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ClubTest 2015: Mizuno JPX-850 Fairway Woods

Photo: Michael Chini

Mizuno JPX-850 Fairway Wood

Mizuno JPX-850 Fairway Woods

 

Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
Price: $250
WE TESTED:
15° (adjusts 13° to 17°), 18° (adjusts 16° to 20°) with Fujikura Motore graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The sole is designed to flex more to increase forgiveness on shots struck low on the face.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Repeatable, penetrating ball flight; loft adjustability allows players to alter carry and roll to suit their game or course setup; sleek head design gets through rough; capable of producing both draws and fades.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Point-and-shoot accuracy, even from some trouble lies; reduces sidespin for fairly straight, reliable shots.
DISTANCE: Not the longest, but very good; flush contact sends the ball out there, and slight mis-hits show little change in distance; for some, the length remains similar across loft adjustments, with only the carry/roll ratio changing.
FEEL: The JPX-850’s greatest strength is incomparable feel and feedback, similar to Mizuno irons; powerful, rubber-mallet sensation at impact and a sense of the ball hanging briefly on the face; testers want to hit it again and again to experience the feel; no harshness on slight mis-hits.
LOOK: Metallic bright blue stands out and turns heads; low-profile black face squares nicely at setup for all loft settings, with the Mizuno logo serving as an effective alignment tool.

CONS

 

The royal blue color can turn off purists; it’s not for those searching for extra length or a high-ball flight; some guys would prefer more help on misses.

BOTTOM LINE: For mid-handicappers to better players looking for incredible feel, easy adjustability and a penetrating, repeatable ball flight—all wrapped in a sleek blue package.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Mizuno JPX-850 Fairway Wood

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Mizuno JPX-850 Driver
The new Mizuno JPX-850 driver has what it takes to be a breakthrough club for 2015.

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