Mizuno JPX-825 Hybrid
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 2 (16°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°), 5 (25°) with Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Internal sole weighting pushes more mass low and deep to promote a higher launch and softer-landing approach shots. An “L” shaped maraging steel face extends to the sole. More sole flex helps to boost ball speeds on shots hit low on the face.
PLAYABILITY: Very predictable mid- to high trajectory that's easy to shape; consistent baby draw in higher-lofted clubs; performs equally well from the fairway and the rough and excels as a chipping club.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the most forgiving hybrids -- it won't fix your slice but it will put you in position to score time and again, even from the rough.
DISTANCE: Among the longest hitters, especially off the tee -- it's a high, penetrating flight that doesn't balloon on you; plays to yardages you would expect, making transition from irons fairly seamless.
FEEL: Crisp, clean, pleasing feel on center contact; feedback is adequate without being overdone; lighter head feel than other hybrids promotes an aggressive swing.
LOOK: Smaller, compact head than most hybrids in its class; sleek black head, blue graphics give it a rock-star quality.
Difficult to hit consistently well for the higher-handicap (15+) testers; weighting is fairly light to average for a hybrid, which may cause an issue for some faster swingers.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-rated hybrids. It's a worthy complement to Mizuno's classy stable of irons -- exceptional playability, top-notch distance, accuracy/ forgiveness, looks and feel.
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