Mizuno JPX-800 Driver
From Golf Magazine (March 2011)
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
We tested: 9°, 10.5° with Exsar DS5 graphite shaft
Key Technologies: "Cortech" clubface has multiple thicknesses to produce consistent, high ball speed on mis-hits while "Ultimate Dynamic Stability" technology aids forgiveness. An internal 10-gram back weight shifts the CG deeper and increases launch angle, while an internal 5-gram heel weight makes it easier to square the clubface through impact.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Traditional looking club with a pleasing, quality feel.
DISTANCE: Shots land hard and roll well due to lower-spinning head and penetrating ball flight; adequate length on off-center hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Mid flight and reduced sidespin limit most shots from straying too far off-line.
FEEL: One of the best for feel; soft, almost effortless sensation at impact on purely struck shots; well balanced with ample head weight that's apparent throughout the swing.
PLAYABILITY: One of the few drivers in this category that allows the right kind of player to shape shots in both directions; boring trajectory is a plus in windy conditions.
LOOK: Appealing conventional shape and navy blue finish; understated graphics don't shout "look at me."
Nothing spectacular distance-wise (average to above-average) for many testers; several testers prefer more help launching the ball high in the air and keeping it in the air.