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2014 Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged and JPX-EZ irons spotted

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Mizuno’s new JPX-EZ and JPX-EX Forged irons are a departure from the company’s traditional chrome and satin-finished irons. They have a black-nickel plating that gives the irons a dark finish, and bursts of bright orange in the cavity that begs golfers to take a closer look.

When they do look closer, they’ll see that despite the fresh look, the irons have progressive cavity designs that have been the hallmark of Mizuno’s recent iron releases.

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The long irons have the deepest cavities, while the cavities on the short irons are much more shallow. It’s a great blend that will give golfers more forgiveness, ball speed and trajectory assistance with the long irons, as well as more solid-feeling, penetrating shots with the short irons.

Notice the difference between the cavity depth in the JPX-EZ Forged 4 iron and pitching wedge below.

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Above: A Mizuno JPX-EX Forged 4 iron, which has a much deeper cavity than the pitching wedge pictured below. 

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We can’t wait to see how the heads feel and perform, and are especially interested in the difference in the ball speeds between the JPX-EZ Forged and the non-forged model, which we’re suspecting will provide golfers with a lot more distance and forgiveness.

At address, both irons have a look that blends looks and function. Golf is a game of confidence for so many, and these more forgiving designs might be exactly what a lot of Mizuno iron players are looking for from their next set.

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Above: A JPX-EX Forged 7 iron in the address position. The non-forged JPX-EX 7 iron is pictured below.

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“It’s not a question of ability – just a different approaches to the game,” said Chuck Couch, vice president of golf product for Mizuno. “We found there are two ways to real golfing fulfilment. You can join the ‘Shotmakers and Artists’ who craft their way round the course with more precise instruments like the MP-4 and MP-54. Then there are the ‘Risk Takers’ – players with the ability to shake off negative thoughts and take on every shot. We want to convince more golfers to shake off their fears and become ‘Risk Takers’. That’s what JPX EZ philosophy is all about.”

The JPX-EZ line also marks Mizuno’s return to driver adjustability – though Couch confirms it’s been done the EZ way.

“This isn’t the standard adjustability where the majority of settings are only usable by professionals and tour players. It’s about having 8 settings that are easy to find and useable by all of us.”

Couch said that the new JPX-EZ woods could be the biggest surprise for golfers in the new line.

“In testing these woods have caught better players completely blindsided,” he said. “You expect a pleasant high flying ‘safety first’ type result – what you get is a set of cannons. Mizuno is back in the wood business in a big way.”

The JPX EZ irons are available on Sept. 1. The JPX-EZ woods will follow in Europe during Feb 2014.

Click here for more photos and to see what members are saying about Mizuno’s new JPX-EX irons and woods in the forums.

Click here for more photos and to see what members are saying about Mizuno’s new JPX-EX irons and woods in the forums.

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  1. Jeff Wallace

    Jun 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Been playing MX20’s for 13 years and loved them. My JPX forged due to arrive tomorrow. If the performance is like the testing and the reviews, I’ll take the performance and get used to the colors. Focused more on the strike and the score than the back of the club. Can’t wait!

  2. Jim

    Nov 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Hey D. You can also go to Mizuno’s web site and see pics of the driver, fairway and hybrids.

  3. Robert

    Oct 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I have been playing the 825 this year but have fallen hard for the new EZ line. I personally love the color combo and the feel of the forged is unbelievable, I have only hit the 7 iron demos side by side with my 825 but come spring I will be getting fitted for a set no doubt about it.

  4. Michael Martin

    Sep 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I have been playing the 825 pro’s for the last year and loved them. I went to Roger Dunn this a.m. and decided to test drive the new JPX-EZ.
    WOW!!!! I was very impressed. Yes the top line is somewhat different to look down at however, I did not care when I started Nutting that six iron 15 yards farther than my JPX Pro. I know launch monitors are going to embellish perhaps but this accurately reflected my six iron distance, 175 carry. I was constantly roping the EZ 190-205 and hit one 214.I hit them simultaneously and tried five different shaft combos: The DGXP which is the stock shaft. The Project X 6.0, KBS, and the DGS300. What a super sweet crisp click that you only get with superior forging. I ordered them on the spot with the Dynamic gold S300 shafts, 1/2″ over standard. I will be playing them ASAP. I am pumped, I may be taking a hybrid out of the bag, and adding another long iron. That is how hot and EZ to hit these things are. I have always been a Mizuno guy ever since Hogan dropped out of site. Don’t let that top line fool you or put you off hit them yourself you will be pleasantly surprised as I was. Bottom line, whatever gets me closer to scratch goes in the bag.

  5. howie

    Aug 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I was fitted this morning for a new set of irons. I hit the new EZ’s 5-7 yards farther with better contact than my trusty old mizuno 23’s.They look just fine at address,so who cares what they look like in the bag!
    Keep in mind the stock grips are a bit smaller,so add a wrap or get the grips you want!

