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The Mizuno JPX-900 Forged irons are fine, but not a noticeable step forward from the previous generation. Feel is disappointing.
This fall, Mizuno has rolled out three new JPX irons: the Hot Metal, the Tour, and the Forged. Each model uses a different metal to enhance its performance. The Forged uses boron, just as the JPX-850 Forged did. In this review, we’ll examine whether or not this addition leads to superior performance.
The Mizuno JPX-900 Forged irons are prototypical of a better player’s iron with some forgiveness. The top line isn’t razor thin, but it’s lean. There’s some offset, but not much.
Compared to the JPX-850 Forged, the JPX-900 is nearly identical in size and shape. The main cosmetic difference is that the area outside the score lines is chromed in the 850, matte in the 900.
Sound & Feel
Mizuno did not fix the main problem with the JPX-850 Forged: the feel. The JPX-900 Forged feels very hard at impact, just like its predecessor. For a brand that hangs its hat on feel, that’s not a good thing.
To add to the problem, the feedback is mediocre. The better players who would want to play this iron will likely want a better sense of how the shot was struck.
Whether its the rest of the industry catching up or Mizuno taking a slight step back, the JPX-900 Forged does not impress with distance the way the JPX-850 did. Irons like the PING iBlade and the Srixon Z 765 are now producing distance like game-improvement irons, and the JPX-900 just barely keeps up.
The JPX-900 Forged is similarly unimpressive in terms of forgiveness. Shots on the heel and toe can easily lose 10 yards or more. This is an iron meant for better players, but other manufacturers are packing more forgiveness into similar packages.
After testing a club, I’m typically able to identify the type of player who would be a good fit for it. While any above-average player could play the Mizuno JPX-900 Forged, I’m not sure why they would. The feel is poor, and there are plenty of irons that look similar. Most importantly, it fails to impress with its performance.