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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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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

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“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

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Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

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