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WRX Spotlight: Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal irons

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Product: Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal irons

Pitch: Per Mizuno: “A benchmark in iron design – the JPX919 Hot Metal combines an incredible balance of launch speed and soft, controllable landing angles. The use of a high strength Chromoly 4140M and seamless cup face construction produces the highest ball speed from any Mizuno iron. Mizuno’s new stability frame ensures that each iron within the set produces the correct flight apex – with landing angles steep enough to control shots into the green.”

Our take on the Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal irons

No doubt most golfers are familiar with Mizuno golf clubs. Traditionally they have been known for their clean, players irons. Mizuno touts its “Grain Flow Forging” and long-standing tradition of making solid players irons. As technology has evolved, so has Mizuno. Not everyone can handle a blade or even a forged iron with regularity. Are you part of this group? Should you be? Enter the JPX 919 Hot Metal irons.

Mizuno’s list of features in the Hot Metal irons is long. A few: A highly resilient Chromoly 4140M face. Stability Frame. Re-engineered sound ribs. Harmonic Impact Technology. Cortech Design. (You can read the full list of features in our launch piece here)

But what does it all translate to when you have a club in your hand?

Whether you’re looking for extra forgiveness, a bit more distance, or just to hit more greens in regulation, we can recommend putting the Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal irons on your short list. After stumbling a bit the game improvement iron category (I’m looking at you, JPX EZ), Mizzy is back with a vengeance.

These irons are solid feeling, handsome and packed with technology, designed to help the golfer enjoy the game. I’ve played these and have been very impressed. Both ball speed and forgiveness have been excellent. And truth be told, looking down at address, it is indeed a game improvement club but is one of the most handsome choices in a crowded GI marketplace. Add the clean cavity (no more bright blue or *gasp* orange of years past), and these are some of the nicest, best-performing distance irons you can put in your bag.

 

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  1. TexasSnowman

    Mar 11, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I was shopping last year and demo’ed them…. I play forged cavity backs now; but for a ‘shovel’ they looked pretty decent at address, not appearing overly large or bulky… Yes the top line is a slightly on the thicker side, but not bad at all and only a little bit of the training edge visible at address on the 4 iron as I recall. I am Senior, 8 handicap and I will consider these, probably in a combo set with the new Hot Metal Pro’s.

  2. DaveyD

    Mar 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Might be interesting to see if a successor to the MP-18 SC is released this year. I’m in the camp of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but I’d love to hit them them anyways, if they came out.

  3. Tom

    Mar 11, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    WOW, these clubs must be the best ever made on the planet!? HOT METAL wow!
    Uncle Rico could probably hit 5 iron over them there mountains!!!

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WRX Spotlight: Puma polos

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Product: Puma polos

Pitch:  From Puma “A world leader in high-performance sports clothing, Puma launched their first golf collection in 2004 complete with Puma golf shoes and clothing. The collection has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation, with tour pro golfers wearing the range out on the course. With bold colorful clothing to classically sporty and smart pieces, Puma golf is a versatile collection certain to appeal to golfers of all preferences.”

Our take on Puma’s polos

It’s difficult to look past Puma’s 2019 polo collection without seeing its Paradise golf shirt. Showcased by Rickie Fowler during the Island stretch of golf to begin the new year, the unconventional all button up shirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but anyone who pulls the shirt on will likely agree on its comfort. The shirt will channel your inner Ned Flanders, “feels like I’m wearing nothing at all,” and the ultra-lightweight feel combined with the looseness makes it an ideal summer shirt for swinging the club freely on the golf course.

Puma has a lot more polos on offer in 2019 than its Paradise shirt though, and one of the most visually striking shirts of theirs is the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo. The shirt comes in three vibrant colors (blue, white and green), and its camo inspired pattern is subtle and discreet which gives the shirt a cool look without being distracting. Also a lightweight polo, the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo features a clean three button look, as well as a very comfortable fit, and its dryCell technology means you won’t be drenched in sweat this summer.

