Martin Hopley

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

UK Launch01 February 2016
UK Launch RRP£349
Handicap Range
GolferMens, Women
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9°, 9.5°, 10°, 10.5°, 11°, 11.5°, 12°, 12.5°
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

October 2018

I trade out equipment way too often. Have had 4 different drivers in my bag over the past 24 months. Previous driver, 3 wood, 5 wood were Ping G series. January 2018 I bought a full set of new Mizuno JPX clubs (Driver through lob wedge) on eBay for a amazingly low price.

Hitting 1000's of balls on the driving range, the Ping G series distance was equal to the Mizunos. I preferred the Mizunos because I experience more shot predictability and consistency. Also, less than perfect hits are less terrible with Mizuno. More forgiving club.

I'm 67 years old. 15 handicap. 95mph swing speed. 225 yard drive is typical. Mizuno JPX suits my game. My favorite set of clubs in quite a while. Keepers.

July 2018

Had problems with a previous driver and bought the EZ off the shelf at a low "sale" price. The driver performed well. The ball flights were much straighter than previous driver. But at some point the driver started to be erratic and I got confused. At some point the drives also seemed to be short, fairly straight but short. Did a driver fitting a few days ago and the fitter said that the Orochi C8 stiff 60g shaft was wrong for me - and my arms were in wrong position (therefore short drives). 20 minutes later I was happy. The suggested shaft (Kurokage silver series dual core) was brilliant. Changed shaft and got my arms back on track. Now my drives are back in business. Long (from 235-285 yards depending on wind) and more importantly the spread is narrowed. I even could move the little weight back neutral. Not sure if the standard weight does any difference. I trust the club. So, nothing wrong with the head in my opinion. My head and confidence is back in track. Sound is OK. I hate when the sound kills your ears but this is pleasant. It is a fairly good looking head.

June 2018

The 2016 Mizuno JPX EZ driver has a relatively shallow face, which is a good thing. Once the golf industry's standard driver head size became 440CC to 460CC every most driver on the market had a deep face (top-to-bottom height is a way to achieve the 440CC - 460CC volume. However, the JPX-EZ was designed with a relatively shallow top-to-bottom height, and instead achieved the 460CC volume by being a bit longer from front-to-back. The benefit to a shallow faced driver is that the face height promotes higher launch and, or, is generally more forgiving than a deeper faced driver. If the JPX-EZ driver head is fit to a high quality shaft this one become a sensational golf club.

May 2018

Got it at a reduced price in middle 2017. My swing was quite erratic at the time and I was having a lot of trouble driving, so used it for a few months and then put it away in the corner of the garage. After a few lessons this year I've come back to it and I'm really impressed. Easily the best driver for me by some distance. Very forgiving and stable with a great feel and sound. A good drive can get out to 240+ yards which I find more than acceptable.

January 2018

I had a MX 500 for years. Fantastic driver. I found a JPX EZ head on ebay for $40. Bought an adapter and a ProLaunch Blue axis shaft, 58 grams, which IMO, has the greatest feel at the ball of any I have used in builds. I called Mizuno and requested 2 of the head weights used in the 850. (8 grams each vs the 10 gram that comes with the EZ) I machined each weight down to around 7 grams each and ended up with one in the draw, one in the neutral slots, SW is at my sweet spot of D6, 45.5", overall weight 274 grams. One word...BOMBER! Fantastic sound and soft feel from face give huge positive feedback. This girl is in the bag for a long time!

January 2018

I have used Callaway irons and driver for years and have not been able to control my driver unless I slow my swing way down to almost 3/4 speed (I’m 6” and 90kg) and felt that I was lacking in distance and control most of he time. Today I went to get fitted up for a complete upgrade (irons are on order but took home the driver today). I went to the driving range with the Mizuno JPX EZ and I am completely blown away by the control and the distance I get with this club! I would normally hit 200-210 on a great day with my Callaway but I am now consistently hitting 230 plus with the JPX and straight down the middle with great forgiveness on a wayward shot. I love this club and wish I upgraded sooner. This will definitely be a game changer!

June 2017

Couldn't believe how well I hit this club, first swing, first tee dead straight and 250+. I had been using a Taylormade AeroBurner, with a swing speed of 100+ I just could'nt control it. The head was just too light. But this Mizuno feels so good and being a high handicapper, it has improved my game by 10 strokes easily because I just have more control and it's more forgiving.

It seriously gives you so much confidence when addressing the ball.

October 2016

I had a Ping K15 Driver in the bag for a few years now and hit it quite well, then decided to upgrade. I tried a TaylorMade M2 regular and stiff shaft but found it a little heavy, so had a go with a Mizuno JPX EZ stiff shaft and found the consistency of slight draw and fade matched the TaylorMade in length but grouped much tighter and felt lighter to swing. A great club and quite forgiving.

September 2016

I have the JPX EZ 2014 version. I've played over ninety rounds this year with this driver. Love it. Set on "high" it's turned by slice into a high soft fade. It's changed my game. Have much more confidence in my drives. Used it for two years and plan on keeping it.

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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