As we approach May, and as we put the Masters in the rearview mirror, the golf season is definitely upon us. Learning about all the new 2015 products out there is one of my favorite ways to prepare for another year on the course. I hope you’ve been enjoying this new series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope you find these ultimate product reviews helpful! – Matt
Club Name: JPX 850 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-improvement fairway woods
Price Point: $249.99
Specs: The woods come in lofts of 15°, 18° and 21°. The stock shaft is the Fujikura Motore graphite shaft. The stock grip is the Mizuno M-31 360 .58 Round.
From Mizuno – The JPX-850 marks a new generation of distance generating fairways woods – maintaining a generous, hittable size with ideal spin rates and high workability.
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, enabling easy launch from strikes direct from the turf.
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.
You can purchase your set of the Mizuno JPX 850 fairway woods directly from the Mizuno website.
1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. Anyone who has ever hit a thin shot with a fairway wood (everyone) is the focus of Mizuno’s wave-structured sole. The undulating shape on the bottom is designed to increase distance when you make contact low on the face. Saved weight from a thinned crown is repositioned to reduce spin for more distance. Each of the three heads can be adjusted eight ways, so the total range of lofts runs from 13 to 23 degrees.
2. Golf Magazine: Like It. PLAYABILITY: Repeatable, penetrating ball flight; loft adjustability allows players to alter carry and roll to suit their game or course setup; sleek head design gets through rough; capable of producing both draws and fades. DISTANCE: Not the longest, but very good; flush contact sends the ball out there, and slight mis-hits show little change in distance; for some, the length remains similar across loft adjustments, with only the carry/roll ratio changing. CONS: The royal blue color can turn off purists; it’s not for those searching for extra length or a high-ball flight; some guys would prefer more help on misses.
3. Golfballed.com: Like It. 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. It has launched them into the market, competing with the big names out there. 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.
4. Golf A Lot: 5 Stars out of 5. I love the larger head with its more rounded shape and blue colour that gives the impression that this has been lovingly created in some mysterious Oriental temple, which it probably has. However it is not just a pretty face as it does go too. The feel from the middle is worth selling your first born for and the forgiveness of the large head makes the JPX850 a very playable fairway. Mizuno are moving the JPX850 into the premium end of the market and everything they have done to improve the JPX850 warrants this. It’s success will depend on whether the looks and performance will tempt you stretch your wallet to buy it in a competitive sector.
5. Hacker’s Paradise: Like It. The JPX-850 is a significant jump for Mizuno all-around. Though it may not be at the top of the list in the different performance categories, it also doesn’t really come up short in any of them. There are areas where future improvements could be made, but what sticks out most is that this is a release from Mizuno in the metal-wood category that is legitimately worth mentioning and being tried out. In fact, thanks in large part to its impressive abilities off of the deck it could very well be a nice addition to the bag for many who place an emphasis in their game there.
6. My Golf Spy: Like It. Adjustability up to four different settings is a good start. The fairways remain easy to hit without sacrificing that player’s look or feel. These aren’t going to leap frog anybody but Mizuno has definitely caught up with the competition. The stock Motore is a quality shaft. Having interchangeable swing-weight capabilities would be nice addition to the adjustability. Increased lengths and crown graphics could be an issue for some.
7. Rick Shiels PGA: Love it.