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The Mizuno JPX-850 irons continue Mizuno’s push to create an iron for everyone. Very big and very forgiving. A Mizuno iron for weekend golfers and hacks. Doesn’t stand out from other GI or SGI irons.
I’m sure that a day will come when I’m no longer jarred by Mizuno’s super game improvement irons, but today is not that day. In my mind, Mizuno should be synonymous with beautiful forged irons for skilled golfers, but it’s hard to make a business out of catering to the top 5% of golfers. As such, Mizuno is releasing it’s 4th generation “hacker” club, the JPX-850. Is it good enough to get the weekend golfer to look away from TaylorMade and Callaway?
The JPX-850 is big. As you can see, the top line is enormous, and there’s a lot of offset. The sole isn’t massive and the blade isn’t super long from heel to toe, but overall it’s still in the same category as the PING G series and other SGI irons.
On a positive note, I’m pleased to see that the orange and black color scheme of the JPX-EZ has been dumped in favor of Mizuno’s traditional silver and blue.
Sound & Feel
Much like the Mizuno JPX-EZ that we reviewed earlier this year, the JPX-850 does not deliver the typical buttery Mizuno feel. At impact, there’s a click that is very firm, borderline hard. As you would expect from a large, forgiving iron, the feedback is pretty minimal – impact feels the same almost everywhere on the face.
Much like the JPX-EZ, the JPX-850 isn’t impressive in the subjective categories, but it is forgiving iron. I’m left to believe that it is less forgiving than the JPX EZ since Mizuno’s website still says that the EZ has the “largest sweet spot in golf.” In comparison to other GI/SGI irons, the JPX-850 is just average. Mishits are definitely better than they would be with players clubs, but the forgiveness isn’t jaw-dropping.
What Mizuno is pushing with the JPX-850 is distance. They are claiming that this is “the longest iron in golf.” In our testing, we found that this isn’t even the longest JPX-850 iron. While it is fairly long – long enough to be compared with most of this year’s “distance irons” – the JPX-850 Forged produced higher ball speed and more distance than the JPX-850.
High handicap golfers may lack ball-striking ability, but they don’t lack for choices when it comes to irons. In this crowded marketplace, the Mizuno JPX-850 simply doesn’t stand out. It’s not the longest, it’s not the most forgiving, and it’s not impressive in the subjective categories of looks or feel. Unless you simply want to game Mizuno irons, there are better choices than the JPX-850.