Monday, September 20, 2021

Mizuno Introduces ST-Z & ST-X drivers

Mizuno bills the better-player ST-Z and game-improvement ST-X as their next generation designs. Both have a forged beta titanium face, Mizuno’s Wave Sole and an adjustable hosel.

Fast Facts
Mizuno ST-X driver
Game-improvement 460cc clubhead
Draw-bias
Deeper more compact profile
Forged SAT2041 Beta Ti variable thickness face
Carbon fiber crown and toe panel
Sole weight near heel
+/- 2° adjustable hosel
Stock shafts: Fujikura Motore X, Mizuno MFusion, Project X EvenFlow Riptide
Stock grip: Lamkin ST Hybrid 360 grip
At retail February 18, $400

Mizuno ST-Z driver
Better player 460cc clubhead
Forged SAT2041 Beta Ti variable thickness face
Carbon fiber crown and sole panel
Rear sole weight
+/- 2° adjustable hosel
Stock shafts: Fujikura Motore X, Project X EvenFlow Riptide, Project X HZRDUS
Stock grip: Lamkin ST Hybrid 360 grip
At retail February 18, $400

WYNTK:
Mizuno’s latest drivers have a face forged from an exotic titanium alloy containing vanadium, aluminum and tin mounted on a titanium body specifically constructed with carbon fiber crown and sole panels to provide the desired performance for different skill level players.

The ST-X with a carbon sole panel towards the toe and weighting towards the heel has a strong draw bias which can help those fighting a slice. The head has more depth than the ST-Z and the profile is smaller. In addition, there is J-Spec (Japan Specification) variant for those with lower swing speeds that comes with a very light 39-gram MFusion shaft. Higher swing speed golfers such as Tour players will appreciate the low-spin high-stability design of the ST-Z with its carbon sole panels toe and heel.

Mizuno’s Chris Voshall, “The ST-Z’s predecessor – the ST200 – had a reputation for being a straight-line bomber favored by our longer hitting tour players, and the ST-Z profile is no different. But with an extra year’s extra experience engineering the Forged Beta SAT2041 Ti, we were able to release a little extra ball speed and a much more satisfying experience off the clubface.”

Both models use the Wave Sole Plate behind the face to increase flex at impact for more ball speed.

Ed Travis
Ed Travis is a national award winning golf journalist and has carried on a lifelong love affair with the game. His work covering the business of golf, equipment, golf personalities and travel is regularly seen in numerous print and electronic publications. He has competed in tournament golf both as an amateur and senior professional and though his competitive days are behind him, Travis still plays regularly. He and his wife live on a water hazard in suburban Orlando.

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