“I might need a full bag of these.”
Those were the words spoken by a former Canadian National Club Professional Champion after hitting the Mizuno JPX-EZ Irons for the first time.
He was not alone in that reaction as I handed demo irons (5, 7, 9) to a sampling of golfers over a number of days last Fall.
A few of the golfers had some experience with Mizuno irons. Mostly it was with their blade style irons of the past; the clubs the company has crafted for better players for so many years.
But the JPZ-EZ, they were different.
Targeted at 10-35 index players, their popularity quickly reached outside those parameters during my multiple range sessions. No matter the skill level, everybody seemed to like them – or at least the results.
With a long, low profile, player after player noted to me that they looked plain easy to hit – likely a nod to the confidence building wider sole and a clubhead with weight pushed heavily to the perimeter in what the company calls a “Power Frame”. But the ease of use went beyond looks, which are completed by a Black Nickel finish on the clubhead.
First off, launching the ball could not be easier. Shots leaped off the turf, even in the longer irons. Being able to ascend quickly helped many of our testers to achieve more distance. Once six handicap player, although loyal to his bade design iron, watched the JPX-EZ seven iron repeatedly fly some 15 yards further than his own club. Yes, the Mizuno iron was two degrees stronger in loft but the higher trajectory combined with higher ball speeds was the big cause of the gain. “I think I could live with that,” he said with a smile.
My own testing on the radar-based TrackMan system served up similar results. Testing head to head with the MP-5, and MP-25, the JPX-EZ produced shots at yardages that were almost laughable. With a clubhead enhanced by a dual pocket cavity and variable face thickness, they certainly provided an extra “pop” across a wide portion of the face. With swings at parameters similar to those that produced 195 yard (carry) shots with the MP-5 and just over 200 yards with the MP-25, carry yardages of 215-220 were not uncommon with the JPX-EZ.
That’s not to say the clubs are for everyone. Generous offset and the bulkier appearance (reduced by the dark finish) may not appeal to traditionalists.
For those seeking a higher trajectory and more overall distance, though, a fitted set of these should bring a lot of happiness.