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Mizuno’s new, super-adjustable GT-180 driver and fairway woods

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All the way back in August, we spotted a prototype “GT-180” driver from Mizuno that had a sole full of adjustable features.

Then, in November, Mizuno launched a ST-180 driver that had “wave-sole technology” in the sole that was used to push weight low-and-forward in the club head to reduce spin rates. But, the ST-180 did not have the adjustable features of the GT driver we spotted. So, we thought, where is this ultra-adjustable “GT-180” driver?

Well, Mizuno finally launched the GT-180 driver. It’s packed with all of the adjustability we expected, but now we have all the tech info. There’s also GT-180 fairway woods.

Read below for everything you need to know about the GT-180 drivers and the fairway woods, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about them in our forums.

Mizuno GT-180 driver

Mizuno promises extreme adjustability and performance optimization with its GT-180 driver. The club features a forged SP700 Ti face, implementing the multi-thickness face concept we’ve seen recently as manufacturers strive to maximize ball speed across the face. Two movable, 7-gram weights offer the full buffet of adjustability options, and the Quick Switch adjustable hosel allows for four degrees of loft adjustment and three degrees of lie toggling.

“With its wider range of settings, the GT180 can hold the key to squeeze out those last few seemingly unattainable yards,” says 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.”

On the subject of how golfers should choose between GT-180 and ST-180 drivers, R&D Director David Llewellyn put it simply.

“Most players like to keep things as uncomplicated as possible – to stand there and give the ball a rip. The ST-180 is for them. Then you have players who enjoy the process of dialing in a driver and getting it optimized to the yard – that’s the GT-180. Everything else is very similar – playability, ball speed. Chose a model based on your attitude to the game – it’s not about ability.”

GT-180 drivers will sell for $500, and they come stock with Mitsubishi’s Kuro Kage shafts, although other shafts are available at no upcharge.

Mizuno GT-180 fairway woods

Reduced spin, maximum adjustability, and no ballooning if you’re in the upper range of the swing speed scale. Such are Mizuno’s promises with its new GT-180 fairway woods. The company continues to refine its Wave Sole and sliding weight system, pairing the technologies with a thinner, 1770 maraging steel face.

Mizuno’s GT-180 fairways woods offer 17 grams of total sliding weight, as well as the same Quick Switch hosel as the driver (four degrees of loft adjustment, three degrees of lie). A TS (tour style) model with a more compact, lower-lofted head, is also available. The fairway woods will sell for $300 apiece.

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  1. cdj

    Feb 4, 2018 at 6:59 am

    How will it survive a sliver rating from GD club test? TIC of course…

  2. Lee

    Feb 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

    So how many of their Staff players will put it in the bag?
    As usual probably none, stick to making irons!

  3. JJVas

    Feb 2, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Definitely will try this one. I love my JPX 900, but I wish it was just a bit deeper. I have it set to 7.5* with the supposedly lowest-launching 757-X, and am still living around 2500 RPMs. It’s really straight, and on average as long as my M1, but if this one is a touch deeper, that may mean a buy.

    • JJVas

      Feb 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Btw, that lie angle chunk on the bottom is straight garbage. Removed mine and added an additional weight. Can’t believe they repeated that mistake.

      • Nigel Tufnel

        Feb 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm

        The chunk on the bottom is (I believe) for face angle adjustment – not lie.
        I quite like that feature as I need increased loft but don’t like closed face look at address.

  4. Stan

    Feb 2, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Both the ST and GT 190 drivers have forged SP700 Ti face inserts, but the question is what is the metallurgy of the driver bodies, the crown and sole?
    My guess the bodies are a cast aluminum-titanium matrix to achieve the complex shapes in both driver models.
    The Al/Ti matrix is like 99% aluminum and 1% titanium, and is usually found in really cheap jumbo drivers at WalMart.

  5. Larry

    Feb 2, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Both the ST and GT 190 drivers have forged SP700 Ti face inserts, but the question is what is the metallurgy of the driver bodies, the crown and sole?
    My guess the bodies are a cast aluminum-titanium matrix to achieve the complex shapes in both driver models.
    The Al/Ti matrix is like 99% aluminum and 1% titanium, and is usually found in really cheap jumbo drivers at WalMart.
    This is just another ripoff of gullible gearhead golfers who think they are getting something special.

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Justin Rose’s Winning WITB: 2018 Fort Worth Invitational

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 440 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 70TX

3 wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80TX

5 wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (4 iron), TaylorMade P730 Rose Proto (5-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (48, 52, 56 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135X

Putter: TaylorMade TP Ardmore 2

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5

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Jimmy Walker spotted testing a Titleist prototype driver?

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As spotted by GolfWRX Forum Member “anthony007,” Jimmy Walker was shown on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive hitting an unidentified driver at the Warrior Open.

In anthony007’s forum post, along with the photo, he asks the question “Is this a new Driver from Titleist?”

Well, it’s hard to tell from the grainy photo exactly what the driver says on the sole. But then Jimmy Walker himself posted on Twitter saying: “Great catch! Its always fun to test new prototypes and the [Titleist on Tour] guys have given me some cool toys to play with that are incredible – but unfortunately I can’t talk about them yet!”

While the response is a bit cryptic, it does seem that Walker confirms he was indeed testing a Titleist prototype driver.

What do you think?

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the photo.

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UNLV Rebels WITB: 2018 NCAA Men’s Championship

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The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Men’s Golf team is participating in the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 25-30. Representing the Mountain West Conference, the team is led by Head Coach Dwaine Knight.

To see the team’s full roster, click here

Below, we highlight the clubs and shafts that each of the players on the team are using at the championship.

Shintaro Ban

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Callaway Epic (20 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Steel 115

Irons: Callaway X Forged (4 and 5 iron), Callaway Apex MB (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Fourteen RM Raw wedge (50, 55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50 and 55), S400 (60)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 7S

Harry Hall

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917 F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

5 Wood: Titleist 917 F2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (3-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 120X

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Putter: Evenroll ER5 Hatchback (36.5 inches)

Jack Trent

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX

Hybrid: Titleist H2 818 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: Titleist T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5R
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 (35 inches)

Justin Kim

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 8TX

Driving Iron: Titleist 712U (3 iron)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS $-Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm6 (50, 54 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Justin Chong

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

5 Wood: Ping G30
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: TaylorMade M1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD 85X

Irons: Miura CB-57 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-09 F Grind and 58-08 M Grind)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey V-Line Fang O-Works

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Garrick Higgo

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 60X 120MS

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Black 70 TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 85H X-Flex

Driving Iron: Titleist TMB (2, 3 and 4 iron)
Shaft: KBS C-Taper 130X

Irons: Titleist AP2 (5-PW, GW)
Shafts: KBS C -Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Matte Black (55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 130X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X7M Black Tour Only

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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