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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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Bubba Watson’s Winning WITB: 2018 Genesis Open

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees, at 7.6 degrees)
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Pink X-Flex
Length: 44.5 inches (tipped 0.5 inches)

Hybrid: Ping G (19 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Hybrid X
Length: 40.25 inches
Swing weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (2 iron), Ping S55 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.25 inches (2 iron), +0.5 inches (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12 SS, 56-12 SS, 60-06 TS)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.5 inches

Putter: Ping Anser 303SS
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 34.25 inches, 4.5 degrees, 68.5 degrees

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Genesis Open (2/13/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Pink X-Flex

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.2 VC Tour Spec X

Hybrid: Ping G (19 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Hybrid X

Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12 SS, 56-12 SS, 60-06 TS)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Ping Anser 303SS
Grip: Ping Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Tommy Fleetwood WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Genesis Open (2/13/2018).

Driver: Taylormade M3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 7X

3 Wood: Nike Vapor Fly (13 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 7X

5 Wood: Nike Vapor Fly (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX

Irons: Nike VR Forged & Titleist 718 CB (4 iron), Nike VR Pro (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (48-09, 52-10, 56-10, 60-08)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WITB Notes: We spotted Fleetwood with 15 clubs in his bag at the 2018 Genesis Open. It would appear he’s testing 3 woods and will ultimately choose just one for competition. 

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