Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Vs. Ping G400 Irons Comparison Overview
A lot of people don’t really look at Mizuno irons when they are shopping for forgiving, game-improvement irons. For this reason, a lot of people miss out on high-quality game-improvement irons. Don’t be like those people.
Consider all of your options – even the unlikely ones. We know, shopping and product research takes time and effort. So we have done your work for you. We tested the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons Vs. a tried and true game-improvement iron set: the Ping G400 irons.
Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Irons Overview
The Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons are a stripped down version of the previous JPX 900 irons.
First of all, Mizuno shaved weight off of the heel of these irons and repositioned it under the sweet spot for more power when you pure the ball. These irons have a nice, familiar distance iron feel but with premium appointments you would expect from Mizuno.
For instance, the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons feature a one-piece chromoly (an alloy of chromium and molybdenum) design. This material gives the JPX 919 irons a soft and congenial feel for beginners. These are also cavity back irons so MOI is naturally kept pretty high.
The Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons also launch high and have a steep angle of descent so they play great on fast or elevated greens.
Ping G400 Irons Overview
The Ping G400 irons feature a top rail undercut which also helps steepen launch and descent angles.
This is another set of game-improvement irons that performs surprisingly well around the green. They also have a hydropearl finish which lowers friction with the turf. Indeed, these irons played smooth even from the rough.
In terms of distance, the G400’s and the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons were very similar. The G400’s were a bit more forgiving though as ball speed was preserved better on off-center strikes. While the G400’s lack the premium feel of the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons, they make up for it by being more congenial to players who are having a bit of trouble with accuracy.
The Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons are certainly pleasant surprises but in terms of a pure game-improvement iron set, the Ping G400’s performed better. They will be more beneficial to beginners and high handicappers than the JPX 919 irons.
Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Irons
Ping G400 Irons
Category – Game Improvement Irons
Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal First Impressions
We didn’t think that irons with minimal offset and relatively compact heads could be so forgiving.
We are thankful to say that we were mistaken though – at least in this case. While the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons don’t exactly have a reassuring look at address if you are a high handicapper, they are packed with forgiveness features that make their presence known as long as you give these clubs a fair shake.
After our first round with the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons, we were smitten with the easy distance. Almost everyone in our testing party were notching increases in distance.
However, on our second round, we were starting to feel the lack of control a little more. While the short irons launch considerably high and provide good spin control, it’s the mid irons that really suffer.
They feel like they were caught between being distance-oriented and accuracy-oriented and didn’t do the latter very well. Predictable distances were lacking in the mid irons and lateral workability suffered considerably.
Ping G400 First Impressions
We were a bit wary of the Ping G400’s at first because they didn’t have the size of traditional game-improvement irons.
While you are looking at a shorter distance from heel to toe with the Ping G400 irons, the COR-Eye technology ensures that if you make contact with the sweet spot, your ball is gonna go far. Almost immediately, our testers were nailing shots in the 160 yard range with the 5 iron in this set.
We also really liked the way these irons sounded – particularly the long irons. The cavity badge really works to enhance sound when you hit the sweet spots of these irons. It didn’t take us very long to get the hang of these irons and start sending missiles down the fairway.
Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Selling Points
- Harmonic head geometry
- Sound ribs
- Distinct feedback from the chromoly design
- Smooth turf interaction from the beveled trailing edge
- Stability frame
Ping G400 – Selling Points
- Hydropearl finish
- Co-molded, 3-piece cavity badge
- Good stock shaft choices
- Very easy to achieve adequate launch
- They produce easy distance
Who are the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Irons for?
It’s clear that Mizuno was targeting high handicappers with the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons. But going deeper than that, we also came to the conclusion that these irons would serve players well after they break 100.
The relatively compact design makes them more workable than any game-improvement irons we have ever tested. And the chromoly design makes them very durable.
While they are more expensive than a lot of game-improvement irons on the market, you definitely get your money’s worth in the long run with the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons.
So in the end, these irons would be best for high handicappers who are serious about the game and intend to keep playing and keep improving.
The Hot Metal Family
The Mizuno Hot Metal Moniker is used to indicate distance irons. For example, there are Mizuno JPX 919 Forged irons that are more compact and obviously forged. This model would be better for lower handicap players.
The same is true of the Mizuno JPX 921 irons. There are “Forged” “Tour” and “Hot Metal” versions of the JPX 921 irons. The Hot Metal irons in each line are usually a bit larger and lack features like grain flow forging which is what makes many Mizuno irons so unique.
For this reason, any “Hot Metal” irons would be at least worth a look for any high handicappers who, again, are serious about improving their game. Though they lack the forged construction, they still feel great, are surprisingly consistent and will serve you long after you break 100.
Feel and Control: 95/100
Overall Score: 94/100
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Who Are The Ping G400 Irons for?
The Ping G400 irons are certainly for players still in the high handicap range. However, after our testing we felt that the kind of player who would get the best use out of these irons is the player who is primed to make the leap into the mid handicap range as they offer better short game performance than you might expect from a game-improvement set of irons.
These are great irons for anyone who is just learning how to work the ball from side-to-side. They allow for such workability but flatten the learning curve at the same time with their mid-size heads.
The G Family of Irons
The G series of irons from Ping also includes the G425 which features variable face thickness architecture which makes it forgiving enough for mid handicappers. The G425 has more of a players performance iron profile though.
Like the G400 irons, the G425 irons have a 14-4 grade stainless steel face design. This material also helps to launch the ball high in the air and produces adequate distance for high to mid handicap players.
Then there are the Ping G710 which are exceptionally forgiving with a longer blade length than the G400’s. The G710’s also feature variable face thickness and a nice maraging steel face. The maraging steel is an incredibly thin yet strong type of steel that allows the faces of these irons to flex and rebound.
The Ping G710 irons would also be a great fit for anyone with slow to moderate swings speeds. Plus, the black finish looks really cool.
Feel and Control: 96/100