The Mizuno JPX EZ hybrid is designed to make the game EZ or easy. Easier from the rough, easier from the fairway and even easier to hit long and straight off the tee.
At 127cc, the JPX EZ is larger than most hybrids Mizuno have made. They believe the new shape and size will have more people reaching for a hybrid off the tee, as well into the greens. Four different clubheads are available designed to replace either your 2, 3, 4 or 5 iron.
Most of the attention on the JPX EZ hybrid is rightfully focused on the new face design. Typically, utility clubs have faces that are shorter and low to the ground, designed to play like an iron, and dig the ball out of the rough. With the JPX EZ, Mizuno have made the face much larger and deeper than ever before, which they say makes it more versatile.
"The JPX EZ hybrid is such an addictive club - straight and effortless long. With the deeper face its much more effective from the tee than any our previous hybrids." Mizuno's R&D Manager, David Llewellyn.
Not content with just making the face larger and deeper, Mizuno also made it hotter. The Hot Metal face design combines different types of steel to produce a clubhead that is stable, fast and light. As the picture below shows, Mizuno used a very thin, maraging steel face that is then added to a strong stainless steel body.
Having added the face in this manner, Mizuno felt the centre of gravity was too far forward and high. To move it lower and deeper in the head, they added an internal sole weight. Look inside the clubhead above and you will see a lighter-grey colour that shows the mass of weight that Mizuno's R&D team added.
Still the design wasn't complete. Using a new Flex Crown piece, the team at Mizuno were able to make the top of the crown thinner and lighter. By removing this weight, the centre of gravity (CG) was positioned firmly in the back, low portion of the head. This CG location will help promote a steeper, higher ball flight that will stop quickly on the green.
To finish the crown, Mizuno even brought back the running-bird logo as an alignment aid.
The new look JPX EZ range includes a traditional black head colour with a splash of new, orange detailing. That colour spills over into the headcover and the graphics on the Orochi Black Eye graphite shaft. Available in either light-regular, regular or stiff, the Fujikura hybrid shaft offers a mid-high to high ball flight, well suited to the JPX EZ clubhead.
At the time of launching the JPX EZ hybrid, Mizuno are only offering the club in right-handed models. It is available in a ladies model, but for now left-handed golfers will need to wait.