Mizuno MP-T Black Nickel Wedge Review
There are a few words that immediately come to mind when you hear the words "Mizuno Grain Flow Forged". Buttery soft. Precision. Feel.
Mizuno has now incorporated their famous forging into a teardrop shaped wedge: the Mizuno MP-T. With so many offerings in the wedge category, how does Mizuno fair? Each person has their favorite club in their bag, often it is a wedge. Mizuno is doing their best to get their club in your bag by offering the most classic of shapes with the newest improvements.
The MP-T wedge has integrated the new Workshop C-Grind into the classic teardrop wedge design. With the new grind, you will have more playability from all lies. Deep rough will not be an issue as this grind has removed material from the heel, toe, and leading edge. This allows the wedge to cut though thick rough while retaining bounce on the back of the club for those wonderful flop shots and other opportunities to show your mastery. I noticed right away that the leading edge sat much closer to the ground than my Callaway Vintage Forged. I have to admit, I was a little nervous the first time I opened the wedge up for a flop shot. Alas, there was nothing to be concerned with. The MP-T performed marvelously. There is enough bounce on the club when you open it up that you would never know there has been some beautiful grind work done.
Each wedge has CNC milled square grooves for the maximum amount of spin allowable by the USGA. Due to winter, I was only able to hit range balls with the MP-T, and it actually surprised me immensely. There are hardly a better test for spin rates than to hit range balls to a frozen green! Each ball I hit only skipped a couple of times before stopping in its tracks. When I took them indoors, balls were sucking back on the turf like I was Luke Donald.
The Grain Flow Forged 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel wedge comes in lofts of 47°, 51°, 53°, 56°, 58°, and 60° with two different bounce angles of 10° and 14° for the sand wedges and 5° and 8° for the lob wedges. The standard shaft is the Dynamic Gold with a Mizuno M-21 58 round velvet grip.
Changing wedges can be a traumatic experience. When I find a wedge, I usually keep it until it has to be replaced. One of the limiting factors for me is that I get so used to seeing the same shape behind the ball. Rest assured that Mizuno has really found a great thing by taking the classic teardrop shaped wedge and kicking it up a notch. The 53°, 56°, and 60° that I reviewed came in the black nickel finish. I can not describe the beauty without pictures. It looks like a cross between and oil can and chrome finish. It has the durability of the chrome and the glare reducing of the oil can.
There is a certain confidence that comes from knowing that a company like Mizuno has taken the time to design a wedge down the the sole grind. I feel like there is no lie that I have to be worried about again. Extremely tight lie on the frog hair? No problem, the leading edge relief allows you to get tight to the ball without worrying about ‘drop kicking’ it again. Ball in the sand? Take the same wedge and open it up to use the bounce and blast it out.
I had to do the majority of my ball-striking off of a mat due to weather, but it wasn’t a problem. There aren’t much tighter lies to go for a flop shot than a rubber mat on concrete. I tried hitting a few with my Callaway Vintage Forged 60° and each time the rounded leading edge and bouce led to a screaming blade. After grabbing the MP-T, I hit beautiful flop shots to a target just fifteen yards in front of me. Each shot landed like a butterfly with sore feet.
For full shots, I did notice that the ball flight seemed to be just a little lower than my Callaway. This is a good thing for me because when you are trying to hone in on a target, the less you have to worry about wind, the more you can focus on birdies.
The wedge should be the most versatile club in your bag; only held back by your imagination. The Workshop C-Grind assists you in getting the club on the ball with minimal interference in maximum conditions. With a street price of $110, Mizuno has put themselves within the budget of all golfers.