Friday, 21 January 2011
Mizuno JPX800 Driver  (EuropeanTour)
Mizuno JPX800 Driver (EuropeanTour)

Mizuno has announced the arrival of JPX800 - the first driver, fairway wood and hybrid under its new global JPX line.

The woods which are available from February 2011 fall under the high technology JPX800 series introduced in September 2010.  JPX was extended to become Mizuno’s 2nd global mark after originally existing only in Mizuno’s domestic Japanese market.

Mizuno believes that the JPX line gives an ideal platform to enhance the performance of its metal woods.  “JPX stands for high technology and freedom of design,” commented Masai Nagai, Global Director of R&D. “Now that JPX is a global mark, we can amalgamate all of Mizuno’s worldwide technologies under one banner.”

“Historically Japanese players have seen Mizuno’s latest technology first.  For the first time, starting with JPX800, golfers in the US and Europe have access to use Mizuno's latest developements as soon as they hit the market.”

JPX800 Driver - ULTIMATE DYNAMIC STABILITY    

The new JPX800 HOT METAL Driver with Ultimate Dynamic Stability increases average driving distance by specifically targeting an improvement in ball speeds from shots struck above and below the sweet spot.

Data from Mizuno’s Tour testing and National Fitting Centres showed that most distance loss occurs when golfers miss-hit from high or low on the clubface.  In response, Mizuno’s design team increased the JPX800’s vertical MOI, alongside the standard extension from heel to toe.

In sync with Mizuno’s ‘Balanced Performance’ philosophy, the JPX800 sits with a square clubface at address – relying on a complex internal weighting system for its straight, high flight.  By analyzing thousands of fittings at its National Fitting Centres, Mizuno found that the square set-up best neutralised the amateur’s most destructive shot – the pull straight left.

Mizuno’s lightweight Exsar DS5 graphite shaft is fitted as standard at 45.5”.

Chris Voshall, R&D: “While the JPX800 driver has many of the key elements needed to help amateur golfers - large MOI, Hot Face, slightly longer club length, we didn't hook the face or do anything else to keep it out of a better player's hands.  Our tour players commented that the 800 looked very ‘clean’ something they could hit straight, cut, or draw.  And just like most golfers, their distance loss comes from hitting the ball a little too high or low when using a high tee.  The vertical stability on the JPX800 keeps that distance loss to a minimum.”

Availability:  9, 10.5, 12, 13.5 degree - right hand only.

JPX800 Fairway - ULTIMATE DYNAMIC STABILITY

The JPX800 fairway harnesses its HOT METAL energy within an extremely consistent ‘Ultimate Dynamic Stability’ design.

Consistently high ball speeds and near maximum R&A conforming distance are delivered from a wide area of the 1770 stainless maraging steel clubface thanks to increased stability on both its vertical and horizontal axis (UDS).

A straight high flight and easy launch will suit amateurs of all standards, while the square look at address and rolled toe will build on the tour appeal of its predecessor – the MX-700.  The JPX800’s ‘Balanced Performance’ design ensures that criteria of ball speed, feedback, forgiveness, and address position are enhanced hand-in-hand without either adversely impacting the other.

Mizuno’s lightweight Exsar FS5 graphite shaft is fitted as standard with a range of custom options available.

Andy Kikidas, Tour Operations Manager: “Although it was primarily designed for amateur golfers, we had incredible success with the previous MX-700 fairway woods on tour. Once we bent open the clubface, Chris Wood actually preferred the trajectory and size of the MX-700 over the ‘Tour Ready’ MP model.  Feedback from our National Fitting Centres inidicated that as modern fairway woods became easier to hit, ‘closing off’ the clubface was potentially more damaging than helpful. Contrary to popular belief, a squarer clubface promoted a better set up and more confidence for the majority of amateurs. In that light the tour version of the MX-700 became the blueprint for the new JPX800 fairway woods.”

Availability:  3w (15 degree), 5w (18 degree), 7w (21 degree) - right hand only.

JPX800 Hybrid  - ULTIMATE DYNAMIC STABILITY   

The larger JPX800 hybrids harness their HOT METAL energy within an extremely consistent ‘Ultimate Dynamic Stability’ design.

Consistently high ball speeds and near maximum R&A conforming distance are delivered from a wide area of the 1770 stainless maraging steel clubface thanks to increased stability on both its vertical and horizontal axis (UDS).

An increased overall size and clubface have the feel of a lofted fairway wood, with a shorter shaft in the more lofted models adding the control needed for long approaches.

Mizuno’s lightweight Exsar HS5 graphite shaft is fitted as standard with a range of custom options available.  Lie angle can be adjusted +/- 2 degrees to match iron sets.

Bill Price, Custom Fitting Manager: “As drivers and fairway woods have increased in size, the hybrid has started to look slightly small in comparison – we’ve noticed a trend back to more lofted fairway woods as a result.  The JPX800 bridges the gap to the long irons more effectively with a larger, less intimidating head size.  The JPX800 has also re-addressed the issue of shaft length through the lofts.  There is a shorter control type shaft in the higher lofts and a longer distance orientated version in the stronger heads.”

Availability:  2h (17 degree), 3h (19 degree), 4h (22 degree),  5h (25 degree) - right hand only

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