PREVIEW: Mizuno Golf JPX-900 driver, fairway woods and hybrids

PREVIEW: Mizuno Golf JPX-900 driver, fairway woods and hybrids

When you think of Mizuno Golf, you think irons, then wedges. And that's usually it. The company wanted to land some recognition in the golf world for their drivers and other woods, as well their hybrids. So, they decided to use the JPX-900 release to try to break the mold in search of consumer mind-changing performance.

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JPX-900 driver

The 450cc JPX-900 driver builds on the JPX-850 with a new CORTech face, which is 5 grams lighter than the previous generation. That discretionary weight is used to improve forgiveness and ball speeds throughout the face. A weight-track system dubbed the Infinite Fast Track uses a pair of 8-gram weights on an unbounded track (meaning there aren't stops on the track, allowing for way more combinations of positions) to give the golfer the ability to dial in the center of gravity to control spin and launch characteristics. Ported Fast Track weights on the heel and toe let the golfer assign a shot-shape bias.

The company has also improved is adjustability, with what's dubbed the Visual Face Angle adjustor and the Quick Switch hosel, allowing a four-degree loft adjustment (7.5-11.5 degrees) and four-degree lie angle changes at address. The markings on the sole of the club make it clear what moves makes certain changes to the club's launch characteristics.

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JPX-900 fairway woods

The JPX-900 fairway woods also feature the Infinite Fast Track, marking the first time, the company claims, a fairway wood has a front-to-back adjustable weighting system. The fairway woods have a more compact shape, utilizing what's dubbed the Shockwave Sole, which pushes the center of gravity forward while allowing club head flex for better distance and forgiveness. The fairway woods also sport a variable-thickness crown to help in positioning the center of gravity more forward.

The JPX-900 driver and fairway woods comes with Fujikura Speeder Evolution II shafts available in a range of weights and stiffness for players of all swing speeds.

The JPX-900 fairway woods will be available Sept. 16 in 15-, 18- and 21-degree heads for $300 each, while the driver will cost $500.

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JPX-900 hybrids

The JPX-900 hybrid is the company's first sporting adjustable loft, going in a four-degree range (up and down 2 degrees). The Shockwave Sole brings weight toward the club face for more energy transfer and lower spin at impact. The hybrids also have an offset through the offering designed to make them look more like an iron at address. The JPX-900 hybrids comes with the Fujikura Pro Hybrid shaft.

The JPX-900 hybrids will be available Sept. 16 in 16-, 19-, 22- and 25-degree heads for $250 each.

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