Mizuno JPX919 Forged Irons Review

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The Mizuno JPX919 Forged irons are Mizuno’s game improvement offering.  Solid forgiveness and good distance.  Look and feel are not prototypical Mizuno.

Introduction

Among mainstream club brands, there may not be a name more associated with “better player” than Mizuno.  Even those who aren’t gear heads seem to know Mizuno’s reputation for quality forged irons designed for the skilled golfer.

Because of their cache, even players who aren’t “skilled” want to bag Mizuno irons.  For those golfers, there is the JPX919 Forged.

Looks

At first glance, I was surprised by how thick the JPX919 Forged is.  My recollection of the JPX 900 Forged was that it was much closer to the Tour, but in the JPX919 line, the two models are worlds apart.  Not only is the top line surprisingly chunky, but there is a more offset than I expected.

Like the rest of the JPX919 irons, the Forged model has no colored paintfill.  In this bag, this creates a very clean, playerific look.

Sound & Feel

For a game improvement iron, the JPX919 Forged has a substantial amount of feedback.  You do not need to be an experienced player to tell the difference between pure strikes and mishits.  That said, the feedback is about half that of the JPX919 Tour.

The feel of impact is improved over the JPX 900 Forged, but it’s still nowhere near “Nothing feels like a Mizuno” territory.  The Boron used in these clubs may be great for ball speed, but it makes these irons feel firmer than you would expect for a forged players iron.

Performance

When testing the Mizuno JPX 919 irons, I went from the Tour to the Forged to the Hot Metal.  When I hit the Tour, I was shocked at how long they were, particularly given the “weak” lofts.  The JPX919 Forged irons are two degrees stronger in the 4 through 8 irons – standard for modern irons – but the distances they produce are similar.  In a broader context, I would rate them as being slightly longer than average, but not elite in distance.

Where the JPX919 Forged does separate itself from the Tour model is in forgiveness.  Even though the Forged isn’t shy about telling you that you’ve mishit a shot, it does a good job giving you a reasonable result from a mediocre swing.  Again, I would not rate its forgiveness as elite, but it is respectable.

Conclusion

In a very crowded game improvement iron market, the Mizuno JPX919 Forged is a solid, if uninspiring, option.  It produces solid distance and has good forgiveness, but doesn’t stand out in any particular way.  However, those that want to have Mizuno in the bag need won’t be giving up much in playing the JPX 919 Forged.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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13 Comments

  1. Matt , would these clubs be more forgiving than the Ping i210? I would have thought these irons would have been a players club and the Hot Metal the GI irons. That being said would you say the JPX 919 Forged are a better club than the G400’s?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      They are in the same ballpark as the i210.
      There’s no objective “better” in clubs since there’s so much preference and fit. Between these and the G400…it’s a toss up for me. The G400 is a lot more forgiving.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Moritz Bünger

    How would you compare these to the i210 you also reviewed?
    Especially in feel, feedback and forgiveness as I have seen both side to side but could not hit them.

    Big plus for the Mizuno is the custom options and having a National Fitting Center (Germany) less than an hour away.

    • Matt Saternus

      Moritz,

      I prefer the i210, especially for feel. Performance is similar between these two.

      Best,

      Matt

      • The i210 feels softer, and I can’t say I prefer one over the other in terms of the 919F. They are made from different steel. The performance of the 919F was far superior to the i210 in terms of distance. If you power lofted the i210, that would close the distance gap. It sounds as if the 919F was not a good fit for you.

  3. How do these compare to the hot Metal irons. I am going for fitting with Pro next week and he suggested starting with i210, the 919 forged and suggested trying also the Hot Metal as he is very impressed with them. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Matt Saternus

      Andy,

      The review of the Hot Metal is coming soon. The lofts are stronger, so they’re longer. They are more forgiving, but you give up some looks and feel. It comes down to priorities.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. The JPX 900 Tour irons did not have as thin a top line as the 919 Tour model. Mizuno have made the top line slightly thicker on the 919 Forged compared to the 900 Forged, so the difference between the two is more noticeable than before. I actually like this change because there was little to seperate the 900 Forged from the 900 Tour previously when it came to looks behind the ball.

  5. Matt, hope you don’t mind if I disagree with you on the review. I’ve hit both the 900F and 919F, as well as the Ping i210 and i500 irons. First, the topline of the 919 is only slightly thicker than the 900, and if you compare it with the 919T, it is a natural progression to the forged, meaning slightly thicker. I think “chunky” is misleading if you look at what Mizuno is attempting to do with the 3 model lineup – the tour model is what you’d expect – thin and carbon steel, the forged is a bit thicker at the top and wide at sole with a micro amoutn of boren, and the HM, even thicker at the top and wider in the sole with Chromoly. It seems a natural lineup progression.

    The 919F has tech in the face – they drilled out the sole and made the face thinner for more ballspeed. I thought the feel was improved over the 900F – they place a miniscule amount of boron for durability. Feel is excellent to me – I know where I’ve hit it on the face. Forgiving enough for this 9 capper. Offset? It’s fine for what Mizuno is doing with this model – it’s not tour player offset, as this set seems marketed for low to mid cappers.

    Distance? I have the Project X LZ Tour 90 6.0 Graphite shaft (softsteppd once) in the 919F and I am getting more distance than PXG 0311XF, and the i210, and similar to what the sim was giving me on the i500. Maybe it’s the shaft and a great fit, but on the course, I am getting 165-170 yds with the 7i but with the i210 and an 80g Ping graphite shaft only 147-155. Even the PXG only had high-150’s at the most – most of the time it was 145-150. I was surprised at the greater distance I was getting on the course with all clubs (5-PW).

    I had custom specs and checked them when the clubs arrived – swingweight, length, and lie were as ordered from Mizuno.

    I guess you can call them game improvement in comparison with the Tour, but my experience and that of other player reviews is more distance over the Tour and slightly less or equal to the HM. Probably depends on the fit and whether the irons fit you. Thanks.

  6. Hi Matt,
    Excellent review as always.
    Can I ask how would you say the 919 Forged compare to the earlier 850 Forged in terms of forgiveness ?
    I have the 850F and might upgrade to something that might be a little more forgiving, especially low on the face, but also looking at the Bridestone JGR H2 as an alternative (if they come in lefty), they look sweet too !
    Many thanks,

    • Matt Saternus

      Warren,

      Without head to head testing, I can’t be sure, but my gut reaction is that the 919 is slightly more forgiving than the 850. If forgiveness is priority #1, I would go for the HF2.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. STEVEN D AULT

    How does the 919F compare to the 850F for distance which I have? The lofts look the same. Just wondering if there is a big difference in distance. I love the 850s.

    • Matt Saternus

      Steven,

      With the caveat that fit always makes a big difference, I would guess that the 919 would be slightly longer than the 850, but not markedly.

      Best,

      Matt

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