Mizuno S18 Wedge
There is a wide range of wedges across the board from many manufacturers, and not all of them have the capacity to deliver extreme spin and ultimate control to your short game shots. However, it is the Mizuno S18 wedge that is here to offer impressive performance and help you play a whole host of different shots on the greens. The versatility of the wedge is highly pronounced, offering a wide range of loft degrees with progressive clubhead design for a controllable short game.
But, golfers who know and understand clubs craftsmanship, don’t get surprised by the exquisite quality of Mizuno’s products as Mizuno has been offering the finest of the forged irons and wedges for more than a century. The reliable predictability and consistency have often been tour golfers' greatest support, and there’s almost no tour player who lacks at least one Mizuno’s club in his/her bag. Mizuno’s irons and wedges have regularly been the most played brand in all worldwide tours, proving the fact that Mizuno is a serious player in the golf industry.
Mizuno has been unsurpassed in the production of forged irons and wedges, however, when the company introduced the proprietary Grain Flow Forging Process, it was clear that they took the cavity back designs very seriously. And, that was more than expected as the trend is moving forward cavity back designs, so in line with the highest Mizuno’s standards, they launched their cavity back constructed irons and wedges.
The Mizuno S18 is diverting from the cavity wedge lead of its predecessor the S5, and, designed with precise lofted angles, it is a decent mid-sized club that features a more generous sole and which is intended to appeal low to mid handicappers. The choice of materials, the face construction, and the absolutely striking finish make a difference and define it as one of the appealing wedges on the market.
Grain Flow Forged technology that preserves the natural grain of the metal
Made from 1025 steel with infused Boron for extra strength
Quad cut grooves that change progressively
Eight lofts ranging from 46 to 62 degrees
Exceptional sound and soft, consistent and solid feel
A progressive center of gravity positioning
Dynamic gold wedge shaft
Not playable for weak mid and high handicappers
When you take a look at the back of the clubhead, you’ll notice that the Mizuno S18 wedge features a lower and narrower channel that replaces the hexagonal design that was part of its predecessor, the S5. This design gives it a more elegant and stable look of sophistication and confidence.
But, this design is not only for aesthetic purposes only as it lowers the weight in the clubhead and positions it more to the perimeter so that it yields more stability and control at impact. However, due to the progressive design, the weight is differently distributed throughout the set, and the higher lofted clubheads feature more weight on the upper half of the muscle back.
Grain Flow Forged Clubhead
The Grain Flow Forging is Muzino’s patented method of using the natural grain of the metal to produce the most consistent, durable and highly precise wedge clubhead. The forged head is a tighter, more reinforced grain structure without the possibility of losing the internal grain structure. The 1025 steel is the softest feeling iron, which in combination with Boron, offers unbeatable strength, balance, and incredibly more speed. This process also ensures that the grooves can be strengthened in the process of making the forged head.
Center of Gravity (CG)
Therefore, lower lofted wedges that feature straighter face design, the center of gravity is positioned lower to increase the launching angle, while the higher lofted wedges come with a flatter face angle, so the center of gravity is positioned higher up.
Another change in the design is seen in the top half of the muscle back in the higher lofted wedges where more weight is added to enhance the distance of the ball when it is hit high on the face. The competition usually uses variable hosel length to achieve a similar effect, however, since the wedges are manufactured with the patented Grain Flow Forging process, the hosel comes from the same steel billet and therefore the hosel length is identical in all wedges. This way, the only viable solution is to add more weight so that the CG is raised and located above the impact point of the club.
Sound and Feel
The feel is also very distinguishing and extra soft. The choice of the material is partly responsible for the soft feel but the variable center of gravity has its share too. So, when you put together the material, the variable CG and the grooves versatility, you get a very controllable wedge that clearly communicates with you.
The spin and the grip has been proven to be very consistent an high, even if you slightly miss the center. The predictability and accuracy are also on a high level too, which brings more confidence and assurance that you’re on the right track. The trailing edge grind is not as straight as the predecessor, so those who like to open or close the face can get the effect without affecting the bounce.
When it comes to the grooves, they feature progressive shape design, the lower lofted wedges come with narrower and deeper grooves, while the higher-lofted wedges feature shallow and wider grooves. The progression doesn’t stop here, though as Mizuno’s designers made sure that the CGs will move along the lofts so that they are always positioned behind the point of impact. This makes sure that golfers will get a maximum feel and will have greater control and precision from any lie angles.
The soft-feel comes from 1025 steel which is one of the softest and which has been Boron infused during the manufacturing process, providing incredible strength of the overall construction. The Mizuno S18 comes in 8 lofts and bounce varieties ranging from 46 degrees loft to 62 degrees loft.
- Made from 1025 steel with infused Boron for extra strength
- Manufactured with the patented Grain Flow Forged process that preserves the natural grain of the metal
- Harmonic impact technology delivers consistent and identical head and hosel design
- Quad cut grooves milled narrow and deep for lower-lofted wedges and wider and shallower for the higher-lofted wedges
- Eight lofts ranging from 46 to 62 degrees
- Exceptional sound and soft, consistent and solid feel
- A dynamic center of gravity positioning
- Dynamic gold wedge shaft
This model, unlike its predecessor, is slightly smaller and rounder with a longer channel and very versatile design. It comes in two initial finish varieties, the standard Satin White and Black, and later on it got the popular Blue Ion finish. The Black finish looks stylish and elegant and delivers a sophisticated impression. The only con, as it is the case with the Blue finish, is the wear after prolonged, frequent use which unravels the steel underneath.
All in all, the Mizuno S18 is a solid wedge that appeals to mainly low handicappers or strong mid handicappers. The progressive grinds and the variable CGs deliver consistent, predictable and stable feel with extraordinary sound. The fact that this wedge is found in almost any tour player speaks about the trust they put in the performance delivered by Mizuno, so yes, it is a highly recommended wedge.