From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2013 (March 2013)
Mizuno JPX-825 Driver
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5° with Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye 60 graphite shaft
DISTANCE: Consistent performer; it doesn't "wow" off the tee but it's as long as many testers' own drivers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Shots won't fly off the beaten path; mis-hits cling to fairways.
FEEL: Smooth and stable to swing; feedback is subtle but easily perceived, nothing harsh; clubhead seems heavier than most but delivers a lot of energy to the ball at impact.
PLAYABILITY: Good swings produce a consistent high, boring flight; some guys say it can do it all, from draws to fades to high or low balls.
LOOK: Triangular-shaped 450cc head squares up easily; visually, it strikes a nice balance between a player's driver and a larger game-improvement one.
Off-center hits tend to lose more distance than some others in its class; some guys find that it leads to reduced power output.
BOTTOM LINE: Good-looking club delivers Mizuno's trademark solid, cushioned feel.
HOT STIX'S TAKE
Spin: Low to mid
Maximum forgiveness across the face from heel to toe. Classic one-piece hosel design.
From Golf Magazine (November 2012)
Price: $300, graphite
Designed for: All handicap levels
The low-profile JPX-825 launches the ball higher and with less spin than the JPX-800, which leads to a shallower landing angle (meaning more roll) and added forgiveness. The key is an 18-gram internal weight toward the rear of the head that shifts the center of gravity down and back, increases vertical MOI and lowers the sweet spot. (Half of the redistributed weight comes from the crown, which is thinned to 0.5 mm through a chemical milling process.) A higher MOI should boost ball speeds on mis-hits, too.