Following the introduction of Fast Track technology in the JPX850 driver and Boron 1025 in the JPX850 Forged irons, Mizuno's year of innovation continues with a shock.
Mizuno have created the Shock Wave sole that is designed to allow the whole clubface to contract and expand on impact, an effect that brings an additional energy source to their JPX850 fairway and hybrid.
Typically these clubs have thick faces, transition areas and soles and this profile is one that tends to reduce the spring when you hit the ball in that area low on the face.
Mizuno's research showed that players generally hit in the centre or slightly lower than the centre of the club from the turf so wanted the JPX850's to deliver a higher COR lower on the face but also keep the centre of gravity low for less head vibration at impact and a powerful penetrating ball flight.
The corrugated effect on the sole helps to create this extra speed by rebounding energy into the ball as a result of the heads ability to contract and expand on impact. The extra mass lowers the centre of gravity which maintains high ball speeds for shots from the ground.
Mizuno's R&D Manager Dave Llewellyn explains the benefits:
The Shock Wave sole overcomes the size limitation of fairways and hybrids - by enabling the entire head to flex. It’s a hugely improved way to increase ball speed without the downside of moving the sweet spot too high up the face.
The Shock Wave sole isn't the only new technology found in the JPX850 fairway and hybrids. Each head also features a "Waffle" crown that is thicker and thinner in various areas across the crown to maintain power and rigidity, but saving on weight to allow the designers to push that weight further down into the Shock Wave sole and lower the centre of gravity.
Mizuno JPX850 Fairway Wood
Mizuno say the JPX850 fairway is a classic looking fairway at address with a generous footprint to inspire confidence. The design creates a low penetrating flight and allows players a high level of workability.
The JPX850 fairways also feature Mizuno's Quick Switch adjustable hosel system giving four loft options for each of the 3, 5 and 7 wood heads in the range.
Mizuno JPX850 Hybrid
The JPX850 hybrid also features the Shick Wave sole and provides a profile at address that features the neutral lines favoured by Mizuno's Tour players.
Unlike the fairway it does not have an adjsutable hosel, but the low centre of gravity maintains ball speed from a variety of lies.