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Mizuno ST190, ST190G Drivers put woods front and center for “iron” company

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Mizuno Golf is about more than just irons; that’s the message the company is keen to drive home with its launch of the Mizuno ST190 driver and the Mizuno ST 190G driver.

In announcing its lowest spinning, most technology-packed driver in company history, with the 2019 Mizuno driver, the company seeks to position itself as one that has quietly innovated in the driver space for years, highlighting milestone technologies in the Ti100, T-Zoid, MP-001, and MP-600 in discussions around the launch of its latest drivers.

With respect to the specifics of the Japanese company’s most recent weaponry, the ST190 and 190G feature a forged Sp700Ti face (10 percent stronger than 6-4 titanium) with the company’s ultra-light Cortech structure, as well as a carbon composite crown. As with the ST180 series, Mizuno applies its Amplified Wave soleplate, which deforms on impact for better energy transfer between club and ball.

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The weight of the carbon composite crown, 12 grams, allowed engineers to redistribute some seven grams of weight throughout the body of the club.

The Amplified Wave Sole effectively expands the ST190’s COR area for improved balls speeds across the clubface, according to the company, and better ball speed on off-center strikes in particular.

Mizuno fine-tuned the driver’s sound via Harmonic Impact Technology, adding internal rids for a more solid sound at impact.

Getting into the differences between the two models.

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Mizuno ST190

  • designed for mid to low spin with maximum stability
  • features a single, factory-fixed 6g backweight that adds 300gcm2 MOI

Mizuno ST190G

  • Designed for low spin
  • Features Fast Track adjustability: twin seven gram weights on external tracks
  • Weights can reduce spin by an additional 200rpm and allow for draw/fade biases

“The ST190 marks a total change in how Mizuno approaches wood design,” says lead Mizuno golf designer Kei Tsjui. “We now start the development process with our tour players. The tour-tested molds then become our production molds. In the case of the ST190, this produced a high-speed driver with extreme low spin for the tour, but with the capability of increasing spin for lower swing speed players.”

The first PGA Tour player to game the ST190 was big hitter Keith Mitchell.

Says Mitchell: “Driving was my best category last year – I walked into testing to do ‘Cookie’ (Mizuno, PGA Tour Manager Jeff Cook) a favor, give him some numbers and leave. It turned out to be the easiest change I’ve ever made – on the one club I never thought I would switch.”

Specs and availability

The Mizuno ST190: driver will be available in 9.5 and 10.5 degree models, both adjustable by two degrees either way. 9.5 degree option only for left-handers.

The Mizuno ST190G: driver will be available in a 9-degree model only, adjustable by two degrees either way. Right hand only.

Shafts: Mizuno offers 26 shafts without upcharge. New options for 2019 include Fujikura Atmos Blue 5S, Atmos Red 5R, Atmos Red 5R2, Atmos Red 6R and Atmos Black TS 6S.

MSRP: ST190: $400. ST190G: $500

ST190 drivers will be available nationwide and in Canada in February.

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  1. howie

    Jan 8, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    If you play these black mizunos you won’t go back… and your golfing buddies won’t turn their backs to you.

  2. simms

    Jan 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Another driver for future EBAY sellers….unless your a single digit or better 3 or 4 yards for $500 is a big step…almost any driver from the last 6 years or so is going to work for you.

  3. joe

    Jan 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    More RH only from Mizuno. Darn righties….

  4. One Day At A Time

    Jan 7, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Trying like Hell to be honest and transparent in 2019… so take this fwiw…

    I handle a lot of donated clubs. Always trying to get clubs to kids, and often get 10 Adult clubs for every USKG/TourEdge/XYZ junior club. In 2016, one of the younger outside staff guys swung my 905r w/o asking and w/o knowing you don’t do that, it hit the pavement, so now I’m needing a new stick and a week later a Callaway fti 6 w/ a real fuji speeder walked in. Yeah, square headed, TINGY, and if my ST180 launched at 11 spun at 24, the cally launched at 14 spun at 31. But, in early 2017 I needed to knock out my pat, and from January 1 to April 4 I hit 90% (+/-2%) of my fwys over a 120 shot sample size. On April 4 2017 I’m plotting along and the wind kicks up to 20, gusts 27. On side by side holes I hit it 205 v 330. I was educated enough to be dangerous regarding spin OTT and about a month after the only time guys say “Now you never have to play golf again!” , the ST180 was showing up ahead of time for reasons unknown. I volunteer to be the guinea pig for a driver fitting in our Teach The Teacher program and in short time the youngest assistant pro I’ve worked with had made the most INCREDIBLE W.O.O.D. adjustment to my lead hand @ address and I see 160 ball 11.5 launch and 2224 spin. Deuces to the launch monitor , I want to watch it fly outside. It’s 253 to the net, and generally speaking your apex has to be high and if you carry the net you carry it 280. I’m swinging it at 107, so I don’t need to tell you how unlikely I was to do that, and how immediately I scribbled ST-180 tensei blue gp tv full cord on the DOG’s Christmas list. And in the entire year of 2018, I struggled off the tee so much that I would give it away to the first person that wanted it. I’m absolutely the guilty party, the Mizuno ST-180 is and was a truly best kept secret for for guys that can’t hit it left to save their lives, and admittedly I did hit the best drive of my post-arthrodesis life to date with it on the nastiest par 5 I know of in DFW, but I will NEVER ever EVER ditch a fairway finding four cylinder for a driving range heat seeking missile ever again.

