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The Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal irons are the company’s most impressive set in years. Very long, easy to hit, and surprisingly attractive.
If I were to ask 100 golfers what words came to mind when I said, “Mizuno,” I would expect answers like: forged, blades, feel, soft, players irons. I doubt one person would say, “Super forgiving distance irons,” but that may change with the release of the JPX 900 Hot Metal irons.
The first big surprise about the JPX 900 Hot Metal is the way it looks. After seeing the last two iterations of the JPX EZ, I was expecting something enormous, but the Hot Metal is one of the best looking SGI irons I’ve seen. The offset is not too severe, and it’s shaped well. Similarly, the top line and sole are thick, but not offensively so, and the length of the blade is not extreme.
Sound & Feel
Surprise number two: the Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal sounds and feels good. This isn’t your “nothing feels like a Mizuno” buttery softness, but relative to other SGI irons, it’s nice. Impact creates a crisp click that’s not too loud. As you expect from a super game improvement club, every shot feel smashed, so you’ll need impact tape to know where the face met the ball.
Having been fairly impressed with some of Mizuno’s past SGI irons, I can’t say that the JPX 900 Hot Metal’s performance caught me totally off guard, but I was a little surprised by just how good they are. These are absolutely in the conversation for the most forgiving, longest irons there are.
In my launch monitor testing, I routinely saw smash factors above 1.4. For an iron, that’s crazy high. What does that mean? Ball speed and distance that are at the very top of the game. To make it even better, that ball speed stays high even when you miss the center of the face.
If distance and forgiveness are at the top of your wish list, the Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal irons should be at the top of your “must try” list this fall. What makes these irons even more impressive is the way that they blend this extreme performance with quality looks and feel.