Mizuno MP R-12 Wedges
WE TESTED: 50°/6°, 52°/7°, 54°/9°, 56°/10°, 56°/13°, 58°/10°, 60°/5°, 60°/8° with True Temper DG Spinner steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The patented “grain flow forging process” enhances feel. “Quad cut” grooves and CNC milled faces enhance spin in all conditions. The 50° to 54° have narrower, deeper grooves for spin on full shots, and the 56° to 60° have wider, shallower grooves for partial swings.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the higher-rated models. It delivers strong, consistent results across the board.
PLAYABILITY: Very competent around the greens on most scoring shots; high shots with plenty of spin are the norm on full swings.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Slightly heavy feel contributes to consistent contact and reliable yardages; predictable release on chips and pitches makes for good short-game results.
FEEL: One of the top clubs—comfortable weighting, solid feedback and plenty of stability make it a real favorite.
LOOK: Slightly larger, rounded head and non-glare satin chrome finish is a big hit with most everyone.
Two-tone finish—satin chrome and high-polished chrome—in the rear doesn’t tickle everyone’s fancy.
From Golf Magazine (December, 2011)
Designed with a slightly larger, more rounded clubhead than previous models, the MP R-12 is constructed with the company’s well-known “grain flow forging” process for heightened feel and consistency. Aggressive grooves, a milled clubface and True Temper’s DG Spinner shaft add to overall playability by improving spin control. The grooves milled into each head vary depending on the loft of the club—lofts from 50 to 54 degrees have narrower, deeper grooves for better performance on full shots, while 56- to 64-degree lofts feature wider, shallower grooves that optimize spin on partial swings. Available in a satin chrome or
From The Shop Blog (August 10, 2011)
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.