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ClubTest 2015: Mizuno JPX-850 Hybrid

Photo: Michael Chini

Mizuno JPX-850 Hybrid

Mizuno JPX-850 Hybrids

 

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $200
WE TESTED:
16°, 19°, 22°, 25° with Fujikura Motore graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The “Shock Wave sole” helps the head to flex and deliver more energy back to the ball.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Serves up basic draws and fades with enough control to offer multiple options on every shot; glides through rough; a solid trouble club, capable of back-from-the-dead escapes that will fluster your opponent and impress your pals.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A repeatable club with no noticeable draw bias; on the tee, it’s as easy as a fairway wood; shots stay true to the mission, even from the nasty parts of the course.
DISTANCE: Consistent—no hot spots or dead zones like some other hybrids; lower lofts go plenty far, while higher numbers fly in line with the irons they’re supposed to replace; in general, average to slightly strong distance, though a few guys absolutely murder these to the tune of 10 yards more than their current clubs.
FEEL: The JPX-850 is a dense, heavy club that makes a full follow-through easy; very stable, with next to no torque on toe or heel hits; damp feeling at impact, with a touch of vibration on misses.
LOOK: High-gloss royal blue head stands out like a gleaming Corvette in a lot full of black Lincolns—this is how you bring color to a club; approaching a mini-fairway wood, with a full, rounded head that puts plenty of meat behind the ball; contrasting black face seems to help a little with alignment.

CONS

 

Less forgiving than some of its peers; for all its flash in the bag, it lacks personality at impact; aside from the color, in many regards it’s just another hybrid.

BOTTOM LINE: The JPX-850 is a well-rounded club with a standout color scheme. The head-heavy balance may appeal to smooth-tempo players.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Mizuno JPX-850 hybrid

NEXT REVIEW: Nike Vapor Speed Hybrid

MORE INFO ON THE Mizuno JPX-850 HYBRID

From GOLF.com, November 7, 2014

These hybrids feature many of the same technologies as JPX-850 fairway woods. For instance, the maraging steel face insert combines with a “Shock Wave” sole design to deliver higher launch and faster ball speeds, in particular, on shots struck below the center of the face. The club's Harmonic Impact Technology (HIT) controls vibration through head shaping and wall thicknesses to enhance sound and feel at impact. These sticks have no loft adjustability mechanism. They're available in 16°, 19°, 22° or 25° lofts with Fujikura Motore graphite shafts. -- Michael Chwasky

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Mizuno Senior Club engineer Chris Voshall explains how the use of boron metal in Mizuno's JPX-850 Forged irons increases strength and power.

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