If you have been looking for a new club to add to your bag this season, here is a look at the Mizuno JPX 850 woods and hybrids. Standing out for both the wood and hybrid is sporting a new paint job and a redesign of the sole that is bursting with technology allowing for increased ball speed and longer distance!
Information and Technology from Mizuno
The JPX-850 marks a new generation of distance generating hybrids.
The primary function of the JPX-850’s Shock Wave sole is to enable the entire club head to contract and expand on impact – delivering more of the energy from the swing to the ball for increased distance. The additional mass also lowers the head’s center of gravity (COG), enabling easy launch from strikes direct from the turf.
Additionally, Mizuno club designers incorporated the feedback of their Tour Staff with regard to look at address. This solid and square appearance delivers confidence to perform at your highest level
There is a 4 degree range of loft adjustment possible within each fairway head (3/5/7) through the use of Mizuno’s Quick Switch shaft adjustability.
Shock Wave Sole: Enables entire head to flex for increased ball speeds and maximum distance.
Low COG: Ball speeds highest from low on the face to match impact point.
Multiple Lofts to fit into any player’s bag.
Woods Only - Quick Switch adjustability: Allows 4 degree of loft movement per head.
With every golf company, each has their own technology and significant amounts of improvement that they incorporate into their clubs that will help you with your game. Mizuno has the Shockwave Sole on both the hybrid and wood models. On the woods they offer their “Quick Switch” adjustability which allows golfers to adjust the head of the club up to 4 degrees on each head (3/5/7).
The Shockwave Sole of the JPX 850 series is the most visible design feature on the club in both the woods and hybrids. This feature is Mizuno’s answer the slotted club head design which most golfers are familiar with. However the Shockwave Sole is not really a slot in the club. It resembles a wave pattern across the bottom crown of the club. Its function allows the entire head to flow more at impact thus leading to better energy transfer and ball speed through the contact of the ball. This ultimately leads to maximum distance and increased ball speeds.
MIZUNO GOLF JPX-850 WOOD
Want a little pop to that bag? The Mizuno blue draws you in and make you want to swing it. The color is one of the best shades of blue out there. At address, the head is adorned with white and gray accents on both the heel and toe side. While the accents draw your eyes to the center of the club, the signature Mizuno “Runbird” sympbol is used as the alignment aid for the center of the face. With all these aesthetics, the overall club head shape is clean, crisp and ready to be hit. Even though the head may seem a little larger than other manufactures, the face is on the shallower side.
The Mizuno JPX 850 fairway wood was tested with numerous different ball positions from deep rough to fairways to test its overall performance offerings.
At impact, the Mizuno fairway wood has a definite metallic sound at impact. At impact the Shockwave sole seems to really respond to the ball. With a quick change using the “Quick Switch” adjustable hosel it allows for easy tuning of the head in different ball lies. The premium stock shaft pairing also gave a nice launch to the ball. The ball flight was on the mid to high ball flight, however this can be altered by the adjustment of the “Quick Switch” hosel. Overall the 850 really wants to get the ball up into the air. With the stock shaft pairing being the Fujikura Motore, Mizuno really wanted to make sure that golfers really had the best out there while in play. The Fujikura is a tour proven performer and a great pairing with this head in both looks and performance.
With the great shaft pairing this allows golfers to maximize distance and carry with easy elevation of ball flight from the fairway. The biggest selling feature is the Shockwave sole. This technology provides the ability for golfers to launch the ball with good ball speed and forgiveness. While most shots on the toe and heel lead to a draw or fade, when the ball is struck pure, the ball excelled off the face and took flight.
Mizuno really stepped up its game when it came to the JPX 850 woods this year with the addition of the Shockwave sole. It has launched them into the market, competing with the big names out there. The JPX 850 woods retail for $249.99 in the stock setup tested.
MIZUNO GOLF JPX-850 HYBRID
With the addition of the wood to your bag, let’s take a look at the new Mizuno JPX 850 Hybrid. These hybrids have the same eye popping blue from the woods. At address the hybrids have the same Mizuno Runbird at the center of the crown at the face with accent lines at the toe and heel of the club. Sitting at address, the club is more of a rounded triangular look which is a nice contrast with the dark face color.
The blue color is not the only thing that draws you into this JPX 850 Hybrid. Flip the club over to reveal the Shockwave sole. The technology and appearance features a series of ridges towards the front mid of the sole. Hitting the club from the rough and fairway when wet, it did accumulate some debris in the ridges but it was nothing a towel couldn’t clean.
While holding the club, the JPX 850 Hybrid feels solid in your hand. At impact the club produced a solid crisp and clean metallic sound. It has a pleasing tone that validates a pure shot.
With the feel of the club at hand, the shaft pairing is just like their woods, the Fujikura Motore tour shaft. Mizuno pulled out all the stops with the hybrids and woods this year with their shaft pairings. I believe this is because Mizuno has listened to the feedback of the consumers along with the wants and needs of their tour players. In this case, the shaft pairing was spot on. The color scheme of the shaft is in line with the blue of the head.
In testing these hybrids, they displayed an excellent blend of distance and workability. Hitting the JPX 850 hybrids off the tee displayed their low CG as I experienced a high ball flight. Hitting from the fairway displayed more of a mid to high ball flight but really good carry and distance. It has excellent workability in and around the rough. Even in the deep rough, it was easy enough to hit from a variety of positions and conditions.
The technology of the Shockwave sole is not just another gimmick. I found that I was able to generate faster ball speeds congruent with Mizuno technology. It really inspired confidence reaching for this hybrid knowing I had such a hot face to work with. Overall JPX 850 was relatively accurate, easy to work with, consistent and helped with near misses. The JPX 850 hybrids did not disappoint.
Coming in at $199 retail, the JPX 850 hybrid is a good investment for the bag.
In closing, the new 2014 Mizuno JPX 850 woods and hybrids are a great addition to the top end of any players bag. The technology in the Shockwave sole in both clubs along with the Quick Switch to adjust the woods, allows players to be on top of their game in any condition. If you are looking for a new wood, hybrid or just a new club to add to your bag, check out what Mizuno has going on this year.
Look for more information on Mizuno’s website at www.mizunoUSA.com/golf.