Mizuno, which has set the golden standard for players irons over the years, is blurring the lines between a blade iron and a forged cavity back with its new JPX-900 Tour irons. The new irons pass the eye-test for a blade, but they’re pumped up with performance features usually reserved for Mizuno’s bulkier JPX irons.
Like Mizuno’s MP iron models, which are designed for the most discerning and skilled golfers, the JPX-900 Tour irons are made from Mizuno’s Grain Flow forged 1025E Mild Carbon Steel to give golfers the familiar soft, solid feel for which Mizuno is known.
“We wanted to make the best Grain Flow Forged iron ever,” says David Llewellyn, Mizuno’s Director of R&D.
What’s different about the JPX-900 Tour irons is the more aggressive styling, which is part form, part function. The addition of Mizuno’s angular “Power Frame” to the cavity increases moment of inertia (MOI), which makes the irons more forgiving. Yet according to Llewellyn, the refined cavity-back irons should be an easy transition for its staff players, Chris Wood and Luke Donald, who currently use the company’s MP-5 blade irons.
Mizuno’s MP-64 irons, a forged cavity-back that many in the Mizuno community believe to be the best-feeling Mizuno iron in recent memory, was used as the benchmark for the acoustics of the JPX-900 Tour irons. By using the company’s HIT (Harmonic Impact Technology) system, which measures and quantifies sound frequencies, Mizuno was able to mimic the acoustics of the MP-64 irons while improving on their construction.
In terms of looks, the JPX-900 Tour irons are smaller than the MP-25 irons released in 2015, with a lower toe height and a “more modern design” than the MP-25 irons, Llewellyn says. Another note of distinction: the soles of the JPX-900 Tour irons which are thinnest ever used on a JPX model, and feature the same sole geometries Mizuno has been giving its MP irons for several generations. This design will create more versatility than ever from a JPX offering, something better players will surely appreciate.
The stock shaft for the JPX-900 Tour irons is True Temper’s Dynamic Gold AMT, which uses an ascending weight design to improve performance of each iron. In the X100 flex, for example, the 3-iron shaft weighs roughly 115 grams, while the pitching wedge shafts weighs about 130 grams. The lighter long-iron shafts help golfers hit higher-flying long-iron shots, making it easier to hit and hold greens, while the heavier short iron shafts provide added stability for greater precision.
Mizuno’s JPX-900 Tour irons, available Sept. 16, will sell for $1,199.99 in either steel or graphite. There is no upcharge for custom shafts or grips.
Harry Higgs WITB 2021 (October)
Harry Higgs what’s in the bag accurate as of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (8 degrees @7)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 6.5
3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium “Rocket 3” (13.5 degrees @12)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 75 6.5
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue (17 degrees @15.5)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 6.5
Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 (52-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-10SB)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
- More photos of Harry Higgs WITB in the forum.
6 instances of incredible wedge stamping at the Shriners Open
You love wedge stamping. We love wedge stamping. So, why don’t we take a look at some fine hammer-and-stamp work from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open?
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! TaylorMade’s new MG3 wedge has a nice toe area for stamping, and Harry Higgs has taken a classic route in his ornamentation.
Abraham Ancer has an ownership stake in tequila company Flecha Azul and has taken the opportunity for some free advertising on his 60-degree wedge. Bonus points for his “Ancer” logo in baby blue.
Aaron Dill’s handiwork here features a cool pattern articulation of the company’s signature saw blade.
Another of Dill’s works here. Ian Poulter, Ryder Cup stalwart, pivots from his usual sports car-related stamping to this Team Europe motif.
Haven’t seen this before: Stippled 58-degree stamping on the sole of James Hahn’s high-lofter.
Whether you like Rory Sabbatini or not, and your opinion on his Slovakian citizenship aside, you have to agree this is one of the baddest wedges on tour.
- Additional wedge photos and much in the GolfWRX forums.
The best 5-woods on the market – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing 5-woods. WRXer ‘Texas_Golfer’ is on the hunt for a new 5-wood and kicks off the thread saying:
“Currently have a cobra F9 and just want something new. It’s the oldest club in my bag haha. What would you say is the best one out right now? Was thinking Ping G425 maybe? Or maybe the new cobra RadSpeed? Looking for any first-hand experience and opinions. Thanks.”
And our members have been sharing their favorite 5-woods in the thread.
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.
- jbandalo: “Ping G425 fairway woods are exceptional. Super easy to hit and consistent.”
- Texas_Tom: “I think the G425 is the friendliest and straightest FW out there. Maybe not the absolute longest? But very easy for the 2nd shot on a long hole. The shaft is going to be the main issue. I don’t like the Ping Alta CB shafts, except for the Tour shaft in a 3W. I changed out shafts for the Orange Tensei shaft and love it.”
- Byrdman2230: “I was playing sim max until I hit the G425 fairways. They are the easiest fairway woods I’ve ever hit. Pair them with the tour 75 shaft, and you’re good to go.”
- Mobert19: “This forum is sickening. It just made me order a TSi2 5 wood when I have a TSi3 3 wood and 19 degree G425 hybrid. This place is bad news.”
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