If you want to be rewarded with more distance on your well-struck shots, especially from the tee, this ball could be what you’ve been looking for.
Superb, towering long-game distance
Limited short game feel and control
The Golf Monthly test team's Mizuno JPX ball review, an all-ability golf ball with micro dimples to help slow the ball's descent, increasing distance.
Key technology Mizuno’s three-piece, all-ability JPX ball features micro dimples designed to slow down the ball’s angle of descent, helping it to stay in the air for as long as possible, thereby increasing distance. The cluster pattern comes into effect as the ball speed drops towards the end of its flight, but does so without affecting the higher ball speeds generated at impact. The micro dimples form part of a 512-dimple pattern and combine with a construction that gives the ball a soft feel and responsive playability.
Will suit Golfers after more distance from their ball without losing out completely on short-game feel and control.
GM verdict While it’s difficult to gauge whether the ball stays in the air for a significantly longer period of time, what is clear to see is the towering ball flight on offer when you really catch a drive or mid-iron approach shot. There’s still enough greenside control for the majority of amateurs, especially when you consider the shorter irons they’re likely to be hitting into greens with this ball. Well-struck chips from good lies grab on the first bounce and then release.
If you play a ball around this price point already, the transition into JPX should be seamless. From tee to green, the JPX ball doesn’t feel as soft or check up as quickly as the premium models seen out on tour. But anything it lacks in short-game performance it makes up for in carry distance and shelf appeal.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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