First, my disclaimer; I play Mizuno irons (paid for with my own money) and love them. Most every golf club reviewer remarks on the wonderful feel of Mizuno forged irons because of the steel they use and their Grain Flow technology. I won’t try to explain why it works, but it creates a great feeling club face and you’ll know it as soon as you hit one flush.
Mizuno’s new MP-T5 wedge series uses the same forging process and then adds what they call Quad Cut grooves and 5 different sole grinds. Mizuno actually varies the width and depth of the grooves on their wedges based on the loft. It all adds up to something special that opened my eyes and pleasantly changed my game.
Let me give you a little background. I’ve been playing a mixed bunch of wedges for a long time. I’ve got a Titleist that’s probably 20 years old, a Cleveland that’s at least 12 years old and a Ping that’s around 8 years old. I like all of them and was well pleased with their performance. I never considered that I needed to upgrade UNTIL Mizuno sent me a 54 degree MP-T5 with 8 degrees of bounce.
What’s really different about this wedge and what I already own is the grind and the grooves. If you read a lot about clubs and technology, then you know that tour pros have been ‘grinding’ their wedges for a long time. But that’s for the pros, right? We amateurs don’t need and wouldn’t appreciate it. WRONG!
After using this wedge for about a month now, I am completely enamored. I don’t even use my old wedges except my pitching wedge. Because of the grind, this 54 degree club is like having 3 different wedges in my bag. By taking away metal from the toe and heal bounce areas (I’d call this a C grind), the club can be used in so many different ways just by changing setup and angle of attack. Need bounce, just setup for it. Need to eliminate bounce, you can do that with the same club. With the technology, one wedge can adapt to many different chipping situations.
I’ve let a number of members at the course where I play try the club out. A few have already gone out and purchased one or more. I play at a course in the NC mountains where the fairways are Bermuda. This time of year we have nothing but tight lies as there’s no live grass yet. Having a nice grind on a wedge makes all the difference in being confident you aren’t going to make a mess out of a chip. This time of year it’s easy to get ‘chipping’ yips, but not with the Mizuno wedges (hey Tiger, give them a try). Here’s one more benefit; I haven’t been able to get a medium range chip shot to come in low, skip a couple of times and stop for many years now. I figured it was just another part of my game that I’d lost. That changed with the Mizuno wedge.
If you’re like me and beyond the years where you hope a better game means more distance, then you can’t do more for your handicap than working on a better short game. Being able to get up and down consistently is going to do more for your scoring average than anything else. Forget another new driver this year and go get yourself a new Mizuno wedge or two. You’re going to love the Mizuno MP-T5’s. If I can get my wife to let me spend more money on golf ‘stuff”, there will be a new 58 degree Mizuno wedge in my bag before long.