Mizuno JPX-825 Pro Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $899, steel; $1,099, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-GW with True Temper Dynalite Gold XP steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A fairly deep cavity in the 4-7 irons pushes mass to the heel and toe for more forgiveness on off-center hits. The “triple cut sole” improves turf interaction and playability from various lies.
PLAYABILITY: The most playable irons in the test; about as good as it gets here -- it'll do whatever you ask if you ask correctly.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Sometimes workability detracts from accuracy but not in this case -- they're dead on; the compact head is easy to hit and even mis-hits seem to fly to the target; they provide a lot more help than expected.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Predictable carry distances; testers can really power up or down when needed; good swings in the scoring range are consistently rewarded.
FEEL: Top marks for feel at impact, crisp and lively without being harsh; not quite as soft as Mizuno musclebacks but not far off at all; tremendous feedback -- what you expect from a Mizuno forging.
LOOK: Best-looking clubs in its category; the thin topline and compact head make you think you're a player; great shape and classy touches.
Thin topline and compact head could worry some less confident ballstrikers; not for those with a priority on big distance.
BOTTOM LINE: A clear favorite -- the highest-rated model in the test. A real crowd-pleaser.
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