Mizuno has announced the launch of its new S18 wedges and CLK hybrids.
While all new S18 wedges share a rounded silhouette shape to allow the blade to open easily without impacting alignment, each individual wedge, from the 46-degree pitching wedge replacement to the 62-degree lob wedge features Mizuno’s Loft Specific Design
Each wedge loft has its own unique profile, sole grind and groove depth, engineered to be most effective for its intended use.
The Loft Specific groove design on the S18 wedges incorporates narrower
and deeper Quad Cut Grooves in the stronger lofts, which are more beneficial
on full shots, while wider and shallower grooves are utilized in the higher lofts to maximize performance on partial shots.
The mid-size heads on the S18 wedges feature a Loft Specific Centre of Gravity throughout the lofts in which weight is shifted progressively higher up the blade in the more lofted wedges via a visibly thicker beveled topline, to create more consistent spin rates on strikes from high in the clubface that become more common in the highest lofts
“One of the keys to a good wedge game is controlling your spin rates,” said senior engineer Chris Voshall.
“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 mishits,” said Voshall.
Grain Flow Forged at Mizuno’s Hiroshima plant from a single billet of
1025 steel for better feel, distance control and short game performance, the S18 wedges also benefit from enhanced groove durability due to the use of Boron-infused steel spin control is further enhanced by precision face milling, taking tolerances even tighter, and ensuring Mizuno’s Quad Cut grooves are as close to the absolute USGA / R&A limitations as possible.
The S18 wedges will be available from 46 to 62 degrees in Black IP or Chrome finishes (LH in Chrome only), with the former wearing away gently over time to re
veal the durable chrome beneath.
Each wedge can also be custom stamped with up to six characters in one of 12 colours.
CLK / Wave Technology Hybrid
The new CLK Hybrid features an eight-way adjustable hosel, allowing it to be precisely tuned to fill the distance gap between the longest iron and shortest fairway wood. Its amplified Wave Technology Sole is designed to not only deliver more energy for faster ball speeds, but also pushes weight lower and forward for a high, low-spinning flight.
The ultra-thin, durable 1770 Maraging steel face further promotes faster ball
speeds while also granting Mizuno’s engineers the freedom to create a more stable clubhead.
The club’s versatile playing profile means the CLK can be played from the fairway or tee.
“We all play our CLKs a little differently,” said custom fit manager Bill Price.
“With faster ball speeds, we’ ll tend to slot them in before a three or four iron. For mid and slow swing speeds, having two, three or even four CLKs in the bag becomes a great way to maintain some yardage gaps,” said Price.
CLK hybrids are available in four RH models with the eight-way adjustable hosel paving the way for up to 32 set-up po ssibilities, including plus-minus two degrees with upright options so there’s scope for golfers to create their ideal CLK line-up, ball flight and address look.
There are also two LH CLK models.