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Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL

Why We Like It

In the chase for ball speed many companies have opted to strengthen lofts—not so here. In fact, Mizuno’s research shows that golfers with average to slow swing speeds have a tough time getting a 5-iron up in the air. Mizuno then focuses on increasing launch by staying true to traditional lofts (some 2 to 3 degrees weaker than many in the category) and using a wider sole, which helps drive the center of gravity down. The face is made from a cast nickel Chromoly steel that produces plenty of punch off the face.

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Characteristics

  • The lightweight True Temper Dynamic Gold 95 steel shaft promotes a slightly faster swing.
  • Nickel Chromoly face is eight percent thinner than previous Mizuno irons.
  • The blade length is the same as the standard Hot Metal to avoid an oversize look.
  • 7-iron: 31 degrees; PW: 45 degrees

Highlights

  • Top 5 best-looking super-game-improvement irons, high-handicaps
  • Top 5 best sound/feel super-game-improvement irons, high-handicaps
  • Top 5 best-rated super-game-improvement irons, high-handicaps

Price

$138 per iron

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HOT LIST SCORE

The aggregate star rating of all three categories rounded to the nearest half star.

5.0
Performance
5.0
50%*
Innovation
4.5
30%*
Look / Sound / Feel
5.0
20%*

HOT LIST PLAYERS FEEDBACK

Ratings are based on players’ assessments in three key performance areas.

Sensory
Soft Feel
Firm Feel
Ball Flight
Lower, More Roll
Higher, More Carry
Playability
Workable
Forgiving

Reviews

Why Impact Is Critical to Your Iron Play

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