Mizuno T20 Wedge Review

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The Mizuno T20 wedge is a solid if unspectacular wedge option.  Spin is average but consistent.  Limited sole options.

Introduction

It’s been a wonderful fall for wedges.  With new choices from Callaway (Jaws MD5, review HERE), TaylorMade (Milled Grind 2, review HERE), Cleveland (CBX 2, review HERE), and PING (Glide 3.0, review HERE), you can find almost anything that you want.  Mizuno has also added to the mix with their new T20 wedges.  Find out what makes them unique in this review.

Looks

The most standout aesthetic feature of the Mizuno T20 wedges are the color choices.  This wedge is available in a traditional Satin Chrome, Raw, and the eye catching Blue Ion.  To my eye, the Blue Ion finish is awful.  I can’t put my finger on why, but the color and sheen is a huge miss for me, and my bag is full of blue.

In terms of shaping, however, the T20 is right up my alley.  The leading edge is fairly straight, the blade is compact, and the toe is a bit boxy, more iron-like.

In the bag, the look of the Mizuno T20 is a “meh.”  There’s not a lot of engraving, but the loft and bounce are too large to my eye.  If the loft was on the sole, and the back of the wedge was simply the running bird logo and “T20,” the look would be much classier.

Sound & Feel

The T20 had dramatically different feel to me depending on how hard I swung.  On shorter shots – anything up to about 50 yards – the ball felt heavy and firm off the face.  There was a “thud” as the ball met the club.

When I stepped up the speed, the T20 became more “click-y” at impact.  The ball started to feel like it was jumping off the face rather than sitting on it.

Performance

“More spin” is most golfer’s top reason for buying a new wedge, so we’ll start there.  The Mizuno T20 wedge has very consistent spin but not very high spin.  Compared to other current offerings, the T20’s spin is average to slightly below average.  It is a significant plus that the spin rate holds steady even on shots that are not 100% pure.

With more OEMs offering wedges with enhanced forgiveness, it’s worth noting that the T20 is a pure blade.  There is no forgiveness here in terms of ball speed.  If you mishit a shot, you can expect it to fall short of the target.

Finally, Mizuno has designed the T20 wedges with “Bounce Specific Sole Grinds.”  The positive spin that Mizuno puts on this is that each sole is designed to match the amount of bounce it has.  The other side of that coin is that most lofts only have one bounce/sole option.

In testing a few different lofts and soles, I found that the soles are likely versatile enough for a skilled player but may be difficult for a higher handicap player to use creatively.  The leading edge rose quickly when the face opened, so the strike had to be perfect lest the shot be skulled across the green.

Conclusion

In a season of tremendous wedge choices (not to mention the options released earlier this year), I can’t find a good reason to recommend the Mizuno T20 wedges.  They’re fine wedges across the board, but they don’t stand out in any category.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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5 Comments

  1. I’m in the market for new wedges this coming season, from your testing which do you feel we’re the top wedges?

  2. T20 – I like the look and minimalist badging but would prefer the loft/bounce on the toe side of the sole like the SM7, Ping, etc. I assume the small amount of boron for longevity has an effect on the feel you experienced. I also noticed the bounce options and they don’t advertise any custom grinding, which is disappointing. Mizuno does vary the groove design and COG based on loft.

    I like the idea of the hydrophillic finish that helps consistency whether wet or dry, and since with new wedges, I get too much spin and stoppage from most new wedges, I will see what some rollout will do. Hit and stop is not the greatest for my game lately.

    As to bounce and opening up, that is a concern. From the look, the grind needs to be more aggressive for my style in 54-60. I ordered an M Grind for the sand, and C Grind for the 58 but I did so with the knowledge that my instructor puts me on Trackman, checks my spin and then grinds for better contact, spin and versatility (not too much) – usually on the trailing edge and toe and heel – kills the finish there but I’m not one for caring what the sole looks like in terms of finish. Not the ideal situation but he also did it on my SM7’s with 10 and 12 of bounce and killing the bounce towards the back and sides helped. Ordered mine with Nippon Pro Modus 3 Wedge 105 and specific swingweight – D4 and D5.

    Also looked at Ping Glide 3.0 and I really like Ping but not stainless steel – lacks feel for me. But a fine option. I am playing Mizzy 919 Forged, and decided to look at Mizuno. I am an above average wedge guy around the green and use the bounce ala Stan Utley. Looking forward to it. Good luck.

  3. Keith Finley

    happy new year, Matt! Always appreciate your honesty and insight.

  4. Pretty uninspiring – usually I’m anxious to try out a new Mizuno wedge, have had them in my bag for over 10 years, but meh – not really interested in these.

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