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SPOTTED: Mizuno ST190 and ST190G drivers



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 ?


    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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WRX Spotted: A pair of custom putters



This week’s Zurich Classic is all about pairs — that goes for the two-man teams competing for the winner’s check(s), and in the case of notable putters we spotted, a pair of new one-off customs in bags this week: Abraham Ancer’s personal Bettinardi and Danny Lee’s new Scotty Cameron Super Rat.

Let’s start with the Danny Lee’s because there is a LOT going on with that club including first and foremost – it’s one nasty wand:

  • Super Rat head shape with a single sight line
  • The milled (actual) loft appears to be pretty standard for Cameron Putters
  • The hosel has been bent to accommodate Danny’s “armlock” style. This keeps the loft of the head where it should be while forward pressing. This kind of adjustment would need to be made to any standard putter if you were to try the armlock, or else you would deliver negative loft at impact
  • The shaft is LA Golf Shaft OZIK TP — a shaft designed to remove undesirable vibration through the shaft, while also reducing putter head oscillation at impact. Not a surprise considering the number of multi material/graphite putter shafts that are available right now to help improve consistency.
  • Last but not least a SuperStroke Flatso grip installed with the flat part of the grip aligned parallel to the putter face! This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this, and it makes sense – Utilizing the orientation of the grip to create greater awareness of the face angle can help players of all skill levels create more consistent results, even tour pros.

Danny has had an interesting golf bag to follow this season with a number of changes coming almost weekly from irons to putters. Maybe this change could help turn his putting around (currently ranked 116th in strokes gained: putting), all while still being inside the top 50 in the FedEx Cup.

Now to Abraham Ancer’s new Custom DASS BBZero Tour Dept. Putter.

  • This putter is based off of the BBZerostyle head with rounded bumpers and a plumbers neck
  • Compared to the BBZero though, the heel is thicker and it could have a slightly shorter blade length (TBD)
  • It has a recessed sight line on the top that runs perpendicular to the sight line in the flange to form a “T.” This is interesting for a couple of reasons including that it looks to be the width of a golf ball, which could help Abraham find the center better. Also as a right-handed golfer, this type of alignment is an indication that he is most likely right-eye dominant and uses the face of the putter to align to the target as much if not more than the flange line.
  • Just like Danny’s above, this putter is also shafted with the LA Golf Shaft OZIK TP — there must be something about that that has more players testing it out.
  • And finally, the grip is the SuperStroke Claw. Judging by the cleanliness of both these grips these are both new to the players and testing will prove what ends up come tournament time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Iron type for controlling shots into the wind?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from eckmanjp who is on the hunt for irons to help with controlling shots played into the wind. Our members give their opinions on what are the best options for eckmanjp, with plenty of different clubs and shafts recommended.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • driveandputtmachine: “Into the wind, spin is NOT your friend. No matter how low launching it will balloon. I was an extremely high spin player, in my search for something lower spinning my three best were…. TM P 790, Cobra Forged TEC, and Ping i500.The final piece is a shaft that spins high enough to hold greens, but not too high to balloon into the wind.”
  • mogc60: “Sounds like you have good clubs and shaft combo for reducing spin. Shafts do make a difference…but don’t cure the upshoot into the wind. Good advice above about more club and swinging slower…speed equals spin. I find the biggest mistake people make into the wind is playing the ball too far back and hitting down too hard. The key is smooth through impact and finishing low in your follow through…not pounding it down…that creates that upshooting shot that the wind destroys.”
  • dpb5031: “Technique plays the major role here, not equipment. Generally, anywhere from 1 to 3 extra club, grip down on the handle, and use what I call a wide-to-wide swing at 3/4 speed. Think limited arm swing (no longer than left arm parallel with the ground in BS) and then cover the ball, keep body turning through it, and finish wide & low, with handle following your rotating trunk around to the left.”
  • rxk9fan: “I think the head/shaft combo can make a huge difference of course along with how you deliver the clubhead into the ball. Take a look at the Titleist shaft chart and see what they are showing. FWIW though, the OP’s current shaft should not be a high launch/high spin shaft. I found both the 716 AP2 and CB to be tough to control spin with, but as suggested it was 100% my delivery at impact. I found the Srixon Z9xx series to spin less but the best thing I did was get to a quality teacher, and we improved a pretty tiny swing flaw that had a big impact on spin. Good luck. I can say I tried to “new club” my way through the spin problem, but three lessons is what it took to fix it.”

Entire Thread: “Iron type for controlling shots into the wind?”

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WRX Spotlight: Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro



Product: Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro

Pitch: From Dead Zero: “The new Dead Zero Pro model putting disk offers golfers the ability to accurately determine green slope and a true fall line when practicing their “money” putts thanks to a bubble level embedded into the top of the disk. The bubble level accurately measures up to six-degrees of slope and gives a true reading of the fall line on any area of the putting surface. Like the Original model, the Dead Zero Pro helps all golfers build confidence to make more putts inside eight to ten feet.”

Our take on the Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro

The Dead Zero Pro Putting Disk Pro improves upon the original design by incorporating player and instructor feedback to include a level in the top of the disk. It’s a wise addition to a device that already offers players aid in an important practice approach: putting to a target smaller than the 4.25-inch cup. (The disk is roughly half the size)

We tried the Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro in the manner creator Eric Schmitt suggests in the video below.

We found it easier to focus on putting to a smaller target when using the device–the fact that the disk looks like a target certainly doesn’t hurt this! It’s also easier to practice breaking putts with the Dead Zero Putting Disk.

The level function helps quickly get an accurate feel for the putt, and you can set the disk down where the hole effectively “is,” from an aiming standpoint, on, say, an eight-footer that breaks six inches right to left.

It’s also a nice tool to have in your bag any time you need a target in practice, really, and are struggling to visualize a line or landing area. For example, when pitching from around the green.

Ultimately, this is a good practice and practice round tool that nicely functions as a smaller-than-a-golf-hole target for putting, a level, and an easy-to-see target.

A final word: There is something to the fact that golfers, particularly those who struggle with their putting, get hung up on aiming at a portion of the hole, “three balls out,” etc. If the cup has started to look more like foe than friend, shaking things up with a device like the Dead Zero Putting disk is recommended.

  • More photos of/discussion about the Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro in the forums. 
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