Then there’s the Rotation Golf Polo which comes in both solid and stripes styles. The shirts offer a very modern feel and look, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection of colors which the shirts come in, with an abundance on offer.

On the throwback front, Puma has you covered with their Nineties Golf Polo, with a striped shirt style and color. There are five different color blocks to choose from which are about as representative of spring/summer as I’ve seen, and the shirts also come with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a nice summer touch.

The Faraday Polo is according to the company itself “one of our best”. Lightweight and one of the softest shirts they provide, it’s hard to disagree with them in terms of comfort level. The only off-putting feature of this shirt for me is the odd unfinished lining around the pocket.

The exhaustive selection of golf polos provided by Puma is impressive, and they’ve covered everything you’d want in a golf shirt in each of their styles. Prices range from $50-$70, and no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find a great summer golf shirt to add to your collection from their 2019 lineup.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Glowbal who is on the lookout for sexy, slick, minimal irons ala Scratch Golf’s old SB-1 iron set. Clean, as little branding or markings as possible and lofts instead of numbers on the club, are all the things Glowbal wants from an iron set, and our members have been on hand sharing their 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.

  • Fried Slice: “National Custom Works are Scratch. Same grinders and owners I believe. I’m sure they can hook you up. http://www.nationalcustomworks.com 
  • 11forgedblades: “When I was looking for irons without any logo, Geotech blades only had the numbers on them…completely blank.”
  • ivygynonc: “I have a set of Kyoei MB’s black.  They are nicer than my BBs as far as feel and looks.  Look great at set up.  Can’t go wrong with these.  And they are on the low end as far as costs for JDM blades, at least they were when I bought mine.”
  • kmay: “Another for National Custom works, incredible products, and from what I see watching there IG every day, they will make them to your exact requests, any stamping you want (or don’t) any shape muscle you want, sole grinds you want, seems like everything can be customized starting from forged blanks. True craftsmen.”

Entire Thread: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

 

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WRX Spotlight: Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology

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Product: Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology (the first driver to feature interchangeable club faces)

Pitch: From Lynx: “Switch-Face Technology is an idea that has taken the best part of a decade to perfect and produce. Various innovations in the past have tinkered with removable and replaceable faces on drivers – primarily for the purposes of changing the sound generated while striking the ball – but none of them have ever proved successful long-term.”

“The concept was borne out of the desire to give golfers true loft change options for the first time in an adjustable driver so, while adjustable hosel drivers, including other models in the Lynx range, do give golfers multiple options to configure their clubheads, setting and maintaining the perfect true loft and face angle combination for their own individual swing becomes almost impossible.”

Our take on the Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology

After a solid drive, you might have said “I hit it on the screws!” in your life. Well in 2019, you actually can. Lynx has taken a different approach to adjustability in a driver. Instead of using an adjustable adapter in the hosel to change the loft of the club, with the Prowler VT driver, you swap out the face by turning five small screws. That’s right. The whole face.

We were admitted skeptics when we first heard of the Lynx VT Prowler driver. We might even have chuckled a bit (we did). Nonetheless, we were intrigued. We tried it out and the verdict is….hey, that’s actually…not too bad. Good look at address. Good sound. Good ball flight. Chalk us up as “pleasantly surprised.” Now understand we didn’t put this through its paces on-course or deep dive into launch monitor testing and dial it in, but the initial reaction was positive.

Before you run out to purchase, we do have some long-term questions. How will the design hold up over time? Will the screws keep the face secure during an entire round? Is that hosel design going to hold up? What rule enacted by the USGA are we potentially breaking by putting this in our bag? (Kidding about the last one — kind of).

Still, for $500, you’re getting a driver with two faces with true adjustability of face angle and loft. We’re pleasantly surprised.

The Prowler VT is available in five different lofts (8,9,10,11 and 12 degrees) with varying open and closed settings (2-degrees closed, 1-degree closed, square, 1-degree open and 2-degrees open), giving golfers 25 different face and loft angles. Orange/Black or White/Black models available.

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