    Until someone asks me to hit the stick that Ping is dropping in March.

    And unless the Titleist TS starts curving off the face of the Earth, I am looking forward to seeing it in my bag in 2028, just like the 905r was a welcome sight for an entire decade of golf.

    • HeyJude

      Jan 8, 2019 at 12:36 am

      Didn’t know hieroglyphics was a thing again.

  5. joro

    Jan 7, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Looks a lot like the 180 kept it is Black. Love the 180, and even like the Blue.

  6. jonas

    Jan 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    I hear they are working on an even better driver called the S&X69oo prototype model… it’s a beast !!!

  7. smz

    Jan 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I’m still shopping for 2018 drives at vastly reduced prices. If I can’t make last years models give me fantastic performance, then there is something rotten in the state of Denmark. 2017 models are okay too.

  8. dat

    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Look really good, finally ditched the blue! Excellent array of shaft options and adjustments for a reasonable price! Unheard of so far this year!

  9. JP

    Jan 7, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Mizuno going with a cortech face is too similar to Wilson’s new Cortex driver.

    • Forged MB

      Jan 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Except for the fact that Mizuno had the Cortech face well before the Wilson Cortex was even a thought and the Mizuno is actually getting your play. Don’t see any CORrelation at all.

      See what I did there? 😉

  10. Benjamin Kaiser

    Jan 7, 2019 at 11:22 am

    They look really nice!

  11. Max

    Jan 7, 2019 at 11:20 am

    So, at first I thought Mizuno waiting to release this driver at the same time as Taylormade, Callaway and PING was a mistake and that it would be overshadowed by the big boy offerings. But, after seeing the lackluster new releases from Taylormade and Callawy, I think it might work out for Mizuno. These drivers look soooo good and the stock shaft offerings are far far superior to the other’s.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day surrounds an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie, Dave McNeilly, which occurred on Sunday at the European Tour’s BMW International Open. After hitting a shot in the water on 18, Wallace appeared irate with his caddie, which incensed many of our members, as well as plenty of social media users.

According to bunkered.co.uk, the European Tour stated in an email to the publication that they are looking into the incident over allegations of abuse.

A limited number of clips of the incident have surfaced online.

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.

  • buckeyefl: “Sky Sports analyst Rich Beem: ‘I’m sorry, but I just don’t enjoy watching that. I know you’re intense but get over yourself.’”
  • Steele47: “Just looked at Wallace’s twitter. He congratulates the winner Andrea Pavan and also noteworthy, makes a point to compliment Pavan’s caddie. LOL.”
  • OldTomMorris: “It’s a pattern with Wallace that he goes after his caddy so often like this and golf commentators, analysts even fans have picked up on this. There has to be a base level of respect and decency; it appears that Wallace often falls short of that.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “He’s getting roasted on his own Twitter account. People don’t seem that amused.”

Entire Thread: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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WRX Spotted: Ping Glide 3.0, Glide 3.0 Eye2 wedges

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and in the case of the golf world, we had been hearing rumblings of a new Ping Glide series for a while (since the introduction of the Blueprint irons, at least).

This week, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we now have an idea of exactly what’s coming with the beginning of Glide 3.0 wedges tour seeding.

Like a lot of initial releases, we don’t have the full tech breakdown, but I’ll make a few assumptions

  • Material: Based on the popularity of the i210s and the feel they offer golfers (so soft), the new Glide 3.0s are made from the same steel and utilize the same 50-percent softer Elastomer CTP.
  • Hydropearl 3.0? A finish designed to repel water and greatly improve consistency from the rough and wet conditions, its been working on irons and why stop there?
  • COG Shifting: Looking at the cavity, Ping engineers have been playing with a LOT of mass around this head. That is one of the cool things about wedges is, beyond the putter, they are the heaviest heads in the set. More mass equals more COG relocation. It’s noticeable in the comparison below.

Notice the back of the top line

There is a lot more mass higher in the LW vs PW

  • Sole grinds: This is where Ping continues to step up there game in the wedge category. And like previous families of wedges, there appears to be a lot of options in design. We should see some TS options in the bags for players at the Open Championship if it’s dry and firm.

Beyond grind options, we also have totally different head options with a Glide 3.0 Eye2. Let’s be honest, this makes a TON of sense since other companies have been borrowing design traits from the Eye2 for the last couple years for their wedges. Why wouldn’t Ping utilize its own already popular design and update it for modern turf conditions?

We will have to wait and see how close we are to what the tech specs will be but like with most things Ping, the release to tour is usually a tell-tale sign that you should be seeing these in store, on shelves and ready to pre-order very soon.

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Stephen Curry unveils new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection

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This week at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, Stephen Curry unveiled his new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection.

According to the company, the range takes inspiration from Curry’s off-court and on-course style and combines it with the latest innovations from UA Golf to deliver an elevated performance line.

The collection contains 14 unique pieces and includes tops, bottoms, outerwear, hats as well as the Curry 6 SL golf shoe. The shoe combines the Curry 6 basketball shoe with a spikeless version of the UA Rotational Resistance outsole – designed for maximum lockdown and lightweight traction.

The Unlimited Range polos start at $80, outerwear $95-100, pants $80, hats $30, and the Curry 6 Golf SL retails for $160.

All items will be available in the Fall of this year in limited quantities at Under Armour Brand Houses and on UA.com across North America, Asia and Europe, as well as at select pro shops across the United States.

 

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