Mizuno JPX900 driver

This club delivered some seriously impressive numbers...

Mizuno jpx900 driver
Mizuno jpx900 driver
Golf Monthly Verdict

Further testing on the course in 7.5° loft is required to determine if this driver is the real deal but our initial findings are that the JPX900 driver has the potential to compete with the big boys of the driver market in terms of distance, forgiveness and intuitive adjustability that really works in providing golfers with tangible gains.

Reasons to buy
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    Very impressive carry distance, amply assisted by improved forgiveness levels and intuitive adjustability

Reasons to avoid
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    The high ball flight may be difficult to control in windy conditions

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Golf Monthly's Mizuno JPX900 driver review, a more forgiving model that its predecessor that also has extra adjustability to provide greater scope for improving performance

Mizuno JPX900 driver review

The Mizuno JPX850 driver was a very good club but perhaps lacked that wow factor or feeling of power when you really struck it solid and a little bit of forgiveness when you didn’t.

Mizuno claims to have put this right in its replacement, the JPX900 model, which has some new technology and different profile to encourage more golfers to give it a try, including two 8g weights that can be positioned in various places on the sole to affect launch, spin and shot shape.

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While it’s still 440cc, it has a much larger profile at address than the JPX850 thanks to a shallower face allowing the crown’s length to be extended from front to back. This inspires more confidence and allows for more of Mizuno’s signature blue to be put on show.

Another feature at address is the ability to adjust the face angle independently from the loft, so regardless of whether you like to see a closed, neutral or open face angle, your preference is catered for.

The first thing that strikes you when you first send one away down the range is the sound. This driver is loud - louder than its predecessor and louder than most other drivers on the market. Is this a bad thing? No, it’s just different. It’s not an unfavourable sound by any means – it just gets your attention.


The second noteworthy thing about this driver is how easily it gets the ball up in the air. Initial testing in the 9.5° loft launched the ball at 17° - much higher than is optimum for a swing speed of 110mph.

But even with too high a launch angle and spin rate, the carry distance was still well over 270 yards. So one thing was clear – this driver has the potential to clock up some serious yardage.

Lofting down to 8.5° and putting both the 8g weights in the forward position of the middle track seemed to have cracked the code, with the average carry ascending to a whopping 279 yards with spin reducing down to around the 2000 rpm mark.

These were seriously impressive carry numbers indeed, some of best we’ve experience in recent years, but the height of the ball flight was a worry. With the ball peaking at 43 yards, it would struggle in outdoor conditions, especially when hitting into the wind, and the amount of roll out significantly reduced.

Better players may well prefer a club that launches the ball a little lower and has a taller face but for the majority of golfers, the Mizuno JPX900 has enough settings to unlock more performance from your swing. The Quick Switch hosel features loft adjustability down to 7.5°, so further testing is required to determine if the JPX900 driver can produce the more penetrating ball flight some players will want to see.

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Joel Tadman
Deputy Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 14 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all equipment and video content 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 or viewer find exactly what they are looking for. 

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 86 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 2.8.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°, Fujikura Ventus Black 6 S shaft.

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Titleist T150, 4-PW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM10, 50°, 54° and 58°

Putter: LAB Golf DF3 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x