Mizuno's JPX900 irons bridged the gap between the renowned MP series irons aimed at better players and the forgiving JPX series and achieved major championship success. The new JPX919 series with three models made from three materials aimed at varying swing types looks set to follow in its predecessors footsteps.
The JPX919 Tour replaces the popular JPX900 model of the same name that remains the iron of choice of uncontracted three-time major winner Brooks Koepka and is aimed at better players looking for complete ball flight control. ‘Grain Flow Forged HD (High Density)’ from 1025E mild carbon steel, the JPX919 Tour is more compact than its predecessor, including a 10 percent smaller top line.
In addition to a slightly reduced appearance that is finished with a more durable ‘Peral Brush’ chrome plating, a new ‘Stability Frame’ with weight removed from the heel of the cavity improves the JPX919 Tour’s stability and forgiveness as well as having the added benefit of further refining the famous Mizuno soft forged feel off the clubface.
"The 919 Tour’s compact profile doesn't tell the whole story – there’s a surprising level of stability and distance control built into this geometry. Its predecessor attracted a new wave of younger Tour players into Mizuno irons – making a big impact winning back-to-back US Opens and recording a course record 61 at St Andrews.” Mizuno PGA Tour Manager Jeff Cook said.
Featuring a similar open heel area for stability to the Tour model, the JPX919 Forged is the company’s fastest ever forged iron thanks to multiple innovative technologies.
A small amount of Boron is included in the mild carbon steel billets, which are also Grain Flow Forged HD, making the metal 30 percent stronger to allow the company’s engineers a greater range of head design options to increase ball speed and forgiveness, including a ‘Back Milled Face’.
The faces of the JPX919 Forged are CNC milled from the bottom up, resulting in increased areas of minimum face thickness that improve ball speed across a larger area of the face for more distance and forgiveness. The weight saved has also been precisely positioned to lower and deepen the Centre of Gravity (CG) in the mid- and long-irons for higher launch angles.
“A deeper, wider milling across the back of the face makes the JPX919 Forged able to transfer more energy to the ball than any previous Grain Flow Forged irons. None of that would have been possible without that small addition of boron into our steel billets –which gives that additional strength needed to reinforce the face,” Mizuno Director of Golf R&D David Llewellyn said.
Like the smallest version of the JPX919 series, the Forged model’s shape and profile has been refined and streamlined to appeal to better players looking for a combination of more distance in a forged iron as well as average golfers wanting feedback, forgiveness and Mizuno feel.
Completing the new range, the JPX919 Hot Metal is designed for maximum forgiveness and distance, without compromising the iron’s ability to produce a ball flight that stops when approaching greens, as well as offering improved feel.
“The most impressive thing about the JPX919 Hot Metal is the launch control and flight apex – the extra ball speed and distance doesn’t come from low flying bullets. We work the design backwards from the correct landing angles. These are irons for the golf course, not just the launch monitor,” Mizuno Senior Engineer Chris Voshall said.
Like the rest of the JPX919 range, the Hot Metal utilises a stability frame to optimise ball flights throughout the set, while also combining its ‘Chromoly 4140M’ construction and seamless cup face to deliver “the highest ball speed from any Mizuno iron” as well as forgiveness and feedback on off centre hits.
The JPX919 Hot Metal features re-engineered sound ribs to produce improved feel and short irons and wedges that are more compact than the previous model.
The JPX919 iron range will be available in Australian golf shops from September 14.
RRP: JPX919 Tour: $249.00 per iron (right hand only); JPX919 Forged: $269.00 per iron (right and left hand); JPX919 Hot Metal: $209.00 per iron (right and left hand).
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