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JPX923 Hot Metal HL

Hot List Gold 2023

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: Mizuno has drifted in and out of the super-game-improvement category but jumps in here like a swimmer doing a cannonball. This is the first Hot Metal line super-game-improvement iron. It focuses less on ball speed (though the cast chromoly steel brings enough of it) and more on helping launch it with a wider sole and higher lofts (more on that below). The True Temper Dynamic Gold 95 steel shaft is about 25 percent lighter than the standard Dynamic Gold, encouraging a slightly faster swing. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: We’ve been huge advocates of Mizuno’s Shaft Optimizer fitting tool for more than a decade. During that time, it not only helped golfers narrow shaft choices, but it gathered data on the swing DNA of certain types of golfers. Mizuno has captured more than half a million swings and found that as lofts get stronger, average-to-slow swings have increasing difficulty in launching even a 5-iron successfully. Mizuno estimates close to half of all golfers might be flying a 7-iron farther than a low-lofted 5-iron. That led to a change in thinking: The way to increase distance in this club is to make the lofts weaker by 2 to 3 degrees compared to others in the JPX923 line.  Read more>>

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Price: $138 (per iron)
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Look / Sound / Feel


* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
"Inspired confidence with the thicker topline that masks some of the help in the back of the club. Really soft feel at impact. Has the classic Mizuno feel even in this category."
Handicap, 15
“A lot of control with workability, which you don’t see in this category. These are compact and sleek-looking but provide plenty of elevation.”
Handicap, 12
"Soft feel off the face even on off-center hits. Very good distance. Right on the sweet spot leads to medium, boring trajectory. Not going to lose much distance on off-center hits."
Handicap, 9
Club Specs
Models Dexterity Price
JPX923 Hot Metal HL Right Hand $138

JPX923 Hot Metal HL

Name Loft Length
5I 25.00 38.00
7I 31.00 37.00
PW 45.00 35.50

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