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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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  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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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

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