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
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.
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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