren’t enough sets sold to justify the costs of molds and manufacturing. They aren’t Callaway.
          While I sympathize with LH golfers, it’s not a conspiracy. It’s about staying in business.

  10. koober

    Aug 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Love my now decade-old Mizzy’s, but I echo my fellow left-handers in expressing my disappointment and frustration with Mizuno that the Tour’s are again not available to me. I love the way they’ve preserved a classic look while keeping up with technology, but I feel Mizuno is a bit backward and willingly blind in not offering all models in left hand version.

    • TwoLegsMcManus

      Aug 29, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      “a bit backward and willingly blind”
      As someone who fits many, many minority categories *as a consumer*, I empathize with the plight of lefties.

      Mizuno is simply a capitalist company behaving with modern capitalist guidelines. Ask any MBA.

      Left handers are 10% of the population, presumably the same % of golfers.

      If a company makes an iron that appeals to ~10% of its market (anything like the Tour falls into this category), potential LH sales are such a small percentage that it’s likely a loss.

      There was a time when companies would allow loss in some areas – to keep the minority customers – and “make it back” with their best sellers (plus maybe bags, caps, etc).

      Modern capitalism dictates that any “flavor” that’s 10% isn’t worth making at all. Big sellers only, big box, one size fits all. All lefties can play the single left-handed model we offer. OR, pay an enormous premium for something truly “custom”.

      (Under socialism, workers control production, you could guarantee left-handed everything.)

      • Eric

        Aug 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm

        That’s an interesting point…im actually a lefty as is my father, and we both play right handed. If we’re not completely unusual in doing so, and I don’t believe we are, my guess is the actual percentage of lefty golfers might be even lower, like closer to 5%.

        • Thomas A

          Sep 4, 2018 at 9:59 am

          I’m left handed, play right handed. My father and brother as well.

  11. 2putttom

    Aug 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    wonderful

  12. Josh

    Aug 29, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Why does it look like the badge isn’t seated properly on that one picture of the Forged model?

  13. rex235

    Aug 29, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Glad Voshall is so “stoked”…

    Just like we said a week ago-

    Mizuno JPX 919 Tour – RH Only.

  14. Caroline

    Aug 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Great looking irons, but look at the pictures of that insert on the back. see the corner of badge sticking up like it almost doesn’t fit? Just like some of the Ping irons the badges catch dirt along with the look is like you slapped some lead tape on the back of your iron or maybe you like that 1950’s look.

  15. Patrick

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Why did I even get my hopes up that the tour would be available left handed #dissapointed

  16. Walter

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Nice looking but more jacked up lofts compared to my MPs. Yes not so much on the tour version but still jacked.

  17. Chris

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Kudos for not going crazy with the lofts, PW at 45/46

  18. ht

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Made them with Brooks in mind is right. wThe tours have a similar shape as the Nike Vapor Fly iron brooks uses, but admittedly much nicer.Those forged look good too

  19. Single Digit Lefty

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I stopped reading at “right-hand only.” Mizuno apparently doesnt want to build a club for me. I have the 900 Forged now and I like them, but much prefer the look of the Tour version and was hoping this version would be available.

    I’m not mad, just disappointed.

    • Chilly Dipper

      Aug 29, 2018 at 9:54 am

      I’m totally on the same page. So frustrating..

    • Andrew

      Sep 11, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Well on the plus side for us lefties perhaps the badge will actually fit on the left hand model to make up for the lack of a Tour in left hand. Ha! 🙂

  20. Andersuk

    Aug 29, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Gotta hand it to Mizuno, that tour looks good!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Anti-hook hybrid?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from kgeisler13 who is looking to replace his current 3-iron with an anti-hook hybrid. Our members give their thoughts on the subject to kgeisler13, with Ping’s G410, as well as Callaway’s ’19 Apex proving to be popular suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Joelsim: “Ping G410. I’ve hit about 60 shots with my new one and not a single hook. I sold the G400 as it was prone to hooking.”
  • Banker: “G410 flat setting, KBS hybrid 95x. Swing as hard as you want.”
  • Golfingguru11: “Callaway apex has the highest toe and most open face of any I’ve seen since the original idea pro.”
  • eaglestan66: “Titleist 818 H1 can be very fade biased if weight and lie angles are set correctly. This is one of the reasons I purchased the 3 and 4-hybrid version.”
  • phil75079: “The Callaway ’19 Apex hybrid. Everyone who has hit it agrees it is neutral to fade biased.”

Entire Thread: “Anti-hook hybrid?”

