Mizuno JPX-850 Driver
Price: $400; golf.com/mizuno
Mizuno’s MP-600 driver was one of the first woods to feature moveable weights. Now, six years later, the shiny blue JPX-850 addresses the art of adjustability in an elegant manner. The updated “Fast Track” weighting mechanism consists of two removable 8-gram tungsten chips that fit into five ports—three in a row straight back from the clubface, to alter spin rate, and individual ports in the heel and toe for draw/fade bias. In all, there are 10 settings to help you find a preferred setup. For example, using two of the three middle ports can move the CG significantly closer to or further away from the clubface, which affects spin by as much as 281 rpm. This simple shift has a big effect on ball flight, changing the height of your drives by as much as 12 feet up or down. Or, if you’re looking for a specific shot shape, you can use one weight along the center track and the second weight in the heel or toe slot to create fade or draw bias within a 19-yard differential. The company’s “rebound crown” technology, first seen in the JPX-EZ driver in 2013, creates more flexibility across the titanium 8-1-1 face to enhance ball speeds on shots struck high or low on the face. The club’s adjustable hosel enables you to change loft in 1° increments—the 9.5° head goes as low as 7.5° or as high as 11.5°—and to tweak lie angle between standard and 3° upright for draw bias. Loft: 9.5°.
Mizuno JPX-850 Fairway Woods
Price: $250; golf.com/mizuno
A thin, lively maraging steel face combines with a sole design (called “Shock Wave”) that generates more face flex for faster ball speeds on shots struck low on the face. The club’s adjustable hosel has eight settings, which allows you to increase or decrease loft by as much as 2-degrees from the stated loft. Added back weighting boosts the club’s overall stability. Available in 15°, 18° or 21° models with Fujikura Motore graphite shafts.
Mizuno JPX-850 Hybrids
Price: $200; golf.com/mizuno
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.