Mizuno's new forged T22 wedges have a refined teardrop shape to balance ultra-classic looks with modern wedge performance.
If you play forged irons to ensure feel and feedback consistency it’s very likely you’ll want to play forged wedges too. But while Vokey, Cleveland, Callaway and TaylorMade don’t offer forged wedges, Mizuno do.
In any normal year Mizuno T series wedges would be launched with a new MP iron, but 2021 has been no normal year. So this time the T22s have been unveiled under their own steam.
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Mizuno’s T series wedges were developed with input from former world No.1 and short game maestro Luke Donald with the T standing for teardrop, in reference to the high toe and flowing head shape so treasured by the Englishman.
Compared to previous models Mizuno say the T22s have a slightly more compact size with an extensively bevelled top edge so the head appears thinner at address.
There’s also a tapered blade design which positions extra mass higher in the blade to deliver more spin consistency, as well as a penetrating flight irrespective of where shots impact the face.
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And to ensure maximum feedback, like the current MP-20 irons, each head (apart from the raw finish option which rusts over time) comes with a microlayer of copper under the satin chrome or denim copper finish.
Then there's Mizuno’s HydroFlow Micro Grooves, which are laser etched to release moisture and reduce spin drop off to deliver great wet weather performance. The Quad Cut milled and loft specific grooves are cut into Boron infused steel to offer a longer effective lifespan. In layman's terms, you won't need to replace them very often!
The T22 wedges are available in three finishes; Denim Copper, Satin Chrome and Raw. The Raw finish comes without the copper underlay, but it will rust over time for a look requested by many of the Mizuno tour players.
The Mizuno T22 wedges are available in three finishes – denim copper, satin chrome and raw, which comes without the copper underlany, but will rust over time – and in four different sole grinds.
The S grind has minimal sole shaping for fuller shots and lower lofts, while the D grind provides moderate heel and toe relief and allows gentle manipulation of the face.
The C grind has heavy heel and toe relief for more skilled players and firmer conditions, with the X grind providing extreme heel and toe relief for real short game maestros.
"We’ve managed to bevel the top edge in a way to retain the performance of the T20’s tapered blade, but keep the more traditional look of the T7. Both models had a following for very different reasons”.
The T22 wedges are available in 18 lofts (45º-62º) with 28 shaft options. The chrome model is available in right and left-handed models, with the denim copper and raw models in right-handed only.
They go on sale in October with an RRP of £155 each.
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