Mizuno unveils new JPX EZ driver, fairway wood and hybrid

Mizuno's new range of woods designed to offer adjustability and forgiveness

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Wed, 7 Oct 2015

Mizuno unveils new JPX EZ driver, fairway wood and hybrid

Mizuno has launched its new JPX EZ driver, fairway wood and hybrid, designed to offer a combination of adjustability and forgiveness.

Driver

Mizuno believes previous moveable weight drivers have been less playable because of the extra weight needed for tracks and weight ports.

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The Japanese brand has therefore employed a three-weight system, allowing players to slot a 10 gram weight into position, to either promote a draw, fade or neutral shot. 

The large head profile promotes a high-launching, low-spinning ball flight, and a rounded crown hopes to improve ball speeds and forgiveness, as the clubface is allowed to flex more freely.

The Quick Switch adjustable hosel allows for optimisation of loft and launch. 

 “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,” added PGA and European Tour professional Luke Donald, who debuted the driver in May. 

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Mizuno club engineer Chris Voshall added: “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. It’s not a case of ability either. Luke Donald felt more secure with the extra forgiveness, and he’s a better driver than most of us!”

Fairway woods and hybrids

The JPX EZ fairway woods and hybrids have a larger, more-confidence inspiring footprint, and are designed for a high, soft-landing ball flight.

The new Shockwave Sole allows the clubhead to contract and expand at impact and keeps the centre of gravity low, for distance, stability and a high ball flight.

The Waffle Crown keeps weight low in the clubhead, while the Quick Switch adjustable hostel allows players to change launch characteristics.

“We recognised that modern fairway woods and hybrids (especially those with adjustability), have started to favour the stronger ball-striker. But most of us don’t generate the clubhead speed needed to flight the ball properly,” says Voshall.

“So we’ve gone back to the drawing board and created a larger, flatter head with a tendency to generate more backspin. It’s not just ability dependent - there will be tour players and professionals who prefer the softer landing trajectory.”

Available: 1 February 2016
Price: Driver £349, fairway woods £219 adjustable - £179 non-adjustable, hybrid £179