Mizuno MP vs JPX (A Battle Between the Mizuno MP-20 and JPX900)

A lot has been written about the Mizuno MP and JPX lines. With Mizuno releasing new models in the two lines, it’s a good time to compare the latest models from the two lines. If you have the opportunity to choose between the MP and JPX, which one would you go for?

While Mizuno maintained the classic look in the MP line, the brand has introduced a more modern and aggressive look in the JPX line making way for those who have been waiting to see something more stylish and flashy.

And with the newer technology in the JPX series, you have more opportunities for game improvement than in the MP series.

In some cases though, it’s not about the build or the look of the club. But rather the performance. The feel. The Sound…All of which can’t be examined except after testing or benefiting from the experience of those who have trailed the path and tested the two.

In the following paragraphs, I bring you the real-world reports about MP 20 and JPX 900 Tour Irons…

How Does the JPX 900 Compare to MP 20?

Both the JPX900 and MP 20 have a similar profile, you will find them very different in looks. The JPX irons are built as a powerful club for pro players. They have a clean and cooler appearance more flair than the MP line.

MP Irons, on their own, is more suitable for players who like to maintain the status quo, or in other words, the traditional look.

It should be clear to you now that the MP irons maintain the classic look of the previous model while more cutting-edge technology is introduced in the JPX line, especially in the newer models.

In a test featuring both the MP and JPX lines, the testers found little difference between them in terms of performance. Both lines deliver similar stats for ball speeds, spin, and even launch.

The Lineup – A Comparison

One distinguishable feature of the MP’s is that it stacks quite an impressive lineup of clubs. Many of these are similarly lofted allowing players to mix and match for the best set.

The JPX lineup may not offer you this luxury, at least to the extent you’ll enjoy it on the MP.

The sandblasted finish of the JPX sets them apart from the competition, including the MP line. A new cavity is found at the back of the JPX 900 Tour with a different knack than the MP. Some players state that they find it a little busy though.

The MP’s come with chrome finishes whereas JPX’s have a matte finish. While MP’s maintain the traditional look you’re familiar with, the JPX’s have modern/aggressive styling.

Finally, you’ll find a range of three models that cater to mid handicappers to pro-level golfers in the MP series while the range of models in the JPX is focused on high handicappers to pro-level skill levels.

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Mizuno MP-20 HMB vs JPX900 Forged Iron

Mizuno JPX900 Forged Iron

Mizuno MP vs JPX

If you want an all-around high-performance golf club that delivers quality and versatility look no further than the Mizuno JPX900 Forged Iron.

This golf club is exceptional.

First of all, it is forged instead of cast, which makes it extra durable and delivers a high-quality feel, unlike any other club. Additionally, it is made out of 1025 Boron which is stronger than normal steel, allowing the face of the club to be made thinner and lighter.

This allows for the center of gravity to be placed more low, which is excellent for high-speed balls. The feel is quite light yet firm, and it allows for a good amount of control making it perfect for seasoned golfers.

The only downside, as is to be expected, is that it is on the pricier side compared to other golf clubs.

Overall, a solid 10/10: high quality, good looking, feels excellent to use, and are an all-round excellent club!

Performance

Another test shows that the JPX Forged has an excellent performance range coupled with a good distance. However, to really getting a satisfactory distance, you may need a fit especially if you’ve not tasted a forged iron like the Mizuno in the past.

So, when you buy this and start using it, you may discover you can’t get anything except pitiful performance and distance. But once you get a full fit, you can see dramatic changes.

Another good thing about the iron is that it can maintain a good trajectory under bad or unpredictable weather. What this means for the average golfer are more control over ball spin and good ball flight.

The ball flight is predictable and repetitive. Once you get a few full swings, you can easily predict how the balls are going to react when hit. The forgiveness on the 900 Tours is very good too, so you can measure your mishits and plan your improvement.

If you’re following, the above shows that the JPX Forged Iron can give you excellent course and range scores.

The loft on the iron is soft, and in a good way, because they’ll help you get better distance by generating more launch. Combine this with a high trajectory and apex and you have better consistency compared to counterparts.

At this point, it’s good to point out that these improvements may be possible with 4 and 5 irons and not carry along to the 3 irons.

Looks

While not all golfers will die to have the best look on their clubs, a lot of them won’t come close to one except it beats others in the look department. If you’re in the second group, I have good news for you.

As mentioned in the comparison above, the JPX Forged Iron beats the MP Irons when it comes to the look. The blade looks attractive and stylish. This does not affect the performance of the club as reported by many users.

To add to that, the sound on it is soft and the feel you get when hitting the ball is smooth – doesn’t throw you off balance. You also get good feedback through the shaft, which is a good thing to have.

Mizuno has been able to nail the acoustics and vibrations in the JPX 900, resulting in a pleasing feel/sound. Most players could easily tell when an iron feels harsh even when blindfolded.

However, I haven’t found one that pulls down the 900 Tour due to harshness in feel/sound.


Mizuno MP-20 HMB Hot Metal Blade Irons

Mizuno MP vs JPX

If you are looking to take your golf game to the next level, then Mizuno mp 20hot metal blade iron is the answer.

When I started using this product, I noticed a higher accuracy and a smoother swing. It has to do with the way they tapered the top blade to allow for balanced weight distribution.

This product also has a very classy look, all thanks to the satin chrome finish; it is sure to make you stand out.

The use of carbon steel makes this product very light, which means you can expect a much more powerful swing.

Overall this product is fantastic for individuals looking for the right product to take their golf game to the next level; it’s light and precise, making you feel like a pro every time you swing.

On top of the outstanding performance, it stylish looking, so everyone will notice you on the field.

Performance

One distinguishable feature of the MP’s is that it stacks quite an impressive lineup of clubs. Many of these are similarly lofted allowing players to mix and match for the best set.

The JPX lineup may not offer you this luxury, at least to the extent you’ll enjoy it on the MP. Talking about the loft, it is stronger in the JPX than in MP. So, you can get more accuracy and higher consistency with JPX.

In fact, some pros like Brooks Koepka and Nick Watney all prefer the JPX over MP because it offers more consistent shots than the MP series.

However, if you’re just working on your shots (and not worry about getting consistent shots or accuracy), you may do well with the MP line.

Moreover, the JPX are longer irons and may not be suitable for beginners. Of course, you can use them while working on your game. However, they can give you more headaches than you can manage.


Conclusion

As I mentioned above, each of these irons has strengths and weaknesses. That’s why you see some golfers praising one while another group doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.

Another possible consideration is how good you can hit irons.

If you are good with all the different models, in terms of spin, dispersion, launch, distance, ball speed, flight, etc., then you have the luxury of going with the one that looks best to you.

Even if you settle on one where you’re flushing most of your shots, you can practice and work hard on it till you get used to it.

Ultimately, both irons are good. The one you choose may be dependent on the stage you currently at. If you’re looking for more forgiveness and a club that consistently gives you predictable shots, go with the JPX Tour or Forged.

However, if you’re not concerned about accuracy and only wanting to get your game in shape, try the Mizuno MP line.

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