Mizuno MP-R12 wedge / MizunoWelcome to Devil Ball's Proving Ground, where we put the latest golf equipment through its paces. Today, we take a take Mizuno's MP-R12 wedge for a spin around the course.
Testers -- Jonathan Wall -- Handicap: 2.4
Target Golf Audience -- Scratch to 10 handicap
You've likely heard this before from your local club professional, but you should never buy a club straight off the rack and put it in play the very next day -- especially if that club happens to be a wedge. If you have aspirations of getting to a single-digit handicap or possibly contending for your club championship, you need a set of wedges that are not only tailored to your game, but give you the confidence to stand over a critical shot, take dead aim, and stuff it within a couple feet of the hole for birdie.
Mizuno's MP-R12 wedge may or may not be for you, but it's definitely worth adding to your list of potential suitors ... especially if you get properly fitted for it before it goes in your bag (yep, we're going to keep hammering home the importance of getting fitted).
After taking a quick look at these wedge, we were certainly impressed with the overall design, but as you already know, the only thing that matters is how it performs on the course. Here's our review of Mizuno's latest wedge.
I never put a lot stock into what tour pro is playing what brand, because most of the time it comes down to money. But when you look at Luke Donald's relationship with Mizuno, you can tell the two are still together after all these years -- he's been playing the company's clubs since he was an amateur -- for one reason: Donald believes in the clubs.
That's not some marketing pitch Mizuno passed along. If you've ever picked up a Mizuno stick before, you know the quality and craftsmanship that go into their irons. These clubs not only look good, they usually feel incredible coming off the face when you pure one.
While Mizuno hasn't been a major player in the wedge market, you can tell they spent a lot of time perfecting the MP-R12. I didn't think it was possible to improve on the T11 (one of the best looking wedge I've ever seen), but the MP-R12 looks good. Really, really good.
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