Mizuno,has announced the launch of a adjustable GT180 metal wood series to partner its low-spinning ST180.
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.
“We’ve been compensating for golfers’ regular mis-hit patterns for years by giving the toe and heel sides of the face a bit more bulge than the centre of the face,” said Mizuno R&D director David Llewellyn.
“This counteracts the greater amount of gear effect that occurs further from the face’s centre, thus giving the ball the appropriate amount of side spin to curve back to the centre. It’s a big topic of conversation now, but not something we’ve advertised – just one of those design increments that happens over time,” he added.
Choosing between GT180 and ST180, is a matter of personality over ability, according to Llewellyn.
“Most players like to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. To stand there and give the ball a rip, the ST180 is for them,” he said.
“Then, you have players who enjoy the process of dialing in a driver and getting it optimized to the yard. That’s the GT180. Everything else is very similar – playability, ball speed. Chose a model based on your attitude to the game – it’s not about ability,” he added.
Mizuno’s new GT180 is a fine tunable driver built to offer golfers the dual ability to added yardage on their drives and evolve with them as their swings evolve.
The levels of adjustability on the GT180 allows golfers to enhance performance from their existing swings, and then keep pace with swing changes and course conditions.
The GT180’s high-speed performance platform is built around a Forged SP700 Ti Face, a precise multi-thickness face that promotes accelerated ball speeds. It is this speed, coupled with ultimate adjustability, that allows every golfer to get the very most out of his or her game.
The GT180’s adjustability offers an expanded range of draw, neutral and fade settings in low, mid and high spin flights.
The twin movable seven-gram weights have a wider span of locations for greater impact on spin rates and fade/draw bias, while the Quick Switch Adjustable Hosel allows four inches of loft adjustment and three inches of lie adjustment to match every golfer’s unique launch conditions and visual preferences.
A Quick Switch adapter offers eight different locations to allow precise customization of loft and lie and to fine tune ball flight. The finishing touch is an expanded line of high-end shafts that can be fitted at no extra cost.
“With its wider range of settings, the GT180 can hold the key to squeeze out those last few seemingly unobtainable yards,” said Bill Price, custom fitting manager at Mizuno. “Being able to fine tune your launch angle and spin rate is the final element in the equation to find your most efficient flight.”
GT180 Fairway Woods
As with the driver, the GT180 fairway woods provide the scope to vastly reduce or increase spin rates as the situation demands. Evolution of both the Mizuno Wave sole and sliding weight technologies reduces the lower end of spin rates for a more efficient trajectory at higher ball speeds.
The amplified first wave in the sole and Internal Waffle Crown combine to push weight low and forwards for a flatter trajectory, while also generating low spin and increased ball speeds. The thinner, more responsive 1770 Maraging Steel Face then boosts ball speeds even further.
Adjustability comes via 17 grams of sliding weight that create a wider potential span of spin rates to fine tune ball flight, with the Quick Switch Adjustable Hosel allowing four inches of loft adjustment and three inches of lie adjustment to match every golfer’s unique launch conditions and visual preferences.
An expanded line of high-end shafts can again be fitted at no extra cost and the GT180 fairway wood is also available in a TS (tour style) model with a more compact, lower-lofted head.
“We’ve managed to significantly reduce the lower end range of spin rates, but keep the overall range of adjustability,” said Price. “Players at the faster end of swing speeds are going to see a much flatter trajectory – but have the possibility of increasing their spin should the conditions dictate.”