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Golf Monthly Technical Editor Paul O'Hagan gives his Mizuno JPX850 forged irons review
Mizuno JPX850 irons review:
Mizuno has introduced a new material into the iron forging process. Boron is 30 per cent stronger than traditional steel, which means the faces have been made thinner for added distance. The face is also reinforced with a Power Frame cavity to help it flex over a larger area, for improved power. The 4 to 7 irons feature a Milled Pocket, making them easier to launch.
Will suit: anyone wanting sleek looks but added distance.
Stylish looks, understated graphics and impressive feel move this JPX set closer to the MP line than any other before it. This is all achieved from a set that offers very impressive distance and a high ball launch through the bag.
At address the set could easily be mistaken for a Mizuno MP product. The forgiveness and distance on offer certainly falls into the JPX category, though.
A great-looking set that should be tried by golfers of all standards. Many players will really enjoy playing these clubs. Part of an extremely strong Mizuno irons line-up including the MP-15 and MP-H5.
But... some will prefer the more confidence-inspiring looks and larger face of the standard JPX850 irons.
PGA pro verdict:
Mizuno has added another great iron to its already impressive stable. These delivered a high launch, were easy to control and gave impressive results in terms of both feel and consistency, particularly through the long irons. They have a neat top line at address and combined with the XP 115 steel shafts I used, would hold their own in many players’ bags, regardless of handicap.
Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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