  6. DoubleDuffers

    Aug 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I got mixed feelings about these GI’s. I don’t mind the dark satin finish that you’d find on their Mp Blk Ni series wedges and I love orange accents in small amounts as I use orange paintfill to personalize my MP 53’s and MX-25’s. But these JPX Ez irons are just too much orange. Perhaps if they switched the orange badge upside down and used it in the cavity where it’s more hidden than that could work. Even still, the five spoke inlays and center badge are probably what makes it unsitely as there’s too much going on. I’d get these in the forged set but only if there were a way to “fix” the back plating. The orange goes nicely with my cobra amp woods, R1 driver, and nike sports bag with orange and khaki accents. And BTW, Mizzys are no strangers to using bright color accents in their Mp and JPX lines in Japan. Look them up on Japanese retail sites for English versions and you’ll see many variations that I wish we’re sold in the US markets. The prices are decent but shipping is gonna cost you an arm and a leg!! Besides, I’m more of a MP guy now so the new 2014 lineup looks yummy! Mizuno’s still on top of their game and always will be as far as I’m concerned. Those of you who know…Know!

  7. reggie jaggers

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I have been a loyal Mizuno user since I took up golf some twenty years ago. I’ve got the JPX 800’s in my bag and an old set of Comp EZ in the garage to play the not so nice courses around my area. BUT I have to say Mizuno has fallen prey to the scheme of trying to sell color with hype. On their woods they say they are cannons , please explain how that is possible. Since the PGA has set limits on the faces how can they possibly be any longer unless of course they’ve also lengthened the shafts as most of the companies have done. I for one really hate to see Mizuno take this route. When it comes to blades and even their cavity backs Mizuno has always made the most beautiful clubs out there but now it seems they’ve jumped on the same wagon as Cobra and Taylormade with this color thing. I don’t like it or these clubs, they’re just dull and ugly in my opinion.

  8. nick driscoll

    Aug 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I have stood behind Mizuno for 20years and have always believed they were hands down the best looking irons made. Plus they feel unreal, but these irons are hard on the eyes!!!! Ugly

    • reggie jaggers

      Aug 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      I agree with you totally. Looks nothing like the Mizuno clubs I have played and loved throughout the years.

  9. Frank

    Aug 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Its like Ping and Mizuno has a Baby.

  10. Perry

    Aug 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    TT XP 105 shafts. New shaft offering? No mention of it in the article that I saw.

  11. Z

    Aug 17, 2013 at 3:47 am

    When did ping buy over mizuno?

  12. yo!

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    smart move … mizuno going the way of cobra … get some colors in there then sign someone who is interesting and young

  13. paul

    Aug 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    My first thought was an attempt to make a g25 look a like.

  14. Guantanemo

    Aug 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I personally feel that this is a step back from the 825 series… the 825 Pros looked pretty good, not so with the EZ Pro.

  15. JJ

    Aug 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    As Charles Barkley would say, “Turrible.” Way too busy for Mizuno. They say “Dance with the girl that brung ya.” For Mizuno, that girl is clean lines and traditional looks. Fail.

  16. tyler

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Yuck! Never liked any of the JPX lines.

  17. RH

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Love Mizuno but these are UGLYYYYYYYYYYY. Look like a ping i15.

    • Zack

      Aug 17, 2013 at 3:46 am

      Was just about to say that. I completely agree with u!

  18. c masty

    Aug 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Love everything but the name. Better players that are interested in a Game Improvement iron don’t want it named “EZ”.

  19. Bossman

    Aug 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Sorry … black + orange = Halloween

  20. GGWolverine

    Aug 16, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I love Mizuno irons. I’m on my 5th and 6th sets. The new Jpx ez and Jpx ex irons look butt ugly. What’s up w/ the orange?! Mizuno trying to be Cobra?

  21. Snowman

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    @^#$^$## Orange!? from Mizuno = Sign the the apocalypse is here.

    • david

      Aug 16, 2013 at 6:15 am

      +1

    • naflack

      Aug 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      +1

    • KCCO

      Aug 21, 2013 at 10:09 am

      I really like the concept of look, but doesn’t look mizzy…..it’s like they gave blue to that other huge company, and got different colors and a little more badging on some of their products in return. Not specific to these irons, but 54’s as an example with extra badging/added plastic not seen from mizuno

  22. Don

    Aug 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I just got drool all over my iPad! I was gonna go a new set of 825’s now I have to wait!!!!

  23. TG

    Aug 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Mizuno is the best company in the golf business! Go #TEAMJPX

  24. D

    Aug 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    So where are the pics of the woods???? Don’t talk about it in the article if you don’t have pics of them like you do with the woods.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
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Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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