Mizuno ST 180 Driver Review

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Mizuno is most notably known for producing some of the best forged irons on the market, so it’s no surprise that the brand’s woods are often overlooked.

However, in the last few years Mizuno has begun to produce high performing woods that easily compete with the more popular brands.

The ST 180 driver is one of the latest clubs from the brand and is already making ‘waves’ across the golfing fraternity.

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Mizuno ST 180 Driver Review

8.5 Total Score

Just because a brand doesn’t have any big names on the pro tour using their product it doesn’t mean this product isn’t great, and this is exactly the case with the Mizuno ST 180 driver. It may not be the most workable club, and this is often a major consideration for the better player, however, when it comes to distance, forgiveness and consistency the ST 180 ranks right up there with the likes of the highly popular PING G400 and Callaway Rogue. Plenty of technology and design features have gone into the making of the ST 180 along with the use of high quality materials that ensure this driver performs incredibly well. The extensive range of premium stock shafts ensures it can be fitted to suit any golfer regardless of skill level. For most it might take a few shots to get used to the blue crown, but in all honesty it is less distracting than a lot of the two-tone crown designs of late. If it’s a higher launch and lower spin you are looking for the ST 180 is a driver you need to test before making any final purchase decisions. It has ample adjustability to ensure you find the precise settings necessary to give you your desired outcome, which will include more distance, especially on mishits.

Build Quality
9.5
Control and Performance
9.5
Design and Appearance
8.5
Value for Money
8.5
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • A solid feel at impact that is quite dull with a fairly loud sound.
  • The design ensures a very low and deep CG that results in a high launch and low spin for added carry.
  • The adjustable hosel provides enough settings that all change the performance of the driver effectively.
  • The stock shafts are all premium aftermarket shafts and cater towards all golfers regardless of handicap or skill level.

CONS:
  • The blue crown is certainly not for everyone and it would be great if Mizuno produced a version with a black or grey crown.
  • There is very minimal workability from this driver, but for the player who wants a consistently straight-hitting wood this is not an issue.
  • The clubhead has a large footprint that can be distracting to players who prefer a more compact look at address.

Key Facts

Product Details Mizuno ST 180 Driver Review
Launch RRP $399.00 Check Price: Amazon | GlobalGolf.com | Worldwide Golf
Gender Men’s and Women’s
Handicap Range Low – High
Hand Availability Right and Left
Swing Weight D4
Lofts Standard – Adjustable between 7.5°-11.5°, High – Adjustable between 10.5°-14.5
Length 45”
Shaft Type and Name Men’s – Mitsubishi Rayon Chemical Tensei Blue 50, 60 and 70, Mitsubishi Rayon Chemical Tensei White 70, Mitsubishi Rayon Chemical Tensei Orange 50, Mitsubishi Rayon Chemical Kuro Kage Dual-Core TiNi 50, 60, 70 and 80, Women’s – Bassara E-Series 42
Manufacturers Website Mizuno

Detailed Review

Build Quality

Enough cannot be said about the materials used in the construction of the ST 180 driver. The face is made from high quality forged SP700 Titanium, which is lighter and stronger than any other face material and helps to increase ballspeed across a much larger area of the face, effectively making the sweetspot much bigger.

The rest of the body is also made from a high strength titanium with various other materials used to strategically position weight in the best areas so as to provide a high launch and very low spin, the two characteristics necessary for longer carry.

The variety of premium stock shafts is truly impressive and ensures that the ST 180 can be correctly fitted to suit any golfer.

Control & Performance

As mentioned before the ST 180 is not the most workable driver on the market, but it was not the intention of Mizuno to make it workable. The CG in this driver is very low and deep and this also helps to increase the MOI of the clubhead to ensure a consistently straight ballflight with reduced dispersion on mishits.

Adjusting the setting on the hosel sleeve makes quite a difference too. With up to four degrees of loft and three degrees of lie angle adjustability the ST 180 offers plenty of variation in launch and trajectory, as well as adding a certain hint of draw bias when the lie angle is most upright.

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Design & Appearance

Apart from the high quality face material the ST 180 also uses other design features to improve the performance. The crown features a Waffle design internally that reduces the weight without compromising the strength. This weight is placed on the sole, which also features a unique pattern. Mizuno refers to this as the Amplified Wave Sole and this design is supposed to concentrate more weight lower than a flat sole. It is also designed to contract and expand at impact to produce faster ballspeeds, but this would not be visible to the naked eye.

At address it is noticeable how long the clubhead is from face to the back making it one of the larger footprints of any driver currently on the market. What is great is how the black finish of the face extends over the front edge of the crown and this makes it easier to line the clubhead up square to target behind the ball. The blue crown isn’t terrible and is one of the better colours for a crown to be, but it would be great if Mizuno released a version with either a black or grey finish.

Value for Money

Considering the high quality materials used in the clubhead construction and the variety of premium aftermarket stock shafts on offer with the ST 180 the price of this club is extremely affordable.

It is definitely one of the easier to hit drivers on the market for mid to high handicappers and will offer the low spin characteristics desired by the better player making it a good choice for any golfer provided you have the club correctly custom fitted.

Been hooked on golf since I was 12 and lived on a golf estate while at school. Began to workm in Golf Industry during university and spent a year on the Sunshine tour as a media operator. Subsequently became deputy editor of Compleat Golfer in South Africa for 5 years, specializing in equipment and travel reviews. After that I became a consultant to a major golf chain, testing and reviewing all equipment. Also a Callaway custom fitter and play off a 2 handicap when actually getting the chance to play!

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