We put the Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal against the Titleist 718 AP1 – which came out on top?October 18, 2018 Golf Equipment
Two of the most stylish distance irons on the market. Equipment editor James Savage puts them head to head
Our Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal vs. Titleist 718 AP1 irons test took place at Rudding Park in North Yorkshire.
We gathered data using a SkyTrak launch monitor and tested both irons out on the course.
Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal vs. Titleist 718 AP1: The methodology
Why put these two irons head to head?
Well, they are both very similar in terms of their size, their profile and their performance benefits.
They are both aimed at a similar type of golfer – one who prioritises distance and forgiveness.
But I think both these irons still look desirable with plenty of shelf appeal.
So anyone who wants a bit of added distance and forgiveness but still wants a ‘proper-looking’ golf club should be checking these out.
The JPX919 Hot Metal is brand new and the 718 AP1 is a year old now but still has a year left of its life cycle.
I wanted to compare the new Hot Metal with the most similar looking iron I could find.
After raiding my equipment cupboard, I thought the 718 AP1 was pretty much identical from the address position.
Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal vs. Titleist 718 AP1: The technology
Both these irons are designed to launch the ball high and far.
They both have strong lofts – 30˚ in the 7-iron – but have a low CG design which helps launch the ball nice and high.
Both have perimeter weighting for stability and forgiveness.
The 718 AP1 is a progressive set of irons with an undercut cavity in the 6-W then a hollow body construction in the 4-5.
The 919 Hot Metal has a cavity-back design but the face cup is created as a single piece and wraps around the front of the chassis using a seamless construction.
That’s the lowdown on the Mizuno JPX919 and Titleist 718 AP1 – but which came out on top? See the results and our verdict on the next page…