 

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Shane Lowry’s winning WITB: 2019 Open Championship

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Driver: Srixon Z 585 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70X (45.25″, tipped .75″, D3 swing weight)

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8X

Irons: Srixon Z U85 (2 [18 degrees], 3 [20 degrees bent to 21]), Srixon Z 585 (4 [23 degrees], 5 [26 degrees]), Srixon Z 785 (6-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White TX Hybrid (2), KBS Tour 130X (3-PW)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50 [bent to 51, 35.75″, D5], 58 degrees [35.25″, D7.5)
Shafts: KBS Tour Wedge X

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Exo 2-Ball (Lowry’s putter has an all-black finish, and he switched into it earlier this year at the RBC; 34″)
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0 (custom shamrock)

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (logo down)

Image c/o Srixon (obviously, Lowry does not have all wedges pictured in play)

Additional Shane Lowry WITB notes, via Johnny Wunder

2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, compared to Tommy Fleetwood, is on the other side of the spectrum in regards to brand loyalty. He is Cleveland/Srixon in 12 clubs including the ball with the only two exceptions being the TaylorMade M4 3-wood and his Odyssey Putter. In this case, that makes sense, those clubs seem to be a challenge to swap, especially the 3-wood, and Cleveland/Srixon isn’t really known for putters on the PGA Tour.

I got some interesting intel on his driver Switch from the TaylorMade M2 into the Srixon Z585.

According to Rodney McDonald, VP of Tour Operations for Cleveland/Srixon, Shane is a dedicated staff member that is always willing to get all Cleveland/Srixon in the bag.

On Lowry switching into the Z585 Driver McDonald had this to say

“The switch was very easy. Even though he had won early in the year with another driver, he was not driving it good at all. He is very loyal to our team and our products that he came to us to find a new driver. He instantly loved the look of the Z 585 and once we started testing the numbers were exactly what he was looking for. His main comment about the driver is how his misses are minimal and he can hit all the shots he wants to.”

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Tommy Fleetwood’s bag is as awesome as he is (Tommy Fleetwood WITB)

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I’m obsessed with this guy. If there was a movie about his life, Aaron Taylor Johnson would play him…can we make that happen?

His bag has taken over for my past obsession with Charles Howell III, David Toms, and Rocco Mediate. I’m drawn to players that tweak a bit, it keeps it fun for me on Getty Images at 3 a.m.

Much like a Bernhard Langer, there is no telling what OEM sticks will land in Fleetwood’s bag. It’s awesome and a sign of the non-contract “eat what you kill” mentality shared by some of the biggest names out there (BK and Patrick Reed to name a couple).

Tommy has messed around quite a bit in the past two years with his bag and the fun part is, he’s not afraid to shake it up.

Here is a partial list of clubs that were previously in the bag since ’17 leading up to his current setup

  • TaylorMade M3 driver (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Titleist 917 D2 driver (@ 8.5 degrees) (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 3-wood (13 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5-wood (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX shaft)
  • Titleist 917 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Titleist TS3 3-wood (12.75 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Nike VR Pro Blades
  • Callaway MD4 wedges
  • Ping G410 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Ping G410 7-wood (18 degrees) (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80T shaft)
  • Odyssey 2-Ball (plumbers neck)

His grips are also a fun one, he goes Blue Golf Pride TVC in his woods, Iomic Sticky in his irons, and black Golf Pride TVC in his wedges. God, I love this guy!

Tommy Fleetwood WITB @The Open

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees @7.5)
*has lofted up a bit, his driver has been down to 6.5 I’ve heard.
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees @14)
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (42.5 inches)
*was in a Ping G410 until the Scottish Open where he switched into the M6.

Irons: TaylorMade GAPR Lo (@18.75), Srixon Z785 (4-iron, 23 degrees), TaylorMade P7TW (5-9)
Shafts: GAPR: Project X 6.5 (39.5 inches), 4-iron: Project X 6.5 (38.5 inches), 5-9: Project X 6.5 (38 inches @ 5-iron, minus 1/2 inch from there) (26, 30, 34, 38, 42 degrees)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (47, 52, 55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedge notes: 48.10F (bent to 47) Tour chrome finish
52.08F raw
56.10 (bent 55) raw
60.08 raw

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0


Quick thought: I do see a specific trend when it comes to free agents, and it’s mildly telling. Keep in mind I understand that it’s not 100 percent, but the trends are there.

In woods and wedges specifically, TaylorMade seems to be a popular choice in the overall woods category for non-signed players and Vokey is hands down the wedge of choice. Makes sense in my opinion, I’m not a big “best company” guy, but I do understand the choice. Both companies make and have made extremely high-performing sticks for many years. Consistency in anything is a hard opponent to beat. When Nike bounced out of clubs Rory, BK, Casey, and a few others put Vokeys straight in, and a BK and Casey put TM woods in the bag. (Just an example for context)

Anyway, Tommy Fleetwood is four back going into the final round. I have a weird feeling if it blows he could be holding a trophy.

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