Mizuno S5 wedges review

Mizuno S5 Wedges
Mizuno S5 Wedges
Golf Monthly Verdict

The updated shape is certainly more pleasing on the eye. It helps you be more creative with your shot selection around the green and be confident you can pull the shot off, aided by the excellent spin control these wedges provide. The blue finish won't be to everyone's taste but we like it and think they look great in the bag.

Reasons to buy
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    A versatile shape and soft feel is accompanied by excellent short game control and a pleasing look at address

Reasons to avoid
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    The blue finish wears off relatively quickly, reducing the appeal of its look in the bag

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The Golf Monthly Test Team's Mizuno S5 wedges review, a new model that offers enhanced feel and control around the green as well as a new unique Blue IP finish

The Golf Monthly Test Team's Mizuno S5 wedges review, a new model that offers enhanced feel and control around the green as well as a new unique Blue IP finish

Key technology A larger midsize profile is less intimidating when faced with shots from poor lies while a slightly rounded leading edge allows it to be opened or closed while still aligned to your target. Quad Cut grooves are wider and shallower in the 54-62° models for more spin on chips and pitches, and deeper and narrower in the 49-53° heads for control and workability on full and longer pitch shots. Mizuno’s Grain Flow Forging creates a better feel and consistency. It comes in both White Satin and a new Blue IP finish.

Shaft options Dynamic Gold Wedge in steel, Orochi Wedge flex in graphite

Loft options 49-62° in various bounces

Will suit Golfers seeking a more confidence- inspiring look at address with their wedges.

GM verdict The larger profile at address is noticeable without appearing overly chunky. It actually inspired greater confidence as more of the face was visible on those tricky open-faced shots where you’re imparting more of a glancing blow. The extra size seemed to make finesse chips from poor lies easier to play, helped by the sole grind that balances versatility and playability on different lengths of shot.

The top line is still relatively thin, appealing to good players. We preferred the more traditional satin finish, although the blue looks great in the bag and doesn’t take too long to get used to. The performance was especially impressive from the rough and sand, offering exceptional spin from strike points across the face. The flight on pitch shots was strong and consistent, with obvious check on the second bounce and the soft feel synonymous with Mizuno’s forged irons.


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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x