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Mizuno, the Japanese golf equipment manufacturer founded in Osaka in 1906, has announced the launch of its new ST180 Series metal woods, designed for high-speed, low-spin performance.
Mizuno has been making headlines this year with countless wins across the world’s tours and many players switching to its world-renowned forged irons. But the brand’s metal woods have been helping golfers find extra yards from the tee for many years too, from the Ti100 – golf’s first mass-production titanium driver – through to T-ZOID, MP-001, MP-600 and last year’s highly successful JPX900 Series metal woods that were engineered to optimise launch angle and spin rates to help every golfer convert mph into added yards via ingenious design features and maximum adjustability. Now Mizuno is taking speed to a whole new level with its revolutionary new ST180 drivers and fairway woods.
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 – dropping spin rates for even the fastest, downward ball-strikers. The Amplified Wave sole, originally engineered in Mizuno’s fairway woods, contracts and expands to increase the energy imparted to the ball for elevated ball speeds, while also pushing weight forward to vastly reduce spin rates.
A new Forged SP700 Ti multi-thickness face promotes accelerated ball speeds that take the ST180’s performance noticeably past its predecessors, while the striking 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 Jeff Cook, PGA Tour Manager. “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˚ models plus a ladies’ 12.5˚ model.
ST180 Fairway Woods
The new ST180 fairway woods share much of the driver’s technology including the hugely amplified Wave sole technology that commits every available gram of weight low and towards the face – dropping spin rates for even the fastest, downward ball strikers. 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 vastly 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 that both looks, and is, highly forgiving.
“If you like a wider, larger-looking profile, but don’t necessarily want a high-spinning flight, the ST180 is a really interesting option,” says Jeff Cook / PGA Tour Manager. “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 18˚ models for both men and ladies.
All ST180 metal woods feature a Quick Switch Adjustable Hosel that allows 4 degrees of loft adjustment and 3 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.
Mizuno has strived to “create the best products for consumers” for 111 years, and the new high-speed ST180 drivers and fairway woods adhere firmly to that original spirit and desire, while offering the best performance benefits that modern technology can bring. #nothingfeelslikeamizuno
ST180 woods will be available at retail in Europe from February 2018. For further information or to find out more about Mizuno’s full range of golf equipment, apparel and accessories visit: golf.mizunoeurope.com.
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