Mizuno JPX-EZ irons
JPX is Mizuno’s name for its most modernistic irons. Though MP is Mizuno’s flagship family, JPX has been coming on strong. At the recent Women’s British Open at St. Andrews, for example, Stacy Lewis staked a 5-iron for a decisive birdie on the 71st hole. Her iron? JPX 825 Pro.
Among its four new iron models for 2014, Mizuno has high expectations for the two new JPX irons. One, the JPX-EZ, is cast. The other, the JPX-EZ Forged, is, as the name implies, a product of Mizuno’s grain-flow forging process.
Chuck Couch, director of golf club marketing for Mizuno, described the effort behind the JPX-EZ: “We took the gloves off. We told our designers, ‘Don’t worry about making things look the same. Let’s take this thing to another galaxy.’ ”
The result is an iron with more offset than any other Mizuno iron. It also has the thickest top line and the widest sole of any Mizuno iron. If a golfer sacrifices some workability, what he gains in return, according to Couch, is greater distance and accuracy.
The cosmetics are different, too. Although MP irons retain Mizuno’s longstanding blue color for golf club accents, the JPX-EZ (and the JPX-EZ Forged) have distinctive orange medallions and accents.
Mizuno looks at the JPX-EZ cast irons as the longest, and also among the straightest, in the history of the company. That’s saying something, because Mizuno introduced its first golf clubs in 1933.
The bottom line: JPX-EZ irons are designed to hit ball higher and longer with less effort.
Want that traditional forged feel along with all the bells and whistles that modern golf club design can offer?
According to Mizuno, the JPX-EZ Forged meets such criteria. In Mizuno’s product lineup, this new iron sits between MP irons and the JPX-EZ. it trades a small amount of extra distance for an added measure of feel and trajectory control.
Like the JPX-EZ, the JPX-EZ Forged features a maximum undercut cavity in the 4-iron through 7-iron. Like the JPX-EZ, the forged version also features orange medallions and accents.
Eight JPX-EX Forged irons retail for $899 with steel shafts and $1099 with graphite shafts. The stock steel shaft is the True Temper Dynamic Gold R300 or S300, while the stock graphite shaft is the Fujikura Orochi regular or regular lite. The standard grip is Golf Pride’s Mizuno M-32.
The cast JPX-EZ costs $699 for eight irons with steel shafts (R300 or S300 Dynamic Gold from True Temper) and $899 with graphite shafts (Fujikura Orochi regular and regular lite). The standard grip is the M-30 Mizuno from Golf Pride.