Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro Irons Review

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal pro Irons

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The Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro irons pack elite ball speed into an iron with minimal offset.  Ideal for quality ball strikers who have lost some speed or simply want to hit it farther.  Very good forgiveness.

Introduction

Over the last several years, Mizuno has built line-ups that have an iron for every different type of player.  Where some brands would be content with a long, forgiving set like the JPX923 Hot Metal irons [review HERE], Mizuno goes a step further by adding the Hot Metal Pro.  The Pro version features the same distance-enhancing construction but in a smaller head with less offset.  This is one of my favorite Mizuno offerings, so I was eager to check out the latest iteration.

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal pro Irons address

Looks

The Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro has been one of my favorite irons since its inception because it fills a void that no one else does: game improvement with minimal offset.  It’s more “player-ish” than the standard Hot Metal in other ways, too – the blade is noticeably shorter and the top line is slimmer – but the offset is the real standout.  The Hot Metal Pro has only slightly more offset than the Mizuno Pro 225 [review HERE] and Pro 223 [review HERE].  It’s an address look I absolutely love.

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal pro Irons address 3

As you move from the 4I to the PW, the blade length and offset decrease steadily.  Interestingly, the top line is the exact same width from the 4I through the 7I and again from the 8I through PW.  The difference is only 0.2 mm, however, so it’s effectively the same through the entire set.

In the bag, the JPX923 Hot Metal Pro looks nearly identical to the Hot Metal.  The cavity eschews color for a range of silver finishes, from matte to chrome.  Both have the running bird logo in the toe above the “JPX923” branding.  The only difference is the “Pro” below “Hot Metal” near the heel.

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal pro Irons face

Sound & Feel

With the same materials and construction as the standard Hot Metal irons, the Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro irons create a very similar feel at impact.  In the short irons, they feel very solid.  As the irons get longer and ball speeds climb higher, the feel becomes slightly more snappy and explosive.

This same transition occurs in the sound.  Your scoring clubs will produce a firm “thump,” especially on less-than-full swings.  As you reach back for full power, the sound becomes a bit louder, more of a “clap.”

Feedback from the Hot Metal Pro irons is good.  You can easily feel the location of the strike, and there’s a noticeable change in the way mishits sound versus pure strikes.  That said, even ugly misses don’t sting your hands.

Performance

What makes the Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro irons unique is the combination of elite ball speed and strong forgiveness with minimal offset and a smaller head.  Typically to get those first two, you need to accept a larger head with significant offset.  With this in mind, the first thing I wanted to see was whether the Hot Metal Pro sacrificed any speed or forgiveness compared to the standard Hot Metal irons.

Both the Hot Metal Pro and Hot Metal irons are made of a new Nickel Chromoly that’s 20% stronger than the original Hot Metal material.  This allows for a face that’s 8% thinner, thus creating more ball speed.  In testing the HM and HMP head-to-head, they produce equally impressive ball speed.  They have matching loft specs, so the comparison is truly apples-to-apples.  Both irons are among the fastest you can find.

In terms of forgiveness, the Hot Metal Pro gives up nothing to its larger brother.  They are more than happy to take a small mishit and put it on the green alongside a pure strike.  I actually found that I had slightly higher average ball speed with the HMP, though I attribute this to my comfort with the look rather than anything inherent to the club.

A final similarity between the two sets is that Mizuno dialed in the CG perfectly with both.  The Hot Metal Pro is long, but it’s not an unrefined bomber.  It has plenty of spin to hold a green from 4-PW, and there are meaningful distance gaps between each club.  I found slightly higher spin in the HMP vs. the HM, but not enough to compromise a blended set.

What makes the JPX923 Hot Metal Pro irons unique, and so appealing to me, is the lack of offset.  The address look is very comfortable to me, and it helped me to strike the ball really well.  I felt like I could hit all types of shots with relative ease [more on the effect of offset HERE].  Also, while the sole is not razor thin, it is roughly 1mm slimmer than the Hot Metal and heavily beveled on the trailing edge.  This made the turf interaction very pleasant, something that was particularly noticeable on the cold, firm fairways of fall.

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal pro Irons

Conclusion

Often in my conclusion I highlight one type of golfer for whom the club might be really good.  That’s tough with the Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro irons because of its broad appeal.  High level players might bag one or two to replace their long irons.  Quality ball strikers in need of more distance will love them.  So will aspiring players who don’t want to give up on forgiveness.  No matter your reasons for loving them, make sure you get them fit so they perform their best for you.

