We test ten sets of irons in the market designed to help you get better

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By Andy Roberts on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 - 09:09

NEW! 10 OF THE BEST: GAME IMPROVEMENT IRONS 2014

Brand: Mizuno
Game improvement iron: JPX-825
RRP: £499 Best price: £429
Loft: 28-degree Lie: 61-degree Length: 37.25” Swing Weight: D1-D3
Shaft: True Temper Dynalite Gold XP Grip: Mizuno M-31 58 Round

Summary: The new Mizuno JPX-825 is the longest, straightest and most forgiving iron the brand has ever created. Suited for the mid-to-high capper, the 825 delivers exceptional ball speed and explosive distance as the face has been created with a responsive hot face utilising MAX COR technology.


Appearance:
The classy two-toned nickel chrome design is elegant and durable and the multi-material electroform black and blue badge delivers rather aggressive styling. The design of the 825 is an improvement on the 800s and really stands out. The thick top-line is a matter of taste. Some will say it feels a little chunky while others will appreciate it. 8.5

Feel: If you enjoy the feel of weight behind the ball, this iron will fit the bill. This iron offers hot distance, superb workability and tremendous forgiveness with its deep CNC milled pocket cavity featuring 17g of extreme toe-heel weighting. The increased sweet spot – 15% larger than the 800s – feels great and aids confidence. Harmonic Impact Technology inside the iron enhanced feedback at impact and when you catch the ball flush, the strike sounds incredible - even with a range ball. As they keep telling us, nothing feels like a Mizuno. 9.5

Performance: Maximum forgiveness is exactly what you get with the new 825. The hot metal face no doubt contributes to this as the ball flew hot off the face even when you’re not flushing it. Beware of the flyer when playing from the rough, however, as this ball comes out powerfully from a bare lie. By no means the highest launching iron in the test, but saying that, the ball wasn’t exactly landing with hot feet. 9


Verdict

If you currently own a set of 800s, we don’t believe you’re necessarily going to get much more yardage by upgrading to the 825s, yet if you crave a little more fire off the face and some nicer styling from Mizuno then these will be of major consideration this season. 27

Click here for our review of the brand new Mizuno JPX-EZ and JPX-EZ Forged irons.

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