Mizuno has done a good job lately in gaining popularity and winning over players who want a sleeker, smarter-looking iron like a blade, but do not want to sacrifice forgiveness. The JPX 825 Pro irons fit the bill and are an enhancement of the previous JPX-800 Pros.
The 825’s are produced with Mizuno’s Signature Grain Flow Forged technology. These irons are grain flow forged from 1025E mild carbon steel which gives the JPX 825 Pros a superb, soft feel that very few irons in the same category can match. Grain Flow technology pushes the design limits to achieve greater forgiveness and feel.
The JPX 825 Pro irons also use Harmonic Impact Technology. Mizuno R&D engineers actually went to analyze the sound of their golf clubs at the point of impact and tuned the clubhead’s design to maximize feel and feedback in every shot. In essence, superior sound equals superior feel.
A couple of other important technologies implemented in the JPX 825 Pro irons are a re-enforced cavity frame and a triple cut sole design. Both increase the feel of impact and the triple cut sole design allows the club to easily glide through the turf on every shot, thus creating a consistent feel – provided you put a good swing on the ball.
When I first looked at the Mizuno JPX 825 Pro irons, the first thoughts that come to my mind are that these are simply good looking irons. While the top line is a little thicker than other similar iron such as the Miura CB-501 irons I currently play, the double nickel chrome plated finish produces a beautiful and elegant shine in stark contrast to the black graphics on the backside of each iron.
The 4 through 7 irons have a slightly larger clubhead and employ an undercut cavity design which is not visible at address. This deep CNC milled pocket cavity allows 17 grams of weight to be shifted to the toe and heel providing plenty of forgiveness. One area where the JPX-825 Pro model excels is in the long irons; they are very easy to hit and very accurate. Mishits of the 4 through 6-irons were few and far between and did not sacrifice a great deal of distance.
A simpler cavity design in the shorter irons (8-PW) provides greater thickness behind impact for a more penetrating and workable ball flight. The clubheads are slightly smaller than the long irons and offer better players more control and performance. The ball flight was a little higher which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (unless you are playing in very windy conditions). Since these clubs are so easy to control, I had no problems flighting the ball lower.
Overall feel is excellent and uniform throughout the entire set. Although you do not get the buttery feeling like you do when you hit it pure with a Miura iron, these are still some of the best feeling clubs within their “category” and offer a “forged” feel. If you hit one flush you’ll know it.
Overall the JPX 825 Pro irons were no longer than any other similar iron I have played, thus proving my point that it ain’t the arrow, it’s the Indian (translation: lessons may be the only way to gain more distance). I did find a consistent difference of about 10-yards between irons which will lead to easier decisions when deciding what club to hit. The clubs were very easy to hit right out of the box and very workable. They are very accurate; the ball goes precisely where it is aimed. The JPX 825 Pro irons are designed for better players with handicaps of 6 – 18 so they aren’t for the masses. For now, left-handers are out of luck – they are only available ion right handed models.
The JPX 825 Pro irons come fitted with a True Temper Dynalite Gold XP steel shafts or Fujikura™ Orochi graphite shafts however other shafts can be custom ordered through their website, www.mizunousa.com. If you are at the point of moving to the next level, the Mizuno JPX 825 Pro irons are worth considering and can be purchased at many of the bigger golf outlet stores.