S18 R2 199 PERFORMANCE ★★★★ ½ INNOVATION ★★★★½
VERDICT Altering the head shape by loft isn’t an aesthetic exercise here. Rather, it was done to calibrate how each loft presents different performance requirements. As loft increases, more mass is placed towards the top of the blade. That raises the centre of gravity, which yields two things most players prefer in their higher-lofted wedges: flight control and increased spin. Other popular Mizuno features include grooves and sole grinds that change with loft, and a forged carbonsteel design that uses boron for durability.