Mizuno JPX-850 drivers, woods, hybrids, irons

Mizuno JPX-850 driver

Mizuno is known for its MP forged irons, but the company’s eclectic JPX-850 line of clubs has emerged with its own distinct personality and features to shake things up. This gives players a choice between more traditional MP clubs and more contemporary JPX offerings.

The upcoming JPX-850 line offers a comprehensive lineup of clubs, from a new driver with three sliding weight tracks to a set of forged irons combining boron with carbon steel in the clubheads.

The JPX-850 release dates are staggered. Two sets of irons (JPX-850 and JPX-850 Forged) are scheduled to be in stores and golf shops Sept. 19. This is the same availability date as the company’s new MP irons. Meanwhile, JPX-850 metalwoods will not be sold at retail until Nov. 3.

The new JPX-850 driver is a potential star of this show. In 2007, Mizuno introduced a sliding weight system called Fast Track. For 2015, Fast Track is back.

The blue JPX-850 driver head features three tracks for the sliding weight system. Golfers can manipulate twin 8-gram weights on either the central sliding rail or two lateral slots. There are 10 different potential weight settings (four neutral, three draw, three fade).

Another big feature: The loft of the $399.99 JPX-850 is adjustable in 1-degree increments from 7.5 degrees to 11.5 degrees. The driver has a 440cc titanium head. The stock shaft is Fujikura's Motore VC6.3.

Moving on to fairway woods and hybrids, both categories in the JPX-850 lineup (3, 5 and 7 fairway woods and 2, 3, 4 and 5 hybrids) feature Mizuno's Shock Wave sole.

This sole looks something like a wave and, according to Mizuno, allows the entire clubhead to contract then expand upon impact. The purpose is to deliver more energy from the swing to the ball. The Shock Wave Sole is designed to be particularly effective on shots where contact is made low on the face, and the center of gravity has been lowered in both the fairway woods and hybrids.

Retail prices are $249.99 for the fairway woods and $199.99 for the hybrids.

In JPX irons, there are two new models: JPX 850 and JPX 850 Forged.

The JPX-850 Forged irons feature boron that is added to forged carbon steel. Mizuno says the new material is 30 percent stronger than normal carbon steel, allowing for a thinner face and improved ball speeds.

The thinner face of the forged club is reinforced by a Power Frame cavity, placing weight at the extreme corners of the clubhead for maximum forgiveness along with increased distance. A CNC milled pocket in the 4-iron through 7-iron accentuates a higher launch angle and additional ball speed.

The cost of eight JPX-850 Forged clubs (4-iron through gap wedge) is $999.99. The stock shaft is True Temper's XP steel shaft.

The theme behind JPX-850 irons, which are cast and not forged, is optimal distance without sacrificing accuracy. The forged iron, with its softer feel, probably will appeal to skilled players. The cast version has a slightly firmer feel and is all about that elusive combination of distance and forgiveness.

The price for JPX-850 irons is $799.99 with steel shafts (True Temper XP) and $899.99 with graphite shafts (Fujikura Orochi).

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