Mizuno has put a lot of thought and effort into reorganizing release cycles and syncing products where they believe it makes the most sense for consumers. One example of that is the T-Series wedge as after a cycle layoff, it returns with the T20 and coincides with the release of the MP20 irons which it serves to flow into quite seamlessly.
THP was able to spend time with the 56 in both the Satin and Ion Blue finishes for a full review of exactly what is going on with the all new T20 wedges.
Possibly the most gorgeous and flowing lines from any wedge on the market, and keeping the badging to a minimum is a big reason for that. Will be firmer than many will expect from a Mizuno wedge because of the Boron, but still an addicting feel and feedback. Not the highest spinning on the market in optimal conditions, but groove design shines when conditions deteriorate and moisture comes into play.
Shape with Substance
Totally a one person take on this, but the T20 wedges might be the most well shaped and aesthetically designed wedges I have had in for a review. Some may not know, but the “T” designation stands for “teardrop” and it’s a perfect representation of the shape. At address, in hand, wherever, the shapes lines flow and there is nothing that seems out of place.
The biggest boon in my opinion is the decision to keep the badging on the rear of the club demarcating loft and bounce simple, and when combined with the paint filled T20 engraving the eyes are never distracted from the overall cleanliness of the shape. Add in the Mizuno “Running Bird” logo being left with no paint fill and you have a look that few will be able to find things to list as a detraction.
On top of it all, the finishes are stellar. Mizuno’s satin finish remains one of the best in the business, and a Raw offering is available directly from Mizuno in select lofts, but the return of the Ion Blue finish will catch the eyes of most. For the review, it’s also the version of the 56° I worked with the most for the sake of trying to really beat up the finish. Overall, it did show wear and that isn’t at all unexpected because of the type of finish. That said, even with a lot of golf and bunker time, the wear was pretty minimal. In time the blue will wear away more and more, but thanks to the contrasting face finish none of it is awkward. In all, there is an impressive array of finishes available, and tied together with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400’s plus Golf Prize Z-Cords there is a lot to like for the $150.00 price tag.
What’s Groove got to do with it?
When it comes to the grooves, Mizuno has always been more innovative than I think they are given credit for. When they first introduced their “Quad Cut” it was advanced in that they were taking a keen focus on having the ability extreme precision in the depth, width, and radius of the grooves to maximize spin potential. Add in the laser milling and the fact that the angle of them are manipulated depending on the loft/application and you have a super solid face design going on.
All of that has returned with the T20, but the curve ball for Mizuno are what they call “Hydroflow Micro Grooves” which are milled into the face before the club is plated in the Satin and Blue Ion versions. This is to create a funneling effect for any moisture to flow up the face and not in between the ball and face at impact, thus retaining spin in wet conditions.
Does it work? Well, while I was unable to get my Foresight GC2 out into the rain or to properly recreate the situation for data recording of a large session, small samples showed the fall off to be much less than I have seen out of other wedges, a few hundred RPM’s where it is usually common to see thousands. What you will see in the data shown later in the article is that they were not necessarily the highest spinning wedges out there for me. Part of that was me breaking them in before recording data, the rest might just be that it’s the way they are, but whatever they lose in pristine conditions, I think they more than make up for if the user is one who plays in the heavy dew or generally wet conditions. All in all, solid performance from the grooves/face of the T20’s.
Put to Work
Being that I only had the 56.10 in hand for the review, my ability to comment on the versatility is limited to just that particular grind, which is an aggressive C-grind. On that topic though, it does bear mentioning that Mizuno has done a lot of research when it comes to the loft, bounce, and especially grind options they are offering in the T20’s. There are nine “stock” offerings that can be found in stores, however there are a plethora more available if orders are placed through an authorized retailer, the same goes for the raw finish option. Where the grinds are concerned, Mizuno offers a “subtle” M-Grind or “aggressive” C-Grind in lofts above 54° and anything below that loft is what they are calling a “standard bevel”.
For the loft I worked with, the aggressive C-Grind offered a lot of versatility for a sand wedge. The relief on the heel and toe was enough that I could crank the face open when I needed to and hit it well off of some surprisingly tight lies. Likewise, from the bunkers and on square face shots the bounce was enough to get the job done comfortably without any feeling of digging or being too prevalent to get through the ground/sand. Because there is always a curiosity when it comes to data, I did hit the T20 on the Foresight GC2 as well and that information is below:
As you can see, spin, launch, and peak numbers were solid. Like I mentioned earlier in the article, nothing crazy high as far as the spin goes, but I am not the highest spin player at times with wedges. I also created a section for shots that were caught lower on the face in which the typical spin jump can be seen but with the lower overall flight. Forgiveness wise, it’s still a bladed wedge, and it responds as such bringing extreme workability for those who can utilize it while also offering the consistency users demand.
Generally, wedges will always be a personal choice for golfers with a plethora of different wants or needs for each of us. That said, the T20 are the most solid all-around wedge I can remember from Mizuno. Yes, they’re what I consider a little firm on the sound/feel side of things and the Boron has to have something to do with that, but it’s still a feel I think fans of Mizuno will get along well with. Also, they were designed to flow visually at address into the new MP20 irons seamlessly, and I think that will raise a lot of eyebrows in interest. For more information on these wedges and other Mizuno equipment, you can visit their website www.mizunousa.com. You can find these wedges at retailers locally and online, including Budget Golf, where you can get 15% discount with the THP Discount found to the top right.
Lofts: 46.06, 50.07, 52.09, 54.08, 56.10, 56.14, 58.08, 60.10, 60.06
Finish: Satin Chrome (RH/LH), Blue Ion (RH), Raw (RH, Custom Only)
Shaft: True Temper DG Tour Issue S400
Grip: Golf Pride Z-Grip Full Cord