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The confidence-inspiring large ‘footprint’ on the Mizuno JPX EZ woods and hybrids is designed for a high softer-landing flight that maximises carry distance
The new JPX EZ fairway woods and hybrids have been specifically engineered to counter growing trends in these two categories of club towards designs that favour stronger ball-strikers, especially when it comes to models offering adjustability.
Video: watch our 60-second preview of the new Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 woods and hybrids...
In other words, a number of fairway woods and hybrids in recent years have become more difficult for average golfers to hit well and flight properly.
So the new JPX EZ fairway woods and hybrids boast larger, flatter heads to help those with more modest clubhead speeds flight the ball better.
Performance off the turf is also aided by a next generation Shockwave Sole that lowers the centre of gravity, and allows the clubhead to contract and expand more at impact for increased stability and a higher ball flight, with the Waffle Crown design allowing even more weight to be located low in the clubhead.
While they have been engineered for wider playability, the benefits they offer may well appeal to better players too according to Mizuno club engineer, Chris Voshall: “We’ve gone back to the drawing board and created a larger, flatter head with a tendency to generate more backspin. It’s not just ability dependent - there will be tour players and professionals who prefer the softer-landing trajectory too.”
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JPX EZ fairway woods (15˚, 18˚ and 21˚) feature the same Quick Switch adjustable hosel as the JPX EZ driver to optimise loft and launch characteristics, while a less expensive fixed-hosel version is also available. The JPX EZ hybrids (16˚, 19˚, 22˚ and 25˚) are available in a fixed-hosel version only.
The JPX EZ woods will be available at retail from January 2016 with an RRP of £219 for the adjustable version and £179 for the non-adjustable model. The JPX EZ hybrids will be available from the same date with an RRP of £179.
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 even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, 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 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
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