Mizuno JPX-850 Fairway Wood


The Takeaway

After my eye opening experience with the JPX 850 driver I was excited to test the fairway version. Again I found the colorway just stunning and a bit mesmerizing because it’s just so different than the rest. A quick look at this head and you will notice a very shallow face, which will produce a low CG that help some and hinder others. The head was more on the compact side, and other than being slightly flat had a nice shape to it. Just like the Driver it was paired with a Fujikura Speeder 6.3 shaft and an adjustable sleeve which I tested at 15 degrees. The feel was not as solid to me as the Driver and my launch was quite high as I figured with the narrow face and low CG.

Off The Deck

The JPX 850 as expected was very easy to launch and produced a higher than normal ball flight that I see with most 15 degree heads. I tried a few different lies in the fairway and it always produced a quick elevating ball flight.

Off The Tee

I had issues with it off the tee because of how shallow the face is. I would have to tee the ball down very low to avoid hitting the ball high on the face, which was easy to do when teed my normal height. Ball flight was too high and the head just did not reduce the spin enough for me to see that penetrating ball flight needed off the tee.

Out Of The Rough

With its low CG and shallow face, the JPX 850 makes an excellent head to elevate the ball out of the rough.

Who’s It For?

Those that have issues elevating the ball of the deck and in the rough will benefit from this head.

Final Take

After all my excitement over the Driver, the fairway version just did not cut it for my type of game, even though it should make for a nice fairway metal for those that need help in getting the ball up quickly. Though still stunning to look at and very forgiving, I was disappointed that I never saw a ball flight that suited my eye like I did with the driver.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate)Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV YellowTrackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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