JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The new Mizuno MP R-12 wedges, which are set to arrive in pro shops in early September, have two unique features that should appeal to golfers who are trying to seamlessly blend their irons and wedges.
First, the sole grinds on stronger-lofted wedges are different from the sole grinds on the higher-lofted models. For example, the 50° gap wedge has a “triple cut” sole design that features a beveled leading edge, the sole itself and then a beveled trailing edge. This sole design makes the wedge behave and feel like an extension of your irons.
"If there is one thing that this club is good at, it's being an 11-iron," said David Llewellyn, manager of research and development for Mizuno Golf.
The 56° and 58° wedges have a modified C grind that removes bounce from the toe but leaves it in the heel to help golfers get out of the sand and rough more easily and stop the club from digging. The bounce in the toe and the heel is aggressively ground off the MP R-12 long wedges to maximize versatility. In addition, by studying full and half shots closely, Llewellyn and Mizuno engineers discovered that a narrower and deeper groove is more effective at creating spin on stronger-lofted wedges. Armed with that information, they built the MP R-12 gap wedges (50°-54°) with a slightly different version of the company's Quad Cut grooves than the higher-lofted wedges (56-64°).
"The closer you get to the greens, like on a 30-, 40- or 50-yard pitch shot, the shallower and wider grooves actually give you more bite," Llewellyn says.
The MP R-12 wedges will come standard with True Temper's new DG Spinner shaft and will be available in either a satin chrome or black nickel finish for $120. See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Mizuno clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook