With a wider sole, the JPX-EZ offers a lower, deeper CG and a higher initial launch than the JPX-EZ Forged. In addition, JPX-EZ has a thicker topline and more offset than the JPX-EZ Forged.
Schecter Lee
By Rob Sauerhaft
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The iron competition is always stiff in Golf Magazine's ClubTest, and in 2013 Mizuno was up to the challenge. The company's JPX-825 Pro and JPX-825 irons were the top-rated models in the "game-improvement" and "max game-improvement" categories, respectively, receiving major kudos for playability, distance control, look and feel.

Still, you can always build a better mousetrap, and the JPX-EZ Forged and JPX-EZ irons address their predecessors' relative weaknesses.

Our testers concluded that the JPX-825 Pro isn't for those who make big distance a priority. No problem. The JPX-EZ Forged, made of 1025-carbon steel, has a multi-thickness face plus an "undercut" in the 4- to 7-irons.

This construction increases the face area that produces maximum rebound, for faster ball speeds and more distance. Besides that, it has more heel/toe weighting and a deep center of gravity (CG) to aid launch.

Testers also felt that lesser-skilled players may want more forgiveness than the JPX-825 provides on off-center hits.

Mizuno put deep undercuts in the JPX-EZ cavity to shift added mass lower and to the extreme heel and toe, while a larger "trampoline area" provides more pop. We suggest you see a clubfitter if you're interested in the irons.

JPX-EZ: $699, steel; $899, graphite; JPX-EZ Forged: $899, steel; $1,099, graphite.

 

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