Equipment

New Mizuno JPX-EZ game-improvement irons provide distance boost

Photo: Schecter Lee

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.

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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