Mizuno S5 Wedge Review

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Mizuno don’t have a great reputation for wedges, but with the help of Luke Donald, the Mizuno S5 Wedge has delivered a step change in the all-round forged wedge that we believe many golfers will enjoy.

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Mizuno S5 Wedge. The pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other wedges we have recently reviewed.

We reviewed the Mizuno S5 Wedge as part of our Best Golf Wedges Review.

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Mizuno S5 Wedge

Our Assessment

8.5 Total Score
Good (B)

For some time Mizuno haven’t quite been there with it’s wedges in offering something soft, but the S5 is majestically soft on impact. Even if using a firm golf ball the feel and sound you get at impact is superb. Whilst the spin is not a whole lot more in the S5 wedges from the 90 yard mark the trajectory is beautiful and that has been greatly improved over the years with regard to Mizuno. Grain flow forged from 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel and a beautiful aesthetic appeal makes it a solid choice for the better player.

Design / Appearance
9.5
Build Quality
8.5
Control / Feel
8.5
Performance
8.5
Value for Money
7.5
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Beautiful striking Blue IP variant, which is nice to see for a change rather than chrome or satin finish
  • Superb distance control each and every shot
  • A great improvement in terms of trajectory offering a lot more penetrating ball flight as opposed to in the past where it ‘popped’ straight up off the face and almost floated to the target
CONS:
  • Not one of the highest spinning wedges we’ve tested

Key Facts

Product Details Mizuno S5 Wedge
Launch RRP $119
Gender Mens
Handicap Range Low to Medium
Hand Availability Right and Left
Right Handed Lofts 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 (custom lofts available)
Left Handed Lofts 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 (custom lofts available)
Lie 63°
Material Finish Blue IP or White Satin
Club Length 35.25″ only
Shaft Type and Name Dynamic Gold (Wedge Flex), XP115 (Wedge Flex)
Grip M-31 58 round
Manufacturers Website Mizuno

Official Video

Mizuno S5 Wedge Review

A look at the striking design of the new S5 wedge and particularly the electric blue satin finish of the club-head, which is so appealing

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Mizuno S5 Wedge Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Two options available – either white satin or a blue IP version – the latter is certainly striking and would stand out in any players bag.

The club-head is larger and rounder than the MP-T5 wedge and that increases playability and forgiveness…this in turn widens the applicable handicap bracket suited to this club.

At address the S5 wedge certainly gives the confidence boost to most seeing the club-face frame the ball so well.

As is a general trait of Mizuno irons, these are grain flow forged from 1025E Pure Select Mild Carbon Steel and have a beautiful aesthetic appeal, particularly the back of the club-head.

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Image Credit: Official Mizuno Image

Build Quality

Similar to the Ping Glide Wedge Review the Mizuno S5 offers loft specific grooves, which basically means the higher the loft the more spin will be imparted on the golf ball.

What’s also a great feature in build quality suggested by Luke Donald is that different lofts have varying sole grinds with the higher lofted clubs allowing you to manipulate the club-face a lot more.

There is also a sharply cut crevice in the back of the clubhead directly behind the sweet spot and this improves the feel and feedback on purely struck wedge shots.

Control / Feel

For some time Mizuno haven’t quite been there with it’s wedges in offering something soft, but the S5 is majestically soft on impact… even if using a firm golf ball the feel and sound you get at impact is superb.

In our past reviews with Mizuno wedges in particular the control wasn’t top drawer whereby a well struck supposedly high spinning shot left the club-face at a fairly high trajectory and unfortunately didn’t really spin a whole lot either.

Mizuno S5 Wedge
Mizuno S5 Wedge Review

Performance

Whilst the spin is not a whole lot more in the S5 wedges from the 90 yard mark the trajectory is beautiful and that has been greatly improved over the years with regard to Mizuno.

Even though the lower lofted wedges don’t spin that much, the higher lofted wedges produce enough spin to be satisfied and sometimes that’s even a good thing so that it is easier to control distance.

The grain flow forging throughout the club-head and hosel has provided a platform which delivers consistent distance control and that is a very strong point.

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Image Credit: Official Mizuno Image

Value for Money

It falls into the same price bracket as the Ping Glide, a reasonable cost, but to be brutally honest unless you are a Mizuno fan then it may be worth leaning towards one of it’s competitors such as the Cleveland 588 RTX or the Ping Glide Wedge as the Mizuno product is still not quite there.

That being said, you will get a lot out of the S5 wedges with versatility and distance control being up there with the best of them.

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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