Martin Hopley
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The 2016 version of the Mizuno JPX EZ driver is a meaningful upgrade from the black and orange 2014 version.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

The most noticeable change is the silver crown that contrasts with the darker face to help give a little bit of alignment help at address.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

The 2016 EZ head is not only 10cc larger at the full 460cc volume, but it is also deeper and shallower than the previous EZ driver.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

This gives it a real presence at address and inspires you with every confidence that good things are about to happen.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

Like the old EZ, the 2016 model also has an adjustable hosel that is now numbered with 5 lofts from 8.5° to 12.5° in 1° increments instead of the previous and more cryptic High and Low markings.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

This means that instead of 3 initial head lofts there is now just one at 10.5° that you adjust using the Quick Switch hosel to any of the 5 lofts or one of the 3 upright lie lofts. This seems a lot clearer than before and offers a good array of options.

What is new on the 2016 EZ driver is the introduction of a moveable 10g sole weight that can be inserted in a slot at the back, toe or heel of the head.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

This is very similar to the system in the Mizuno JPX 850 driver except that there is only one option in the neutral centre position for the slightly heavier weight.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

Moving the weight to the heel did promote a slight draw and vice versa for the toe and in the back it adds a little extra back spin for a higher flight.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

Depending on how much of a slicer you are, the back setting will probably do most golfers as the head is a little closed at address already, but it is nice to have the option and it is simple to understand and move the weight using the supplied wrench.

It comes with the same 60g Fujikura Orochi shaft as the JPX850, but it is 0.5 inches longer as standard at 45.5 inches. It is a good shaft and maybe a little on the firm side, but there are many custom options available if you prefer something else.

I compared all three models on Trackman set at 10.5° and the 2016 EZ driver not only sounded and looked better than the 2014 version, but also carried about 6 yards further on a 100mph swing. It had around 100rpm less spin for me with a higher launch, which is to be expected from that deeper head.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

Therefore compared to the previous model, it is a big improvement. Compared to the JPX850 then the performance picture was less clear as for me the smaller headed club did deliver a little more distance. Sometimes that happens when you compare a smaller head with a larger one as usually they move through the air quicker, thus giving more ball speed and more distance.

However it is a 440cc head in a more compact style so it looks much smaller and with a deep blue crown, there are several differences that could swing your decision one way or the other.

Not only is there the look and performance, but also the forgiveness as the larger head of the JPX EZ did give the reassurance that comes from a deeper shallow head with the CG further back.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

If you are a higher speed swinger than me, then the JPX850 would probably be the better choice, whereas mid to high handicappers should probably lean towards the JPX EZ. That does not rule out better players as even Luke Donald is using the JPX EZ driver as I write this.

Really the difference between the two models is the spin and forgiveness profile as they are priced the same, so you don't get a financial penalty for being more suited to one driver over the other, which is good to see.

Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver

Overall I do like the JPX EZ 2016 driver and it is probably the best large JPX driver Mizuno has done and it looks the part, certainly in the silver and blue of the men's version. Ladies, let me know what you think of the lighter weight silver and yellow option for you.

Given the performance is similar to the JPX850 and generally in the pack of current drivers then it seems fair to give the JPX EZ the same rating. However like it's sibling club, this is another step forward for Mizuno in this market and if you like their style, then it is worth trying.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Mizuno JPX EZ 2016 Driver - Product Details

Launch UK01 February 2016
Launch RRP£349
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens, Women
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9°, 9.5°, 10°, 10.5°, 11°, 11.5°, 12°, 12.5°
MaterialTitanium
Lie60°
Head Volume460 cc
Club Length45.5 inches
AdjustabilityLoft, Weight
Shaft NameFujikura Orochi, Fujikura Six
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexLight, Ladies, Regular, X Stiff
GripM-31 58 round
Manufacturer's WebsiteMizuno Website

User Reviews

September 2016

I'm a Taylormade guy, never considered a Mizuno driver. Had a fitting experience on the range. The club responded to loft and weight adjustments. I was surprised by the feel, launch, accuracy and carry. The ball also ran out. I thought the shaft was a bit soft, set up 9.5U, Fade weight port and X Fugikura shaft. Very forgiving I would recommend giving this one a try if your in the market.

August 2016

Just bought the JPX EZ Driver got an extra 20 yards straight away. Great feel and easy to hit.

August 2016

Had the Mizuno 825 driver didn't seem to get distance with it. Got the JPX EZ 2016 - fantastic distance and forgiveness all in one. Well done Mizuno

August 2016

I have hit all the current drivers with there standard shafts and none worked for me. I have swing speed with a driver of 96 mph and I am now hitting the 2016 Mizuno 2016 JPX EZ with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC63 shaft.

May 2016

Very forgiving. First round with the JPX EZ and I was hitting straight down the fairway. It increases confidence. Great driver.

May 2016

Tried M1 and M2 which I found to be very heavy clubs and I also didn't like the G30. This was forgiving and long and light enough to swish rather than haul around as per the feel of the TaylorMades. Great driver!

May 2016

Love this driver, I was talked into the new Ping G and couldn't hit it at all !!! After I followed my gut and returned it and got the driver I really wanted. After meeting the Muzuno rep and having him set me up, I found the right driver! Great feel and distance I took it to the driving range and hit 13 our of the 16 drives down the middle 250 to 260! Live it as much as my JPX850 irons!! Thanks, Mizuno

February 2016

This driver is very forgiving with plenty of distance. Good job Mizuno.

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