Mizuno MP-T4

We dish out Golfmagic Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to our favourite premium wedges on the market in 2014

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Andy Roberts and Charlie Lemay
Tue, 24 Jun 2014

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Brand: Mizuno
Wedge: MP-T4
Best price: £84.95
Lofts: 52- to 60-degree
Lie: 63-degree (can be adjusted +-3 degree)
5- to 13-degree
Finishes: Exotic White Satin Chrome and Black Nickel
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Summary: Mizuno MP-T4 packs the brand's advantages of Grain Glow Forged feel and distance control all into a soft edged, re-worked teardrop profile. According to Mizuno, feedback from both European and PGA Tour led Mizuno's R&D department to create a sole grind with softer edges. The teardrop profile has been modified to become more rounded and less punishing on turf interaction. Although overall sole relief has been retained, the absence of defined edges allows the MP-T4 to pass through the turf in a much more consistent fashion. A full length slot to the back of the MP-T4 allows mass to be moved both into the sole and upper portion of the blade.

Looks: Placing clubhead into palm of hand and there's a relatively thick topline on offer but it’s by no means off-putting. The back of the club is neat without being glitzy, as the black line of the Quad Cut Grooves runs through the middle. As with the MP iron line, MP-T4 wedges are Grain Flow Forged at Mizuno's exclusive Hiroshima facility and can be custom assembled to match a prescribed specification. The new darkened design is the newest finish to the MP-T4 line and is currently in the bag of Mizuno staffers Luke Donald. It's essentially a 'Raw Black' variation that wears and rusts. It also leaves the grooves exposed (chrome can round them off a touch) for the most spin possible. No glare issues and there's a nice, minimalist look to it.

Feel: Balls stick to the face at impact and there’s a good sense of balance to the Spinner shaft. One of the most forgiving wedges in the test but we found the head a little too head heavy and the sound quite clicky at impact - although that's more a personal preference than anything.

Performance: MP-T4 generates solid turf interaction as the grooves cut through the grass. The Quad Cut Groove concept feels suitable for those full 100-yard shots and helps compress the ball much better than some of the other market-leading wedges out there. Good distance control with the 52, while the 56 splashed balls out the greenside trap with relative ease and plenty of backspin.

Verdict: Classic looks and strong performance. Not the nicest sounding wedge, however, and much too head heavy for our liking which prevents this from a Gold award.

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