Despite pioneering multiple commonly used industry technologies like composite crowns and sliding weights in previous models, Mizuno’s woods have struggled to achieve the same die hard following and widespread play of its iron models. Already in play on the PGA Tour, the ST190 and adjustable weight ST190G are designed to reverse that trend.

“The ST190 marks a total change in how Mizuno approaches wood design,” lead designer Kei Tsuji said. “We now start the development process with our Tour players. The Tour-tested moulds then become our production moulds. 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.”

Offering the lowest spin of any Mizuno driver and engineered for distance, the ST190 range features the newest iteration of the company’s forged ‘SP700’ titanium face, which is 10 percent stronger than 6-4 titanium and incorporates a new ‘Cortech’ design with re-engineered ribs and a ‘Quick Switch’ internal structure that produce higher ball speeds across a larger area of the face.

Further raising ball speeds and optimising spin rates, an ultralight carbon composite crown saves seven grams of weight that has been precisely placed for an optimal centre of gravity (CG) position, while the ‘Amplified Wave’ sole first introduced on the previous ST180 expands the COR area of the face.

Created through a careful study of vibration and soundwaves, ‘Harmonic Impact’ technology refines and improves the sound and feel of the fixed weight ST190, offering mid to low spin with maximum stability, and low spin, adjustable weight ST190G.

Similarly employing a carbon composite crown, amplified wave soleplate and harmonic impact technology, the ST190 fairway woods utilise a deeper face made of HT1770 maraging steel and is offered in a fixed loft 3- and 5-wood and adjustable Tour S 3-wood.

Unlike other deep face fairways that place the sweet spot high in the face and produce high spin rates, the combination of technologies allowed Mizuno’s engineers to achieve both high ball speeds and optimal ball flight in a versatile club that performs well both from the tee and off the ground with a driver-like ball flight.

The ST190 woods will be available around Australia from February 2019.

RRP: $799 (ST190G driver); $729 (ST190 driver); $449 (ST190 TS FW); $399 (ST190 FW).

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