Clever design in the new Mizuno JPX EZ driver promises the combined benefits of simplified adjustability and high levels of off-centre forgiveness
Up until now, many drivers featuring movable weights have not proved as playable as non-adjustable models in the hands of ordinary club golfers because of the extra weight required to create the track systems and movable weight ports in the sole.
The new JPX EZ 2016 driver from Mizuno, with its striking blue and black sole design, recognises and addresses this issue via a simplified three-weight system that brings more than adequate adjustability while still delivering levels of forgiveness that are right up there with non-adjustable driver models.
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By slotting a 10g weight into one of the three ports in the sole of the head, you can instantly switch shot shape between draw, neutral and fade biases. There is further adjustability available courtesy of the Quick Switch hosel that brings additional scope to really optimise your loft and launch conditions.
The head also boasts a large ‘footprint’, or sole area, to promote the high-launching, low-spinning flight we’re all after, while the crown’s more rounded design improves playability by allowing the face to flex more, thus generating higher ball speeds and extra forgiveness particularly from mishits high in the clubface.
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The whole idea is full adjustability with added forgiveness for all, including those not blessed with the highest of ball speeds or the most consistent of strike patterns, as Mizuno club engineer, Chris Voshall, explains:
“With the JPX EZ, we now have a second adjustable driver option for players with either a little less ball speed or those who want a bit more stability from off-centre strikes. It’s not a case of ability either. Luke Donald felt more secure with the extra forgiveness, and he’s a better driver than most of us!”
Donald debuted the club at this year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and the Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 driver, complemented by the new JPX EZ fairway woods and hybrids, will be available at retail from January 2016 with an RRP of £349.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
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Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
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