Mizuno has announced the launch of its new ST180 Series metal woods, designed for high-speed, low-spin performance.
The first Mizuno driver to feature Wave sole technology, with the ST180’s Wave sole committing every available gram of weight low and towards the face to drop spin rates for even fast, downward ball-strikers.
The Amplified Wave sole, originally engineered in Mizuno’s fairway woods, contracts and expands to increase energy to the ball for greater ball speeds, while also pushing weight forward to reduce spin rates.
A new Forged SP700 Ti multi-thickness face promotes accelerated ball speeds, while the blue head’s Internal Waffle Crown is a weight-saving design that allows more grams to be relocated low and forward to promote efficient low-spin performance.
“This was the biggest shock we’ve had in testing,” said PGA Tour manager Jeff Cook. “The spin rate and ball speed of this driver caught everybody out. The ST180 comes off so fast, with so little spin. It’s going to make a lot of good players question what they really need in a driver.”
The ST180 driver will be available in men’s 9.5 and 12.5-degree models.
ST180 Fairway Woods
The new ST180 fairway woods share much of the driver’s technology, including the amplified Wave sole technology. The Internal Waffle Crown’s weight-saving design again allows more grams to be relocated low and forward for efficient low-spin performance.
The Amplified Wave Soleplate features a huge first wave that contracts and expands on impact for increased energy transfer and elevated ball speed, while also pushing weight forward to reduce spin rates.
ST180 fairway woods feature a thinner, more responsive, high-energy 1770 Maraging Steel Face to further increase ball speeds and deliver a flatter, more efficient, controlled ball flight. The head’s larger footprint generates a bigger-than-average profile for increased forgiveness.
“If you like a wider, larger-looking profile, but don’t necessarily want a high-spinning flight, the ST180 is a really interesting option,” said Cook. “Over the years, a lot of our tour players have bucked the trend for smaller fairway woods and this plays nicely into their hands.”
ST180 fairway woods will be available in 15 and 180-degree models for both men’s righthanded and lefthanded players.
All ST180 metal woods feature a Quick Switch Adjustable Hosel that allows four degrees of loft adjustment and three degrees of lie adjustment so the clubs can be fine-tuned to the unique launch conditions and visual preferences of all golfers. A new expanded line of high-end shafts can also be fitted at no additional charge.
ST180 woods will be available at retail in Canada from December 2018.