Mizuno JPX 825

The results were close but one club emerges as the winner

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Andy Roberts
Thu, 9 May 2013

Mizuno JPX 825


Brand: 
Mizuno
3-wood: 
JPX 825
RRP:
 £159 Best price: £119
Loft:
 15-degree Lie: 58-degree Length: 42.75” Swing Weight: D0-D2
Shaft: Orochi Blue Eye Grip: Golf Pride Mizuno M-31

Summary: A new L-Face construction enables a rounded edge between face and sole allowing the face to flex like a much larger surface - for higher ball speeds and incredibly long flight. A maraging steel was chosen to ensure the L-Face flexes to maximum effect across the largest possible area.

Appearance: It seems a little strange to look down on a wood today and see a black head and shaft still lying behind the ball. The clubhead is bigger than it looks and that was appealing, yet we’re not take particular taken by the unusual triangular-shaped head. Alignment is decent enough but the sole design will not be winning anything in the beauty stakes. Sun shining down on the face was a slight problem. Another interesting trait here is the slight onset hosel that positions the leading edge of the face more in front of the shaft. 7

Feel: Smooth to swing and feedback was subtle but easily perceived thanks to its patented Harmonic Impact Technology. The clubhead felt heavier at address, like the Speedline Super S, and that delivered exceptional energy through impact. As always, nothing feels like a Mizuno. 9

Performance: This is where the club really shines - much more so than the JPX 825 driver. Solid enough distance and off-centre hits still went straight off the deck. Hitting my favoured draw wasn’t as easy as some of the others but all in all, very consistent ball flight. 9

Verdict: Although we didn’t like the shape of clubhead, feel and performance was both hard to fault. Easy to launch, forgiving and powerful. There are, however, only two lofts available and no adjustability which may hinder some players. 25

Pro Verdict: Sleek looking club that’s versatile enough to hit all of the shots I want. There’s a little too much glare on the crown in the sun, but I quite like the unusual looking head shape. Ball striking felt really nice, too. This fairway gets high marks for distance, feel and appearance. 

Andy

Total (yards)

Carry (yards)

Offline distance

Grant

Total (yards)

Carry (yards)

Offline distance

1

228

204

8

1

218

199

6

2

202

187

4

2

198

174

8

3

210

197

8

3

240

227

4

4

224

189

5

4

219

204

7

5

216

208

6

5

231

219

5

Average

216

197

5

Average

221

205

6

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