Martin Hopley

In recent years the entry level JPX iron has been forged and usually it is pretty good and makes me wonder why I play with smaller, less forgiving blade hybrids.

In the 2014 range, the JPX EZ Forged took this to the next level with an oversized forged iron, but the looks didn't exactly have it screaming 'better player'. Now the 2016 JPX EZ Forged is here and the Black Nickel styling looks much more desirable.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

Since the last EZ Forged, Mizuno has introduced Boron Steel into their line with the excellent JPX850 Forged setting new standards for feel and speed from a forged iron.

That is because the traces of boron in the steel strengthen the material so that it can be forged into a larger, thinner faced head. The thinner face increases ball speed and the larger head creates a higher Moment of Inertia (MOI).

Welcome to the JPX EZ Forged iron.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

The 3 to 7 irons feature a deep undercut CNC pocket cavity that draw the weight low and back to leave the unsupported face to flex more at impact.

Mizuno say it is their fastest forged face ever and when I compared it on Trackman to the JPX850 Forged I was getting 4mph extra ball speed from the same clubhead speed with a 3° higher launch angle and an extra 5-10 yards carry.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

And before you ask the lofts are the same as the previous model.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron Lofts

The dark finish masks the depth of the cavity very well and at address I really did not feel I was playing a large cavity back iron, although I am not mad on the contrast colour scheme for the face.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

In the shorter irons from 8 to Pitching Wedge, the cavity merges into the head to give a one piece design. The best thing I can say about this transition is that I did not even realise the head design had changed until after I had hit them, as the flow through the set was that good.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

The short irons are also a little shorter in the head, but a little taller from top to bottom around the heel to give a more compact, but slightly squarer look than before.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

There is still quite a thick top line throughout and in this respect the top line of the previous model seems a little easier on the eye.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

However the 2016 EZ Forged does have the edge on the sole where the bevelled leading and trailing edges create a little more playability than the straight cut 2014 model.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

The sound of the JPX EZ Forged was a lot more solid than the standard EZ irons and the flight was lower too, albeit still in the medium to high category.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

What helped get the ball out there was the lighter True Temper Dynamic Golf XP95 steel shaft that comes as standard, although other steel and graphite shafts are available through Mizuno's Swing DNA fitting service.

True Temper Dynamic Golf XP95 Steel Shaft

When Mizuno first introduced Boron Steel into the JPX850 Forged irons in 2014, it was a real game changer because it allowed for faster, larger forged heads. Whilst we since also seen it in the MP-25 irons, but this JPX EZ Forged is really the next type of iron I was expecting to use it back then.

The JPX EX Forged brings forged feel to the next level of golfer without having to sacrifice ball speed and anyone from teen handicaps upwards would be well advised to try this.

At the bottom of this handicap range the JPX850 Forged will still be a tough club to beat as the feel is a little sharper and the satin chrome finish may appeal more.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

However the JPX850 Forged top line is a little thinner which could put off some game improvers, although the lofts are the same so you could blend the two sets if you wanted.

Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Iron

For anyone in that category 3 and 4 handicap range who wants a forgiving looking club then the JPX EZ Forged hits the mark as the feel and sound is much better than the standard JPX EZ whilst giving a similar level of forgiveness.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 2016 Irons - Product Details

Launch UK01 February 2016
Launch RRP£700
Handicap Range
GolferMens, Women
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
FinishBlack Nickel
Shaft NameDynamic Gold (Steel), Orochi (Graphite)
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff, X Stiff
GripM-31 58 round
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Manufacturer's WebsiteMizuno Website

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User Reviews

August 2016

I have just had these custom fitted, really love them and feel confident hitting the ball. It goes where I want and the feel is great.

July 2016

I purchased a set of EZ Forged, but only use 4-6 combined with my MP-64 7-P.

Helped my game significantly. One observation EZ iron hits longer then MP-64 iron I normally hit 4 iron 190-200 yrds with EZ 4 iron I can get up to 210 with it.

EZ irons are easier from rough as well.

April 2016

I would recommend the Mizuno EZ (non-forged) they are so forgiving and very long I am now using my 5 iron for tee shots it gives me 200 yards and is so accurate. It also has great feel, you don't need to go looking for it, you know when you have hit a good/bad shot and what shot shape it will be. My first Mizuno's and all I can say is thanks Mizuno I'm loving your stuff.

April 2016

I used to use JPX825 in steel. My handicap is always between 6/7 but as i am 46 years old and constantly shorter than my younger playing friends I bought the new JPX EZ Forged Irons in a 90g graphite shaft hoping to add extra length. The shaft feels heavy and the iron head very light . Feels weak and thinking of changing already after 6-8 weeks. They look great but feel not correct for me. Lack power!

April 2016

I bought a set of the new 2016 Ping i e1 irons.....I was disappointed by the lack of distance and dispersion being considerably different to the superb i20s which I still own.

I saw the JPX EZ Forged in my pro shop while I was looking for the JPX 850 forged. I liked the look of them immediately and the fact that they had the XP 95 shaft in them added to the appeal.

I don't agree with some of the reviews as I play off 9 and don't really consider these to be those nasty game improvement clubs for 15+ handicappers. They look great and have a smaller profile than the Ping i series with a slightly thinner sole. My only reservation is the top line which is not to my liking but I will get used to it.

They have a great feel out of the sweet spot and one of my thinned shots still went to within 5 yards of my normal carry. Loads of feedback from the club and shaft. I get the impression that the spin is down compared to the Ping which is a good thing for me as I have a high ball flight anyway.

I think their handicap assessment is about right at 6 to 15. Great irons and can't wait to get more acquainted with them as I believe they have a lot more in store for me the more I get used to them.


March 2016

Been playing these forged irons for about 3 months now and I have to say they are incredibly smooth and buttery! The feedback from the club is amazing! Just by the feel of the shot I can tell what the ball is doing before I even look up. These are not as forgiving as my MX-17's were but they are making me want to be a better golfer because when you hit the ball properly it's a feeling that you can't describe and the results are even better! I highly recommend these irons to anyone from a 0-20 handicap. I was about a 22 handicap when I got them and I'm well on my way to a 15 handicap 3 months after playing them with minimal practice! Love my Mizuno irons!

March 2016

I have just been fitted with JPX EZ and can happily say that I've been playing the best golf I've ever played. Couldn't hope for a more forgiving iron.

February 2016

After switching from Mizuno blades to the JPX EZ I got a hole in one on the 5th round. Lucky you may say but i'm going to say jpx ez helped! Love my JPX EZ - thanks Mizuno.

January 2016

Yep, I've had my Mizuno EZ JPX Forged irons for 3 month. It's taken a little time to adjust from my hybrids, however the end result, a great set of irons, forgiving most of the time, allowing just enough confidence to take that daring shot. Some of the best shots i have played are thanks to my JPX's .

December 2015

I bought EZ forged 2016 and find them to be one of the easiest irons I've ever played.

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