Mizuno JPX-825 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15°) and 5 (18°) with Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thick-soled stainless steel body and internal sole weighting make the JPX-825 easy to launch. The maraging steel face has various thicknesses to help maximize ball speeds across the entire face.
PLAYABILITY: Compact head allows for plenty of shot shaping; the 5-wood cuts through all but the longest grass while performing well from fairway lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Fairly large sweet spot keeps shots tracking toward the target; off-center hits stay out of most trouble.
DISTANCE: Many testers hit it as far or slightly longer than their own woods; the 3-wood plays big off the tee and gives near driver-like performance.
FEEL: Clubhead tears through the ball at impact; very lively, springy feel on center shots; lightweight and easy to swing in balance.
LOOK: Shiny black head and shaft give it a dark, menacing appearance; compact head is smaller than most others in the category; well-placed logo and white grooves make alignment a cinch.
A few testers find the trajectory too low, which limits carry and overall distance; attempts to draw the ball can sometimes result in out-of-control hooks.
BOTTOM LINE: A sleek, stealth-looking club that’s versatile enough to hit all of the shots. High marks for distance, feel and look.
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