124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2



Mizuno

JPX921 Hot Metal

Our Review:

Creating a hot face in an iron without resorting to the cupface and L-face designs found in a lot of the clubs on our list is a difficult endeavor. However, Mizuno achieves it by using a special kind of steel called chromoly 4140M, a material that has been used in hightech bicycle frames. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, the steel allows Mizuno to make a face as thin as 1.9 millimeters in certain areas, resulting in more flexibility that produces surprising distance. Three additional ribs added to a structure inside the topline further stabilize the frame and optimize feel. You might need a doctorate degree in acoustics to understand the sophisticated work Mizuno has done in the area of sound throughout the years, and the company has done it again here, delivering a pleasant tone at impact—not an easy accomplishment in a face this thin. Having learned that a substantial portion of its iron orders are for mixed sets, Mizuno fine-tuned the specifications of the entire Hot Metal family to better align the irons and their lofts, making for a seamless transition for those who might want to pair the Hot Metal long and middle irons with the Hot Metal Pro short irons. Read more >>

Price: $125/per iron
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Ratings
Performance

45%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

Demand

5%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
Low-Handicapper

I discovered a smooth swing with this iron. The distance is good, and the ability to shape shots is there. Pretty consistent distance.

Mid-Handicapper

Great looking club and it performed well. Ball jumped off the face with low side spin

High-Handicapper

Incredibly forgiving. A nice ball flight and sounds compressed even if you don’t hit it pure.

Club Specs

Lofts

7-iron: 29 degrees; PW: 44 degrees

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BEN WALTON

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