Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged Irons Review

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The Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged irons are a fine choice for the 10+ handicap.  Despite “Forged” being in the name, the feel is not great.

Introduction

Bridging the gap from super game improvement to players irons isn’t an easy task, but it’s what the Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged irons try to do.  Significant compromises have to be made in this handicap range, and Mizuno opts to deliver forgiveness at the expense of looks and feel.

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Looks

Just as with the new JPX-EZ iron, the two major areas of improvement in the look of the Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged irons are the cavity and the finish.  Gone is the Halloween-orange, replaced with simple black and silver.  Also, the light grey/brown finish of the past generation has been replace with a Black Nickel finish that not only looks good, it also cuts the glare.

The shape and size of the club are very similar to the previous generation.  There’s a lot of offset, though not nearly as much as the standard JPX-EZ.  The top line is thick, though again, not as thick as the JPX-EZ.  Overall, I think this is a suitable look for the 15-25 handicap, but probably not so much for the 8-18 player that Mizuno claims to be serving.

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Sound & Feel

Like the rest of Mizuno’s game improvement and super game improvement irons, the JPX-EZ Forged ironsuffer because of the expectations that the brand name brings with it.  Compared to other similar irons, the feel is adequate – not too hard or harsh, just middle of the road.  When an iron comes from Mizuno, however, adequate is not what you expect.  If you’re looking for Mizuno’s trademark soft, forged feel, this is not the iron you want.

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Performance

The combination of strong lofts and Grain Flow Forged 1025 Boron make the Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged irons as long as any iron in their category.  For players in the 15-25 handicap range, distance tends to be very important, so I suspect there will be plenty of people who fall in love with these clubs on the launch monitor.

Beyond the distance, the JPX-EZ Forged produces forgiveness that’s on par with other irons in this range.  The sole is wide to bring the center of gravity lower and make thin shots more playable.  Where Mizuno has gone a step further is in shaping the sole so that it doesn’t play as wide as it is – the trailing edge has been substantially ground down as you can see in the picture above.

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Conclusion

The Mizuno JPX-EZ Forged irons have plenty of distance and forgiveness.  The one area where I think Mizuno missed the mark is the handicap recommendation.  Players in the 15-25 range will love the distance and the forgiveness should be adequate for them.  Players much better than a 15 will likely want a smaller club with less offset.

Matt Saternus
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8 Comments

  1. Hi Matt, thanks for the review. Is the distance in the JPX EZ forged long irons greater than the JPX 850 forged?

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      I haven’t tested the two head to head, so I couldn’t give you an honest answer on that. My guess is that they’re pretty close to one another.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Hi Matt,

    How does this club compare to the W/S FG Tour M3 irons? Specifically the forgiveness and the feel. I have the M3’s and love them, but these clubs look fantastic and wondered what your thoughts comparing the two. Thanks

  3. Jerry Davis

    Would you choose these over the new JPX 900 Hot Metal?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jerry,

      I haven’t tested the two head to head, so I can’t say which I would choose.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Hi Matt
    What is the better Iron the Ez or the Lynx Vt

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