On this page you’ll find our detailed Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the driver. If you already own the Mizuno JPX900 Driver please leave your review in the customer review box at the end of this article.
It’s fair to say that Mizuno have gone all in with the arrival of the Mizuno JPX900, as they look to jostle for position in the fray of leading drivers. Established as a giant among men when it comes to irons, they don’t quite boast the same level of trailblazing when it comes to drivers and/or woods.
But if you’ve dabbled in Mizuno drivers before, and been slightly disappointed, it may be a good idea to free your mind of any preconceptions if you’re considering sampling the Mizuno JPX900.
Mind you, it isn’t that challenging once you set eyes on it. She’s beautiful!
Book, front cover and all that though – it was time for us to get down to business so that we could crit this thing objectively, and give you a balanced perspective on everything that’s good – and less good – about this new weapon.
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At first glance, it isn’t worlds’ apart from the JPX 850 in terms of appearance. But the JPX 900 is just on another level when it comes to distance, forgiveness, and, above all, adjustability. It really has the wow factor, and the acoustics of the smash only confirm this. Between the two tungsten sole weights and the aluminium disc to adjust face angle, every possible need or preference is catered for, and this club simply blew us away.
Pros and Cons
- Lighter CORTECH face with bigger sweet spot means excellent ball speed and forgiveness
- Noticeable extra distance
- With 16g of movable weight, VFA and toe & heel Fast Track, you have a world of adjustability at your feet
- The Harmonic Impact Technology produces a beautiful sound
- We haven’t lost perspective – $500 odd is still a lot to fork out for a golf club!
Adjustability, adjustability, adjustability. We could wax lyrical about a number of things when it comes to the JPX900, but at the end of the day, all the good things like forgiveness, control and ball speed stem from its extraordinary customizability.
Along the center track of the sole you have two adjustable weights of 8g each, and you can shift these to your heart’s content – be that on your own, or getting it custom fitted by an expert. This means you can really zero in on optimizing both launch and spin rate, while of course setting the ideal bias in terms of draw or fade.
Added to this, there is the adjustable hosel which gives you two degrees either side of the stock 9.5° loft to play with.
But there’s more.
A silver aluminum disc sits on the sole of the clubhead, and this allows you to shift the face angle. Mizuno have termed this VFA (Visual Face Angle), and it is a sliding mechanism whereby you can effectively choose to set the face as open, closed or neutral, depending on your preference.
Yet the final cog in the wheel which really emphasizes the quality of the technology that has gone into this is the newly-developed multi-thickness (CORTECH) face.
It is lighter to the tune of around 5g compared with that of the JPX850, but the real winner is in the expanded sweet spot. Is there science to back this up? Mizuno reckon the COR (coefficient of restitution) stays above 0.80 for a greater surface area of the clubface than any other competitor.
Based on the unbelievable levels of forgiveness we found on offer, we’re inclined to take them at their word too.
Control & Performance
The key is that all of the quality and technology that’s gone into the build and design translates into performance, and that’s where the JPX900 really stands tall. First off, there’s nothing quite like a decisive, deep and satisfying thud off the club at impact. And the crisp sound that the so-called Harmonic Impact Technology (HIT) produces is quite literally second to none.
But as lovely as sound is, we’re more proponents of feel, and the sensation of getting one out the screws is so rewarding with this club.
Yet the three elements which really underpin its performance are forgiveness, control and distance. Honestly, it really doesn’t feel like you can go wrong with this clubface, and, as someone whose bad shot tends to come out the heel, I couldn’t believe how true these ‘bad’ shots flew. They barely even faded!
I’m sure you know what I mean when I say forgiving clubs can sometimes just feel like a brick wall, and, especially for better players, shaping the ball and controlling trajectory can be a lottery.
But with the broad cross section of adjustability at pretty much every turn, such issues won’t even cross your mind, and you can work the ball like a champ.
And then there’s the enhanced distance. Wow! It’s the cherry on top, admittedly. But you’re in for a treat when you start whacking a few off the tee here.
No, there isn’t a pumping wind behind: it’s just you, the club, and a ball that quickly disappears out of sight. Guess you can cancel that gym membership then, huh?
Design & Appearance
Well, it’s certainly blue! Stands out like the Nike Vapor Fly. It probably isn’t my first pick when it comes to color schemes – especially when contrasted with the fiery red of the Fujikura Speeder Evolution II shaft – but the blue matte finish on the driver head is very classy, and there is no doubt this thing is easy on the eye.
As we’ve said above, the design isn’t hugely dissimilar to the JPX850. But there are certain subtleties which set it apart, mostly in terms of size. Mizuno say that the clubhead is “longer, wider and shallower” than anything else they’ve produced, and that really comes across when you’re at address and it sits in your eyeline.
In truth, it just makes it feel as though it’s really easy to hit, and that alone can really translate into results – almost as much as the technology itself.
Value for Money
There are two reasons Mizuno see fit to ask you $500 for this weapon. Firstly, these are high-quality materials we are talking about here. The technology that has gone into this club is clearly state of the art, and they’ve got every small detail covered – even the sound at impact!
But, perhaps more significantly, they have come up with the goods in the sense that every possible requirement is catered for, and it’s a club that screams adjustability.
Sometimes you can have a completely customizable club to the point where, in trying to serve everyone, it actually ends up serving no one in particular. At least not significantly anyway.
But that isn’t the case here. No matter your preference for trajectory, lie angle, shape or loft, it will fit your swing like a glove, and, for this reason, parting ways with an undeniably large amount of money may just take your golf game to a whole new level.back to menu ↑
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|Product Details||Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review|
|Handicap Range||Low to High|
|Hand Availability||Right and Left (Women right only)|
|Right Handed Lofts||Men – 9.5° (with range 7.5° – 11.5°), Women – 11.5° (with range 10.5° – 14.5°)|
|Left Handed Lofts||Men – 9.5° (with range 7.5° – 11.5°)|
|Club Length||44.00″ (Women’s) & 45.00″ (Men’s)|
|Shaft Type and Name||Speeder Evo (2 661; 2 474; 2 569 & 2 757) and Fujikura Evo (Two, Six & Orochi 15)|
|Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360|