Mizuno's New S18 range has been designed with its own unique profile, sole grind and groove depth, which has been engineered to be most effective for its intended use. A rounded silhouette shape, allows the blade to be opened up easily without impacting alignment, meaning you can play a variety of shots with each loft from the 46° pitching wedge to 62° lob wedge. Narrower and deeper Quad Cut Grooves in the stronger lofts are more beneficial on full shots, while wider and shallower grooves in the higher lofts maximise performance on partial shots. The S-18s mid-size heads feature a ‘Loft Specific’ centre of gravity, which means weight is shifted progressively higher up the blade in the more lofted wedges. It's achieved by building in a thicker bevelled top line, it creates more consistent spin rates on strikes from high in the clubface that Mizuno reckon are more common in higher lofted wedges. Each head is Grain Flow Forged from a single billet of 1025 steel for incredible feel, distance control and short-game performance. You can expect the grooves to stay sharper for longer too, thanks to Mizuno using a small amount of boron in their steel mix. Each wedge face is CNC milled right to the allowable rules limits, so Mizuno are confident you won't find a better wedge for short game control and creativity.
"One of the keys to a good wedge game is controlling your spin rates – there’s no gain in making one pitch stop dead if the next one rolls out. On the shorter shots, we’re more likely to miss the sweet spot high on the face – which is a cause of inconsistent spin. The S18 is thicker higher into the blade, which evens out the spin rates on those common miss-hits."
Chris Voshall, Senior Club Engineer