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Mizuno CLK Hybrid Review

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The Mizuno CLK hybrid has stealthy looks and solid feel.  Consistent performance that will please players across a range of handicaps.

Introduction

Selling golf clubs without buzz is nearly impossible.  Even if the performance is otherworldly, a club will sit on the shelf unless golfers are interested in coming to the shop to try it.

With their CLK hybrid, Mizuno is creating a buzz that they haven’t seen around their woods in a long time.  The stealthy appearance is getting traction all across social media, so the question becomes, will the performance seal the deal?

Looks

The most noticeable change in the CLK from the previous generation of Mizuno hybrids is the look.  Where the JPX-900 hybrid had a blue crown, the CLK has a sleek matte black finish.  In fact, there’s barely any color on this club.

At address, you’ll notice the face is taller than average – a great feature when hitting shots from less than perfect lies.  This hybrid is round and symmetrical, and overall, it’s average in size.

Sound & Feel

After much deliberation, the word that I think describes the sound and feel of the Mizuno CLK hybrid is “controlled.”  Many hybrids are trending toward a fairway wood feel – hot, metallic, and a little loud.  The CLK, in contrast, has a muted sound with only a slightly metallic character.  It still feels like the ball is jumping off the face with speed but without the sensation that it could end up going in any direction.

If you do wander off the center of the face, the feedback is great: the sound and feel get noticeably duller.

Performance

One of my major complaints about the JPX-900 hybrid was the large draw bias.  When I looked down at the CLK and saw the alignment aid shifted toward the heel, I thought, “Uh oh, here we go again.”  However, testing revealed that this is an entirely different creature.  With the CLK, I was able to hit shots of every shape – straight, draws, fades – with ease.

What adds to the versatility is the adjustable hosel.  There are eight settings available, so you can dial in the lie angle, face, and loft that suits your swing and the way you want to use the club.

What hasn’t changed from the JPX-900 is the low spin.  The spin from the CLK is not quite as low, but it’s still low enough to produce some serious distance.  What I appreciated in my launch monitor testing was how consistent the spin is.  Whether you catch it flush or hit it a couple grooves thin, the numbers stay in the same ballpark.  Consistent spin is a large factor in seeing similar trajectory and distance, shot after shot.

Conclusion

The Mizuno CLK hybrid is the company’s best wood in at least two generations.  It looks great, has a sound and feel that Mizuno players will appreciate, and performs well.  This is also a club that can have wide appeal, from the scratch player gaming MP-18 blades to the high handicapper mixing hybrids with his JPX-900 Hot Metals.

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Matt Saternus
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17 Comments

  1. Best hybrid ever! Bought the 19′ with the regular 75g graphite shaft. It filled the yardage gap between my Mizuno EZ 3 wood and JPX Hot metal 4 iron.

  2. Tom Pisarri

    What are the shaft weights? 75 grams is too heavy for me.

  3. Matt,
    Nice review. you tried this hybrid with Fuji Pro 73., which supposed to be a mid launch.

    Mizuno is also offering the Speeder evo hb as standard shaft, is it possible to have information on this particular shaft. (Feel and launching )

    • Matt Saternus

      Richard,

      I haven’t hit that shaft, so I can’t personally give you any feedback on it. If I am able to get my hands on one, I’ll be sure to update the review.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. You would recommend this for a high handicapper like myself? I have not officially gotten a handicap but I imagine it is 25 or so.

    • Matt Saternus

      Ron,

      I think that a 25 handicap could play this. It’s not the largest or the highest launching hybrid, but it’s something a higher handicap could consider.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Hi Matt

        I understand your review was a good few years ago but I was hoping you could confirm the weight options on offer for the fukijura speeder stiff shafts. I have the 4 and 3 hybrid in stiff and 75g. I’ve seen online a 2 in stiff and 85g. Is this a gimmick? Is 75g the only weight offer

        Kind Regards
        Adam

        • Matt Saternus

          Adam,

          I’m not sure why it would be a gimmick.
          There are times when the aftermarket offerings and the stock or “made for” offerings are different.

          -Matt

  5. Hi Matt
    Just wondering if the button wave shock of club dig down on ground. The CLK you can adjust angle without add or deloft and have you try? Currently I game ping i25, so I am looking for very good 3 hybrid gap club

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Ken,

      There’s no way to adjust loft without face angle or vice versa that I know of.
      I did not find that the sole had a problem in the turf.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Hey Matt, would you consider these in the (4,5,6/22.25.28 lofts) or the fli hi’s in the same lofts…..

    • Matt Saternus

      Tim,

      It depends what you want. The CLK is going to be much more forgiving and higher launching, probably longer. The FLI HI will have a stronger trajectory and likely feel more predictable.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. How do I find information on what the adjustment numbers mean ?

  8. What is the basic difference between the CLK hybrid vs. the JPX Hi Fli hybrid ?

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