Mizuno are known best for the irons, but after winning our ‘Best of 2023 Drivers’ test last month, I was very excited to get my hands on the new T24 wedges too.
Who Are They Aimed At?
Anyone looking for a premium wedge that can offer high levels of spin and control, a smaller more tailored head shape, and sustained performance across wet conditions if your course often struggles to dry out.
These clubs are great for players who don’t want loads of wedges in the bag but rather want a couple that they can really work with and manipulate for various shot types.
Throughout the T24 wedges we see varying groove amounts and positions to optimise spin and control with every loft.
The higher lofted wedges feature less grooves, spread further apart, to reduce debris such as sand getting between the ball and the clubface. The lower lofted wedges see more groves, that are also deeper and more compact at the top and bottom of the clubface.
As well as the varying grove patterns, we also see loft specific profiles with a craftsman refined topline for a tour-inspired finish.
Across all the wedges, Mizuno is using HydroFlow micro grooves to help retain that spin and control even in wet conditions when we’d tend to see more inconsistencies arising in our short game.
The wedges are one-piece Grain Flow Forged, to ensure precise shaping and touch around the green.
We also see a change to a more teardrop shape from the T22 and T20 wedges compared to previous models, however the hitting area has been kept the same so there should be the same amount of forgiveness, just with a more tour preferred shape.
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Mizuno T24 Wedge Review
The Mizuno T24 wedges come in three different finishing options – copper, tour raw and satin.
The satin finish is your classic looking wedge – very clean and traditional, it has to be said that this year the T24 wedges look very similar to the SM9 Vokey wedges from last year. I’d expect this to be the design most players would gravitate towards as to me its more of a standard looking wedge, however my favourite of the two by far was the copper.
The overall design was very rustic, with a filament-like pattern running across the clubhead. This gave the wedge a unique twist that I was really drawn to, however I can appreciate it may not be to every player's taste.
These new wedges use more of a teardrop shape, whereas their older versions were bigger and more circular. I really liked the way these wedges looked by the ball, sitting very nicely and inspiring confidence around the greens which is incredibly important.
The only time I wasn’t super keen on the looks was taking the 58-degree into the bunker. Here the wedge seemed a bit thicker and slightly clunkier, but I only noticed this in the sand. This probably just comes down to the comparison with my current 60-degree, which would just take time to adjust to the visual change of the clubhead shape and size.
Straight away I loved the feel off the face with these wedges. The ball doesn’t come off the face super-soft, but for me there was a nice combination of softness and grab to help control the ball with instant feedback.
I really liked the added confidence the V-grind in the 58-degree gave me – allowing me to play around with different shot types from the side of the green.
The amount of spin I was getting with these wedges at Stockport GC was impressive, and it was nice to see a high level of control and check even on the greens up in St Andrews when I took the wedges back up north.
These wedges sit pretty high on the performance ranking for me. The main reasons for this are the amount of spin I was getting consistently across various shot types, and the dispersion data from HUKD during our indoor testing.
My favourite shot type is the 50-to-80-yard range, as especially with the 52-degree I feel as though there’s so much control there that I can easily work between those distances. When testing full shots with these wedges at HUKD, we saw only a couple yards distance dispersion and multiple shots having zero left-to-right spin!
From around the greens, I felt these wedges were very easy to manipulate for different shot types, but also predictable in their run outs – making it very simple to just pick the landing spot and watch the ball finish close.
The HydroFlow grooves are designed to allow the wedges to retain the spin you’d see normally even in wet weather, which we were able to see working when we took the wedges onto the course.
Mizuno T24 Wedge Verdict
If you’re a golfer who’s in the market for a new set of wedges, the T24 should absolutely come into consideration. Mizuno are typically known for their irons, and not necessarily the biggest name in the game when it comes to wedges. The T24s look, feel, and perform great when approaching and around the greens, and there isn’t much more I’m looking for in a wedge.
The versatility of both grinds, especially the V-Grind, suit the player who doesn’t want lots of wedges in the bag. Some players want four wedges to help with gapping, whereas I prefer to play with less, being comfortable that I can span a range of distances and shots with just one loft.
The T24 wedges are great for this, which should be factored into the discussion on price. Coming in at an RRP of £185 per wedge, they’re certainly hitting that top end for what we’d expect to pay for a wedge - they're certainly expensive.
However, the added versatility could mean you’re saving that very amount if you’re able to play with just 2 wedges in the bag compared to 3 or 4, which I’d say is a massive plus point for these clubs, despite that high initial price tag which will inevitably put some golfers off.
Would I Use Them?
The T24 wedges have been put into the bag and I'm currently seeing how they get on out on the links. I was really impressed with these wedges throughout every category in testing, especially the 52-degree for those 100-yards-and-in approach shots.
Realistically, I think I’d need to switch to a 60-degree for those deep greenside bunkers however I’ll be testing these out the next few months to see if there’s a permanent spot for them in the bag.
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