Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL Irons Review

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL Irons

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The Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL irons are the largest of the three Hot Metal irons.  Weaker lofts promote a higher ball flight with more spin.  Excellent ball speed and forgiveness.

Introduction

When I first heard that Mizuno was offering a third Hot Metal iron, I wasn’t sure what it would be.  When I heard the name “High Launch,” I thought I had it pegged: a larger head with even stronger lofts.  I was half right.  The Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL irons are larger than the standard Hot Metal, but they have weaker lofts.  I tested a set to see how they stacked up to the perennial favorite.

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL Irons address

Looks

Of the three new JPX923 Hot Metal irons, the Hot Metal HL are the largest.  The have a blade length that’s slightly longer than the standard Hot Metal [review HERE] and significantly more offset, particularly in the long irons.  The top line specs are similar between the two sets with certain Hot Metal HL irons having a thicker top line, some being slimmer (the largest gap is 0.3 mm).  Overall, the JPX 923 Hot Metal HL irons are comfortably in the game improvement category alongside the standard Hot Metal irons.

Moving through the set, the top line, blade length, and offset all drop steadily from the long irons to the pitching wedge.  The leading edge is square in the longer irons and gently rounded in the scoring irons.

In the bag, the JPX923 Hot Metal HL irons look nearly identical to the HM and HMP [review HERE].  Their cavities display a mix of silver finishes and a lack of colored paint fill.  Only the small “HL” badging differentiates them from the standard Hot Metal irons.

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL Irons face

Sound & Feel

The Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL irons display a range of impact sounds and feels as you move through the set.  In the short irons, the feel is firm and solid, accompanied by a satisfying “thump.”  By the time you get to the 7I, that sound gets louder and becomes more of a “clap.”  This matches the more explosive, snappy feel.

Despite it being a larger iron, I found the Hot Metal HL to provide strong feedback.  Thin shots feel very different than quality strikes.  Moving your strike to the heel or toe doesn’t change the character of the feel, but you can still sense where the ball met the face.

Performance

While the Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL does have a larger head than the other two Hot Metal models, the biggest difference is the loft structure.  The HL irons are only offered 5-PW and are 2.5 to 3 degrees weaker than the HM or HMP irons.

The purpose of these weaker lofts is to promote higher launch and added spin.  This can make sense for any type of player – slower swingers, players with tons of forward shaft lean – who wants a higher ball flight to optimize carry and hold greens.  Comparing the Hot Metal HL to the standard Hot Metal, the higher launch angles and added spin are evident throughout the set.  This does lead to shorter carry distances if you compare 7I to 7I, but if you match lofts, they’re equals.

Mizuno gets these strong distances from traditional lofts by using advanced materials.  The Nickel Chromoloy in these irons is 35% stronger than Mizuno’s original Chromoly, allowing for a face that’s 8% thinner.  That all translates to higher ball speed.

Another feature worth calling out is the wide sole.  The Hot Metal HL has the widest sole in the family, and it helps these clubs to glide effortlessly across the turf.  This can be a major plus for those shaft leaners who might otherwise dig a trench when they hit a fat shot.

Overall, the JPX923 Hot Metal HL irons do exactly what the name suggests.  They offer golfers yet another precise fitting option within the Mizuno family.  And, as with the Hot Metal Pro irons, it’s a segment of golfers that’s being ignored by a lot of other OEMs.

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL Irons

Conclusion

Between the HL, Pro, and standard version, every golfer who wants forgiveness and elite ball speed can find a fit in the Mizuno Hot Metal family.  For players that want to see their approach shots flying higher and landing softer, the JPX923 Hot Metal HL is going to be perfect.

Visit Mizuno HERE

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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8 Comments

  1. Jay Vincent

    Hi Matt
    Mizuno has always been on the the pricy end
    Not quite as high as Ping though !
    From my experience Mizuno we’re always hard to hit ! Could of been shaft combination

    • Not sure that is entirely true. The Mizuno Pro line is on the “expensive” side. The Hot Metal line though is quite opposite. If you price it out, and factor in that Mizuno doesn’t upcharge for grips and shafts, it’s on the low end for game improvement clubs.

  2. Seldon Essex

    After 6 years off from golf , I’ve lost a lot of distance with my irons. I’m looking for a set I can actually hit. I’m ok with 8 iron down. However there’s not much difference in distance between my 8, 9 and pw.

  3. Another great review! I really want to give the HLs a try as I need want to get a bit more height on my shots.

  4. Peter Jackson

    I believe Mizuno has now produced the correct lofts for the best set of game improvement irons.

  5. IIRC, these are for slower swingers– wouldn’t Meeker be the more ideal reviewer of this version (no offense)?

    • Matt Meeker

      No offense taken Alex. We strive to engage the appropriate staffer when possible. In this case, it was just a matter of availability – I wasn’t in a position to perform the review in a timely manner.

      – Meeks

  6. Had a terrible experience w/ Mizuno a few years ago so I tend to avoid the brand, but these are nice clubs. And the lofts in the shorter irons are not “jacked”. If I were in the market for new irons, I’d give them a try.

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