Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood Review

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On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other fairway woods we have recently reviewed.

We reviewed the Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood as part of our Best Fairway Woods 2016 Review.

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Our Assessment

8.2 Total Score
Good (B)

Perfect for the mid to high handicapper that needs help with forgiveness and getting the ball in the air. Feels decent and is very accurate. Suitable for better players too provided your swing speed is low enough and you are seeking a high spinning towering ball flight. OK in terms of value for money, but look elsewhere if you're after distance in particular.

Design / Appearance
8
Build Quality
8
Control / Feel
8
Performance
8.5
Value for Money
8.5
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Very easy to hit and get up in the air due to the low center of gravity and shallow clubface
  • Accurate and soft landing due to the high spinning launch and trajectory
  • Good looks overall – nice to see original Mizuno blue color in the mix again

CONS:
  • Not very long due to high spin rate at impact
  • If you have a high swing speed this will be very difficult to control in both trajectory or shot dispersion

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Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Definitely a game improvement offering from Mizuno with the clubhead being slightly bigger than it’s cousin the JPX 850 fairway wood. It is actually a fair bit bigger than the JPX EZ of 2014 that also had a slightly more pointy shape. Another thing that’s nice to see is Mizuno going back to their trademark colour of blue rather than the awkward orangey-yellow in it’s predecessor.

The latest JPX EZ is slightly longer from heel to toe, but the depth of clubface has shrunk a bit and for good reason. The matte silver crown does have a beautiful shape to it although not so sure about the blue lines on both the heel and toe dies of the crown – they’re a bit random in my opinion.

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Build Quality

One of the biggest factors in terms of build quality is the Shockwave Sole that has a total of three deep ‘waves’. This does two things to the ball flight. Firstly it allows the entire clubhead to contract and expand subsequently providing another energy source resulting in higher ball speeds. The second is that it lowers the center of gravity which produces a higher launch.

The JPX EZ offers adjustable lofts of up to 2 degrees either way for each wood. So basically a 15 degree head can be tweaked into either a 13 or 17 degree club. For those traditionalists (and cheapskates!) out there you can also opt for the JPX EZ without adjustable hosel at roughly $50 less. At the end of the day though why even steer away from adjustable heads?? It’s an added benefit that doesn’t ALWAYS need to be fiddled with, but at least have the resource there if/when needed.

Control / Feel

The sound and feel are good, but one thing I can say regarding sound – there just seems to be lacking a slight buzz at impact. Even when striking it pure, there just doesn’t have that unreal feedback of it being struck right out the sweet spot. That might be as a result of the waffle crown within the clubhead that eliminates some clubhead weight and is more forgiving.

In terms of control it is fair, but with the center of gravity being low and the launch being high it can be susceptible to wind effect and keeping the ball on line.

Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood

Perfect for the mid to high handicapper that needs help with forgiveness and getting the ball in the air. Feels decent and is very accurate

$239

Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood Review

Performance

Here’s where it gets interesting. The JPX EZ can be used by all levels of golfer – even tour professionals, but ONLY if they are happy with a softer landing higher spinning ball flight. The low center of gravity and the Shockwave slots aid in clubhead flex and subsequently a higher launch with higher spinning ball flight. This obviously mans that you’ll be able to land your fairway woods softly on approach shots into tight flags or shallow greens. But it also means that your ball will be more difficult to control if you are playing in windy conditions or if you have a high swing speed.

If this applies to you then give the JPX EZ a miss. Rather opt for something that will provide a low to mid launch along with moderate spin rate such as the Ping G. If you have a low to mid swing speed and prefer a higher ball flight with fairway woods then this will suit you perfectly. Very forgiving and feels good enough on all strikes across the clubface.

Not the longest fairway wood around and that is primarily due to the high spin rate. Mizuno are opting more for forgiveness and higher launch which is fair enough. As you and I both know, it is nearly impossible to have all the factors being in your favor – there is a sacrifice one has to make in terms of either distance, consistency, forgiveness or ball flight. You choose!

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Value for Money

A good looking fairway wood which is actually fairly big in size. Fair value for money, but just keep in mind the positives and negatives regarding the JPX EZ. If you are a mid to high handicapper with a mid to low swing speed and need help in a higher launch then this will suit you down to the ground. Definitely a game improvement club.

If you have a high swing speed and like a lower ball flight then you’re going to have a tough time controlling the golf ball, particularly in windy conditions.

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Official Video

Video Length – 01:53

Mizuno JPX EZ

Not quite the fairway wood, but a short video on the hybrids that have the same design principles as the fairway woods

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Key Facts

Product Details Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood
Launch RRP From $249.00
Gender Men’s & Ladies
Handicap Range Low – High
Hand Availability Right & Left
Swing Weight D3
Lie 57.5° – 58.5°
Loft 15°, 18°, 21°
Length 42.25″ – 43.25″
Shaft Type & Name Fujikura SIX XLR8 Fairway
Grip Mizuno M-31 360 – .58 Round
Manufacturers Website Mizuno Golf

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