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First Look! – Mizuno JPX-EZ Lineup

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Mizuno's First Adjustable Driver

This is a Mizuno story, and I'm leading with the driver. You can file this under It's about F'n time.

The guys at Mizuno have finally gotten around to creating an adjustable driver; joining the ranks of...well...everyone...accept maybe Wilson who, by the way, will also be releasing an adjustable driver this season.

I believe that's everyone.

We can argue all day about whether or not anybody really needs an adjustable driver (I know...just get properly fit). We can argue over whether or not they actually do what they say (does loft really change). And we can certainly argue about whether or not it's all pointless anyway because the average guy simply doesn't understand what the various adjustments actually do.

We can argue all day and it won't matter. When you're the odd man out - one of the last...if not the last...golf company of sizable consequence not to offer an adjustable driver you could be seen by the average golfer as lagging behind.

Even if the average golfer doesn't need it, you still have to offer it...at least when you're playing at Mizuno's level.

How Does It Work?

While we don't have details yet, I'm not expecting anything revolutionary from an adjustment standpoint. Past Mizuno releases also suggest that retail options will be limited (I doubt we'll see an 8.5° model for example). In case it matters to you, Mizuno is calling their adjustment technology "Quick Switch".

One of the more important aspects of Mizuno's new driver is what I'm willing to bet is a replaceable weight screw. Unlike some others, I don't expect Mizuno will be telling any sort of associated ball flight story. Instead, the replaceable weight is for swing weighting purposes, which again, while lost on the average golfer should allow the experimental gearhead types to try shafts of different lengths and weights...assuming they have the proper plug.

The JPX-EZ Woods lineup also includes fairway woods and hybrids. I'm just spit-balling here since it's not clear from the images, but my guess is they're not adjustable. Unlike drivers, adjustable fairways and hybrids, while more common, haven't evolved to the point where not offering adjustability stinks of antiquation.

And Yes . . . There are Irons Too

It's Mizuno, so of course the JPX-EZ line includes irons.

The photos released so far suggest a game-improvement iron (a given for all irons in the JPX series). Like the newly announced MP-54, the EZs feature a pocket cavity design, so you can expect a story about the repositioning of discretionary weight, and perimeter weighting for maximum forgiveness.

As with the driver, I'm not expecting anything ground-breaking in terms of the technology, but we're still talking about a Mizuno iron...a grain flow forged Mizuno iron. While there's still a segment of golfers who believe that forged irons...any forged irons are more difficult to hit than basically any cast iron, Mizuno's commitment to offering forged irons for what most of the industry still regards as a non-forged audience.

Mizuno almost never misses when it comes to irons, so my guess is the JPX-EZ irons will continue what Mizuno started with the JPX-800 series. While it's not easy to shake the reputation of producing irons exclusively for better players, the EZ irons are clear evidence that Mizuno is serious about game improvement.

Have Your Say

  • Does the introduction of an adjustable driver change the way you think about Mizuno woods?
  • What's your initial response to the JPX-EZ Irons?
  • And while I'm asking questions...does anybody else think it's weird that all of a sudden Mizuno is using oranges and golds while TaylorMade's SLDR (and presumably more of the 2014 line) is blue?

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

sidvicius August 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

They could have picked a better color then Orange and get rid of “EZ” makes the the golfs look like there for Kids.

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GURJ August 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

Spot on!

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kygolfer1980 August 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

I like the looks of the woods. Been a while since I have hit a Mizuno driver but I would demo it.

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tider992010 August 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

Love the looks of the new Mizuno’s. I like the Black with orange accents. Good stuff!

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RoverRick August 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

A friend of mine said they look like Pings, I will go farther and say that these are the best looking Ping designs I have ever seen.

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Hula_rock August 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

I said to myself one day……… Mizuno should “Modernize” the COMP EZ’s. BAM !!

I’d game these in a heart beat…..

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Walkrjames August 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

The gold and orange was the first thing that I thought of, why not blue?

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Adam Huckeby August 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

Agree with the author..before i reached the bottom of the article I thought they looked like the R1 black colors. I’m not sure that the orange is the way to go for Mizuno but that being said I do like the look of the woods.

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Macnanday August 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

I’ve never gotten hung up on what color a club is, so orange is OK by me. But, for some reason, I am picky about grip color. But those are easy to change out. For me it’s all about performance and how well I can hit a certain club. As of now, I’m playing the Mizuno JPX 3 and 5 woods. Believe me, I get some strange looks for bagging Mizuno woods. Truth be told, I felt my Pings may have been a smidge longer, but the Mizunos are so easy to hit off the fairway that it adds a ton of confidence to that part of my game. The only thing I don’t like about the JPX woods is the triangle shape. If the woods in this lineup have the same relief on the front that the JPXs do, but a more traditional shape from above, I’ll for sure take a look at getting some.

