Mizuno has been known for their forged irons, and have been making “player’s” irons for years. With the introduction of the JPX series in 2011, they combined forgiveness and distance and brought us a forged game improvement iron. While I wouldn’t suggest someone looking for a game-improvement iron buy the JPX 850 Pro, these are somewhat forgiving and have a very consistent distance. Mizuno recommends the JPX 850 Pro for handicaps 6-18. I am an 18, and I believe these could bring my handicap down a few strokes.

From Mizuno:

The Grain Flow Forged® JPX-825 Pro™ pushes the design limits to achieve greater forgiveness and feel in this “player’s” game improvement iron. The 4-7 irons offer a deep CNC milled pocket cavity that provides 17 grams of discretionary weight that is used for extreme toe-heel weighting providing plenty of forgiveness where you need it. The 8-GW features a full cavity design with greater thickness behind the impact for a more penetrating and workable ball flight for pinpoint accuracy in the scoring irons.

Look:

These Irons have a typical Mizuno look. The top line is thinner than a normal game improvement iron, but thicker than a normal players’ iron. Mizuno was creative with a bevel on the topline, so you really don’t notice the extra thickness. The cavities are black, and they irons have a satin finish. These look great, and you’ll have a great looking iron to look at just before you stick it tight.

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Feel:

It is hard to beat the feel you get from Mizuno’s grain-flow forging process. Center hits are as good of a feel as you will get from an iron. You will feel your mishits, but not quite as bad as a traditional blade. For the most part, mishits stay on line but you will lose distance. If you are a good ball striker, these are perfect for you.

Performance:

As I said before, if you strike the ball well you will love these. If you don’t, you will still like these irons, but you will lose distance on mishits. I was able to shape shots with some consistency. Short irons are like throwing darts. Very consistent distance.

Recommended For:

I would recommend these irons for good ball-strikers. If you can handle losing distance on your mishits, these would be great irons to grow into. Mizuno recommends these for golfers with handicaps between 6-18. I would suggest scatch-15.