Mizuno's T-Series wedges are making a comeback for 2019, with the new T20 joining the MP20 irons in their latest forged offerings. The Japanese manufacturer has one of the best reputations in the game when it comes to their forging process and the overall quality of their products, and this latest release continues the company's ethos to 'create the best products for consumers'.
Whilst Mizuno say that the T-Series replacement, the S18, was commercially successful it wasn't such a hit with the players. In fact, the likes of Eddie Pepperell and Luke Donald actually made the switch back to the previous T7 model as they prefer the look and styling. As a result, Mizuno realised that the T-Series needed to return, and so we have the T20.
The wedge comes complete in a new classic teardrop-shape design which is Grain Flow Forged from carbon steel to give you the precision that you need with those scoring clubs.
Kyle Hammond, Mizuno's PGA Tour Technician, commented:
Although our T-Series wedges haven't been available to the public for over a year, they've become even more popular on tour over that time. The teardrop shape, forged feel and addition of a 'tour only' raw finish brought the wedge to iconic
The updated T20 has been a long time in coming but with a few extra design tweaks we learned over the last year it will finally bring all that wedge goodness back to the public.
The main new feature with the T20 wedges, however, is the Hydroflow Micro Grooves. These grooves are vertically etched onto the face to help release moisture and maintain spin rates, even in damp conditions. Mizuno are using what they call 'spin-weighting', where weight is placed higher within the blade to add spin and vertical stability even on off-centre strikes.
The heads utilise CNC-milled grooves on the face, which Mizuno says ensures the consistency and predictability of results in the scoring zone. This method means that the face is mechanically milled to the highest possible tolerance, to produce a 'perfectly flat striking face' and consistent spin levels.
You won't have to worry about your grooves wearing out too soon either, as the carbon steel head is infused with boron which adds durability for longer lasting performance.
In the higher lofted wedges, the T20s feature a wider, shallower groove pattern which work better on the shorter shots around the green, whereas the lower lofts use narrower and deeper grooves better suited to full shots.
The shape of the head also varies a little between lofts, with the low-lofted pitching wedge (46˚) having a defined teardrop profile which gets more and more rounded as the loft increases up to the 60˚ lob wedge, to facilitate the need for versatility around the green.
The T20 wedges will be released in September at an RRP of £140, and three different finishes are available. Satin Chrome and Blue ION are now traditional Mizuno wedge colours, whilst there is a new Raw, 'ready-to-rust' option. The grind options vary depending on loft, and range from Standard Bevel to Subtle M and Aggressive C grinds.