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Mizuno’s new T7 Wedges are Japanese-Forged with Boron

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Mizuno has been strategically adding a material called boron to several of its new forged irons in recent years, the benefits of which have been longer-flying, more forgiving irons that retain the company’s signature feel. With its new T7 wedges, Mizuno is claiming that boron isn’t just the answer for better forged irons; it can also make better forged wedges.

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Instead of adding distance and forgiveness to the company’s new T7 wedges, trace amounts of boron were used to create a forged wedge with more durable grooves.

“The one drawback with a traditional soft, forged wedge is that the
grooves compress more quickly than a harder, cast wedge,” says David Llewellyn, Mizuno’s Director of R&D. “A very small trace of boron in the steel means we can now maintain the forged feel and precision, but maintain the performance of the grooves and the wedge’s stopping power for a longer period of time.”

T7_Wedges_Grooves

The T7’s grooves have also been improved with a new milling tool, according to Mizuno, which allows their Quad-Cut grooves to be machined closer to the USGA/R&A limits. The result is more consistent grooves with tighter tolerances, which creates more spin around the greens.

The configuration of the new grooves also varies based on loft; they’re narrower and deeper in the lower lofts (44-53 degrees) for better performance on square-face shots, and wider and shallower in higher lofts (54-62 degrees) for better performance on open-face shots.

T7_Wedges_Blue+Chrome

The T7 wedges ($149 each) are forged in Mizuno’s Hiroshima (Japan) plant, and use the company’s “teardrop” club-head shape. They’re available in lofts from 44 to 62 degrees in 1-degree increments, and are offered in two finishes: Blue IP, which wears to a chrome finish, and white satin.

The stock shaft is True Temper’s Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex. The stock shaft is Golf Pride’s MCC Blue/Black 60 Round. Custom stampings of 6 characters and 12 colors can also be added.

They’ll be in stores on Sept. 16.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Billy M

    Aug 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Chlorophyll? More like Borophyll!

  2. Jafar

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    What happened to the MP-T6? There was the T4, T5…but no T6?

  3. Tom

    Jul 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    hawt damn…daddy’s got new toy’s!

  4. Mark

    Jul 30, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Stunning.

  5. Christosterone

    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Wilson had awesome blue wedges a few years ago….love these too

    -Christosterone

  6. Adam

    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    9:03am PST and no one has clicked “shank” or “flop”

  7. Take Matsuo

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    For Japanese market,T7 is GFF1025E.
    Not a boron.

    • Fl

      Jul 31, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Exactly. So everything that Llwellyn says about how a forged wedge compresses the grooves so they added Boron – makes no sense at all. Don’t these manufacturers understand that people can surf the web and find info?

  8. Sloop

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Was at their flagship store in Osaka today. Other than hitting the 5s, the 55s, the fli-his and seeing all the new woods, hybrids, bags, clothes and shoes… I was gonna make a joke. I’m totally horny for some Mizuno.

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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