MIZUNO JPX900 FORGED
golf.mizunoeurope.com Availability: 4-GW
Stock shafts: Project X LZ 5.5 (s) Project X LZ (g)
7i loft/length: 31° / 36.75”
TECH: A mid-sized forged iron that is said to end the trade-off between precision and distance. Boron makes the Forged 30% stronger, so it’s possible to create a pocket cavity with a multithickness face to allow it to perform like a distance iron, without losing feel.
WE SAY: It could be argued the Forged would be better classified as a players’ iron, but Mizuno insists that because of the addition of boron and a pocket cavity, it works for a wider audience. The 900’s slightly longer blade length improves MOI, but the top edge is very slender for the category. The 1025 steel head feels fantastic and the ball speed it produced was right on average across all three testers. Carry distance was a couple of yards short of the average, which highlights perfectly how such a design is more punishing on offcentre hits.
VERDICT: A cracking looking iron that sits beautifully between a GI and better player model. You’ll need to be a more consistent ball-striker to hit them as well as some of our other favourite game improvement models.