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JPX EZ Driver Shaft:Fujikura
Orochi 15 CB 60g Set up:-9.5° Neutral Flex: Stiff
The first thing I noticed when I pulled the head cover off the new Mizuno JPX EZ was how big the head was compared to the 2014 model that I tested in Tunisia. The further change is the black/blue sole; when I put the club down at address not only was I impressed by the size – which turns out to be right on the limit of the R&A/USGA 5” from front to back and heel to toe rule – but by the moody down to business gunmetal/silver finish. My first thoughts were, this is going to be fun to play with!
Mizuno have kept the simple and intuitive adjustable 10gm weight track on the sole of the club from the JPX 850, giving you three options, Neutral, Draw or Fade. This works in conjunction with the one-size-fits-all head that has eight loft/lie settings 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 and 12.5 degrees with three upright or draw-biased options at 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degrees – believe me it reads harder than it actually is to adjust.
Everything in the design process has been geared to help inspire confidence, with the head mass being redistributed around the perimeter to increase forgiveness while providing a more stable, higher moment of inertia on mishit shots.
*According to Mizuno measurements the JPX-EZ MOI – when the weight is in
the neutral setting – is over 5,000 grams, the design of the club and improved MOI means weight is now positioned low and deep helping to produce a low spinning high forgiving ball flight.
The rounded crown, larger sole helping increase face flex working with the shallower head with the CG placed back and low all help to promote the high-launching ball flight. This also helps create faster ball speeds off the face for those with slower swing speeds and more forgiveness on off centre hits.
* The R&A/USGA regulation on MOI is 4,800 with a tolerance that pushes the upper limit to 6,000. None of the main manufacturer has a driver for sale at above 5,300 MOI.
Playing with the new JPX EZ driver over the last two weeks has been great fun, the first thing you are going to notice is how big the club looks sitting behind the ball, but to me I just found that inspiring and when add to the sound at impact I certainly found my confidence growing.
Mizuno have aimed this club at the mid-high handicapped player, but I loved the club, the look the feel and the high-ball flight it was producing. Luke Donald is playing one so the difference between the JPX EZ and the JPX850 comes down to spin and forgiveness and with both clubs being priced the same I would give both a test and see what one works best for you. I have enjoyed playing both models and I know you will love whichever one you finally choose to purchase.