As to the adjustability, I don’t feel I need it. But, I understand it might be harder to sell them without it.

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Lou August 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

I have a full set of JPX 825…great clubs cant complaint,,,nevertheless ….i changed to Adams V4 awesome clubs for people like me,,, (we love golf but sock!!!) I will always recommend Mizuno but my great complaint..is that for mizuno Lefties are Chopped Liver

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Jason Kanis August 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Agreed Lou. I love my MP-59′s, but I wish I could have a crack @ these woods LH. H4 3 and 4 irons would fit my bag too, if only LH….:(

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Tim August 12, 2013 at 4:42 am

Interested in the Adams V4 hydrid/forged mixed set. How do you find them compared to the JPX825?

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Lou R October 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

For me a high handicap….from earth to heaven …..they are awesome……i made the mistake of thinking i was a PRO then when i realized this i made the investment ant they are the best…if i hit it on the sweet spot i can get a ball with a 7 or 8 iron where regular people gets it with a wood…. so i highly recommend them

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David August 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

Don’t like the color either. Muzino is BLUE. I do like that they are moving in the right direction to appeal to a broader base.

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Displayedname August 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

Is it just me, or does the driver look VERY similar to the adjustable Wilson driver that has been “leaked”? change yellow on the wilson to orange here, and you have very close to the same thing.

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Displayedname August 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

Actually, I take that back. Wilson looks like it will be lower MOI and more compact looking from address while the EZ looks more high MOI with a longer triangular shape. They could easily be sold as the same line under the same brand though.

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RP Jacobs II August 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hell, if ya can’t hit that wedge, just throw it in the shed and use it in the garden ;-)

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Golfspy Frank August 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Don’t get me wrong, Mizuno makes great clubs. I just can’t get excited about a Mizuno wood. I try and I try and I try and I just cannot get excited about it. Why do I try? The Mizuno MP-69s are my favorite clubs on the market, and I would love to fall in love with the rest of the Mizuno products for that reason alone. Still, their woods just seem to lag behind everybody else’s, like you said in the article. Look, there’s a reason why Luke Donald is playing the Taylormade R1 instead of a Mizuno driver, and he’s been with Mizuno for how long? 10 years?

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blu August 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Luke has been hitting the r11 – r1 drivers because they adjust. ONE of the main reasons for the adjustable head. To get Luke to play the Mizuno driver. According to my area and regional Mizuno reps.

We shall see if Luke games the driver.

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Brian August 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’m waiting for the “super EZ” to come out so I can hit a pitching wedge 180.

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RP Jacobs II August 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

HaHa, LMAO, Dude, I’m sitting in a chair getting an IV as I write this and I gotta tell ya, I just busted out laughin, much to the chagrine if the nurse ;-)

Thanx for makin me laugh!

Have a great day!

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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John Barry August 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I really like the looks of them, and of course, will try them out and see if they can knock out my Adams CB2s..nothing has yet so far.

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Hula_rock August 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Retail Release date: September 9th, 2013

6-Iron Heads will be in Mizuno fitting carts August 19th

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NICK August 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm

But will it be available in LH. I hit remember the mx700 driver and it was a beast. So under rated.

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Jason Kanis August 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

No LH for the new EZ line or any woods Nick…we get ‘left’ out again…:(

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Super Tuna August 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Highly intriguied by the entire line. If the irons are essentially JPX800′s that are forged, despite the silly name, they’ll have a winner on their hands.

If they actually allow people to order extra weights for the drivers, I could see the gear heads jumping on board as well. What I’m really curious about is if this is going to be adjustment ala Ping or ala Taylormade in terms of how much you can alter the loft/face angle.

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MikeB August 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I would love to see a comparison between a bonded driver and an adjustable one. You could use Taylor Made RBZ driver for evaluation as they were available in both versions. I predict that the bonded one is 3 to 5 yards longer. If this holds true, then it will kill the adjustability factor. In the 80′s, tests showed that coloured balls were 2 to 3 yards shorter than white ones and everyone stopped buying them.

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Xreb August 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Do you have links to any of these tests ?

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kloyd0306 August 8, 2013 at 12:14 am

Mizuno’s MP 600 driver (circa 2008?) was adjustable.

Not at the hosel, perhaps, but adjustable nonetheless…….

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RAT August 8, 2013 at 7:22 am

Love Mizuno’s .Have played them .Like their new offerings , Get rid of the Orange and the “E-Z “. Mizuno is Blue – stick with it!

