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The Mizuno T7 Wedge comes with a letter of recommendation from Luke Donald himself. Of course, if you’re going to base your shopping preferences on the words of a famous person alone, you might as well not leave the chair, but such endorsements definitely carry some weight. As for the T7 itself, it’s definitely one nice looking wedge, plenty versatile both on full and chip shots, and should definitely appeal to the more creative players among you. In this Mizuno T7 wedge review we’ll take a closer look at the club, so you better continue reading to find out more.
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Mizuno’s Loyal Fans
Now, Mizuno is well known for their forged clubs, and they’ve got a huge following that’s loyal to the core – Mizuno players will often stick with Mizunos for their entire playing career, which speaks volumes in and of itself about their craftsmanship. On the flipside, though, they (the company, not the fans) have never really had a hugely popular offering in the way of wedges until the hugely successful Mizuno S5 wedge.
The S5 and T7
Speaking of which, the S5 remains to this date one of the more popular wedges out there, and with good reason – it’s plenty forgiving and great-looking, ideal for any type of player, but especially mid and high handicappers. The T7, on the other hand, is more of a low capper’s wedge, on account of its somewhat harder feel and progressive head design that favours creative play.
As we’ve already mentioned, the feel the Mizuno T7 wedges provide has been validated by Luke Donald, and if the big man says so, who are we to argue differently? On a more serious note, though, even though they’ve been infused with boron, they feel rather nice, and allow you to really zero in your short shots.
On that note, on the full shots, there’s really not much difference between the T7 and the older S5 – they have similar spin levels and similar distance clustering, the only real difference being in the launch angle. The T7 gives a little bit lower launch than the S5, which should certainly appeal to the more advanced players. The short game stuff, however, is widely different, with the T7 being the clear winner.
Mizuno T7: When You Really Need to Dial in That Chip Shot
Mizuno added two lofts to the T7 line compared to the S5, so now it has all the four types of wedges represented in 2-degree gaps – Pitching (46 & 48), Gap (50 & 52), Sand (54 & 56), and Lob (58 & 60). The bounce selection is pretty much the same, and much like the rest of the Mizuno range, tends to play a bit less than the number on the sole would indicate.
Speaking of which, there are seven choices to be had, 6 through 10 in 1-degree increments in the low to mid lofts, and then you’ve got the 12 and 14 in the higher ones. Of course, you can always have it custom bent, so the number of loft-to-bounce options is even greater. Here’s what’s on the racks, if anyone’s interested: 46.06, 48.08, 50.07, 52.09, 54.08, 54.12, 56.10, 56.14, 58.08, 58.12, 60.06, and 60.10.
How it’s Made
The T7 is the latest incarnation of wedges in Mizuno’s range, and the biggest difference from the hugely successful S5 is that they added boron to the 1025 carbon steel, which makes it a bit harder. More often than not players will worry about that with a wedge (being hard), as you’d normally want as soft a feel as possible so you can, for lack of a better word, feel where the ball’s going to land.
Still, on the flipside, infusing boron does make the club more durable, so you won’t lose the grooves and/or the grinds as fast as you would otherwise. Even if you’re fairly new to the world of golf, you’re probably aware of the single most persistent grievance players have with wedges – having to upgrade rather often as the grooves wear out (for those of you not in the loop, re-sharpening is forbidden – cleaning them, though, is an entirely different matter and it’s not only allowed, but encouraged).
With the added boron, the spin won’t disappear after those first couple of weeks, and you’ll get plenty of playability for a long time (or, longer, at any rate).
What the Boron Does
Mizuno has been using boron in their irons for some time, and so they eventually found out it worked rather well in keeping the clubs “alive”, so to speak. Having found this out, they decided to add it to their wedges.
Now, the thing about the wedges (for those of you not in the know), is that most of them are cast rather than forged, the reason being that the metal used in the forging process is somewhat softer. Because wedges are used so often during any given game, the grooves close up sooner rather than later and you lose spin.
By adding the boron here, what Mizuno has done is made them about 40% stronger (according to their numbers), keeping the grooves nice and crisp. This, in turn, should give you plenty of control and spin for a longer time, so you won’t have to keep replacing your wedges.
The T7 wedge feels solid and a touch harder than you might be used to, but it still has some softness we know and love in all of the Mizuno wedges. It’s a good trade-off, though, as they should last a bit longer than you might be used to. As an aside, it’s got a bit more visible grinds on the heel and toe than the S5, aiming to help you play it from different places.
It could make use of a slightly more aggressive grind in the higher lofts (the only gripe and so minor it seems petty), maybe a little bit more heel and toe relief, but on that note, this might turn away the majority of players.
How it Looks
The T7 has a quite interesting look with a bit of a classic touch, so it should appeal to more traditional players. It’s got a muscleback design and comes in two distinct flavours – the off-chrome White Satin and the Blue Ion that’s quickly becoming “owned” by Mizuno. The leading edge is straight throughout the lofts, and the wedges overall look really nice, what with the off-chrome finish in the White Satin and the snazzy blue one in Blue Ion.
The most striking thing about its looks, however, is the progressive design that makes the lower lofts really blend into the irons. In a way, you’ve got pitching wedges that don’t look like wedges. It’s a nice progression from the pitching wedges and 9-irons you might carry to the higher lofts.
The lower lofts have a straight top line that gradually rounds off as you go through the lofts. You’ll start noticing the roundness with the 50 already, though you probably won’t see it unless you’re looking for it. Once you get into the 60, you’ll see it has a nice, really round profile to it, and that it sits really nice down by the ball.
Of course, it’s not only the head shape that changes through the lofts, but the grooves, as well. You’ve got your higher and narrower grooves in the lower lofts, as you’ll be hitting more full shots, which complements the iron-like profile. On the flipside, the higher lofts have a much more rounded shape designed for open face shots and different types of shots around the green, so it’s more versatile in terms of playability.
How it Plays
The best way to describe how the T7 plays is to compare it to the S5. We already mentioned that they have a similar amount of spin on full shots, though the T7 has a slightly lower launch, which is nice if you’re looking for more control on your trajectory.
However, the short game stuff comes with excellent control and lots of check on that second bounce. This allows you to be more aggressive around the greens, and from all sorts of different lies, at that, giving you more confidence in your short game and enabling you to commit a little bit more fully.
The Final Verdict
All in all, if there’s anything we’ll remember about the Mizuno T7 wedge is the distinctive progression in its head through all the lofts, starting from the fairly irony pitching wedges to the well-rounded sand and lob wedges (gap wedges once again show why they’re called “gap”).
The T7 plays well on full shots, and absolutely beautiful around the green, where its versatility really shines, so if you’re looking for something that lets you play from all sorts of lies, the T7 is your friend. As a final word of advice – keep away from cakes, unless you want to get a slice. Fairways and greens!