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SPOTTED: Mizuno ST190 and ST190G drivers

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Three Mizuno drivers have recently been added to the USGA Conforming Clubs list: Mizuno ST190 (9.5 degrees), ST190 HL (10.5 degrees) and ST190G. While the image links are currently unavailable on the USGA website, the ST180 and ST190G drivers have been spotted in person at the British Masters.

Judging from the photos, both drivers have Mizuno’s familiar Wave Technology — an accordion-like speed channel seen in the ST180 drivers — and “SP700 Coretech” faces.

The ST190 looks to have a fixed weight in the rear portion of the sole, while the ST190G has a “Fast Track Technology” sliding weight in the heel of the sole; judging by the labeling, that track will help golfers adjust between draw and fade trajectory biases. Surely, the Mizuno ST190 HL was not spotted out at the British Masters because one would assume it’s a “High Launch” product made for those who need more launch; that tends to be higher handicaps rather than Tour pros.

The driver being tested above looks to be equipped with a popular Mitsubishi Tensei Orange shaft. Compared to the ST180 drivers, it’s also clear Mizuno is going away from the blue color scheme to a glossy black look.

Mizuno is not commenting on details/tech at the time, so for now we are left to speculate on the drivers.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying in our forums about the ST190 drivers.

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  1. Bobby

    Oct 26, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I happened to catch the Mizuno rep yesterday at our local golf shop and he let me hit both of them. They look amazing and feel even better.. both seem very easy to hit and forgiving.. they are going to be unveiled in Orlando in February can’t wait to get fitted for one

  2. Peaknation

    Oct 12, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Anyone else read WINE Technology on the sole?

    • joro

      Oct 12, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      How about WAVE Technology, you know, like the waves of the sole. I have the 180 and it is good, and very calming. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm POW.

  3. Mizzyfan

    Oct 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

    SP700 face is suppose to be made of some high end material other OEM’s use to but stop using because it’s too expensive.

  4. rymail00

    Oct 10, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve never hit a Mizuno driver (or seen one in person actually) but I think going with the black crown has to make it look better at address. I know its just a visual thing and but a blue head is a bit aggressive even if blue is Mizuno’s color scheme.

    Interested to hear more though.

  5. Tom

    Oct 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    WOW, will surely change the game forever!!!

  6. HappyG

    Oct 10, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Mizuno drivers are so underrated. Just try one I’m sure you’ll be surprised. I went to a driver fitting, tried Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, and others. The Mizuno ST-180 out performed all of them. Superb.

  7. John

    Oct 10, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Shame about the shiny crown, will never buy another driver with a reflective crown.

    • 2putttom

      Oct 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      last line in the article say’s it all … unless you know something we don’t ?

  8. Wooltron3030@yahoo.com

    Oct 10, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Wish they would try and make their sliding weights semi good looking instead of just slapping a hunk of metal and a screw together.

  9. Ben

    Oct 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Mizuno rep just visited my golf shop with these drivers today. They will be unveiled at the PGA show in Orlando. Stock shaft will be the Atmos but are saying no upcharge for any shaft they offer. They have gone away from blue, and they look really good.

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

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You have a golf trip planned in two weeks. One day after work, you head to your car to hit the range and get some grinding in for the trip. As you walk to your car you notice your car has been broken into and your clubs are gone. Not good. You need new clubs for the trip but aren’t in a position to shell out the $2,000-$3,000 for a brand new set. What are your options? I recommend hitting the used market.

Every year, thousands of used golf clubs go on the market. Some of the clubs had a rough life and some have barely been hit. As an exercise to see what you can get for your dollar, I browsed one of the web’s largest used golf equipment sites (3balls.com) with a budget of $500 for a full set of clubs in my specs. What I found was really interesting.

Rules: 14 clubs for under $500 shipped. As close to my specs as possible.

Driver

Since I play a low loft driver with a low launch, low spin shaft, I knew I was in for a challenge with finding a driver. Once I took a minute to search, I found this beauty of a driver. I remember hitting the Ping G10 back in the day, and it was one of the most forgiving drivers at the time. Plus, it was very close to my specs at standard length, 7.5 degrees, and a mid-launch Grafalloy shaft.

Wood

While searching for a 3-wood, I had two things in mind, I needed a X-stiff shaft, and I needed it to be heavy. After about five minutes, I found this great Titleist 913 with a heavier X-stiff shaft. Normally I play a 13-degree 3-wood, and this 3-wood would allow me to loft it down to get the desired flight. Really a solid deal for $50.

Hybrid

In an ideal world, I’d be hitting a 2-iron or a driving iron here. The problem is that driving irons can sell for $100-plus fairly easily, so that was out of budget. After searching, I found a nice 17-degree hybrid from Ping with an X-stiff shaft. The shaft is a little lighter than I would like, but it is not a bad pick up for 80 bucks.

Irons

I knew I would want to spend the majority of my money on some solid irons. After searching, with the parameters being a 3-PW set with X100 shafts, I found this great Titleist combo set. I current play a MB/CB combo from another company, so this set fits well with what I am looking for if I was to replace my current set. All of this for $200.

Wedges

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Putter

Can’t go wrong with a White Hot in my preferred length. Not much more to say.

Total

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

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Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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