Mizuno, the leading golf equipment manufacturer, announced the release of its latest wood technology and partner to the ‘flat out’ low spinning ST180, the precision adjustable GT180 metal wood series. Both the ST180 and GT180 are available now.
The ST180 Series announced in late 2017 is on point for the generation of high ball speed players prevalent on Tout.
Approaching the science of driving head-on, the ST180 has a simple weight forward, low spin profile intended to reduce spin rates. The new GT180 is a more sophisticated design with an expanded capacity to manipulate weight throughout the head, ideal for fitting studios and players looking to squeeze the last few yards from their motion.
The GT180 and ST180 both take advantage of a high ball speed, exotic Forged SP700 Ti face and improved shaft offerings-including the Mitsubishi Tensei CK, KURO KAGE Silver Dual-Core TiNi and BASSARA E-SERIES 42. Every shaft is an authentic version on the custom after-market component.
Hitting on a current industry topic of discussion, Mizuno engineers point out their design approach to the ‘bulge and roll’ of the latest woods delivering against current trends.
“We’ve been compensating for golfer’s regular miss hit patterns for years by giving the toe and heel sides of the face a bit more bulge than the center of the face.” said David Llewellynn, R&D Director of Golf. “This counteracts the greater amount of gear effect that occurs further from face center and gives the ball the appropriate amount of side spin to curve back to center. This is a big topic of conversation now-but not a design element we’ve advertised. Just one of those increments that happen over time.”
On the subject of which model to choose GT180 or ST180, Llewellyn points to personality over ability. “Most players like to keep things uncomplicated. To stand there and give the ball a rip- the ST180 is for them. Then you have players who enjoy the process of dialing in a driver and getting it optimized to the yard- that is the GT180. Everything else is very similar-playability and ball speed. Choose a model based on your attitude to the game- it’s not about ability.”
Interest by pro players on tour continues to grow, which is not surprising given Mizuno’s track record of influential innovations in the metal wood category, from mass production of Titanium(T100) and the impact of low spin(T-ZOID) to sliding weight adjustability(MP-600). All of which have been embraced by the other manufacturers.
The GT180 and ST180 Drivers and Fairway Woods retail for $499/$299 and $399/$249 respectively. Each comes with a specific MItsubishi shaft option, however sixteen options are available at no upcharge and are available at your favorite golf retailers nationwide and MizunoUSA.com for more information.