You’ll find Mizuno makes some of the best golf balls and very good pair of golf gloves, and their clubs fit well in that family. Leaning hard into their in-house research and development, the Japanese manufacturer brought the Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Irons in an effort to offer more players a generally forgiving club option with enough accuracy to let lower handicap players shape shots effectively.
In keeping with that forgiveness quest, these JPX921 Hot Metal Irons offer a muscle back design with what Mizuno calls “Harmonic Impact Technology” and built-in geometry in the club head shape to provide solid impact, feel and feedback. Mizuno engineers kept the club open at the heel to enhance stability in the swing slot. Finally, Mizuno’s Cortech Design keeps all but the muscle back portion thin on the club face to distribute weight.
But is this the right iron for you? Keep reading for our full review of Mizuno’s JPX921 Hot Metal Irons and find out if they have the right balance of features to improve your game.
Mizuno Golf JPX921 Hot Metal Iron Set
What We Liked about the Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Irons
The muscle back helps higher handicap players in line. To unpack that for the uninitiated, as we have in the past, most golf irons fall into three design categories: Muscle back, cavity back and blades. Cavity back irons have an open space behind the club face, shifting more metal back and away from the club face, encouraging more lag in the swing. Muscle backs are built with extra metal centered on the rear and the bottom of the club to weight the iron down and balance it into the slot. Both designs are shaped to make a less consistent swing more reliable. Mizuno stepped away from thin, “blade” designs that work for low handicap players, but torment the rest of us.
Best Feature: Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Irons
It’a all about the Chromoly – or the Chromoly 4140M. While Mizuno’s metal compound creation sounds like the last name of a gym teacher you remember vaguely from high school, it works to create a strong and forged feel without sacrificing lightness of touch. Mizuno also tells us Chromoly packs a high strength to weight ratio and “malleability,” allowing a high strength face with a bendable hosel for fitting. At about $1,000 a set, the “fittability” of the Hot Metal Irons is an important factor as you might as get a proper fitting when you’re dropping even a low four figures on golf clubs.
What We Didn’t Like about the Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Irons
Even though they do offer up that muscle back design in an effort to be more forgiving, the JPX921 Hot Metal Irons still play a little “blade-ish,” “blade-y” or however one might describe it. That means they’re good for shot making, but might not be forgiving enough for higher handicap players. For higher scores, that club face might not be big enough.
Also, while we’re willing to quibble, Mizuno is a company that designs great golf equipment and accessories. Would it kill them to come up with a name less cumbersome than JPX921? They’re not the only Japanese culprit in the overcomplicated name game (we’re looking at you, Miura MC-501), but wouldn’t “Hot Metal Irons” suffice? It’d be the sexiest club name for a game loaded with juvenile giggles over shafts, balls and strokes. Marketing gold.
The Verdict: An Impressive Feat of Engineering
While the Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Irons are probably best suited to mid and low handicap players, their fine engineering and elite material construction should improve any player’s game. It doesn’t hurt that they come out of your bag looking great on the golf course.