The JPX919 Tour could not only convince countless amateurs, but also tour players like Brooks Koepka. The successor JPX921 Tour does not only bring some optical changes. All in all, the JPX921 Tour has become more sporty and is therefore a real option for above-average amateurs and professionals alike.
One such change concerns the weight distribution in the club head. With the JPX921 Tour, this is no longer concentrated so strongly on the toe but is distributed more around the entire blade. The result is less forgiveness for hitting the toe, but a richer sweetspot feel and better "playability". Shaping is now much easier with the JPX921 Tour.
However, the long irons are correspondingly sporty, so it makes sense to replace them with the JPX921 Forged and build a mixed set. By the way, Mizuno has left out the 3 iron completely on the JPX921 Tour because not even tour pros need one. And this despite the traditional lofts of the JPX921 Tour. The 7 iron has a full 34° which is quite a lot for today's standard.
The sole of the long irons of the JPX921 Tour is a bit wider to make them a bit easier to play. The sole of the short irons, on the other hand, is a little narrower. This allows more playability with these so-called "scoring clubs".
We would recommend the JPX921 Tour to all players who like to hit a solid club but do not want to sacrifice playability. Players who have problems with longer irons should take a closer look at the JPX921 Forged or consider a mixed set of JPX921 Tour and Forged.
We will receive our test clubs shortly to publish a detailed test report.
Standard set from 5-PW.
Mizuno JPX921 Tour Specs and Lofts
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JPX921 Tour Review and Recommendation
The JPX919 Tour was one of the most frequently played irons on the tour, even though Mizuno relies heavily on "free of contract" players like Brooks Koepka. These players do not tie themselves to one manufacturer with a contract, but assemble their bag individually. And the JPX919 Tour was very popular with these players. It is to be expected that the JPX921 Tour will successfully continue this legacy. However, we wanted to find out for ourselves how well the club is performing.
Visual impression of the JPX921 Tour
The JPX921 Tour has become very modern in its appearance. Compared to its predecessor, however, the changes are minimal. The sole of the long irons has been widened slightly. Otherwise Mizuno sticks to the Tour's recipe for success. The clubface is relatively long and roughly comparable to the MP20 HMB. The JPX921 Tour is definitely one of the longest with the largest overall hitting surface in the cavity back iron category. However, it does not look "clunky" at all. The topline is also quite thin and the appearance is definitely sporty.
Feeling and Feedback
To be honest, there is one thing to be said here: you can see the sporty appeal of this iron. In other words: suboptimal hits don't really feel good, even though the clubface is quite large. You hardly get any support here. Sweetspot hits also feel less soft and full than with comparable cavity back irons such as a Miura TC-201 or a Honma TR20 V. Granted, Miura is certainly the gold standard in this respect. But even a JPX921 Tour must be able to stand up to the comparison. The feedback is direct and you have no doubt where you hit the ball outside the sweet spot.
Shaping and forgiveness
No doubt, compared to its "big brother" the JPX921 Forged, the JPX921 Tour allows much more shaping. You can spin the ball in all possible directions and in terms of playability, there are few irons that are superior to the JPX921 Tour. This should be one of the main reasons why this iron is so popular on the Tour.
Compared to its predecessor, you will notice a little less mass in the area of the toe. Players who struggle with hits at the toe, for example, will get a little less support here than with the predecessor model.
If you only want to play your balls as straight as possible and in one direction, you should actually take a closer look at the JPX921 Forged. Because this iron develops less sidespin - no matter if desired or not - and therefore holds the direction better.
The JPX921 Tour is not for nothing such a popular iron on the tour. The big advantage of this iron is its relatively large clubface, which is forgiving of many mistakes. However, the iron still offers everything that a good player needs and cannot do without. In terms of feel and feedback, the JPX921 Tour strikes a healthy balance. Even though sweetspot hits may not feel as full as the Japanese competition, it provides very direct feedback so that you can determine easily where you hit the ball.
Even if you're clearly leaning towards JPX921 Tour, consider a combo set of JPX921 Forged for the long irons and JPX921 Tour for the shorter irons. You can put them together individually on ExactGolf.
Mizuno is one of the very few manufacturers who are able to produce in large quantities and still maintain a very high quality standard. Mizuno is best known for its irons and the especially soft feeling at the moment of impact. This is made possible by the innovative manufacturing process and the "soft steel" used. The manufacturing process also allows the production of large quantities without any loss of quality. All club heads are forged in Hiroshima and exported to Europe. There they are assembled according to the customer's wishes.
This makes it possible to produce an almost infinite combination of clubs and to meet the exact needs of the player. Mizuno offers a wide range of shafts and grips which can also be selected at no extra charge. There is only one variant that can be called "standard". This configuration is already produced in larger quantities and is therefore cheaper. We at ExactGolf can also make small adjustments such as a different grip, lie or loft ourselves. This makes us the only Mizuno dealer that not only offers all possible configurations but also makes various adjustments ourselves - at no extra cost.
The manufacturing processes at Mizuno are very advanced and extremely accurate. It takes a few months to train a new employee and to have the necessary skills to build the clubs. Mizuno still manages to meet the demand in a relatively short time of 14 days.
There is only one small limitation that Mizuno has to take into account and which we as clubmakers do not have: Mizuno cannot properly adjust the swing weight on shafts that are over 1/2 inch longer or shorter. If you choose a club with +1 inch it would have to be drilled out so that the swing weight is not too heavy. We will do these adjustments with Miura irons, Mizuno unfortunately does not. So you should be aware that much larger or shorter Mizuno irons will most likely not have the correct swing weight. If this is relevant to you it would be best to contact us to discuss the issue.