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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Tom

    Oct 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    WOW, will surely change the game forever!!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ?

  7. 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.

  8. 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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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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