Mizuno's JPX EZ 2016 driver aims to bring the benefits of adjustable weighting to all players without compromising forgiveness.
The extra weight required to create the systems found on the soles of adustable drivers has made them less playable for some players and Mizuno has addressed this in the latest JPX EZ by employing a simple three-weight system that maintains the forgiveness found in non-adjustable models.
Chris Voshall, Mizuno Club Engineer, explains where the JPX EZ sits in the company's club offering:
With the JPX EZ, we now have a second adjustable driver option for players with either a little less ball speed or those who want a bit more stability from off-centre strikes.
Fans of Mizuno will see a lot of similarity to the sole of last years JPX850 driver in the configuration of the draw and fade bias slots on the outer edges of the sole and these are joined by a further neutral slot in place of the weight track of the JPX850, giving golfers a simple choice of three positions for the 10g weight.
The JPX EZ has a large footprint that promotes a high-launching and, low spinning flight, ideal for distance as well as giving a feeling of confidence at address. Mizuno has also departed from the distinctive blue crowns of recent models with a striking grey crown for the JPX EZ 2016.
Playability is enhanced by a more rounded crown that allows the clubface to flex with more freedom, generating higher ball speeds all across the face, especially on mishits high on the face.
This level of forgiveness is not just for amateurs as Luke Donald has put the driver in his bag, first playing it in the BMW Championships at Wentworth in May. He says:
It’s very stable. I’m really comfortable with it on the course. It worked for me from the first time I hit it without any messing around.
The driver also includes a Quick Switch adjustable hosel to give golfers added ability to fine tune loft, through a range of 8.5 – 12.5°, and launch to match their swings.