Mizuno JPX EZ irons review

Mizuno JPX EZ irons 2016
Golf Monthly Verdict

Higher handicapper and newcomers to the game need as much help as they can get and Mizuno's latest JPX EZ iron certainly offers that. The size and construction means that high launch and forgiveness features in abundance while the offset aids accuracy. Now the graphite shaft is the same price as steel gives golfers yet another reason to get fitted for these irons and reap the rewards

Reasons to buy
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    Impressive distance given the relatively traditional lofts. A very forgiving, easy-to-hit set of irons.

Reasons to avoid
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    They may have too much offset to look down on, even for high-handicappers.

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Golf Monthly's Mizuno JPX EZ irons review, an oversized forgiving model for mid-to-high handicappers seeking distance and a higher ball flight

Key technology Mizuno claims the game-improver JPX EZ irons offer the ultimate playability, courtesy of 360 ̊ Dual Pockets and multi-thickness faces. This design provides levels of feel normally only associated with forged irons. More traditional lofts mean you get the distance from the head technology as well as the height required to stop the ball on the green.

Thicker, more uniform faces in the short-irons create a stronger trajectory on approach shots. They feature an anti-glare Black Nickel finish and are available in graphite at the same price as steel.

Will suit Golfers who want maximum distance and forgiveness without losing out on feel.

GM verdict The EZ refers to the assumption these irons are ‘easy’ to hit, and they certainly live up to that. The oversize profile makes it clear distance and forgiveness are the priority. While you’ll struggle to find more offset irons, this is combined with thick toplines and wide soles to instil maximum confidence.

A dark Gunmetal finish creates a premium look and reduces glare, while a lighter grooved area on the face assists alignment. Looking at the back of the iron, the heel-toe weighting is clear – in fact, the sole is so thin that the number is etched on the toe. Distance is both impressive and surprising, given the more traditional lofts.

Long, straight iron shots soon become second nature with a solid feel at impact. Rather than being an enlarged version of a player’s iron, the JPX EZ has a shape and performance all of its own, making it a must- try for mid-to-high handicappers.

 

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x