MIZUNO JPX-EZ HYBRID
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 2 (16°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°), 5 (25°) with Fujikura SIX XLR8 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Ridges on the sole extend to the heel and toe for more ball speed on thin contact.
PLAYABILITY: The JPX-EZ is super easy to hit high and straight; stellar balance makes it simple to shape draws and gentle fades; slightly rounded leading edge helps club perform well from uneven lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Quite consistent, and accurate enough to hunt down some pins; shots that start off left or right wander back toward the target; no extreme results -- misses lose only a little yardage and typically remain in play.
DISTANCE: Effortless power with reliable gaps from club to club; the face guns the ball out there; even poor swings won't lose you a ton of yardage.
FEEL: Top of its class -- a very enjoyable combination of well-balanced control and powerful energy transfer; crisp impact that's similar to last year's JPX-850 model; lighter head tracks well through the swing and remains stable in the turf.
LOOK: The heads appear to be very similar in size, regardless of loft; testers are pretty happy with the look -- the blue accents and Mizuno logo (which serves as a centering mark) complement the gunmetal gray finish; distinctive rounded crown squares easily at address.
The wavy blue-and-white graphics on the crown aren't for everyone; slight offset scares testers who struggle with a hook; not the right club if you're in the market for a lower ball flight or lots of roll.
BOTTOM LINE: Mizuno's famous feel shines through in this year's JPX-EZ hybrid. A strong all-around performer, it's most adept at extracting the ball from all kinds of lies and trouble.