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Spotted: Mizuno GT-180 Driver

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Is this Mizuno’s new driver?

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Fresh off the heels of Mizuno’s launch of its new MP-18 irons, S18 wedges, and CLK hybrids in the U.S., a photo of a new GT-180 driver leaked on Instagram. The user, MSTGolf, is a retailer based in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam. That raises the question, “Will this driver be released in the U.S., or is it a club for the Asian market?

New Mizuno GT180 driver

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Mizuno hasn’t offered any details about the driver to this point, but there’s some chatter about potential launch dates and another new driver from the company in our forums. See what GolfWRX Members are saying.

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  1. Mat

    Aug 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

    There’s more to it… the hole in that “draw” slot would make it non-conforming.

  2. Dan in Nam

    Aug 22, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I’ll be in Nam next week will try to find it…looks a little overboard looks like something you would see at Bushwood C.C.

  3. Heich

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:02 am

    It’s got SP700 on the face, so I am assuming this would be like the Titleist C16 type price? Unless it gives me 18 yards extra I’m not buying it :-p

  4. Jimbo

    Aug 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I would like to see more weight adjustment from heel to toe for fade and draw adjustments.

    • Sid

      Aug 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      So what you really want is weight adjustment in all three axes — X-Y-Z.
      A driver with all those weights would mean there are 3^2 or 9 possible combinations.
      How would you do that, trial and error and error and error?

  5. The dude

    Aug 19, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Stick with irons Miz

  6. Tom Duckworth

    Aug 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I look forward to the day when we don’t feel the need for gizmos all over the bottom of a driver. Ping has the right idea make different drivers that fit what you want to do and keep it clean and simple. I don’t really think sliding weights will save a bad swing anyway.
    If this driver was made to fit in with the MP-18 irons it misses the mark for me it looks out of place with the classic looking irons.

    • Scott

      Aug 18, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Ping dont have it right…..3 different drivers = 3 times the development costs and production moulds. Adjustability still the way to go. Its not designed to be a MP driver…..

      • Christopher

        Aug 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

        There’s only so much you can do with sliding weights, I’d imagine you’d be equally happy with a well fit Ping driver that are specifically designed to do what they do.

        • Teaj

          Aug 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

          im assuming his point was that the cost for ping to R&D, list and manufacture 3 different drivers is greater than a single driver that can do most if not all functions the 3 ping drivers do.

  7. Al Humphrey

    Aug 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Have seen the head at Mizuno’s Braselton, GA assembly operation. Larger visual footprint; relocated CG; more forgiving….really a diamond in the rough…..with MRC stock shafts. Expecting longer, straighter.

    • Bester

      Aug 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      The driver head hits the ball but that’s about it. It’s the swing that creates the speed to send the head into the ball. No swing speed, no length no matter what kind or brand of driver head. Jeez it’s simple golf science.

      • Teaj

        Aug 21, 2017 at 9:43 pm

        so you should learn to swing that individual driver rather than adjust your driver to adapt to your specific swing mechanics? you do realize that Pro’s have had their clubs adjusted for years prior to all the weight and loft adjustments by way of hotmelt, loft and lie hosel bending, this is the manufactures way of bringing these adjustments to the masses so they can swing a club that better suits their swing mechanics. really the only argument is that most people using these drivers are not set up to maximize performance but at least they have the opportunity to do so.

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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