Mizuno ST180 Driver Review

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The Mizuno ST180 driver is solid.  Really good forgiveness in terms of ball speed.  Not as low spin as it claims to be.

Introduction

It’s hard to generate a lot of excitement around a driver these days.  With every club toeing the USGA limit for COR and adjustability having been done to death, what’s the next big selling point?  Mizuno’s ST180 driver, unlike the company’s irons, lacks hype, but is it a sneaky good performer?  We tested it to find out.

Looks

Like the ST180 fairway wood, the ST180 driver sports a standout blue crown.  As with any colored crown, it’s going to be divisive with some players liking the flash and others wanting something more traditional.

At address, the ST180 driver has a tall face and sits a little closed in the Neutral/9.5 degrees setting.  To my eye, the alignment aid appears to be shifted slightly toward the heel, but it’s very marginal.

Sound & Feel

I was surprised by the sharp sound that is produced at impact with the ST180.  It’s not very loud, even indoors.  It’s not that high pitched, but the tone has a shrill edge to it.

Feedback on mishits is limited.  There’s a minimal change in sound when you leave the center of the face and only slightly more feedback through your hands.

Performance

It’s winter in Chicago, which means the swing can get rusty in a hurry.  That’s especially true for the driver swing.  When I took the ST180 to the launch monitor, I expected to need a long session to get some respectable results.  I was pleasantly surprised when I saw ball speeds consistently over 150 MPH, even when I was putting the ball on the outer edges of the club face.

That forgiveness and stability led to respectable accuracy, too.  I found the ST180 to be slightly draw biased, so my best swings weren’t as straight as they are with other drivers.  However, my misses all stayed within a reasonable range.  I felt like if I took this driver to the course, I could aim down the middle/right of every fairway and never lose a ball.

The one thing that I found in my testing that contradicts Mizuno’s marketing is that this driver is not that low spin.  As I mentioned in my review of the ST180 fairway wood, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Low spin is sexy, but it’s not always the way to get optimal distance.  I found this driver to be in the mid range of current drivers in terms of spin, which could make it an excellent choice for any golfer who doesn’t have a massively negative angle of attack.

Conclusion

While there may not be anything about the ST180 that’s going to create a ton of buzz, that doesn’t stop it from being an all around solid driver.  For the “regular” golfer who needs forgiveness, a little help with a slice, and mid-low spin, Mizuno has built a winner.  If you can get past the blue crown, give this a try.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

2 Comments

  1. A couple of years ago Stacey Lewis, who has a contract with Mizuno, began the year with a Mizuno driver. She was hitting it so short that after a couple of weeks, she put a Taylor made in her bag. Don’t trust their drivers and don’t like the blue. But they have great irons.

  2. Matthias Bachner

    Hi Jerry,
    I possess the Mizuno JPX-900 and also TM M1, TM2, TM AB, TM R1, Titleist D2, D3, PING G LS etc. The MIZUNO is by far the best feeling club during impact from all of them and in combination with my TP6HD XX shaft extremely long and most importantly fun to hit like Mizunos MP-64. All drivers are core .830. Each golfers success in these days therefore depends on the right ball, driver and shaft combination. I can strongly recommend to try this club first and then taking care for the colour.
    For all aggressive high spin players like me I can also strongly recommend the MIZUNO JPX 900 hybrids in combination with Fujikura Rombax 8D07X or VC 8.8/9.8 speeder shafts.
    Thanks to Matt for his great support to the golf club lovers community.
    Greetings from Matthias

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