Mizuno ST180 Driver: Simple Yet Satisfying

Previous Mizuno drivers, like the JPX-900, had many ways to adjust the club to fit your swing. The company’s latest driver, the ST180 simplifies the design while still giving the club tons of performance. This review looks at how the Mizuno ST180 driver converts design into raw power.

Mizuno ST180 Driver Traits

Face

The face of the ST180 driver is made of a material called SP700 Titanium. This exotic, fine-grain material increases speed and distance with its strength and thin design. The face is able to flex more at impact, creating what engineers call a “greater responsive force.”

As seen on the JPX 900 driver, the ST180’s face has CORTECH technology, a multi-thickness design to also increase ball speed. Strikes across the entire club face, and especially in the center, gain ball speed. The weight that’s saved by varying the thickness expands the COR (energy transfer to the ball) area for more ball speed.

Sole

ST180 driver sole

The sole of the ST180 driver is where you first see its simplicity compared to previous models. The JPX 900 was the company’s most adjustable driver. It adjustable weights to change the ball flight, CG, and face angle at address. This new iteration does away with all of that. “Wave Technology” on the sole is a series of ridges and valleys. These ridges compress and rebound at impact for greater COR area and higher ball speeds. Translation, distance. The lack of adjustment tracks also moves more weight lower and forward for high launch, low spin drives.

Crown and Hosel

The design on the ST180 driver’s crown is called a waffle crown, according to the company. It’s made to optimize the sweet spot and provide lower spin for increased distance. The blue finish consumers have grown used to over the past few generations of driver provides a clean, sleek look.

Finally, Mizuno’s Quick Switch Adaptor on the ST180 driver makes adjusting the loft/lie angle simple. Users can raise or lower the loft by 2 degrees or set it to “upright” settings for more draw bias.

Summarizing the Mizuno ST180 Driver

Players looking for the maximum in distance and forgiveness in a simple, clean package find it in the ST180 driver. Choose from 9.5 or 12.5-degree heads, pair it with 1 of 5 no-upcharge premium shafts and over 30 grip choices and experience the performance for yourself.

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Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.

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