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The Mizuno T24 wedge is a compact, Tour-style wedge with above average spin. Higher CG helps keep spin consistent. Five sole options.
Making golf clubs is a balancing act. You need to offer new technology, or you’ll be viewed as yesterday’s news. You also need to maintain classic aesthetics, or no one will want to play your gear. Mizuno’s approach to this problem has been to offer two wedge lines – one that pushes the envelope, one that plays the hits. After updating their “modern” line with the S23 [review HERE] earlier this year, they’re giving us a new Tour-style wedge in the T24.
When I first set eyes on the Mizuno T24 wedge, I was struck by the compact size. This is a classic teardrop shape with an unapologetically small footprint like its predecessor, the T22 [review HERE]. The profile changes slightly as you move through the lofts, with the higher lofted wedges having a more rounded leading edge (56 degree shown above).
In the bag, the T24 has a very clean look. There is loads of empty space, putting the focus on the mid-sized running bird and “T24” logos. The loft and bounce designations are tucked neatly onto the toe of the club.
Mizuno offers the T24 in three finishes. Soft White Satin (above, top) has a copper underlay. Denim Copper is the most eye catching, in my opinion. The Tour Raw (above, bottom) will be favored by players who like to see their wedge age and rust over time.
Sound & Feel
On my first few swings, I was struck by how quiet the Mizuno T24 wedge is. Even though I was indoors, impact was below average in volume, a muted “knock.”
This quiet sound tries to enhance the softness of the feel, but I would rate the feel average. These wedges are a one-piece forging using Mizuno’s Boron-infused steel, which adds to the wedge’s durability but, in this instance, makes it a little firmer than expected.
Surprisingly, I found the feedback from the T24 wedge to be fairly limited. There is a little added sweetness to perfect strikes, but all shots around the center of the face feel good. Because this wedge is so quiet, there’s virtually no audio feedback unless you completely skull the ball.
Two of the key technologies in the Mizuno T24 wedge are designed to enhance spin, and that’s the first thing I noticed in my launch monitor testing. From the first swing, the spin was above average. Given the T24’s compact size, what surprised me was the consistency of the spin. My spin numbers changed very little from pure strikes to moderate mishits.
This high spin can be attributed to Mizuno’s QuadCut+ Grooves and the Spin-Weighted Blade Design. QuadCut+ Grooves is Mizuno’s name for the tighter groove pattern on the T24. Per Mizuno, this “increases spin rates on all shots.” Spin-Weighted Blade Design refers to the thicker upper portion of the blade that raises the CG. This is a trend we’ve seen across OEMs for the last couple years. A higher CG promotes higher spin and lower launch due to gear effect [Gear Effect explained HERE].
As we see with most premium wedge lines, there are numerous sole options for the Mizuno T24 wedge, labeled S, D, C, V, and X. The S Profile is the fullest, meant primarily for a full swing wedge. Next is the D Profile which Mizuno describes a “mid bounce with moderate relief.” The C Profile has higher bounce than the D but more “generous” relief, allowing for more face manipulation. The V and X Profiles both have aggressive relief but the V has high bounce, the X low bounce. From 46 to 52 degrees, Mizuno only offers the S Profile, but that is not an option at 58 or 60 degrees.
What I found in my testing is that even the S Profile is a fairly versatile sole. Because this is a compact club with a thinner sole, even that fuller profile can be opened up a bit. Those who are extremely shallow or play in very firm conditions will definitely notice the benefits of the C or X Profiles, but the majority of golfers will be well served by the S and D Profiles.
For the golfer seeking a classic, compact profile at address, the Mizuno T24 wedge is a winner. It incorporates a more modern CG and higher spin while still looking like a traditional short game tool. The five sole profiles offer plenty of options for building a versatile wedge set.