Equipment: Mizuno JPX EZ and JPX EZ Forged irons reviewMarch 3, 2016 Golf Equipment
Two stunning new irons from Mizuno which will appeal to a wide-range of abilities, writes James Savage
These irons are very far removed from the JPX EZ irons which we saw in 2014 which had a black and orange design and looked very much like what you’d expect from game-improvement irons.
There was not wrong with them, they looked cool and worked really well but I don’t think you would have got anyone other than a high-handicappers using them.
Now we’ve got a lovely dark chrome finish and a much sleeker headshape – particularly in the JPX EZ forged – which I think will make both irons appeal to a very wide-range of abilities.
The design on the back of the head is subtle but stunning.
In the JPX EZ we’ve got a dual pocket cavity which Mizuno say allows the whole face to flex and create really fast ball speeds. Despite being more of your traditional cavity back irons Mizuno say the JPX EZ will still offer superb feel thanks to a multi-thickness face.
They are designed to launch easily and be very forgiving.
The JPX EZ Forged have been infused with Boron in the same way that the superb JPX850 Forged and MP-25 have been.
The use of high strength Boron-infused steel allows the JPX EZ Forged to be a bit sleeker but Mizuno say they will still have great ball speeds and forgiveness right across the face. They say you will get all the feel of a forged irons but the ball speed and performance benefits of a forgiving cavity-back iron.
In the 3-7 irons, the use of Boron allows for a wider CNC pocket cavity to increase the rebound area for increased ball speed and stability on off-centre strikes.
The 8-PW are a solid one piece design and more compact than their predecessors.
Mizuno say the JPX EZ are the hottest forged iron they have ever produced.
We tested both irons out at Reunion resort in Orlando – both myself (17-handicap) and editor Dan Murphy (3 handicap) hit the JPX EZ and the JPX EZ Forged to see which one we got on with the better.
I really enjoy the look of these irons both in the bag and at address.
Both performed very well for me. When hit right out of the middle the JPX EZ Forged feel fantastic but I found a bit more consistency overall with the JPX EZ.
I don’t know whether the JPX EZ were just filling me with more confidence but I was just able to hit the same number time after time with the 6-iron. I found them to be more forgiving than the JPX EZ Forged to would probably opt for them if I had to pick between the two.
Dan also enjoyed hitting both irons and, as someone who finds the sweetspot more often than me, actually found the JPX EZ Forged to be the more consistent of the two.
He felt with the JPX EZ that a few jumped out on him a bit.
Still, as a 3-handicap, he wouldn’t have had a problem with putting either iron in the bag which speaks volumes for the wide-ranging appeal that Mizuno have been able to create with these irons.
Some may not be tempted away from their MPs but some probably should be.
SRP: JPX EZ £85 each, JPX EZ £100 each