At a glance
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Great to look at and even more pleasing to hit. Shots from the sweetspot were rewarded with soft, powerful feel in the hands while mis-strikes seemed to have little effect on distance or accuracy.
Higher handicappers in the category may be put off by the more compact shape and size. Not the longest iron by any means, but we’re clutching at straws for weaknesses.
- RRP £90
What we say...
2013 Irons Test
This was ranked the best looking iron in the Game Improver category. There’s minimal off-set and a thinner top line than most, but confidence at address wasn’t lowered for our test team. Joel liked the no-gimmicks classic look synonymous with Mizuno, while Kit said the head looked ‘beautiful’ behind the ball. Chris also loved the clean and simple look and was surprised at how well he hit it. James and Joel was surprised at the high levels of workability, but also how straight mis-hits seemed to fly.
Stability at impact and accuracy was a common theme for all our testers, as you can see from the dispersion stats. Distances were about in the middle, but the performance on mis-hits and the accuracy with which our team hit their shots earned the club the top award. A playable iron with superior forgiveness is one that will appeal to a much wider spectrum of handicaps and our test team were pleased with the reward well-struck shots received - a penetrating flight with great feel.
Oct 2012 - First Hits
Mizuno's MP irons are simply brilliant if you’re a better player. But if, like me, you don’t practise as much as you should and want a bit more forgiveness to help your game, then the new JPX 825 Pro model is well worth considering.
In terms of aesthetics, my natural leaning was towards the more compact Pro model – the irons looked neat at address but they did still offer a reassuring level of forgiveness for those mis-hit shots. The longer irons (up to 7-iron) feature more weight around the heel and toe for assistance, while the shorter irons benefit from more weight behind the impact zone for added control.
No matter where Mizuno say the weight is positioned, the one thing I noted from the irons throughout the bag was the exceptional feel. These irons really did feel soft and this comes from their legendary forging process.The 825 Pros also delivered a pleasing sound at impact – not important to everyone, but I’m very keen on acoustics.
In terms of price, the Pro irons are very competitive. They are by no means the cheapest on the market, but for the quality you get back, I think these must be seriously considered if you’re in the mood for new irons. If you like the reassuring look of a chunkier game-improver iron, it might be a battle to convince you that the 825s genuinely do offer high levels of forgiveness.
Iron kings Mizuno have launched three new sets designed to give golfers of all abilities the best chance of improving their game.
Central to the triumvirate are the JPX825 Pro irons – the replacement for the JPX800 series – aimed at golfers who are looking for an element of assistance. The irons offer something a little more compact while still enjoying plenty of forgiveness.
They provide a perfect intermediate option for golfers who want to move out of a game-improver set, but still aren’t entirely sure how they’ll get on with Mizuno’s formidable-looking MP irons. The long and mid irons (4-7) feature a deep milled pocket cavity, with weight distributed to the heel and toe for added forgiveness, while the short irons feature more weight behind the impact zone for a more penetrating and workable trajectory.
Tetsu Kanayama, from Mizuno’s R&D team, told TG: “The JPX825 Pro is going to appeal to a lot of different player types. Low-handicap players who have learned to play with cavity-back irons but want a little more feedback, mid-handicap guys who expect to improve and want an iron that can grow with them, or ladies’ Tour players who consistently find the middle of the clubface, but want a bit more zip on the ball.”