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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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18 Comments

  1. Great review. My current gamer is the JPX 900 HMs, but am looking to upgrade. Wondering how best to make this decision between the 923 HMP and 923 Forged (once available)?

    I am 12-15 HCP.

    • Matt Saternus

      Warren,

      My advice is to get a fitting. You’ll be able to see exactly what each set does and make an informed decision.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Just last night I did a bit of testing myself. I hit the Pro, the base HM and a couple other 7 irons into a screen at my local Big Box (LTDX, T300). I spent this entire summer demoing different iron sets (G425, 0211DC, Rogue ST Max, G410, JPX 921 HM).

    Long story short – just absolutely wonderful to hit, and when hit in the middle of the face -AMBROSIA

    Now, for me and my inconsistent strike pattern – I dont think I can game the Pros, as close as they are to the base HM. Of all the others I tried this summer, the HMs were my fave, but with the longer irons (5&^) I had some issues. SO Ive decided to make a mixed set. Last night was finally my chance to take the 923’s out for a spin and they did not disappoint. While Im going with the regular HM, I can say everything Matt said here was dead on. These irons are fantastic, I just know my limitations and know I want all the help I can get (without swinging something that looks like a horsehoe crab on a stick)

    Mizuno just keeps on Mizuno-ing and yet again the result is superb

  3. Matt. Are these comparable to the Apex Pro?

  4. Dave Sampson

    Good reviews on the JPX923 Hot Metal Pro and Hot Metal irons. Hope to see you review the new addition to their lineup, the Hot Metal HL irons, and discuss how the higher lofts work for slower swing speeds compared to the Hot Metal irons.

  5. Matt,

    Since you game Edison wedges, how would you compare offset and blade length between the two?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      To clarify, you’re asking for a comparison between the Edison wedges and the Hot Metal Pro irons?

      -Matt

      • Yes

        I ask because after adding Edison’s to my bag (45/50/55/60), the transition from my GI irons to the Edison’s became unpleasant to my eye. I need less offset and I want a smaller head to match what I see with the Edison’s. Unfortunately the irons that fit my skill level (14 hcp but improving) either don’t have the looks I want or don’t have the forgiveness I need.

        • Matt Saternus

          Got it, that makes sense now. The HMP is still a bit thicker than the Edison, but it shouldn’t be a terribly jarring transition.

          -Matt

  6. Hi Matt! Great review again!!
    Do you think the HM Pro is noticeably more forgiving than the Mizuno Pro 225? My miss is towards the toe. Which irons spins more for you? Lastly, do you think the 9 iron through GW of the Pro 225 would be better than the HM Pro on full shots and especially on 3/4 shots and pitches and chips?
    Thanks, Joe

    • Matt Saternus

      Joe,

      With the caveat that I don’t have head-to-head testing data, my sense is that the two sets are really quite similar. Looking back at my review, I noted the 225 was fairly low spin which I did not find in the HMP. With regard to blending a set, I don’t know that I would bother – I’d play either the 225 or HMP all the way through.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Matt,
    Sorry I didn’t realize the HM Pro doesn’t come with a GW in the set. So you will need to adjust your answer to my question now.
    I have thought about blending the HM Pro with the MP 225. Me using the MP 225 through the 8 or 7 iron. Then Switching to the JPX HM Pro at at he 7 or 6 iron.
    The other option is waiting for the JPX Hot Metal Forged iron to come out in January 2023 and see if that would blend better
    With the Hot Metal Pro. Thanks! Joe

    Thanks Matt!!

  8. Just read your review of the i230 and you mentioned the consistency of long vs short hits. How does the HMP fare in similar long to short dispersion?

  9. I was playing the 225’s but y mishits went nowhere, I really liked the look of the blade but handicap went up. I just got the 223 pro, put an Accra 50 gram shaft in it and I am shooting scores less than my age. Extremely happy with new clubs, nothing like Mizuno !!

  10. Larr Harrison

    I was playing the 225’s but y mishits went nowhere, I really liked the look of the blade but handicap went up. I just got the 223 pro, put an Accra 50 gram shaft in it and I am shooting scores less than my age. Extremely happy with new clubs, nothing like Mizuno !!

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