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Charlie August 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

Adjustable driver? It would be very interesting to see the sales figures from the major brands. THEN, track those who have purchased the driver and see if they are still using it. Personally, it is just the usual golf industry hype to sell golf clubs.

Color? Who gives a flip. It doesn’t help you hit any better.

Why doesn’t the golf industry spend their dollars on quality (and sell that) instead of new stuff? Oops, forgot, quality doesn’t sell golf clubs just gadgets and color.

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Leftienige August 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

As long as Mizuno staffers use other people’s woods they’ll convince the market they can make a decent one .

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Leftienige August 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Sorry, NEVER convince !

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Bob August 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Chosen colors scream PING!!
And the EZ name must’ve been stolen from a TM paper bin.

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Sam August 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I have played with mizuno irons and woods for the last 10 years and have had 5 sets of irons and 3 different drivers in their line up and nothing else in the market compares to mizunos forged irons for feel and playability they are such a pure iron and the drivers I have had give me the distance I need
I am left handed so it is hard to get top level clubs that are so bloody good as the mizunos and I have tried them all from the other manufacturers and yes I know it’s all about the feel on the day but for money even thou they are more expensive than most mizuno will always get my business
Looking forward to the latest releases here in Australia in September

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Joe Golfer August 9, 2013 at 1:29 am

Prefer the look of the JPX-825 irons, as I prefer the blue to the orange. Looks sort of Halloweenish, or maybe it is orange because Cobra has had success with Fowler’s orange creamsicle popularity.
I think that the dark finish on these new EZ irons will scuff easily, just like when Taylor Made used it on those Burner 2.0 irons.
I do like that Mizuno is using the forging on the game improvement irons, as I don’t think the JPX-825 irons were forged material (probably cast).

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aotearoabrad August 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

I actually really like the look of the irons, and I’ve never really been drawn to Mizuno irons.

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Firstkart August 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

These along with the new Wilson FG Tour M3 irons look great. Will definitely be giving these a lash.

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fourknuckle August 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I don’t care how good they are, it will be quite difficult for me to carry an iron called the E-Z!

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RP Jacobs II August 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm

HaHa, I was just thinkin the same thing regarding the name. I’ve played Mizzys for 26+ years and though I’ve always bagged the MP irons, they still were no nonsense with their MX then JPX line. Those monikers and a number.

Someone above mentioned that “EZ” sounded like a TMaG or Cally name, haha. I’ve gotta agree, though I’m sure that the irons are top knotch, typical Mizzy.

Have a great season

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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GGWolverine August 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I expect my Mizuno irons to perform great and look good. I currently game MP 53/33 combo. These new EZ irons are Rosie O’Donald ugly!!

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Lame Field August 18, 2013 at 7:18 am

I tested the EZ forged 6 iron yesterday, along with the MP 54 and MP 4. The EZ and MP 54 were with a DG R300 shaft and the MP 4 with a S300. My current irons have the S300 as well, so I felt more at home with that shaft.

The EZ had longer blade length, and the top line was really thick (which I don’t like). It had some offset, which didn’t really affect straight shots, but felt a bit awkward for shot shaping. On the other hand, the sole was quite thin, surprisingly thin to my eye, comparable width with the other two. I seemed to hit it best slightly on the toe side, whereas the MPs worked better with a slight heel strike. A solid hit felt powerful and lively with some springiness and a nice crack in the sound, giving the feeling the face gives me some extra yards (or meters in my case). To me, this blade felt more lively and giving more feedback than the JPX 825 pro. On the other hand, it is bigger and fatter from the top, whereas the sole had this sharp non-bevelled look which I like.

I also tried the EZ with a graphite shaft. The graphite was lighter and I had timing issues (the weight is a matter of getting used to, I guess). The graphite altered the feel significantly, I think it muted it, and I didn’t get the same liveliness, and I was missing the feeling of extra distance, although I seemed to actually it it further.

The MP 54 and 4 had pretty much the looks you’d expect, MP 4 having thinner topline and sole of the two. The 54 had a higher pitched sound and a bit of a crack. I was most interested in that model, but ended up liking it the least. The feel was somehow ambiguous to me. Bad shots didn’t feel nice nor really harsh, whereas the MP 4 really punished a bad shot with all the harshness of a true blade. I would say that the forgiveness difference of the MP 4 and 54 was more in the feel than in the actual ball flight. With a solid hit, the MP 4 felt really nice, and the sound was a soft and firm thump. That blade was somehow really workable, giving me a feel for what I had to do to hit a particular shot or a particular distance.

