I am unsure as to what to think of Mizuno’s new JPX stategy especially as an average golfer.
As is known to all,Mizuno like many manufacturers have moved away from the titanium face to a maraging face on their GI irons which provide as hot feel and very good ball speeds. The JPX AD Maraging features a large pocket cavity and wide sole. This automatic iron is made for maximum forgiveness and distance.
Mizuno has long been a competitor in the average golfer market with their JPX line. They have just announced the release of their new JPX AD line for 2010 which will be released right before the Golf Fair here in Japan. The last two generations of JPX clubs, including the Mizuno JPX AD Series and E600 series have seen a less than enthusiastic reaction from consumers in my opinion. Because of this, Mizuno has overahauled the look of their JPX line and gone with a new approach. This approach is that a longer club will equal more distance.
Many amateurs fret about playing in the wind, but better players know how to use wind to their advantage. For instance, better players know that no matter what type of shot you’d normally play, whether it’s a draw, fade or whatever, how the wind blows changes everything. You have to make adjustments to make the wind work for you, instead of trying to hit a shot to fight against it. I’ve seen that happen time and time again with amateurs.
The new Mizuno JPX AD Driver takes some getting used to looks wise but has a very forgiving package with a mid height face but shallow back design. It is 46.5″ in length to produce maximum distance for those looking to go straight and long.
My favorite drill for developing a solid backswing is the two-club drill. To practice the drill, you need two extra clubs and the help of a friend. It might take some time, but if you can learn to maintain your right-knee flex and spine angle throughout the swing, you’ll be well on your way to developing a more solid, consistent golf game.
Those who follow my opinion on the blog know that I agree that a longer club adds distance but only if the player can square up that longer club at impact. I have said it many times, a longer club–Mizuno JPX AD Irons is simply harder to hit consistently. Mizuno notes that for every extra inch in length there is an increase in swing speed of 1m/s.
So I will give them the benefit of the doubt until I test the clubs myself. Sounds promising especially if you are one of those players who have no problems squaring longer clubs and are looking for more distance.