Mizuno JPX Wedges
WE TESTED: 50°/6°, 52°/8°, 54°/10°, 56°/10°, 56°/14°, 58°/10°, 58°/14°, 60°/5°, 60°/9° with True Temper XP 105 steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Loft-specific grooves are wider and shallow on higher lofts and deeper and narrow on lower lofts.
PLAYABILITY: Performs nicely from a variety of lies; plenty good for full shots from the fairway, with adequate spin and trajectory control; excellent at basic bunker shots and serviceable for the tougher ones.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Predictable from the sand and from awkward distances around the green; the JPX offers plenty of control from the fairway, playing almost like a normal iron; most guys have no problem hitting specific targets, even on minor misses.
FEEL: Smooth at impact with little vibration; responsive but with a very soft touch—similar sensation to past forged wedges from Mizuno; stable on shots from the rough.
LOOK: The large head sets up square and looks forgiving; it’s easy to see the loft of the club at address, which inspires some positive vibes; the round toe and relatively traditional shape fit most panelists’ eyes.
The large clubhead is just too big for some testers to hit with supreme confidence; not as agile from difficult lies as some others; the JPX doesn’t separate itself from the rest in any one category, and a number of testers are left wanting more.
BOTTOM LINE: The slightly oversize club offers solid game-improvement performance with a pleasingly soft feel.
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