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Kevin August 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I just hit the 6 iron 10 times, 10 yards gained over Callaway X-Hot irons

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Mike August 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Just finished a session trying out the new Mizuno mp 54 & 4 along with the JPX EZ forged. The suprise was the EZ Irons. Did everthing I wanted when hit on the screws and had plenty of help when missed, but in a good way. Currently gaming the mp 59 @ 7.5 hcp.. Great distance consistency, none of the high hooks or slices when over cooked. Just tried them to try them and man am I glad I did. Haven’t had time to play like I use too and these fit the bill. Maybe there is still hope to get back to a 2-3 hcp. again. Oh and by the way, they have that buttery feel when pured and misses are easily diagnosed through feel, although muted in regards to Mizuno standards, which for me is an added bonus. Still remember thinning a few shots years ago with my mp 32′s w/x100′s – lightning bolt to the left wrist “never to be forgotten”. Mizuno has some real winners here!!!

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Mick September 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

Loved the look of the JPX blue, orange sucks so very bad and so unMizuno,,,, want them but can’t deal with the pumpkin color scheme, will wait for the blue version upgrade,,, Callaway leaned you can’t sell green with extreme, Taylormade had to make the R-1 black, and Adams White Supers were a flop because of the goofy paint scheme. Marketing is about consistent brand image, they really have to be good to overcome the look , even golf clubs have to have curb appeal.

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Cam October 9, 2013 at 12:49 am

I tried the new driver last night at a demo night at my local range (Brisbane, Australia). I’ve recently had a lesson and have tweaked my swing which has helped me hit the ball better (18 handicap and coming down) and this driver was the most consistent driver I have tested in ages. Balls went dead straight except for a couple that were off centre a bit. There was no slice or hook, good height and long penetrating ball flight. The friend I was with said to get my cheque book out, it’s the best he’d seen me hit a driver before.

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Carlde October 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

Have played three rounds w/jpx ez driver 10.5 std adjstmnts. The feel of this wood blew me away. Gained 15/18 yds no doubt !! Felt like Armour persimmon (some of us do remember the feel). Orange doesn’t bother me, I’m not a Tenn. fan. Results count, this got it done!! Now I might try to fine tune w/adjsts. But I start w/std satisfaction

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T-time October 15, 2013 at 8:07 am

I just got the JPX-EZ Driver. I like the color and the drivers fills real nice”’

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NJ October 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

Just got fitted for the EZ forged irons, steel shafts. Tried the MP64, TaylorMade Speedblades, Titleist AP2, Cleveland 588CB. Came down to Speedblades, 588CB and the EZ. The EZ was 5-10m longer than the 588CB and as long as the Speedblade. Feel was lots better vs Speedblade, as was control, so went for the EZ. Actually hit the 4 iron the straightest of all the irons, but not any longer than the 6, so just got 6-PW. Very happy. Great feel, nice distance, excellent value. Can’t wait to take them on the course.

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RP Jacobs II October 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

That’s Great NJ!

After ya play em, drop back in the forum and please let us know how ya like em and how they played for you!

Fairways & Greens My Friend

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gunmetal December 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Love Mizuno. I try not to be to vain and superficial but I’d have a hard time playing a forged iron (dint care if it’s gi) that says EZ on it. FORGED and EZ shouldn’t be on the same club.

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D. Forest January 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

These EZ irons look great, until you set them down at address. The topline is fat fat fat. I have the JPX825 Pro where the topline is beveled to hide some thickness, but there’s no attempt in the EZ to hide that fat topline. If that doesn’t bother you, then good for you. It bothers the heck out of me. I still say that when technology finally allows for a blade size head with flex faces and a tad of forgiveness, watch out! That company will make some money. A small, nice looking, nice feeling, game improvement club for the golfer who finds the sweet spot but would like to take advantage of new technology. An update to an ancient iron design—because that is what blade-sized muscle backs and cavity backs are—played by better players is needed. Only a company that has big enough resources and the spirit of innovation can lead the way for a small minority of golfers. The buzz from them will attract the mid to high handicappers too.

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Stevie C June 7, 2014 at 4:47 am

I was Mizuno custom fitted and purchased the JPX EZ Forged 4-PW irons, coming from a nice set of Ping i20′s which were great! After a nice Mizuno demo session-the JPX EZ Forged irons emerged as winners. The tweaking to perfection for me was priceless! The specs are similar to the Pings (KBS Tour X soft stepped, +1/2 in) with the only difference I’m now 3 degrees upright as the fitted Pings were yellow dot. I am looking forward to playing many great rounds with the new Mizzys! The distance/control is awesome! These are strong clubs and the mishits behave well. Even demo’d MP series irons et al., but the computer indicated I was most consistent with the JPZ EZ Forged versions. Most happy and back playing golf and having big hit fun! (Scoring is lower too!) See ya over in the Mizuno forums for ongoing feedback!

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