CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $1,000, steel
WE TESTED: 4–GW with True Temper XP 95 steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Adding boron to Mizuno's hallmark "Grain Flow" forged steel increases the strength of the head by 30 percent.
PLAYABILITY: To hear our testers tell it, the beveled sole is darned near perfect -- it cuts a clean divot and glides through trouble like a dolphin slicing through the waves; formidable around the greens, a rare game-improvement set with wedges you'll want to keep; not easy to shape, but not impossible either; high launch is great for the altitude impaired.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Earns the name "EZ" -- a forged iron with forgiveness to rival any cast club; dumbs down sidespin and falls in a tight range; simple to hit, the sole seems to widen your margin for error.
DISTANCE CONTROL: As long as guys expect, with some picking up as much as a full club; reliable lengths on all kinds of swings -- you're in control from any yardage; dialed in on chips and pitches.
FEEL: A standout -- real-deal responsiveness and a melted-butter smoothness at impact; rich compression on full swings, with a slight shudder to let you know you missed; delicate from close range.
LOOK: One of the sharpest irons tested; a streamlined update with the tech tucked under the hood; dark, smoky finish looks quiet, composed and very powerful at address.
Can't work the ball like some of the sportier irons in its class; not the most forgiving club in the long irons -- high-handicappers may need more help; long blade lengths give a few testers pause.
BOTTOM LINE: An interesting club -- the Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged has a velvety forged feel with cavity back-level forgiveness and turf interaction typically reserved for better player's sticks. Its all-purpose abilities make it something a wide range of golfers should try before they buy.