I’m a mediocre golfer. I recently tried many major game improvement irons that are available: Titlesist, Mizuno, Callaway, Ping, etc. I thought the Mizuno and Titleist clubs are nice to hit, especially Titleist ap1 and Mizuno JPX 825 clubs. I find them hard to do any wrong with these clubs, even off-center mis-hits travel well. They are the clear winner for my swing.
They are the fourth generation of the range launched in 2008 and they continue to use the same cast chassis that has made this model so popular. The aim of Titleist when they created the 714 AP1 was to increase the ball flight, the forgiveness and the feel. The wider sole and larger dual cavity allows the weight to be moved lower.
The feel is moderated by the medallion in the back of the cavity and this gives a very solid feel to all the irons, belying the fact that this is an oversize, cast cavity back head. They have also increased the camber of the sole in the short irons to help the ball through the turf and to prevent the club digging into the ground. This is does very well and all through the set the divots were very similar and it all helped to enhance the feel of the clubs.
They are more evolution than revolution, but they are still a very good set of irons for mid handicappers who like to have a bit more feel from their irons. Looks aside the performance of the JPX825 iron is just as good as the previous Mizuno MP-53 Irons. The lofts are stronger than most with a 45 degree pitching wedge so you will need to get the gaps covered with a few gap and sand wedges to your putter.
The back of the cavity is more ‘open’ with weight spread in the heel and toe rather than across the back as in the JPX800. The medallion in the middle of the cavity is centred on the JPX825 rather than being a bar and both these changes give it a very clean look. They are very forgiving and send the ball on a good trajectory with good feel for a cast iron.
Oveall, both of them are very forgiving. I feel very nice when swinging these clubs on the course, but will produce a high ball flight which may not suit some players. Good luck!